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?

Gift ideas for the avid writer

In your search for the perfect gift for someone, considering their passions and activities they find enjoyment in is a fantastic way to find the perfect gift. In this case, if your friend is an avid writer, instead of buying them just a book by their favor it author that will be read once and stored on a bookshelf, consider creating a small gift basket with nick-knacks that a devoted writer will be sure to love. Here is a quick guide to making your very own gift set for a friend who loves to write, providing you a thoughtful and unique gift.

Gift set ideas:

Fountain pen – Comfortable and fun to use, the fountain pen is a lost writing utensil that many have never had the pleasure to use. These pens let you write with little pressure and encourage flowery and unique handwriting.

Ink bottles – Needed for any fountain pen, items like the blue or black ink bottles are perfect additions for any pen collection.

Stationary – High quality paper makes a huge difference in a writer’s experience, so go the extra mile a pick-up some quality stationary to make their writing sessions that much better.

Bookstore gift card – Almost every writer is also an avid reader, so instead of picking out a book for them, give them the opportunity to head to their favorite bookstore to browse and buy what they love.

Pen case – A colorful case, like this yellow pen case, is perfect for storing pens and pencils for a writer, keeping them in a neat and organized place.

DIY beaded necklace

While diamonds are no doubt a girl’s best friend, a simple and heartfelt, handcrafted piece is just as unique which makes it that much more precious. Crafting your own jewelry is not only a fun and inexpensive way to pass time, but your piece will surely be a great conversation starter. These days, fashionistas and trendsetters are ditching their bling-bling for the more unique and intricate beadwork designs. If you’re in search for ways you can jazz up an outfit or express your individual style, consider a one-of-a-kind DIY beaded necklace!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut a strip of tulle or ribbon that’s twice the desired length of the necklace. If you’re recycling old jewelry, you can substitute these pieces instead of using ribbon. I personally used old eye glasses chain for the beads.
  2. Next, you’ll want to tie a double knot where you wish to secure your beads.
  3. Depending on what you have in mind, you can incorporate the different beads at your preference and create an ongoing pattern.
  4. For added embellishment, you can wrap each bead in tulle, like a piece of candy, and twist away. Keep in mind that you’ll want to twist each piece of tulle tightly around the bead to keep it in place while it’s being worn.
  5. Secure each end of the necklace by double knotting each end. You can add an attachment closure (available at any crafts store) to your piece which will allow your necklace to properly attach at both ends.

And there you have it- an easy and inexpensive but cute way to create a personalized piece. While intricate beadwork can be beautiful, there’s no need to spend hours stringing a necklace! Give this DIY beaded necklace a try and as soon as you know it, with enough practice, you may be crafty enough to design an interlocking circle necklace.

Crafty DIY lollipops

 

Since the early 20th century, lollipops have long been a favorite of the candy industry. Synonymous with good times and happiness, lollipops are perfect for rewarding children or adults. Whether they are added to small craft gift bags or awarded after a tough doctor’s visit, you would be hard pressed to find someone on this planet that doesn’t enjoy an occasion lollipop. But how are they made? Here a quick how to guide to get you started on making your very own crafty lollipops.

Ingredients:

–          Lollipop sticks

–          Food coloring

–           Aluminum foil (or custom molds)

–          ½ tsp. of desired flavored oil

–          ¼ cup honey

–          ¼ cup light corn syrup

–          1 cup sugar

–          ½ cup water

How to prepare:

1. Over high heat, bring ½ cup water, ¼ cup honey, and ¼ cup light corn syrup to boil. Must reach 295 degrees.

2. Add flavored oil and food coloring and test flavor by dipping into mixture and running over cool water. Add more flavor to taste.

3. While mixture is still hot, pour it into pre-fabricated foil molds and insert lollipop sticks.

4. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes and enjoy!

The molding process is where you can really get crafty with your DIY lollipops, creating all sorts of shapes and designs.

Beginner’s sewing kit

 

Being a beginner is fun, isn’t it?  Regardless of what it is that you are beginning, it is a time when you are excited by all the interesting things that you have to learn and discover.

This is no different for someone who is just starting to learn how to sew.  It is the beginning of a long, patterned, colorful, and creative journey that never quite ends.  And, why would you want it to?  After all, every time you sew, you learn something new about the craft.

Before you get started, you want to have all the tools you’ll need in your sewing kit.  Here’s a pretty solid list of exactly what those are:

Sewing basket

Sewing baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are great for holding everything else mentioned on this list and keeping them organized.

Thread

Cotton thread is perhaps the most essential material needed by anyone who sews.

Fabric

If thread is the most important material for a beginning sewer, then fabric is certainly the runner up.

Scissors

It is best to have scissors that are made specifically to cut fabric and to try not to use them on anything else.

