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!
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)
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!
An Easter lunch table is the perfect time to have a little fun. I love this table for so many reasons, from the gingham chair cushions to the papier mache bunnies! What I love most? Dessert on the table in the form of jelly beans!
Jelly Bean and Bunny Easter Tablescape serves 4
What you need:
Adorable hand-sewn gingham cushions
3 Papier Mache Bunnies (lavender, pink and a certain shade of orange) for the center of the table
Get the HOW TO HERE!
Pink glassware, vintage bunny pressed glass dishes, white plates, flatware, torn gingham fabric napkins and JELLY BEANS!!!!!
Bunny costume with festive Easter hat (optional)
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.
Newspaper ( Half the paper cut into 1″x5″ strips, half left for filling)
What to do:
Bunny Body Step 01: Create a form
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
On February 7th I participated in the opening night party for The Southern C Summit. I was asked to create a special cocktail with #LibbieSprinkles but I just HAD to add little magic…like a sprinkles Boomerang station! It was a blast- to say the least. Then things took a turn.. See below if you can recognize anyone you know!
Sprinkle Cake Cocktail makes 1
What you need:
1 tablespoon #LibbieSprinkles
2 ounces Dixie Vodka
2 ounces cream soda
2 ounces seltzer water
splash of cherry juice
What to do:
1. Rim a cocktail glass with sprinkles.
2. Pack with ice
3. Add vodka, cream soda and seltzer water. Stir.
4. Splash with cherry juice and drink up!
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.
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).
Now let’s set the table!
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!
Now let’s serve up some soup!
Get the recipe for my REAL Mushroom Soup with Matcha Cream HERE.