{Walt Disney World} DIY Minnie Mouse Flip Flops

Now that our Countdown to Disney is in full swing, and the kids are in school full time, I’ve turned my attention to our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.  This week’s #GetPumpedforDisney activity was making our own Minnie Mouse Flip Flops.

Super Easy.  Super Cute!

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

I used the same technique that I used to make my Spider Corkscrew Bows that the girls wear at Halloween.  Click on the above link to see in more detail how I make the corkscrews.

For this tutorial {and one pair of flip flops} you’ll need:

  • a pair of plain plastic flip flops {I got mine at Walmart for 50 cents at the end of the summer!}
  • at least 5 different grosgrain ribbon spools, 1/4 inch wide works the best
  • several skinny dowel rods, each cut to 12″
  • two wooden clothespins per dowel rod that you have
  • jelly roll pan
  • glue gun
  • two pieces of elastic string cut to about 3″
  • two extra pieces of coordinating grosgrain ribbon {thinner than 1/4″ if possible}, cut to 4″
  • lighter
  • scissors
  • oven preheated to 325

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

Wrap your ribbon at a slight angle around the length of each dowel rod.  One dowel rod for each color {I have two of each color in the picture above because I was making two pairs of flip flops}.  Secure the ends of the ribbon to the dowel rods with the wooden clothes pins and place on a jelly roll pan.  Bake for 30 minutes at 325.  Let cool completely.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

When they are completely cool, gently slide the ribbon off of the dowel rods.  Cut each 12″ length of ribbon into 4 equal pieces {about 3″ each}.  Two pieces of each color ribbon for each flip flop.  Use your lighter to gently melt the ends of each piece of ribbon to prevent fraying.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

Line up your ribbon pieces {two of each color} on top of one of your elastic strings.  Make sure the string is in the middle of each ribbon and tie a tight double knot around the entire bundle of ribbon corkscrews. Trim the ends of the elastic.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

You should be able to maneuver the ribbons around a bit to get the arrangement and level of “fluff” you desire!

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

Hot glue your bunch of ribbons to the center of the top of your flip flop.  **The hot glue will NOT adhere the ribbons to the plastic, this is just to help hold the bunch in place while you secure it!  Use your scraps of ribbon {about 4″ long} to secure.

Hot glue one end of the scrap ribbon to the top of the ribbon bundle, right on top of the elastic knot.  Wrap the ribbon around one side of the flip flop thong {the part that goes between your toes}.  As you bring it back up to the top of the ribbon bundle, hot glue it to the top {the end of the ribbon that you already secured} and then tightly wrap it down around the other side of the thong.  Secure the end with hot glue.  Fluff your ribbon bundle around the scrap ribbon as much as possible.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

My girls {and their sensitive feet} did not like the way the ends of the ribbons {particularly the long skinny pink ones} tickled their toes.  So I ended up hot glueing the ends of some of the ribbons to the middle of the bundle to create loops.  But by doing that, I actually covered up a lot of the scrap ribbon from the top, creating a more cohesive look.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

You can still see the scrap ribbon in the above picture, since I took it front the front of the flip flops.

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

But from the tops, you could barely see it!

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

The girls love their new Minnie Mouse flip flops, and after the ribbon baked for 30 minutes, they only took about 15 minutes to make!  They can’t wait to wear them to the pool at Disney!

Minnie Mouse Flip Flops Tutorial to get the kids pumped for Disney!

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DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

We are about a month away from our big Disney trip, and we are starting to really get excited.  We’ve been faithfully counting down the days and doing special Disney activities to get ready and even more excited for our trip.  You can follow along with our activities over on Instagram by following me {@palmsandpigs} and following our hashtag #GetPumpedforDisney.

This week’s activity was more for me and Betsy, than for the girls.  And no, Betsy can’t come with us this time…{insert sad face here}.  But she still loves Disney as much as I do, and loves painting too….so she was the perfect helper for my DIY Wooden Disney Princesses.  And it was a terrific late night project for us when we were in West Jefferson.

