Monday, April 28, 2014

Quick and Easy Minnie Mouse Party Invitation: Tutorial

I recently made some Minnie Mouse themed invitations for a birthday party. I only needed a few so I decided to make them myself. They ended up being really quick and easy so I thought I would share how I made them.

First, here are the supplies I used:
White and Black Cardstock
Paper Trimmer (scissors work fine too)
1/8" Red Ribbon
7/8" Red and White Polka Dot Ribbon
Mickey Mouse Hole Punch (I found this at Hobby Lobby)
Craft Glue (I used a few different kinds, but all you really need is one)
Scissors (not pictured, but I'm sure you know what they look like)

I started by typing up the invitations in Word. I made a text box that was just under 4" x 6" and added my text. I also added a border so I would have a guide for where to cut. You can download a "Minnie Mouse" font, but I just inserted the image of the font directly into my text box.

After I printed the text, I cut them out using my paper trimmer just inside of the black line so I had a clean, white edge.

Next, I cut some black cardstock for the background to just under 4.5" x 6.5".

I used the extra scraps of black cardstock to punch out some Mickey silhouettes.

Next, I cut the ribbon. The polka dot ribbon was about 5" and the red ribbon was about 4 3/4".

I used a tape runner to put a little double sided tape on the back of the polka dot ribbon.

Then I secured the ribbon to the front of the text sheet.

I wrapped the ends of the ribbon around the white cardstock and glued it in place with some tacky glue. Then I added some glue to the edges of the white cardstock and centered it onto the black cardstock.

I tied the red ribbon in a bow and glued it in place with some hot glue. I used hot glue because it would hold the bow in place better, especially because it isn't flat.

Then I glued the little Minnie Mouse on the invitation and ta-da! Done! I think they turned out pretty cute!

Have you made party invitations before? How did it go?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Frugal Craft: Easter Wreath

Here is a really quick, easy, and inexpensive Easter Wreath I made. I think it turned out pretty cute and I love all the Spring colors!

Here are my supplies:
Wreath- $2.29 regular price at Michael's. I used a 50% off coupon and got it for $1.14. You can also make your own wreath from cardboard or foam board which would make it ever cheaper or free!
Easter Eggs- I got two packs of 42 and used all but two. The packs were $1.97 each at Walmart, so just under $4 total.
Ribbon- Free because I had it on hand. If you don't have any ribbon you can get it really inexpensively at any craft store and you will only need a little.
Glue gun and glue sticks which I always have on hand.
Grand Total- just over $5, but you could actually make it for even less!

I started by gluing the eggs to the wreath. I glued a ring of eggs to the inner edge of the wreath and then a ring right on top of the wreath.

Next, I glued eggs to the outer edge. At this point I decided to thread my ribbon through because there was a perfect little gap in the eggs.

Finally, I glued eggs in all the gaps around the wreath and done! It probably took me just under an hour to finish the project, which I thought was pretty good!

What kind of Easter Wreath did you make this year? Are you working on any last minute Easter crafts?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Countdown

We just started our Easter Countdown! I found this "Easter Tree" at Hobby Lobby. I originally bought it for a recent Young Women lesson (here), then realized it would be perfect for our countdown. My kids love to have countdowns for holidays. Here is one we recently did for Valentine's Day.

I found these really cute sparkly eggs at Walmart. I love them!

Each night we read an Easter book for a bedtime story.

Then the kids get a surprise out of one of the eggs! They love it! 

I was going to add numbers to the countdown, but couldn't settle on a way to go about it. I will keep thinking about it and put that on my to-do list for next year!

Does your family have any fun traditions for Easter? Do your kids like to have countdowns for holidays?