Celebrate America Partyscape

  Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

It’s not often I’m way ahead of the game but when I am, it’s by more than three months. haha! As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, my final assignment came with a “Celebrate America” theme from the Celebrations campaign. Due in April. Yes, quite a bit early and especially since photos were actually due in March while there was still snow on the patio but it wouldn’t be a “challenge” otherwise, right? I had a blast decorating our dresser turned kitchen island in red, white & blue for a festive party. And hey, I’m happy to celebrate America any time of the year.  

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Decoupaged USA letters

Supplies: Shop Home Decor and Floral at Michaels

  • wooden letters U, S, A
  • decoupage
  • red, white, blue designed scrapbook paper

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What I did: Trace letters onto scrap book paper. Cut out scrap book paper shapes. Apply decoupage to wooden letter (works like a glue). Carefully line up scrapbook paper. Apply another layer of decoupage over top of the scrapbook paper to seal. Let dry and display. 

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Add a few red, white and blue doilies to a burlap table runner for an inspired ‘firework’s look.

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Red, white and blue straws and red and white polka dot cupcake liners add to the patriotic color theme. There are little American flags near the cash register. Add a red/blue topper to the cupcakes (I found red and blue keys). 

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Red, white and blue star & mesh banner


  • red, burlap, blue wide mesh ribbon
  • star wire garland
  • twine or yarn

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  1. Cut a piece of twine the length you’d like your banner to be. Tie loops on the ends for hanging.
  2. Cut pieces of mesh to tie onto the twine. 
  3. Secure mesh with snips of star wire garland.
  4. Thread onto twine. 
  5. Repeat until your banner is full. Fluff and display.

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Time to Celebrate! 

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See more Celebrations posts from these Michaels Maker’s friends starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

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Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer with gifts for Moms, Dads and teachers, and parties to celebrate birthdays, graduation, and the 4th of July!

·         As a toast to the last Michaels Makers post of the season, we created gifts, baked treats and threw parties for each of the six holidays this summer.

·         It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects for Mother’s Day Father’s Daygraduationbirthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!   

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Candy Dish Decor

This easy DIY Halloween project for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas October challenge has a few uses so I wasn’t sure what to call it. It’s … versatile. 

Witch Hat Halloween Candy Dish

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

or add chips/pretzels to use as a Halloween serving tray.

or add festive cupcakes for Halloween party display.

or add succulents, small fall flowers/plants to create a Halloween planter.

or a floral arrangement (just pop on a fall wreath) for Halloween decor.

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

or simply flip the bottom to use as a Halloween Centerpiece

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DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

EASY tutorial:

1. Using a kitchen knife, we cut out a hole using the inner circle shown on the bottom of the large plastic plant saucer as guide.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

2. Spray paint cone and saucer black. I did two coats on the cone, one coat on the already black plant saucer. Let dry.

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That’s it! 

Carefully slide onto the cone. Right side up creates a ‘dish’. 

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Upside down creates a ‘ledge’. Add an old belt for a decorative touch.

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More ideas: attach faux fall flowers, leaves, spiders, etc. to create a Halloween centerpiece. Hide a vase filled with water under the cone and fill with tall flowers. Add succulents and display outside. Get creative!

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

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Homemade Lemonade with Essential Oil

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There are several essential oil lemonade recipes but after some trial and error, this one is my favorite. I made it for a recent Young Living Essential Oils class and since a few have asked for it, here it is!

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{blueberry lemon muffins with lemon cream cheese frosting recipe}

And the entire thing disappeared! Refreshing, fresh squeezed without the fake mix taste. Color is darker due to the blue agave.

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Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 gal. of filtered water
  • juice of two organic lemons
  • juice of one organic lime
  • about 15 oz. of organic blue agave (test as you go to adjust the sweetness to your liking)
  • 10-12 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
  • lemon and lime slices for garnish

Serve in glass with ice. Rather than add ice directly to the lemonade which waters it down, I serve ice in a separate container.

DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com  

{lemonade vinyl decal tutorial}

Optional: I also served it up with lime garnish for glasses (rub lime around glass rim and dip in colored sugar). Offer a small bit of blueberry juice or raspberry liquor for guests to create their own summer cooler.

organic lemonade recipe using Young Living essential lemon oil

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

What the heck is lemon essential oil? Just one of the amazing oils from Young Living essential oils! I am bursting with excitement over how these are changing our life…all it takes is trying one of the oils, seeing amazing results and you’ll be hooked. Get more info, get the link to get started HERE

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DIY Birdie Garland and Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

It’s here! Summer! Perhaps not officially just yet but these warm months and longer days cheer my soul. I love summer! Let’s celebrate with a summer blog hop! Visiting from the beautiful summer bedroom at Town and Country Living? Welcome, friends! I’m so happy your here!