Pins

Glass head pins will almost certainly come in handy on any project that you may find yourself working on.

Tape Measurer

With most of your projects, you will find that you have to be precise and eyeballing it will just not do.  A clear ruler is also a good tool to have for this purpose.

Seam Ripper

This is an excellent tool to help fix things when you make a mistake, which you inevitably will – not because you are a beginner, but because everyone messes up at some point or another.

The more advanced you get, the more your horizons will broaden, allowing room for more techniques and tools in your sewing basket.  For now, this list ought to serve you right.

DIY sparkle shirt

When it comes to home made items,there are few things more satisfying and useful than home-made and hand-made clothing.This is a do it yourself project that you can not only take satisfaction in having made yourself from scratch – no indeed it’s much more than that. This is a project that you’ll actually be able to wear and take around with you in your daily life. The best kind of do it yourself project is one that will really last you a long time, and this is exactly that. Today we’re going to take a look at how you can design and create your very own sparkly shirt! Also, keep in mind that the techniques we go through here can be used on other items of clothing as well, such as fun knit skirts. Read on for the goods.

What You’ll Need

  • A pair of same sized button up shirts or t-shirts. This part is a bit optional – you can use just one shirt to simplify this project.
  • Glitter and sparkles.
  • (optional: Swarovsky crystals or mother daughter sister jewelry).
  • Superglue or a hot glue gun.
  • Needle and sewing kit.

What To Do

  1. You’ll want to start off by taking a couple of shirts of contrasting colors. As mentioned before, this step is a optional – if you’d like to simplify the project, simply take a shirt you’d like to use, and skip ahead.
  2. If you chose to use two shirts, you’ll want to cut them in half and sew them back together with your sewing kit along the backs seem – this will create a fun two-toned shirt.
  3. Using a light coating, use your sprinkles liberally along the lapels and sleeves of the shirt.
  4. The crystals, or rhinestones, should be applied to the back and front of the shirt. The simplest method involves simply spacing them at random, however you can also create fun patterns and designs. In either case, you’ll want to apply each stone individually with a superglue stick or a hot glue gun. Enjoy!

How to make a monster mask

Getting started

If you have already purchased a monster mask craft kit, then many of the supplies you will need to create your mask will already be included. These items include a mask mold, markers, paint, or craft clay. If you are making one from scratch, you can choose your own supplies to create your own unique mask. For example, you can paint a 3 oz paper cup  to and glue it to your mask to be your monster’s nose. If you use two, they can be the base for horns. Here are some custom mask ideas:

Paper bag monster

By taking a brown paper grocery bag, you can easily create a paper mask. This type of mask can be wrapped around your child’s face and fastened in the back by masking tape or thread. Measure around your child’s head, and make sure to add a couple of inches so that the mask can comfortably be adjusted. After you’ve cut holes for the eyes, your child can use markers, feathers, paint, or whatever they choose to decorate their mask.

Shaggy monster

If you have a plastic face mask, this will create a great base to create a shaggy monster mask. You can cut 2 inch pieces of yarn and glue one side of the yarn in bunches to imitate a shaggy hair appearance. Using construction paper to create a mouth with sharp teeth would add to the scary effect.

Masquerade masks

Masquerade masks are really convenient to use since many already come with elastic string for easy wearing. You can create scary designs on the plastic part of the mask, and then add fabric that drapes down over the rest of the face.

Since masks can be made out of paper, cardboard, plastic, clay, and other materials, you and your child can get creative when making your monster mask. What did you and your child choose to do for your monster mask?

How to make your own cigar box purse

 

People spend hundreds of dollars on a great purse, but not all of us can afford to spend that much on a purse. You don’t have to be a crafting expert to make you own cigar box purse. It’s cute and trendy, but pretty much costs you next to nothing. The best part is that you can decorate it exactly how you want. You can make it personal or a certain color to match certain outfits. Either way it’s a great investment of your time, but you won’t have to invest much money into this fabulous purse!

Here’s what you need:

– Empty cigar favor boxes

– Drawer handle

– Nail polish remover

– Paints

– Varnish spray

– Recycled leather

– Scissors

– Screws and a screwdriver

Here’s what you do:

  1. If your empty cigar box has stickers or stamps on it that you want to remove you use nail polish remover to get these off.
  2. Next your own do it yourself leather flower by cutting out a floral shape from an old leather jacket or purse that you are no longer using.
  3. Use paints, paint brush and your DIY leather flower to decorate your cigar box purse.
  4. Other items that you can use to decorate your cigar box purse include scrapbooking paper, rhinestones, embellishments, beads and anything you have in your craft room.
  5. Use your screws and screwdriver to attach the drawer handle to the side that will be the top of your cigar box purse.
  6. Use a varnish spray to coat and protect the entire cigar box purse.
  7. You’re ready to take your handmade cigar box purse out on the town!

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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