I found these adorable dolls and Wooden Disney Princesses tutorial over on Lil Blue Boo, and thought they would be the perfect addition to our collection of wooden blocks, as well as the wooden dollhouse that we borrowed from Wiggles & Whimsy.

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

Aren’t they adorable?  I’m so pleased at the way they came out.  And they look so much more complicated than they really were.

Obviously, I had Betsy, who is an artist, helping me out, so some of my girls’ dresses are quite ornate.  But even without all of the ruffles on Belle’s dress, you can still tell who she is!

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

I bought my wooden dolls from Casey’s Wood.  I needed a bunch of them since we were making a set for my kids, and a set for Betsy’s.  It was surprisingly difficult to find the larger wooden peg dolls wearing dresses….but in hindsight I wish I had just gotten regular peg figures.   I don’t think the the dress shape ended up mattering that much, and it would have been nice to be able to use extra ones to make some boy figures.  I mean, how cute are these?!?!

Boy Peg Figurines from Homemade by Jill

Anyway, back to my ladies.  I got 12 peg dolls, some acrylic paint and super small paintbrushes….you’ll need one wider one for painting the dresses on, and at least one teensy one for painting details and eyes and such.  I also used a pencil for sketching before painting.

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

The dresses were pretty simple {they were my job, while Betsy did the detail work!}.  We used images on Google to look at each princess.  We did V-necks, Scoop necks or Heart-shaped necklines on the fronts, and painted straight across the back neckline {but left a little space under the head to make it more realistic}.  Here’s the back:

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

And some of the princesses have long flowing hair that went down their backs.  Again, we just used simple shapes to create their hairstyles.  And don’t forget their headbands!

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

To draw belts and bustles and ruffles {and midriffs!}, I used whatever I could find to make little marks all the way around the curved doll.  Here, I used a little plastic tube that I found…that way Aurora’s belt was straight all the way around.

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

I also found some glitter acrylic paint that I used for Elsa’s cape, Tinkerbell, Ariel’s scales, and Jasmine’s neckline and waist.  A little sparkle adds a lot of detail!!

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

Some tips we found:

-A little wave to the hairline creates a whole different look for the princess {don’t you love Snow White’s hair?}.

-Smaller is better when it comes to the dots for eyes

-The glitter adds a nice dimension…I may go back and add some bedazzle jewels to Jasmine and Cinderella.  Later on, I also added pompoms with hot glue for the princesses with buns, and that also added some texture.

-Use a non-toxic sealant after painting….because little boys love kissing {or chewing on} Princesses

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

My favorites ended up being Ana, Belle and Pocahontas.

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

But the rest were lovely as well.

DIY Wooden Disney Princesses

So my advice:

keep it simple with colors and shapes….

use Google images for different adaptations of each Princess’ look….

little details can make all the difference {look at Rapunzel’s lacey trim and X stitches}…

really, really, really don’t worry about the finished product….{especially if there is wine involved in the process}, because your girls will be just thrilled at the end result!

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{From the Archives} Disney World Countdown Chain

Well, we are at it again!  We are headed back to Disney at the end of the summer for another week of family fun.  Today, Jayna and I made our Disney World Countdown Chain for us to keep track of how many days left until our trip.  We made it just like last time, but added a few new Countdown Activities to our bucket this time.  Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about them.

But for today, I thought I’d revisit how we made the countdown chain two years ago when we went to Disney.  It’s amazing to look at the pictures and see how young Jayna looks!!!