I’m participating with an easy summer DIY:  badminton birdie garland. 

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial


  • ribbon
  • plastic badminton birdies (check the dollar store!)

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1. While length of ribbon is still attached to spool, create a loop (for hanging) and knot.  DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Remove caps off of all birdies (mine simply popped off).

3. Using the package (or ruler) determine distance between each birdie (starting from the knotted loop).

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4. Fold ribbon and ‘snip’ with scissors your measured mark. Just a small snip will do.

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5. Place snipped area of ribbon over ‘peg’ on birdie top. 

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6. Replace birdie cap. 

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7. Repeat steps 3-6 using all of your birdies. 

8. Then simply measure same short ribbon distance one last time, add a few more inches. Cut ribbon, create a loop and knot for the end. 

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Hang! Summer outdoor family game themed. Super cute (easy and cheap too)! 

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Follow along the entire Fun in the Sun series by heading over to At the Picket Fence for some outdoor inspiration and by visiting the links below for summer recipes, crafts, projects, decor and more!

Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

DIY Show Off

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a link up party and awesome cash giveaway! 

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Party Favor Jewelry Dish

Looking for an easy DIY party favor idea? These melamine appetizer plates with vinyl decals make a cute little gift!

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What I used:

What I did:

Measure flat center area of plates. Mine allowed for a 3.5 inch square design. Open the Silhouette Studio Design software and create words using font/text in a size that fits. I created six different designs.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Load adhesive vinyl into the vinyl cutter color side (vinyl side) up. 

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Adjust blade setting for vinyl. 

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Weed away excess vinyl from the design. 

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Apply transfer paper over the vinyl lettering. 

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Cut into individual designs. 

Rub the transfer paper over each piece. I just grabbed a hard plastic name tag with a straight edge. You could also use a credit or gift card. 

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Peel away wax paper backing, transferring vinyl to the transfer paper. 

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Place onto plate. 

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Rub with plastic card and remove transfer paper. 

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Simple but so many options. Try different colors, different fonts, personalize with quotes, monograms, shapes or words. 

Cute inexpensive gift to include with a card or gift basket or to use as party favors. 

Perfect for keeping tabs on jewelry, paperclips on a desk, keys in an entryway, spare change in the laundry room, Q-tips in the bathroom, etc. 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 


DIY Chalkboard Party Favors

DIY Chalkboard Party Favors:

DIY chalkboard party favor clips


  • small flat wooden pieces 
  • chalkboard paint
  • clothes pins 
  • hot glue 
  • decorative tape or ribbon
  • chalk
  • optional: add a magnet to the back of the clothespin


1. I gave one side of my mini-chalkboards two coats of chalkboard spray paint and let dry.

mini chalkboard tutorial

2. I decorated my clothespins with decorative tape or ribbon. I recommend attaching/securing decorative tape or ribbon with glue (not just the sticky decorative tape) or spray paint clothespins.

decorative clothespins

3. Season chalkboards by rubbing chalk on the surface and erasing.

how to make mini chalkboard party favors

4. Hot glue clothespin to the back of the mini chalkboards.

chalkboard favors

5. And wrapped pieces of chalk with decorative tape too. 

decorative chalk

6. I also added some decorative tape to the back of my mini chalkboards. The clothespin holds the chalk.

DIY mini chalkboard tutorial

Since I made these for a group of 30 blog friends, I tied on my business card…cute!

DIY chalkboard promotional gifts

Great for a smaller sized get-together and I have a few left to attach some magnets to for the fridge. :) 

DIY chalkboard party favor clips

Summer Pinterest Challenge and DIY Grad Party Highlights

With the graduation party this past weekend, I couldn’t help but get excited to participate with Lana, Sherry, Katie and Emily and all of the creative bloggers linking up in the

Want to see what our project was?  Read on.

