Articles in: DIY and Templates

July 25, 2011

DIY Hoop Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
In case you missed it on Friday, you must check out the Vintage Sewing Party guest dessert feature from Christine at Pure Joy Events.  One of our favorite details was the embroidered hoops which Christine so creatively used in lieu of place cards.  We are sew excited to have Christine back today for an exclusive tutorial for creating those hoops.  This crafty tutorial will not only yield a great visual impact, but the materials…
July 21, 2011

Burlap Flower Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
We had so many emails about the burlap flowers from Tuesday’s Sweet Baby Shower feature from the ladies over at Spaceships and Laserbeams that I asked Stephanie to provide us an exclusive DIY tutorial.  They are incredibly easy, inexpensive and a great way to provide that vertical element. Here’s her step by step account: The materials needed are items practically anyone has access to: burlap, yarn, a thin black marker and pinking shears (you can…
July 20, 2011

Moon Day – Fun DIY Project

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Kids, Recipes
Just over a week ago, the Atlantis lifted off and became NASA’s final space shuttle flight. Isn’t it a little bittersweet? How fitting that the end to this program dovetails with its beginning. Today is Moon Day, the day that Neil Armstrong uttered that famous phrase, “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  The day that he and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the…
May 12, 2011

Attention Crafters: Amazing Giveaway!

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds, Swag
We have a fantastic giveaway for you guys today!  Lifestyle Crafts is giving away an Epic Combo Kit (retail value $169.99) to one lucky winner!  If you are not familiar with this kit, it is an easy-to-use die cut and letterpress machine. For all of you crafters (even novice), this fun tool can help you make your own letterpress cards, invites and decor at home.  Check out the deets here to see all of its…
April 11, 2011

Pinwheel Printables

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds, Kids
If you were here this morning, then you were able to see the fun pinwheel guest feature from Joanne of Oh Goodie Designs.  Joanne was kind enough to share a free pinwheel printable for you all to use.  Click on the pictures above and go ahead and create your pinwheels! Looking for more pinwheel inspiration?  Click here, here, and here for more pinwheel posts.…
April 05, 2011

Paint Chip Easter Garland + Easter Giveaway/Pantone Egg Contest

We’ve seen the creative use of paint and pantone chips for many fun projects over the last few years.  It first started with David Stark’s genius idea of using 15,000 paint chips to blanket an entire venue for the American Patrons of Tate Artist’s Dinner {you can take a peek here}.  More recently, we’ve seen pantone treats like these cookies and these cupcakes.  We’ve even seen pantone chip magnets, dishes, and mugs lately.  So we…
December 06, 2010

Sweets and Treats Holiday Collection

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds
Just in time for the holidays, Catherine of Design Editor sent us her newest collection on holiday Etsy collection.  The Sweets and Treats Holiday Collection is festive and fun.  The DIY Party Kit includes cookie swaps, party circles, cupcake/cookie wrappers and much more.  The designs can be used for anything from a kid’s party to a holiday brunch. We love things that make party planning simple and this kit does just that.  Thanks Catherine!…
November 16, 2010

Vintage Party Printables

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
I’m loving the designs and color palettes on these printables from Vesna of My Little Jedi.  The vintage party packs come with an invitation, Happy Birthday banner, cupcake toppers, food/candy jar labels, party favor bags, water bottle labels, cupcake wrappers, and party hats.  Vesna designed these for kid parties, but I think many of the items in this collection can translate for an adult party as well.  Check out more of Vesna’s beautiful work here.…
November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Crafty Roundup

Thanksgiving is next week {can you all believe it?} and we’re loving these crafty Thanksgiving ideas.  How will you all be decorating your Thanksgiving tables?  Thanksgiving place setting, mayflower and pilgrim cups, turkey leg, and turkey spoon holder, apple pie snack holder and Give Thanks Tree via Fiskars, paper turkey via One Charming Party, yarn turkey and turkey napkin holder via Parents, Teepee centerpiece via Kaboose, gourd gobblers via All You.  Check out our tips…
November 12, 2010

New (& Free) DIY Holiday Printables from West Elm!