Disney Countdown Chain

You might say there is a little Disney excitement going on inside our house lately.  And the kids are excited too! But, I finally grew tired of the “Is it  Disney World Day yet Mommy?” {Plus, I kind of wanted to know how many days left too!}.  And we all know that kids {and I} learn better with visual aides.  So I scoured my Disney Pinterest Board for ideas.By far, my favorite was the Disney World Countdown Chain by Get Away Today. Plus, it allowed me to control how many links were included {which was key since we had over 90 days left until D-Day}.  Several of the other countdown ideas were only for the last month.  Jayna and I had a great time making it too.  We did it in several parts….spreading out the “Disney Project” over several days.  Lately she is all about projects and having some quality {no-Millie} time with Mama.  I let her cut out the circles and 2 in ch strips.  Then we used glue sticks to add white hole-punched dots to the red strips to make them look like Mickey’s pants.Then DAYS later {when Jayna needed some more Mama time}, we connected the chains.  Jayna worked on her patterning skills while I attached the chains with tape.Because we kept spreading out this project, I had to keep modifying the number of chains used….we waited another couple of days to finish the project with a cute topper {with fun, sparkly scrapbooking stickers and paper}, and hang it up in our dining room.  I kind of underestimated how long the chain would be!To add to the excitement, on the white strips, I drew a little Mickey…and every time Jayna cuts a white strip, she gets to choose a fun-filled Disney Stick from our Bucket o’ Fun Disney ActivitiesMore Jayna and Mama time later that day with a special Disney activity!

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{From the Archives} Eric Carle Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to Eric Carle!  One of my favorite authors of all time turns 86 years young today.  Check out his website {www.ericcarle.com} for a ton of activities and facts.  And to celebrate his birthday, Zulily has The World of Eric Carle featured on their site for up to 70% off.  Go over and stock up on birthday presents!

 And for today….a little Throwback Thursday to Amelia’s first birthday party.   Although I had sworn I was not going to do a big to-do for Amelia….you know me!  I just couldn’t resist throwing a party!  Especially a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed First Birthday!

 I got the idea and the template from good ‘ole Pottery Barn!

I also ordered some Eric Carle print fabric from Amazon in order to create Amelia’s sweet dress, and some of the decorations at The Farmhouse.

And I downloaded the graphics from here (also had some great inspiration!).   I cut the labels out, glued them to popsicle sticks and stuck them to clay.  I also used them to create stickers for the favor tins (full of M & M’s!).

 

Coloring Page from here 

My oh-so-artistic sister was able to use watercolors to dublicate some of the food from the book.  Originally, we were going to use it to decorate the cornhole boards, but finally decided just to use it as decorations.  {They were waaaay too pretty to throw bean bags at!}

 

In addition to the cornhole bags that I made (using 6″ circles and ironed on transfers!), we also had hula hoops, chalk, bubbles and water painting outside on the lawn.

 

We only had one tragedy for the day…the smash cake.  It started out very cute and almost “fuzzy” looking, but when I took it out of the fridge, I noticed that one eye had fallen off!!!  So I had to smooth over all of the icing and scoop the eye back up.

And then wouldn’t you know it?  The OTHER eye fell too!

Not nearly as cute, but it turns out that Birthday Girls don’t care!!!

And because she doesn’t have enough cake….

Thank you Mommy!

And for everyone else, there were cupcakes and cake pops!

 

 And you know all of those pesky monthly photos I’ve been taking of Amelia and Jayna? Well, I compiled them into frames and put them on the mantle so guests could see the progression of Millie.

 I almost forgot to show you my pride and joy!!! Isn’t he adorable?!?!

And finally, the opening of the gifts!  Baby dolls, picnic baskets and books, etc.

And we couldn’t have asked for better weather!  What a wonderful day for a birthday party!  We are so grateful for such wonderful friends!

