Category Archives: Parties

Paper Lanterns

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make a pretty string of lanterns for a party, or just to decorate your home. Because they’re battery operated, you can hang them where you like–no need for an outlet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, wrap a piece of your scrapbook paper snugly around the edge of your tea light to figure out how wide your pieces of paper need to be. Mark, and cut the paper width to size.

Then, figure out how tall you want the lanterns to be, and mark and cut your paper.

Fold your paper in half length-wise.

Cut slits evenly spaced along the folded edge, getting no closer than 1/4-inch to the top edge. Unfold the paper.

Wrap the edge of your paper around the base of the tea light (totally hiding the candle), so the candle flame is facing up into the lantern, and adhere the paper to the candle with your hot glue. The candle is going to be the TOP of your lantern, because if the candle is on the bottom of the lantern, it’s weight pulls the paper too much, and you lose the nice lantern shape. So, if you want the design on your paper to be right-side up, glue accordingly.

Carefully line up the side seam of your lantern, and use a bit of hot glue to adhere the edges together, being careful to evenly line up the top edge.

Cut a small length of twine, and glue into a “u” shape on the top of your lantern.

I varied the shape of my lanterns by gluing a solid sheet of paper into a cylinder around the candle first, and then gluing a cut lantern piece over the top. You can also cut your slits different widths to vary how they look.

Hang your lanterns on their own, or cut a long piece of twine, and string all the lanterns together.

The flickering of the battery operated candles really makes these little lanterns extra pretty.

Happy crafting!

Woodland Parties

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I’ve seen a ton of woodland themed birthday parties pop up recently, and with good reason. They’re a great neutral gender theme with tons of adorable decorations! From cute animals, to woodsy plants to toadstools, there are so many great ideas to decorate for an outdoor woodland themed party. Here are some of my favorites.

Woodland Fairy Tale Birthday Party

Woodland Fairy Tale Birthday Party

This cupcake stand is a great centerpiece that looks natural and is super easy to make. Even the toadstool cupcakes would be perfect for a novice baker.

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Pretty Pajaki Chandeliers

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Create a pretty paper chandelier for a spring party or just to brighten up your home on a rainy day.

Pajaki are paper chandeliers, a Polish folk craft made to decorate the home with bright spring blooms. Traditionally made with wooden reed straws, and tissue paper, here’s a fun version to make with plastic, or paper straws, and other various crafting materials.

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Faux Easter Treats

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Seeing all of the bright and colorful Easter candy this time of year always gives me a sweet tooth. Everything Easter themed looks sweet enough to eat, even if you can’t! Here are some of my favorite candy inspired crafts that won’t give you a cavity.

Faux Sugar Eggs

Faux Sugar Eggs

I remember making these when I was little. I never wanted to eat the gorgeous and sparkly sugar egg that I had created, and they usually ended up crumbling apart and in the garbage. Now you can make your own candy egg that will last for years!

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Valentine Garlands

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I’m a huge fan of garlands because they’re a really easy way to decorate for an upcoming holiday or party. While Valentine’s Day isn’t quite as popular a holiday to decorate for than some of the other ones, you can’t deny that the decorations are adorable! Here are some easy ways to add some Valentine’s Day festivity to your home with garlands.

Vintage Valentine Animal Garland

Vintage Valentine Animal Garland

These cute and fuzzy friends are so fun, you may not want to take them down! Add some personality to your Valentine’s Day decor with this vintage inspired garland.

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