How to save money on a home reception

 

If you’re looking to decorate your home for either a formal event such as a wedding reception or anniversary party, then you’ve come to the right place for ideas. Decorating your home on a budget is not as daunting a task as it may seem at first, you just need to plan accordingly and smart. Read on so you can see what you can do to spruce up your home for any event and have your home be party-ready.

Decorations

If this is going to be an event that’s for a couple then romance should be at the top of the list. To set a romantic mood, buy items that will help people know the occasion encourage the guests to feel comfortable. Buying candles are a great idea because they’re not only inexpensive but they are perfect for setting the mood. Don’t ever forget about centerpieces. These can either be placed on the tables that are around the house for the food or they could be set up sporadically throughout the home so it can keep the theme consistent. Using items like wedding flower stands is one trick to use flowers that the bride may have used in her bouquet or to bring out the colors that the bride chose as a part of her motif.

So make sure you

  • Get centerpieces that catch attention
  • Use candles to set the mood
  • Keep the theme consistent

Food

If you’re looking for some easy but inexpensive ways to serve your food choosing an out of the ordinary shape of paper plates may bring uniqueness to the event that you’re holding. Using something like square paper plates would be a wonderful addition to serving the food that you intend on having for your guest. Something that wedding coordinators also like to do is have something like colored glasses that guests drink out of, instead of the normal boring clear glasses, get something that has a blue color to it. It’ll keep the look bright and fun while the guests are happy eating and dancing.

So when it comes to food keep in mind to

  • Use bright colored glasses to create interest
  • Have the guests use unique shaped plates

There are many more ideas that you can do to save money for a wedding. What are some ways that you’ve tried for wedding planning

The perfect holiday cookies

We know what you’re all waiting for when it comes to the holidays. No, it’s not presents; it’s all the tasty food! So we have a really quick recipe when it comes to baking the perfect Christmas or holiday cookies of your choosing for giving out as presents or as a great treat around the house. Here’s what you’ll need to bake the best cookies in town.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cookie cutters

What to do:

  • In a large bowl cream together your softened butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then, stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with something like cellophane wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or 200 degrees Celsius). Roll out your dough on a floured surface to ¼ or ½ an inch thick. Cut into shapes with your favorite holiday cookie cutters. With any left over dough, continue to roll everything out and cut out cookies until there is no dough left. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Let them cool completely upon finishing.

Something extra

If you want to decorate your cookies then we have a very simple recipe for some icing. This is a great holiday activity for your kids and all families. This is what you’ll need.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do

  • Stir the powdered sugar and milk and smooth and creamy
  • Beat in corn syrup and extract of your choice until the mixture is smooth and glossy
  • If mixture is too thick, add in more corn syrup
  • To get different colors, separate the frosting into different bowls and add food coloring until you acquire the desired effect

Mmm… Delicious! That about does it for our holiday cookie recipe. What are your favorite foods to eat during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below and good luck.

How to gift tea


For those of you who have friends who love tea, you know how excited they get when they receive tea as a gift. If you want to add a personal touch when gifting tea (because grocery store packaging is not special at all!), then here are some neat ideas to try out:

Tea chest

If your friend or relative is an avid tea drinker and loves a variety of tea, you can buy different flavored tea bags and place them in a wood tea chest silver that would not only keep the receiver’s tea organized, but also be a staple accessory which they can use for years to come!

Tea card holder set

Does the person you are giving tea to, also love to host brunches or tea parties? You can get really clever and take a flower card holder set and secure different flavored tea bags into the holder instead of seating name cards. This way, they can enjoy the tea, and keep the card holders to use for future dining occasions.

Thermos and tea duo

Want to give tea to someone who has not really tried much tea before? Perhaps you are on a budget and you want to make a useful gift for your friends this holiday season. Buying decorative or seasonal thermoses and travel mugs, and then stuffing them with popular tea flavors can be a cute and simple way to gift tea on budget.

The great thing about tea is that there are so many flavors and types out there, so you can get creative when deciding on how to gift it!

Fun ways to upgrade your cabinets

If you’re wondering how you can spruce up your cabinets in a few simple easy steps, then look no further. All you really need are a few supplies and you can not only make your cabinets look nicer, but upgrade the appearance and functionality of it as well. Read on for what you can do to improve your home.

Very recently my dad requested that I spruce up some of the cabinets inside his kitchen. And a very easy way to do that is to lay down some vinyl on the bottom of the cabinets. The huge benefit of doing this to your cabinet is it’s significantly easier to clean and it’ll completely give your cabinets a make-over. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be off and running in no time.

