Posts from the ‘Kid Juls’ category

Princess party paper plate bunting is a big hit on Pinterest, I thought I’d add another fun idea from that same party, master-minded by my wildly talented aunt. So many clever ideas from the birthday party she threw for her 5 year old grand baby, it’s hard to choose (I may just add more later, you’ll have to come back to see </blatent tease>). For today, your princess party tidbit is the banner she made to welcome the mini princesses to the party and celebrate Erin’s birthday.


What you’ll need:

  • Heavy twine, string or pretty ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper in the pattern and/or color of your choice
  • Scotch tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • 3.5″ or 4″ paper doilies
  • 3″- 3.5″ Die cut letters for your message
  • White glue and an inexpensive paint brush
  • Paper plate
  • Silver glitter
  • Tulle to match your scrapbook paper

Choose your twine, string or ribbon. How much you need depends on how long your message is. If you do the same as in the photo, you’ll need about 7 years for each line (28-30 yards), which will also allow you some extra for tying / connecting the ends.

Next, cut out the pennants from your paper of choice. I created a PennantBannerTemplate, or you can select your own size. You’ll need double the amount of letters – meaning, for “H-A-P-P-Y,” you’ll need 10 pennants. Turn the pennants wrong side down on a flat surface, match the bottoms and tape them together. They will fold in half and loop over the twine to hang. Use a small piece of double-sided tape on the tips to stick them together into one piece one I have them in order on the twine. Use a small piece of double-sided tape to glue a doily to the front of each pennant.

Place a die cut letter on a paper plate. Paint it with white glue, then sprinkle glitter on the letter. Set it aside to dry. Once dried, use glue or more double-sided tape to stick each letter on a doily for your message.

Last step, once your pennants are on your twine and taped closed at each tip, tie a 6-8″ piece of tulle between each letter. Tack, hang or tie your pennants up, and viola … an adorable prince party welcome banner!

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Who knew…? Oscar the Grouch was originally orange.
When he first appeared on Sesame Street in the original show in 1969 (Lordy, I feel old), Oscar was not green, but orange! No explanation on the color change in Season 2, other than Oscar’s story that he changed colors while visiting his cousins in a swamp. Based on the personality of a “magnificently rude” waiter, Carroll Spinney has been Oscar’s voice since his premier – wow, 44 years voicing our favorite crabby trash-lover.

Hungry for more Sesame Street and Muppet trivia? More fun tidbits, like Kermit was first fashioned from Jim Henson’s mothers’ coat and ping pong balls.

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Source: Leah Miller Photography blog

In honor of my aunt’s amazing talent… I’m sharing her adorable idea on how to make paper plate bunting. For grand daughter’s 5 year old birthday, she creating the princess party to beat all princess parties. For this “once upon a time” bunting, you’ll need:

  • 16 pink paper plates, 7″ diameter
  • 16 circle-cut scrapbook paper to fit inside the pink paper plates, ~5″ in diameter
  • 16 plain paper plates for backing, 7″ diameter
  • 16 large doilies, so the edges stick out
  • die cut or pre-packaged letters to spell “once upon a time …”
  • glue

Glue a doily between a plain and a pink paper plate – pink paper plate on top. Press tightly together so the doily ruffles (so cute!). Then glue the patterned scrapbook circle onto the pink plate. Add the letter to each plate (glue or double-sided tape) and pin to a ribbon or twine. Super easy and especially precious!

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It’s the end of the school year

My kids say “Hurray!”

My head jumps to, “Time for teacher thank you gifts.”

And those gifts must be clever, friend. They must stand out and be noticed.

I often default to gift cards – who doesn’t like free money?! But my clever side challenges my wallet beyond just a plastic rectangle… what am I going to do to make it noteworthy? Different? Memorable?

Enter creative juices. Whatcha got for me this year? I pondered long and hard, and with a bit of inspiration from my buddy Pinterest, I created a fun way to say “Thank You for Helping Me Grow” to our boys’ elementary school teachers:

Thank you for helping me grow

Quick DIY How To

  1. Visit your local Home Depot and buy one of those adorable mini succulents.
  2. Cut a brown lunch bag open, and wrap the plant like an ice cream cone; secure with double-sided tape and trim the bottom and edges.
  3. Print out my Teacher Appreciation Tags, and cut out the one you like best.
  4. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the top and bottom of the printout.
  5. Thread the printout through a kabob skewer, and stick it into the soil.

Voila… adorable teacher appreciation gift. Wait! Don’t forget a nice handwritten thank you card with that plastic rectangle gift card tucked inside the envelope. Now you’re all set.

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