DIY: Sea Globes (with video)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

When I was a kid I was forced to go to Vacation Bible School every summer. I didn’t have anything against Jesus or the Baptist Church. Where my beef lay was with the questionable snack choices and unimaginative crafts that were not anything I would have chosen had I been on a real vacation.

Things changed the day I was saved a second time when Mrs. Bradley, our spritely art teacher, brought in the craft supplies needed to make snow globes (to be clear, she called them “Bethlehem Snow Globes”). What fun the class had filling jars with small nativity animals, angels, glitter and water! When I put a giraffe and cow boy boot from a Ken doll in my “Bethlehem story”, Mrs. Bradley giggled long enough for me to catch her before she realized she shouldn’t have.

I’ve since been obsessed with anything suspended in water and turned upside down. I thank Jesus for that.

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Sea Globes
makes 1

What you need: 
1 glass jar with a tight fitting lid
1 small plastic aquarium plant
Super glue
Small rocks (optional)
Glitter
3 small plastic sea animals
Glycerin (this will help suspend the glitter in the water longer)
Water
Bright blue food coloring

What to do: 
1. Using super glue, attach the base of the plant to the bottom of the inside of the jar.
2. Add a few rocks to the bottom of the jar.
3. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of glitter to the jar.
4. Fill jar with water (leaving a 1/2-inch gap at the top).
5. Add a heavy squeeze of glycerin.
6. Stir in the SMALLEST amount of food coloring.
7. Screw on lid and shake!

Watch me make a Sea Globe!

DIY: Safari Party Photo Booth Props

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Honestly, could there be anything cuter than this for a Safari Party prop? A proper pith helmet and binoculars to grab a peek at your prey. So much fun!

What you need:
1 piece hard card stock
2 long skewers
Brown Sharpie®
Acrylic craft paint
Scissors
Tape
Orange craft fur (of the faux kind of course)

What to do:
1. Draw out an outline for your pith helmet and binoculars. Trace the outline with a brown sharpie and paint a layer of khaki, once dry you can add a layer of leopard print. Cut out your shapes. Next, wrap colored tape around your skewers and attach them to your cut outs. Make sure to attach the skewers on different sides so you can hold them with each hand.
2. Cut your orange faux fur into about 2″ x 9″.  Sew or hand stitch the 2″ ends together to create a circle. Take another strip and add across the top of the circle. Use some hairspray to fluff up, apply some lion make up, an accessory such as your glasses, and you’re done!

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DIY Flower Balloon

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’m obsessed with all things balloon shaped. Before this post, I could pop out a balloon dog on demand. Now, I can do a flower. Who knows where I’ll go next!

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Balloon Flower DIY

What you need: 
#260 balloons (Twisting balloons are measured by the inflated size, so the 260 is 2 inches in diameter thick and 60 inches long when inflated.)
Balloon air pump
Small 5″ round balloons (optional)
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What to do:
Here’s the deal, I could walk you through a step by step of making a balloon flower, but it was THIS guy’s video that showed me how to do it. We watched this video about 3 times and practiced making a flower while we were watching. David naturally nailed it because he has experience as a former employee of Party City (a story for another time), but it took me a few more times.
Watch the video HERE!

Now the fun part! Just start making flowers! I wanted to make a backdrop for a Happy Spring party, so we used the colors of Spring. How fun would it be to cover an entire wall with balloon flowers for the perfect affordable and colorful party backdrop!

Watch how it all came together here!

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DIY: Papier Mache Easter Bunnies

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Handmade papier mache bunnies painted lavender, pink and orange are the perfect centerpiece for an Easter luncheon table because actual bunnies hopping is typically never a good decision.
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Ingredients:
Scissors
Cardboard
Masking Tape
White Glue
Water
Joint-Compound
Latex Glove
Paint
Paintbrush
Newspaper ( Half the paper cut into 1″x5″ strips, half left for filling)
Marker

What to do:

Bunny Body
Step 01: Create a form
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With your cardboard, use a marker to sketch out your bunny’s body. You’ll want to draw the main body, cutting slits about half way down the top of the head, up the front legs, and down the middle back. Create three more forms to fit in those slits creating a 3-D bunny form.

Make sure to trace these forms before assembly if planning on making more than one!
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Use masking tape to seal the form in place and to add extra support. Your bunny should stand on its own, if not add more masking tape to level her up!

Step 02: Fill in form
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Using one half of the newspaper, bunch up and tape onto your form. Once you see the form looking more like a bunny, use the masking tape to completely cover the newspaper and round off any hard edges.

Step 03: Paper Mache Time!
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In a large mixing bowl; mix equal parts white glue, joint compound, and water. Make sure to wear gloves and mix together. Once fully mixed, take your newspaper strips and dip into the mixture and place onto your form. Continue until entirely covered. Let dry overnight and repeat.

Your mixture may need to be mixed up a few times as the joint compound will settle on the bottom of the bowl.

Bunny Ears
Step 1: Create a form
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Take any extra cardboard and draw out an ear for your bunny. Create a line a crease up the middle and a small triangle at the bottom. This will help your bunny ear look realistic with a curve and also fit onto her head!
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Using your masking tape, fix your ears to the bunny body. Use extra tape to ensure they’re firm and won’t move. Tape around the entire ear.

Step 2: Paper Mache Time!
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Using the same mixture as with the body, cover your ears completely. I also took advantage of the dry body to add another layer of paper mache to the whole body.

Step 3: Finishing Touches!
When you’re satisfied with the bunny’s look and she is completely dry, mix up some paint and give her at least two coats. I painted mine three times, added some handmade pom poms for a nose and tail and paper whiskers for the perfect finish!
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Tabletop Tuesday: Psychedelic Mushroom Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I am OBSESSED with these hand painted wooden psychedelic mushrooms! They are the perfect conversation starter centerpiece and would make a fun luncheon craft for your guests…no ingestion required. 
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Learn how to make the psychedelic mushrooms HERE.
Now let’s make them a centerpiece! I liked the idea of treating them like they were just foraged in some kind of trippy forest and cooked up in a chic copper pan with all the colorful woodland animals looking on. All you need is a skillet and some deer moss (I picked up at Home Depot).
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Now let’s set the table!
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You’re not on a crazy trip, we used some purple gels to make the room more psychedelic! I only wish I had a black light!
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Now let’s serve up some soup!
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Get the recipe for my REAL Mushroom Soup with Matcha Cream HERE.

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