Things you’ll need

  • Scissors or cutting razor
  • Adhesive vinyl roll
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen/permanent marker
  • Cardboard/paper bag

What to do:

  • First you’ll need a template to work off of. Empty out all the cabinets you’d like to apply the vinyl roll on and take a piece of cardboard or paper bag and trace along the edges of the cabinet on your template. This will not only let you know how big the area is, but give you a space to work with before you start cutting the vinyl.
  • Once you have your template, roll out the vinyl roll and lay against your template. Trace the outside of the roll using a pen or permanent marker on the vinyl. You can use measuring tape to make sure that your lines are straight. Once you have your traced vinyl roll, you can now cut it out.
  • Use your scissors or razor blade to cut out the piece of the vinyl. After your vinyl has been cut, simply lay it down in your cabinets, or adhere it to the bottom surface and voila! You have your own cabinet liner.

Another easy trick to updating your cabinets is to get some gray floor tile use the same trick and place those down on the inside of your cabinets too. There are a dozen different ways that you can change the appearance of not only your cabinets but your entire kitchen. What are some fun ways that you upgrade your home?

DIY exposed brick wall

Our house is more than just a place we lay our head down to rest – it’s our home. We spend a great deal of our lives inside our homes ans that makes it critical to ensure that we decorate and instill a sense of belonging and happiness in our surroundings. A fun and unique way to do that is by decorating your walls, and a truly fun and unique way to do that is by creating an exposed brick wall look. Although this might seem at first glance to be a construction project, it’s actually just a facade. Let’s take a look at how you can go about creating your own exposed brick wall inside your very own home.

What You’ll Need

  • plate easel
  • Red and orange paints
  • Newspapers or premade paper mache mix
  • White sand
  • Tan construction paper
  • Hairspray
  • Superglue

What To Do

  1. Using your paper mache that you’ve either bought from the store or made yourself with newspapers, begin by molding some thing brick shaped items.
  2. Glue your paper mache “bricks” to the wall using the super glue at even intervals, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  3. Using your red and orange paints, mix up a few different shades on your plate easel. Optionally you might look into getting a black table top easel discount if you’re not used to holding your paint.
  4. Paint your bricks, taking care to switch up the shading so that they don’t all match exactly.
  5. After the paint dries, use super glue to line the spaces you’ve left between your bricks with a nice layer of white sandy paste – this will complete the effect of a brick wall.
  6. Take your construction paper and cut it into irregular slices, gluing them in sections atop your brick. This will give the effect of a wall that is crumbling away to expose the brick underneath.
  7. Finally, spray the entire thing down with a nice layer of sticky hairspray and sprinkle it with sand, giving it a nice worn look.

How to make wire name card holders

Name card holders create an extra personal touch to your well thought out tablescape. If you love having your friends over for potlucks and pride yourself in paying attention to the detail when decorating, crafting these simple name card holders can make your gatherings more special and intimate!

Supplies needed

  • 18 gauge wire in a color of your choice
  • Cardstock in a color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Clear ID badges (optional)

Directions

    1. Take the wire and create a base shape. In the picture above, it is a swirl, but you can make other shapes like a heart, four leaf clover, etc.
    2. Bring the wire up to make about 2 inches, or longer depending on your preference.
    3. For the top, you can create a circle like above that wraps around twice like a key chain ring  so you can slip a name card in between.
    4. To finish the name card holder, use your pliers to snip the wire at the end.
    5. For name cards, use your scissors to cut the cardstock in any shape you desire.
    6. You can print names onto the cardstock in advance and cut them out after, or you can use decorative pens like turquoise pens or gel pens to make unique handwritten cards.
    7. If you have ornately decorated your name card holders to give away to your guests at the end of your gathering, you can place the cards in clear id badges before fastening them in to the name card holder to protect them from getting ruined by the wire.

There you have it! This is a very basic tutorial for making a name card holder, but you can get more creative in choosing different materials to use for its construction and decorating. Share ideas and techniques you used below in the comments section!

Tips and tricks for having professional quality art

One of the most important things that you can have as an artist is an array of the right tools at your disposal. While I’m certainly no artist, I do know a lot of people who draw and they swear their lives by the Prismacolor brand. We’ll be going over a couple of the basic tools that you might want when it comes to drawing the most professional and high quality art that you can.

What you’ll need

What you can do

Once you acquire the impressive set of tools, you’ll be set for any inspiration that may come your way. Here’s a quick rundown of how you can take care of your new tools.

  • Make sure to store all of your art supplies in a cool, dry area. When it comes to canvases, water can ruin the texture. And especially when it comes to your markers, you don’t want them to be in a place where they can get too hot and be destroyed.
  • Another tip that you can consider when it comes to all of your supplies is to use them in conjunction with one another. The best way that you can use your Prismacolor tools is to make sure that you use them together. The markers bring out the colored pencils and the colored pencils bring out the markers.
  • The reason why these puppies are so good at bringing out the best color in your art is because of the pigment that they use in the ink. It’s very highly concentrated and therefore transfers onto paper very well.
  • One final tip for using these tools is to take care of them. Treat them well, and they will last you for as long as you can possibly think.

