DIY: Key To My Heart Necklaces

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I ran across a small bowl of skeleton keys at a local antiques market and thought they would make great necklaces…all they needed was a little Libbie color and flair! Give them to all your girlfriends and save a few for yourself. They look fab when worn in multiples! 

What you need: 
Antique skeleton keys
Fine grit sanding paper
Spray paint
3/8″ velvet ribbon
Small pom poms (DIY Here)
Scissors
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What To Do:
1. Use a fine grit sandpaper to remove rust and tarnish from your antique keys.
2. Carefully spray paint one side of your key, let dry and spray the other side.
3. Measure and cut your ribbon long enough to hang around your neck and tie at the top.
4. Tie your key to the ribbon and attach your small flair. (I used a small pom pom!)

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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 Party Backdrop (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’m throwing a Happy Spring party this week and needed a cool party backdrop for fun party pics! It had to be colorful AND affordable. BOOM! #nailedit

Get the DIY HERE!
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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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Bunny’s DIY Easter Apron

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The word applique used to scare me, then I did it (crudely) a couple of times and now it’s my go to for immediate sewing gratification. I’ll wear this Spring inspired bistro apron all year…as soon as I can rip it off one Ms. Bunny Ragsdale. 

Ingredients:
1 bistro apron (I used white)
A few scraps of fabric (gingham and polka dot preferably)
Patterns made of card stock (flower, pistil and leaf )
1 pair scissors
Colorful thread (I used green)
Basic sewing machine (you can also do this by hand)

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What to do:
Step 01
Use your stencils and trace onto the fabric scraps. Make a few of each, and cut out.

Step 02
To machine applique you don’t need a fancy machine, just a basic machine capable of doing a zigzag stitch.

Stitch around the perimeter of your applique pieces using a tight zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, or alternatively, stitch by hand using a blanket stitch. Change your thread colour as you go to match (or contrast if you like) with each applique piece. When stitching curves and corners, put the needle down into the fabric on the opposite side to the way you are going to turn, then lift the foot and pivot the fabric.

I stitched the centers/pistils onto every flower first, then pinned them into the placement I wanted on the apron. Then starting sewing!!

Step 03
Apron up and serve your best smile with Easter dinner!

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Other fun applique projects:
DIY Watermelon Napkins
Triple Scoop Ice Cream Appliqued Kite (perfect to decorate a nursery)

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