DIY 4th of July tank!

I love all the cute comfy tanks that always roll out in stores for the Fourth of July. What I don’t like is the price, and the fact that the day after the fourth they will be 50 percent off. I’ve written before that I am a bit of a bargain hunter, and this tutorial …

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DIY Giant Paper Flowers

Who doesn’t love huge colorful flowers? I am in love with them. This super simple DIY is perfect for party decor (like Abby’s first) and even to decorate rooms!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Assorted colors of tissue paper. Think ahead about what color scheme you want to have, regardless yellow makes a very pretty middle to these flowers. It also looks very pretty to do different shades of the same color.
  • String or wire.
  • Scissors

Seriously, that’s it. Told you this was easy.

 

How to make them:

  1. Pick your colors. You’ll need 6 layers total for large and medium flowers, you can do 4 layers for small ones. Two layers need to be your inside color.
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  2. Decide your size, if you want it giant leave them full sized. For medium flowers try half a sheet, and for small try a quarter. Try to make these somewhat square so they end up more round than oval shaped.
  3. Cut down your middle. You’ll need to cut down the size of the middle piece as shown below.
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  4. Fold accordion style. You can make this however big or small you would like, for bigger flowers I usually stick to around an inch and go down from there.
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  5. Take out your middle layers and cut fringe into the sides. Make sure not to cut all the way through! Leave a designated middle space. Then put the layers back into the fold.
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  6. Secure the middle of the flower with yarn or wire. Tie it tightly and leave some extra ribbon or wire so you can attach it wherever you need to!
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  7. Cut the outside edge either scalloped or pointed. If you are making more than one, use both for variation!
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  8. Now start separating starting with the middle layers (the yellow layers). Pull each layer up side by side and ruffle it up so it looks a little more natural. Continue to separate each layer.
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  9. In the end you’ll end up with some beautiful flowers for any occasion.
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Let me know how your flowers turn out! Make sure to share them with us on Instagram too, just tag me @thiscraftyhome and ?use the #tchgetcrafty or share in the comments below!

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Sometimes being a mom sucks.

This past weekend was perfect. Abby was happy, Josh let me have alone time with my succulents, and I never wanted it to end. Then Monday came.

It is in these perfect times when my little girl is giggling at everything in sight that I realize how much it sucks to be a mom. It sucks to see Abby has learned something new and know I am missing out on all the other things she learns during the week. It sucks to know that someone taught her to nod her head yes and no, but it wasn’t me.

Then I have to remind myself of everything I am doing, and her daycare is doing,  is making her into this amazing little girl. Going to daycare helps her learn, and it gives her playmates. She sees me going to work every day and I pray that it is helping her grow into a girl who doesn’t see a limit to her potential.

This mom guilt is overwhelming at times. But when I get to work and I start doing the job that I honestly love, I know I am doing this mom thing the best I can. I am doing what is best for our family right now. Maybe in the future, this situation will change, but right now this is how it is, and I am honestly happy about it.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact, that sometimes being a mom sucks.

I know some of you have to deal with mom guilt too, how do you deal?

What I do for now is look at pictures of her at work, and talk about her all the time. Seriously, my co-workers probably hate me. 😉

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Onederland First Birthday Party

When I first had Abby I remember sitting in my hospital bed thinking about one year from that very moment. I know that sounds crazy, but Abby’s first birthday has been an obsession of mine since the beginning. I toiled for months over a theme, and once I decided on ‘Abby in Onederland’ it was full steam ahead.

I have this beef with kids parties (and the same with kid rooms), for some reason the idea of a super themed party kinda makes my skin crawl. I have no idea why, it’s probably the inner bargain hunter in me. I can’t stand to spend so much money on cheap themed decor when I can get crafty and make something beautiful! So, we started at my favorite place, the antique mall. At the end of it all for under $50 we had two teapots, 6 cups and saucers, and quite a few adorable bunnies.

One of my favorite parts of the party was making the huge paper flowers. My sister and I made them the night before the party at about 1 AM. They were made from simple tissue paper and could not have been more beautiful! I have a tutorial up here if you want to find out how to make your own.

Overall the day was beautiful (OK not totally beautiful, it ended up being cold so we moved the cake smashing inside), I couldn’t have been happier. Abby had a blast and the party was a hit! What else can you say when you’re first baby turns 1!

So here are my tips for you if you’d like to throw your own Onederland party!

  • Florals are your friends. Traditionally Wonderland is full of foliage, go with huge flowers, floral patters, and of course fresh flowers anywhere possible.
  • Go vintage. Seriously, this gives your party a classic touch and is easily found at your local thriftshop. Clocks, bunny rabbits, tea sets, and even vintage frames will all fit perfectly.
  • Be colorful. Whether you use muted tones or bright ones use a lot of color. Think of the icon tea party scene and go from there!
  • Don’t be traditional, be whimsical. For Abby’s party we set up old chairs around our back yard and had little tea sets at each of them. It was different, and fun!
  • Don’t stop at the party store. Well you can stop there, but keep shopping afterwards! You will find the best things in the oddest of places. One of the things that did not make it to Abby’s party were some huge mushrooms I wanted to make for the occasion. But my mom ended up finding small ceramic mushrooms for gardens that we stuck around the yard. It made a great finishing touch!

What did you all do for your little one’s first birthday, or what are you hoping to do? Let me know below!

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