I like to refer to April as “the month of cake.” It seems that at least twice a week in April each year, I find myself indulging in some form of cake. Mostly this is because of the various individuals in my life (including myself) who have April birthdays. This quite obviously makes it one of my favorite months. I always try to get things back in order as quickly as possible once May begins so as not to have to buy any new clothes. This venture has been a dismal failure this year as I am happy to report that I have eaten cake every day in May thus far save one. That, my dears, is truly ridiculous. One of these occasions was my lovely friend Lauren’s birthday get together. I bought her some cupcakes and found myself feeling sad that I had no toppers for them about an hour before I left my house. This simple little idea (that I already had all materials for) popped into my head and took a grand total of 10 minutes all said and done.
What You’ll Need:
1. Chipboard letters- Mine are from a company called Paper Studio and I got them at Hobby Lobby. You can probably find something similar at Michaels
2. Paint and brush
3. Lollipop sticks
4. Glue gun
What You’ll Do:
1. Paint your letters and let them dry. They usually dry in a few minutes.
2. Glue a stick to the back of each letter. Let dry and pull off strings that glue guns make. You could use any other type of glue for this as well.
That’s it dude.
Super quick and super easy. Can’t say the same about my current state of cake withdrawal.
So I really meant to do this last week, when it would have actually made sense since I was showing you guys all the birthday party pictures and DIYs and jazz but then the week got crazy and it just didn’t happen. Instead, I’m giving them to you today. You know, just in case you have any birthday parties coming up. Or an inexplicable need to hang Happy Birthday signs from your window. I won’t judge you. I was actually sad when we took ours down because it made that little nook ever so festive.
For these, I printed out two of each page so I could have a front and back to each letter and glued the two sides together. Then I used a hole punch and twine to tie them together. I also used these exact same printables for the garland hanging across the fireplace, so you can use these either vertically or horizontally. The garland shown above says “Happy Birthday Caitlin and Megan” but if you want a similar look with multiple vertical garlands, you can just print out the say “Happy Birthday Happy Birthday.” Or something.
I really liked how these little placecards turned out, even though I made them last minute. I’m including the pdf for these (without text) as well. I like them because they are kind of messy looking, so I think they would look just great with the food dish handwritten as they do with the printed text. Well not my handwriting, because it is awful. But I’m sure y’alls is better.
Every time I have a birthday, it is a reminder of the passage of time which seems to go more quickly each year. I seriously feel like last year’s birthday was the day before yesterday. It is very easy to find myself getting into a daily routine and sometimes I default to doing the same things week after week. In an effort to be more conscious of remembering to do things that I love and enjoy but for some reason don’t often do, I am making a list of some things that I want to remember to do before my birthday rolls around again.
1. Spend more time painting/drawing- When I was in high school, I took several art classes (didn’t we all?) and I made the discovery that I really love creating art. I know that here we do lots of craft projects and the occasional cheap and easy art project. But I would like to spend more time painting on canvas and sketching. I would also like to invest in some nicer paint supplies for myself.
2. Read more- I haven’t been getting to read as much lately as I would like and that sucks. When I am having down time, I am gonna make more of an effort to read instead of watch tv because I find that reading makes me feel better and is so much more full-filling.
3. Do more new things in Charlotte- There are sooo many things to do in my city that I have never done and that is silly pants. I have no excuses. I need to do them. But first I need to figure out what they are. Any ideas??
5. Learn calligraphy- I have been saying for years that I want to learn calligraphy and this year I finally want to do it. Cause it’s pretty and I suspect it will make me feel fancy and sophisticated which are two things I usually am not.
6. Ride a dang horse- Okay, I have been wanting to go horse back riding forever (as in like 10 years) and I never do cause no one will go with me. Well I am going and that’s that. I used to go occasionally when I was younger and I loved it.
7. Bake more- Baking makes me happy but I sometimes avoid doing it because I have a tendency to consume ALL of my final product and then I can’t fit my jeans. I need to remember that I can bake things and then give them away to other people. And maybe just eat like 1/4th myself. And then people will like me more too. Unless what I made is gross.
So since you are my friends, it is your job to make sure that I at least try to do most of these things before next April. You got that? If I don’t do them, I am gonna blame you. So bug me until I do them.
I had pinned a confetti filled balloon on Pinterest in preparation for Megan and Caitlin’s party a pretty long time ago as another easy DIY idea. When I finally got around to making them, I discovered a couple of problems. First, I realized that I would need helium in order for the balloons to float, which I didn’t feel like I wanted to give people money for. Second, when I actually put the confetti in the balloons, it all sunk to the bottom, which was really pretty unimpressive looking. The first problem was solved by deciding the group the balloons together with twine and hang them from the bistro lights. Corey solved the second problem by being a craft genius and telling me to put glue inside the balloons so the glitter would stick to the sides. Duh. I hung them onto the bistro lights over the table as a sort of “balloon chandelier.” I thought these were super fun, even if my hands did get covered in glue while I was waiting for the cake to bake.
What you’ll need:
- White balloons
- Confetti, or use card stock and hole punch to make your own (husbands or friends are particularly helpful in this task)
- Craft glue (I used the Martha Stewart glue in the white bottle with the blue top)
What you’ll do:
1) Prepare confetti and figure out how many balloons you want in your “balloon chandelier”
2) Pull the inside of the balloon out and put glue over as much of the surface as possible.
3) Use a teaspoon to fill the confetti into the balloon. You can also get someone to help by holding the balloon open a little more. I was able to fill them by myself whilst watching Crazy, Stupid, Love. That movie gets me every time. Shake the confetti around inside the balloon so the glue can spread.
4) Blow up the balloon.
5) Once you have all of your balloons prepared, use a knife to cut an opening in the end of them (the part below the knot) and thread twine through each of the openings. Tie the balloons up on a tree, a chandelier, bistro lights, or basically anything hanging overhead. Admire the beauty.