 Happy Birthday Amelia!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Decor

Lincoln’s first birthday was the most fun I’ve had planning a party since Millie’s Mermaid Party.  I just love everything about planning a party.  The research, the planning, the details, the crafts.  Everything!  And planning a Cowboy Party was so fun.   I started the planning process by scouring the internet and Pinterest for ideas on food, games and decor.  I’ve said time and time again, I’m not really that creative…but I’m an excellent copycat!  Check out my Cowboy Up Pinterest Board to see all of my inspiration!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Cowboy Gear

Our neighborhood has an awesome community center that is actually an old farmhouse, flanked by a big lawn and a pavilion with a gorgeous brick fireplace inside.  The day of the party was just perfect, blue skies and in the low 70’s.  So we put the food and the cowboy gear under the pavilion.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

The kids donned cowboy hats, bandanas and mustaches for the full cowboy effect.  All of the “gear” was from Oriental Trading.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Photo Booth

Against the side of the pavilion, we set up a little photo booth area, complete with red/white/gray bunting, a wagon wheel and a hay bale.  And of course, a “WANTED” sign {made by Dave!}.  Our “hobo bag” party favors were additional props that some of the cowboys used.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Props

I put all of the games and activities out on the lawn, where they could be easily supervised by the parents that socialized around the edges of the lawn and under the pavilion.  In the middle of the lawn, I placed my Wild West Town.  Made out of appliance boxes {ask for them at Lowe’s}, I used sponges and paint for the brick print, and a full roll of paper towels dipped in brown paint to create the Log Cabin.  We used fake plants, kiddie rocking chairs and small barrels from around our house as props.  Unfortunately, I found that the black tempera paint turned out more gray {see the Jail}, so I used black permanent markers and stencils to create the sharp, black lettering {see the Bank}.  I cut around the bricks in the side of the jail so the kids could “break out” of jail.  If I were to make all of this again, I’d cover the inside back wall of each “building” with black/brown paper…I found that the lettering really detracted from the overall look!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Games and Activities

We created a relay race for the kids in front of the Wild West Town.  I divided the kids into two groups, “the outlaws” and “the sheriffs.”  I filled 3 little canvas bags with cotton and drew dollar signs on them.  I told the kids that the “outlaws” were to take a bag of money and ride their stick horse down to the hay bale at the far end of the lawn, and put it in a basket.  Then they were to use the potato sacks to jump back to the start.  They got a head start, and then the “sheriffs” rode their horses down and got the bags out of the basket and jumped back to the start with the bags.  The object of the game was for the “outlaws” to get all the money in their basket {at the far end} and the “sheriffs” to get all of the money bags back to the starting line.  After a few rounds, all the kids got sheriff badges for their efforts!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Dave also made a sawhorse “horse” for the kids to practice their lassoing skills with.  He put the wood together, and then I hot glued brown yarn for the mane and the tail.  We covered a hula hoop with thick twine from Hobby Lobby, and then secured some REALLY thick rope from Lowe’s to the lasso loop.  Extra rope was used for a couple of makeshift Tug-of-War games.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

For the littlest cowpokes at the party, we filled up a bucket with sand and let ’em dig for gold!  I spray painted some rocks gold, and found some Western-themed small figurines and buried them all in the sand.  Kids of all ages ended up enjoying the hunt!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Drinks

But my favorite element of our decor was the “Watering Hole.”  Dave built it out of pallets, and we covered the sign in clear chalkboard spray {allowing us to use the stand for lemonade sales later this summer!}.  We used mason jars covered in burlap and bandana strips as glassware, with fun paper straws of course!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

People just seemed to flock to the Waterin’ Hole…it was a Western Water Cooler, I guess! Stay tuned for one more post featuring the birthday boy!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Favors

The cowboy party favors we gave out at Lincoln’s party were one of the simplest aspects of the whole party.  The hardest thing about it was finding enough straight-ish sticks!

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Here’s what you are going to need for each Hobo Bag:

a straight-ish stick about a foot long

a 10″x10″ square of bandana fabric {I used yardage}

about a foot and a half of twine

snack sized ziplock bags

Golden Grahams

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Mini marshmallows

Fill up the snack bag about 2/3 of the way full.  Squeeze al the air out and zip it closed.  You should be able to kind of fold the stuffed baggie in half.