Good luck and have an amazing time with your artwork!

How to save money on a home reception

If you’re looking to decorate your home for either a formal event such as a wedding reception or anniversary party, then you’ve come to the right place for ideas. Decorating your home on a budget is not as daunting a task as it may seem at first, you just need to plan accordingly and smart. Read on so you can see what you can do to spruce up your home for any event and have your home be party-ready.

Decorations

If this is going to be an event that’s for a couple then romance should be at the top of the list. To set a romantic mood, buy items that will help people know the occasion encourage the guests to feel comfortable. Buying candles are a great idea because they’re not only inexpensive but they are perfect for setting the mood. Don’t ever forget about centerpieces. These can either be placed on the tables that are around the house for the food or they could be set up sporadically throughout the home so it can keep the theme consistent. Using items like wedding flower stands is one trick to use flowers that the bride may have used in her bouquet or to bring out the colors that the bride chose as a part of her motif.

So make sure you

  • Get centerpieces that catch attention
  • Use candles to set the mood
  • Keep the theme consistent

Food

If you’re looking for some easy but inexpensive ways to serve your food choosing an out of the ordinary shape of paper plates may bring uniqueness to the event that you’re holding. Using something like square paper plates would be a wonderful addition to serving the food that you intend on having for your guest. Something that wedding coordinators also like to do is have something like colored glasses that guests drink out of, instead of the normal boring clear glasses, get something that has a blue color to it. It’ll keep the look bright and fun while the guests are happy eating and dancing.

So when it comes to food keep in mind to

  • Use bright colored glasses to create interest
  • Have the guests use unique shaped plates

There are many more ideas that you can do to save money for a wedding. What are some ways that you’ve tried for wedding planning?

How to decorate a tissue box cover

Tissues can run out quickly, and while many brands make colorful and printed box designs, a lot of them are just not my taste. If you are someone like me, who loves to create custom and unique pieces that complement your home décor, making your own craft tissue box cover is a right up your alley!

Supplies Needed

  • Tissue box cover (of any material you choose – ceramic, porcelain, plastic, etc.)
  • Glue gun

Optional Supplies

  • Embellishments of your choice like:
    •  decorative pearls
    • jewels
    • buttons
    • fake flowers
    • ribbon
    • lace

Decorating your tissue box cover

For the experienced crafter

If you are a frequent crafter who makes your own craft embellishments with fabric (like the craft flowers shown above) and secure them onto your craft tissue box with a glue gun.

For the practical

You may also simply use fabric to create a slip cover which can be fastened on your new tissue box and thrown in the washer. It is not recommended that you include too many embellishments on this type of cover.

For kids

You and your child can decorate a craft tissue box cover in a safer way by not using a glue gun, but rather colored thermal labels, which come in many bright and shiny colors and can be cut into different shapes and designs! This allows of easy and neat application.

What are some ways you decorated your tissue box cover?

Do it yourself puzzle

 

Today we’re going to be taking a departure from the recent slew of clothes related projects here at Craftcorners and get back to our roots with a classic paper idea. This blog post is going to be all about how you can make your very own puzzle from scratch. This is a very fun project for kids and adults alike, but children will especially appreciate it because unlike with other endeavors, they can be involved in every step of the process. There’s nothing quite like taking an idea and making it into a real and physical item completely from scratch – so what are you waiting for? Let’s get to it!

What You’ll Need

  • Blank drawing paper.
  • Cardboard or thick construction paper – decorative index cards can work too.
  • Markers and pens.
  • A pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue.
  • Hairspray.

What To Do

The idea behind this project, as mentioned previously, is to make a puzzle completely from scratch. That means we’ll have to start by actually creating a picture! Have at it and remember to encourage creativity, but keep in mind that the more abstract the picture is, the more difficult it will be to put the puzzle back together. Coat the picture with several layers of hairspray, allowing for drying in between. This will protect it from wear.

After you’ve got your beautiful picture, its time to start designing your puzzle. Flip your picture over and break up the paper into whatever puzzle pieces or blocks you prefer. For ease of use, first timers, and younger children: try making a simple “pizza slice” pattern. You can make this as complicated as you like though, and shape templates can really help.

Once you’ve got your design, cut it up! Place the cut up pieces atop your cardboard or tough paper and glue them on, cutting them out again after they’ve dried. Now you’ve got a nice durable puzzle to play with!

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