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds
I’m really excited to share with you brand new exciting news from West Elm.  Just in time for the holidays, West Elm has created FREE diy entertaining and gifting downloads and templates for holiday entertaining. This is West Elm’s first foray on the download printable scene and there are some really cute options.  You can download recipe cards, menus, gift tags, invitations, placecards, and more.  Choose from an animal suite {see above}, botanical suite, snowflake…
November 12, 2010

Cupcake Wrapper Garland Tutorial

I’m back today with One Charming Party’s cupcake wrapper garland tutorial used on their party shown here yesterday. Cupcake wrapper garlands have been really popular over the blogosphere for the last couple of years. This tutorial shows how easy it is to create this crafty decorative embellishment.  Enjoy!   Photography by Nicole Hill Gerlulat.…
November 11, 2010

Flower Baking Hat Tutorial

If you were here this morning, then you saw the baking party from One Charming Party photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat.  I’m back with Brittany and Sara’s exclusive diy tutorial for the flower baking hats for our readers. I love that they used coffee filters and cupcake wrappers to create the flowers. Brilliant.  Be back tomorrow with the cupcake wrapper garland tutorial, some great holiday printables, and the Grace Ormonde book winner!…
October 15, 2010

EEK! Trick for Treats

We have one more trick for your treats today!  This is another diy goody bag that we created for Lil Sugar. The directions are so simple…check it out…. Eek! Favor Bags Brown kraft bags – I bought from Michaels, but you can find at any craft store or online Eek! rub ons 1//8 inch hole puncher Orange yarn or string Candy of choice Rub on Halloween design according to rub on directions.  Fill bag up…
October 15, 2010

More Halloween Tricks for Treats & BIG Giveaway!

I’m back today with another Halloween trick we created for dressing up your treats. But before I get to that…I have an exciting Halloween giveaway for you.  Cocodot and I are giving away another FIFTEEN free annual subscriptions to Cocodot!  The first 100 winners from the last contest received their free membership last night and we saw lots of people tweeting about sending out our new Halloween collection for Cocodot!  Halloween is just around the…
October 14, 2010

Halloween Tricks for Treats

We created some tricks for dressing up your treats which we shared on Babble this week and I thought you guys would like to see them here as well.  These styling tricks are super easy to create.  I even had my kids join in on creating them! Here are the diy steps. Candy Cups Wilton cups (or dixie cups or cupcake wrappers) Scrap book paper of choice (there are lots of great Halloween patterns available…
September 28, 2010

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Yes, I know Halloween is still a month away, but I’m a sweets and styling gal, so I get pretty excited about Halloween!   I’m working on some Halloween projects and stumbled upon these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.  Truthfully, pumpkin carving was never one of my favorite holiday activities.  Yes, I admitted it.  I tackle pumpkin carving every year with my sons and even do a kid’s version with their kid-friendly carving kit, but I start…
September 15, 2010

Back to School – Our Bake Sale Ideas for Parents Magazine

Rock the Bake Sale, From the October 2010 issue of Parents® magazine, by Karen Cicero. Photography by Monica Buck.  Prop and Food Styling by Amy Atlas.REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM PARENTS® MAGAZINE.  © 2010 MEREDITH CORPORATION.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  If you are re-printing this article, you must have permission from Parents Magazine. I’m here today with our back-to-school bake sale ideas we created for Parents Magazine.  If you were here yesterday, then you were…
September 07, 2010

Back-to-School Goody Bags

It’s back-to-school week for many kids across the country in the US and I’ll be sharing some great back-to-school baking and crafting ideas that we created for a magazine this week.  In the meantime, here is a fun and easy crafty diy project that you can do with your kids, nieces, nephews, etc.  These are colored paper sacks that are simply stamped with school stamps that we found here.  Simply fold over the bags, hole…
August 03, 2010

DIY Lemonade Cookies

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Recipes
{I’m really excited to have Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie as a guest blogger today! Meaghan regularly shares her adorable cookie how-to’s on The Decorated Cookie and is the editor behind Edible Crafts. Since it is the first week of August, I asked Meaghan if she could share a summer-inspired cookie how-to. For those of you on the other side of the globe, bookmark this for when your summer is here!} I was thrilled by…
July 27, 2010

DIY Project & Template from Twig & Thistle!

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
I’m thrilled to have Kathleen of Twig and Thistle here today as my first guest blogger! Kathleen is a gifted crafter/designer and since I’m busy getting ready for some entertaining today, Kathleen is here with a great summer entertaining diy tutorial and template!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the most adorable guest dessert table and the winner of the Meri Meri/NY Cake Giveaway. Later in the week will be behind-the-scenes of some parties we’re working