With it folded, place in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side of the fabric.  Carefully pull each of the four corners up and secure with the twine.  Tie the twine in a knot and then wrap the twine in a figure eight around the sack and the stick.  Once you get to the end of the twine, tie off in a double knot.

I used both red and blue bandana fabrics, and then arranged all of the Hobo Bags into a vase, making it my centerpiece for the food table!  Double duty!

And my Cowboy Party Favors were a hit…not a single one left!

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{Cowboy Up} DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial

One of my favorite things about Lincoln’s cowboy-themed first birthday party was the fact that everyone got to get in character.  We supplied the hats, bandanas and mustaches for the guests, but our family searched for weeks before the party to find our perfect outfits!

I ordered the girls coordinating outfits on Zulily, but wasn’t sure about them arriving in time, so I made them each an outfit too.  The matching dresses ended up arriving just in time, so Jayna opted to wear that.  Millie chose to wear my outfit though!!  It’s one of my twirly skirts that I sell occasionally on Etsy.  I appliquéd the matching shirt.  Their cowgirl hats are from Tractor Supply.

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Lincoln, on the other hand, was a bit harder to shop for.  I ordered his little cowboy hat off of Amazon, and his boots were an accidental find at Hobby Lobby.  But what was he going to wear?

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

I scoured Pinterest, but couldn’t find a Cowboy Vest that I liked, let alone a pattern.  So I decided to make my own.  First, I got one of his current onesies so I could figure out how big to make it.  I used butcher paper as my “pattern” and eye-balled how wide and tall to make it, taking seam allowances into consideration.  In hindsight, I wish I had added about an inch to both the width and height.  The vest fit him, but he won’t be able to use it for pretend play as a toddler or anything.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s what my final measurements looked like for a size 12 month vest.  Again, if I were you, I think I’d add another inch to width and height for a better fit.

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Trace your “patterns” onto your fabric, remembering that you will need two of the front panel…and they need to be mirror images.  When you are finished, the front pieces should fit perfectly.  It’s of if they overlap in the front a bit.  Cut a small dip on the back piece along the neckline.

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Then, use some scrap fabric to  cut a 3″ tall rectangle that is a little wider than the top of the back of your vest.  This will be your fringe panel for the back.  Sew it on with a straight stitch as close to the raw edge as you can {make sure it’s straight!}

Take another 3″ high scrap of fabric and place it under the top of your front sections of the vest. Trace and cut, to form the front panels of fringe.

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You’ve already sewn the back fringe panel on, do the same for the fringe panels on the front.  Straight stitch the panel to the top of the front of your vest.  Then sew the panel along the diagonal line {down the chest}.  Do not sew the side where the arms are going to go.  Then I sewed the front pieces to the back pieces {right sides together!}, and zig-zag stitched around all of the raw edges.  I made it a wide stitch, and wasn’t too careful and I ended up liking the imperfect-ness of it.  Very Cowboy.

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If you have any other scraps available, feel free to cut out a pocket {a semi-circle} and a triangle of the same width.  Sew the triangle to the straight part of the semi-circle.  Zig-zag stitch across the top to finish the raw edge.  Position your pocket where you’d like it, pin and zig-zag stitch around the semi-circle, leaving the straight part un-sewn for a functional pocket.

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Once everything is sewed on, you just need to cut your fringe!  Cut up to your seams, but be careful not to cross or snip any thread!

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Adorable and really easy, right?  Ok, now for the good pictures.  I’ll let the professional take over from here….courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography.  I’ll take credit for the kid though!

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DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

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Cutest ‘lil cowpoke around!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Food Ideas

Y’all.  Seriously. Get ready for some cowboy up in here.  Lincoln’s first birthday party was a huge success!  Cowboy hats and bandanas took over my brain, life and dining room table for a month before the party…so  over the next week or so, I’m gonna share everything with you!  We had our good friend and favorite family photographer, Rachel Weber Photography come out and take pictures during the party, and seriously…over a hundred fantastic shots!!! So, I’ve broken it up into a couple of different posts for ya…if you like what you see here, be sure to follow along or search “Cowboy Up” over on the right hand side of the page to see all of the posts, prep and DIY Cowboy Party Ideas!

