Perfect is the imperfect. The lopsided portrait on the wall. The curve in the straight path. The imprecise measurement. The beauty in abnormality. The fault of a mistake. The truth behind words. The simple, the humble.
I did some DIY for my sister’s graduation. Most ideas obtained from Pinterest, customized at my own desire of course! See below.
Graduation Cap Card Box – http://ideasandinspirationsfrombfchawaii.blogspot.com/search?q=graduation+cap+card+box I cheated and skipped the step using the cut foam board for the bottom part, instead I bought a hat box from Michael’s and glue gunned it to the square foam board. I also used my sister’s actual tassel, I just didn’t use much glue to avoid ruining it.
The jars – I bought sheets of burlap at the Jo-Ann fabric store, if you don’t have any near you, this can be found at any local fabric store. I also bought the jars here, they came in a 24 pack. I cut a cardboard into the desired tag shape and used it as a stencil to cut each piece. I used large letter stickers as stencils for the numbers and a black permanent marker. I bought the twine at Michael’s (which I later found out they sell at the dollar store). I also glue-gunned the twine to the jars to secure them and make them look neat. I filled the jars with clear colored pebbles from the dollar store and bunches of baby’s breaths from the floral section at Michael’s.
Books – I happen to have an Encyclopedia collection in my basement which I finally put to use. You just need to get shipping paper at Staples and cover the books as you did in middle school! I tied the green twine around two books each like a gift. Obviously any books are useful for this idea, I just really enjoyed the fact that they all matched.
Bubbles – These I have to say were sort of a fail, but definitely a cute little add-on. I say fail because the wind kept knocking them over, I’d say put them in a little candle holder. Little graduation bubbles I found at the dollar store in 10-packs, mesh from the fabric store and white ribbon I had laying around from Michael’s.
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Can you tell I’m excited for the Fall already? I am 23 years old and last year was the first time I had ever carved pumpkins. I have to say this was so much fun! For those who think it’s hard, it’s not that bad when you have a carving kit from Michael’s handy and a couple of creative friends to motivate you. Can’t wait for this year’s creations!
Creds to @followmyheart_ & @el_rey995 on IG
My friends and I made these last year, such a fun activity to bring out your creative side during Halloween season or after pumpkin picking perhaps. I got the idea through a friend who got it from Pinterest. http://www.yesterdayssweetheart.com/2012/10/do-it-yourself-glittered-pumpkins.html
This was my first DIY party. I searched up a lot of the overall ideas on Pinterest, just type in “dog party” and you will find tons of creative ideas!
Photo cred: Lauren Ahearn, check her beautiful pictures out on Instagram @followmyheart_
Things I made:
- Rectangular Box – the size depends on how many cones you want to stick into the box
- Instructions for paper cones (I googled red stripes and printed them on the sheets) – http://on.aol.com/video/how-to-make-a-paper-cone-87883788
- Small clothespins (Michael’s has these)
- Wrapping paper
- Party mix chips
- For the little signs on both the table and the cones I googled the images and patterns, fixed them up in Word and printed around 12 on each page and cut the circles out. Of course if you don’t want to go through the trouble or don’t care about customizing them to your own desire here is the link to buy them premade – https://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkpeppermintprints/search?search_query=dog+party&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
1. Cut the Styrofoam to the size of the box, place it inside the box aligned so that it fits right in
2. Turn the box over and poke the amount of holes desired on the flat side of the box. Make sure the holes go into the Styrofoam as well (I would test the cones before poking the holes so that they fit evenly)
3. Wrap the box with the wrapping paper you picked out then poke the holes through the paper into the holes that should already be there
4. Stick the cones into each hole and clip your signs onto the cones
5. Fill the cones with party mix and get your pawty on!
Pawty Cakes recipe
Things I did not make:
- “Sammiches” & “Fetch” cookies along with other salads provided by Gabby’s Gourmet Deli in Woodbury, NY http://www.gabbysgourmet.com/
- Paw print cake was made at Reinwald’s Bakery in Huntington Village, NY http://www.reinwaldsbakery.com/
- Balloons provided by 110 Party Supply in Melville, NY http://www.110partysupply.com/
- “Chew” & the happy birthday bone – Petco
- “Pupcorn” boxes, all cutlery, goodie bags, “doodoo” chocolate coins – Party City
- Paw print ribbon for the goodie bags is from Michael’s (I filled these with a Petco tennis ball and a dog treat)