First, a few grad party sneak peeks:

(nephew and daughter)
We had yummy picnic dishes – hot & cold (including Mr. DIY’s brisket and ribs) and lots of guest-shared side dishes, ice cold drinks chilling in a baby pool.  The guest list was rather large with two guests of honor so a little help with affordable picnic-style food (chicken from Walmart) was necessary.
We used recycled tissue paper poofs from the baby shower:

And made some pretty scrapbook paper banners:

I forgot to snap a picture, but using mini-clothes pins, we hung pictures of the grads throughout their 18-yrs of life on a string of twine hung banner style.  Setting up = forgetfulness in the taking pictures for sharing with blog friends.  It was super cute!
Activities included volley ball, badminton, bean bag toss, a bon fire at dusk and a photo backdrop area with fun photo props (mustaches and silly glasses were a huge hit!).

 (string up a clothes line between two trees, backdrop is a table cloth)
We did use disposable cameras in this area (terrible pictures/expensive) so if you have the time or can assign a person to sit with your decent camera, it’d be more affordable with better pictures as a result. 

As for our Pinterest inspiration for summer outdoor fun:

Pinterest Inspiration = lawn Twister
(the original link appears to be broken/has disappeared, but we did up our own tutorial)
Our take on lawn Twister:
(Notice our color pattern/design is a little different than the Pinterest inspiration but it worked out perfectly!)

Spray painting the grass (it grows out) using a cardboard circle stencil (the center circle cutout was used for the spinner). We used Krylon in red, yellow, blue and green.

We made the spinner from things we had on hand:  card board, an upholstery tack and a little Gorilla Tape on the back (to prevent pinprick). Recycling cardboard and using markers gave it a fun vintage toy vibe.

The party was a success! Guests had a blast!  Each graduate even gave a small speech thanking guests for coming (all 110!!!), introduced themselves and described their future plans. Applause!  So proud!
Want to join in the fun of the Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition?  Here’s how: Select a project on Pinterest that has inspired you.  Post about it and link up at Making a House a Home, Young House Love, Bower Power and Emily Henderson. Fun!
and link up your DIY to the Monthly DIY Project Contest for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!

If you’d like to see my Pinterest boards, click below

Tennis Party Favor

t’s pretty hard to find favors for tennis so I made some using leftover Moo Mini Cards that I received to make my mosaic stool. for a tennis themed party.  It’s a tennis ball filled with candy.  Easy.  Cheap. Perfect.

I made these cute tennis party favors for the end-of-season tennis banquet for my daughter’s tennis team and finished them off with left over Moo Mini Cards. Here’s how I did it:

Materials: Tennis balls, candy, cardboard paper towel tube, favor bags, ribbon and Moo Mini Cards.

Tools: A circle to trace (a shot glass is a good size), pen, utility knife, scissors

1.  Trace a circle onto the surface of the tennis ball. I used a shot glass.

2.  Using an utility knife, cut out the circle traced. 

Did you ever wonder what the inside looked like?  It’s black rubber and a little dirty.  Wipe out the inside.

3.  Fill tennis ball with candy.

4.  Cut a ring off the end of a cardboard paper towel tube to use to keep the ball standing up.

5.  Finishing touches:  Place the stand and ball filled with candy inside of a cellophane favor bag, tie with a ribbon and add a Moo Mini Card tag…

These were a big hit with the girls’ tennis team!

DIY Little Mermaid Party

You’re going to love this and want to plan the next little girl’s party or take some great ideas for your own party planning.  This is such a cute party idea.  So many DIY details!
Stephanie from Executive Creations blog was very creative and thrifty in planning her daughter’s 4th birthday party.  Visit her blog for source details and to see more creative ideas!
Fishing nets, balloons and paper fish is an inexpensive and easy (and awesome!) decorating idea…
A sandcastle birthday cake doubles as decor. The cake was coated in graham crackers and sugar to create the sand effect for her sand castle.

Starfish/seashells and fishing nets are a great alternative to the licensed decor and much prettier. 

The kids went on a treasure hunt to find their treasure chests filled with chocolate coins, jewels and sea creatures.  Clues were hidden all over the house.

 How cute are these fish?  They were a birthday present to her daughter.

Stephanie used pages from an old Little Mermaid book to make the favor tags and aqua netting bags.

Gatorade with labels made from old Little Mermaid book. 

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So many cute ideas.  Love the pixie sticks and star wands in mini-donuts.

Cupcake toppers were made from the same book. 

And a pretty birthday banner.

 What a pretty party!  I think I’ll volunteer to plan my niece’s next birthday.  I’m so inspired by the cute details and great ideas.  Thanks for sharing your creativity, Stephanie!

  • This post is dated Saturday but posted today!  How does that happen?!  The DIY Fall Festival is also going on.  Click here to check out the links & to join the party.  :)