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Although I’ve cropped some of the images to fit the style of the blog post, most of the images you see on this post were taken by Rachel Weber Photography.  She did Lincoln’s Newborn Photo Shoot, so I found it fitting that she document the First Birthday milestone too!

I threw in some of my family and friends’ photos too…but I watermarked those with my blog name!

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Our party was held at my neighborhood community center, which is an old farmhouse and a pavilion.  We put all the food {and seating} in the pavilion, and games and fun were outside on the Farmhouse lawn.  I served crock-pot chili with mini Trader Joe’s corn bread muffins.  I got the little chili bowls in the picture above from Hobby Lobby.  I ordered aluminum foil pans from Amazon, and used those as a tray/plate, with all of my food either being bite-sized or being in little bowls for easy eating.

I used my favors as a “centerpiece” on the food table.  They were little Hobo Sacks with a snack baggie of marshmallows, chocolate chips and Golden Grahams in a bandana, and tied to a branch with twine.

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Also on the menu were some finger foods for the toddlers {Goldfish, Veggie Straws, Mini Club Crackers, Quartered Grapes, Cubed Cheese}.  I also made little cups with Ranch dressing in the bottom and celery and carrot sticks sticking out for easy healthy snacking.  Pasta salad was in little cups, and mini macaroni and cheese bites were perfect for little {and big} hands.  Watermelon was a refreshing snack after the games!

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The cake served as a “centerpiece” for the second food table, opposite a cute {and edible!} cactus made from the bottom of a pineapple, a huge cucumber, and mini cucumber {or pickle} arms stuck with toothpick ends.

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and PigtailsDIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and PigtailsCupcakes surrounded the smash cake for the guests to enjoy while Lincoln…well, smashed!  {Pictures of that, coming very soon!}

I used local mama Michelle from Sweet Velvet Cakes for both the smash cake and the cupcakes, and I was so pleased!  She was super affordable, and worked really closely with me to get the look I wanted {I required a rope, hat and bandana!}.  Everything was delicious, and so cute!

I made a custom bib for Lincoln to wear while he was smashing cake…

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

But my favorite project regarding the food was the silverware.  Since we went rustic, I ordered wooden silverware and bandana print napkins on Amazon.  I bought mustache and boot stamps, and let Millie and Jayna go to town hand-stamping the silverware!  They did an amazing job {and they loved helping out}!!

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Everything was perfect…we had just the right amount of food, and no leftovers!!

I hope you enjoyed my cowboy party food ideas…feel free to pin!  Stay tuned for the next post on my  DIY cowboy craftiness….

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DIY Easy Burlap Bunting

One of the simplest and most versatile projects I’ve done so far is my burlap bunting.  I originally made this for Lincoln’s Nursery, but then ended up using it mostly for my craft show booth.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

It was super easy to make….took me about 10 minutes total!  So now that I’ve been planning Lincoln’s Wild West Cowboy Birthday Party, I decided I could use a little more.  So Millie and I made a little more this week.  It was the perfect project for her to help with because it is very hard to mess it up!

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

You’ll need a strip of burlap, the width depending on how long you want your flags to be.  Use a ruler to draw triangles across the burlap.  Where applicable, I pulled some of the burlap strands out after cutting, to reduce fraying.  You’ll also need some painter’s tape, white paint, a paintbrush, a glue stick, a length of twine {long enough for your completed bunting}, some newspaper for underneath your burlap, and a hot glue gun.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

 Divide your cut triangles into two equal stacks….one will be striped, one will be polka-dotted.  To make the polka dots, simply dip the end of your glue stick in paint and transfer to your triangles, evenly spacing out the dots.  Let dry completely.

For your striped triangles, use your painter’s tape, starting at the top, to make evenly spaced stripes down the triangle.  Paint the spaces in-between the tape, making sure you have even coverage and you paint over the edges of the tape {to create crisp lines}.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

When still wet, peel off your painter’s tape and let dry completely.  Using the hot glue gun, draw a line of glue along the top edge of the back side of your triangles {alternating striped and polka dotted}, and glue down the twine.  I left about an inch in between each triangle so they would have plenty of room to fold on top of each other for storage.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

And tada!  After this quick and simple burlap bunting project you have a beautiful piece of decor just waiting for a place on your mantle, door, wall, etc.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

Stay tuned next week to see how I used the bunting at Lincoln’s Cowboy party!

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{From the Archives} Custom Name Blocks DIY

I love, love, love making things for new babies.  As much as I know those mamas truly want something that they registered for, I just cannot resist creating something of my own to give to those babies as well!  And one of my favorite things to give are these adorable custom name blocks.  They take some time and planning to make, but are so worth it!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

You can buy the blocks {which I believe are 4 inches in height} at Michaels or AC Moore.  Use a coupon!  I also use a variety of scrapbook paper sheets for the background, stickers and letter pads for the letters, numbers and embellishments.  The hardest part is finding different things to put on each side, while keeping with a central theme of colors and embellishments.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

First step is to paint your blocks a solid color.  I almost always use brown.  Make sure they are completely dry before doing anything else to them.  Meanwhile, trace and cut out a piece of cardboard to fit onto the side of your blocks, you’ll use this to trace squares onto all of your scrapbook paper to create backgrounds.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

Go ahead and cut out your letters and embellishments.  You’ll need letters for the first name, ABC’s in chronological order, numbers in order, and then either random letters or letters for the last name {if it happens to be the same number of letters as the first name}.  Plan out all of your sides for your blocks. I line mine up under each block, so that I can find good matches for background/letter/embellishments, so it all flows.  Two of your sides will just need scrapbook paper, because you will be adding photos to those sides later on {it makes a great 1st birthday addition to add photos from throughout the year!}.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

As you are “mapping” out each side of your blocks, take into consideration where each letter will be located on the blocks, and make sure your colors are evenly spaced.  You also want to make sure you are glueing on the letters in the correct direction.  You may think that’s a no brainer, but it’s easy to mess up if you don’t have a system.  I use post it strips to help plan {and make sure everything is facing the correct way too!}

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

I line all mine up and modge podge one side of the entire set at a time.  I do all of the backgrounds first, making sure that they are completely dry.  Then I start modge podging the letters/numbers on, one set at a time.  So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Let them dry. Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge R, O, S, I, E {in this case}.  Let them dry.  Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge A, B, C, D, E.  And so on.  I like my letters and numbers to be on opposite sides of the blocks, my first and last names {or random letters} on opposite sides, and then I just modge podge backgrounds on the sides, so the new Mama can glue on pictures of the baby later.  Again, make sure all of the letters/numbers/pictures on each side are facing the same way!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

See in the picture above that I did a horrible job paying attention to letter location?  Now that E just bothers me!  Learn from my mistakes people!

Once you get everything glued on and it’s significantly dry, use some rough sand paper {or a sanding block} to sand down the edges of the blocks, and the sides of the background papers.  You want it smooth and seamless!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, use a painter’s sponge to dab a little of the same color paint over the edges…covering the edge of the block and the edge of the background paper.

You can see in the picture below that I was a little heavy on the paint around the pink 1 side, but it was a little better around the green words side.  So err on the side of less paint on your sponge.  See my blank side on the left?  That’s for mama to modge podge pictures of baby onto later.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

And that’s it!  Let your paint dry, and your custom name blocks are ready to give away!  Here’s some of the others I’ve made….notice my letter placement and if the direction of each side matches!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you end up trying this, link up your post or picture, I’d love to see yours!

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