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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Butterfly Themed Birthday Party

I love everything about birthday parties. All the fun, Joy and Happiness. After all its one of the ways way to celebrate life and thank almighty for greatest blessings. This story is about 1st Birthday party celebration of my friend's pretty baby girl. My friend and I did little internet search for themes and she fell in love with butterfly theme. We stuck to 3 colors white, green and pink shades, so that we don't make it very busy for eyes. Here is how party decor turned out. And I am telling you it was way under our estimated budget ;)

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

         The venue was their apartment community hall. We weren't allowed to make any big changes to the hall or stick anything to walls. So we went ahead and used existing curtain rod to hold our background which is white tulle fabric (tulle fabric roll ordered on amazon).

          Happy Birthday banner, table cover, cupcake stand, helium balloons, cups, plates and kids blow out play treats were all from dollar store. Isn't it awesome??? They were all butterfly themed too. We saw kind of similar ones in party city and they were way too expensive compared to dollar store. I am a great fan of dollar store when it comes to single use items.
 
DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

Cut and fold decorative tissue papers into fans. Join two fans together to form a circle. Mix and match to suit your taste.

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget
Letters for banner and thank you tags designed using picmonkey.

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

We designed little girl's name banner using pic monkey and few color tissue papers as shown in above pictures. I love using pic monkey for the fact that its way simple for everybody to use and many features of it are free.

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

We planned to cut several butterflies out of card stock and stick randomly on background. Luckily I came across this butterfly die cut sheet at Michaels, its white with pretty pink glitter on it. We just had to cut individual butterflies out of die cut sheet and already done with 20 pretty butterflies!

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

Then we cut few butterflies out of card stock as planned. For an easy cut, fold card stock into half, trace one half of butterfly (1 wing and half body) on to it such that body part falls across folded edge of card stock and cut both the folded sides together along traced edge. When you unfold you have a completely symmetric butterfly. (I hope you got it. Let me know in the comments if its unclear to you. Will be happy to help.)

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

Tada! Yummy butterfly cupcakes with edible candy butterflies. Yes! I made them and its very easy to make. You can check my post on edible chocolate decor for details on how to melt candy.

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

As shown in edible chocolate decor post, melt and trace butterflies on parchment paper sheets. To make the butterfly wings stay up in V shape, fold a card stock paper into V shape as shown in the picture and carefully place traced chocolate butterflies into V shaped paper fold. Make sure the center body of butterfly falls in the center of paper fold. Now freeze the chocolate butterflies until they are set.
Once the cupcakes are frosted with your favorite frosting, (I made simple butter cream frosting) add the butterflies on frosting and you are done!

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

My friend picked this cutest two tier butterfly cake from local bakery. God!! isn't that cute?? Tasted yummy too!

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

These gorgeous butterflies are hand painted by my friend on a little canvas, personalized with birthday girl's name and date on the back to give as return gifts for the ladies who attended the party. Aren't those beautiful? She is one amazing artist I know.
Ofcourse kids got toys as return gifts.

DIY Butterfly birthday party on budget

So that's how our party went. Hope you enjoyed the party. Here is a pink and lavender banner circle template in case you want to make your own birthday banner too. By the way all the opinions stated are my own and I am not paid for any of it. Thank you for fluttering by. Have a good day :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan

Hi friends, its been long since I wrote. I am back with Rakhi, right on time for coming up Raksha Bandhan. For my friends outside India, Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates love and affection between brothers and sisters. On the day of Raksha Bandhan sister ties a Rakhi on brother's wrist as a symbol of love, Sisters pray for their brother's well being and brothers take a vow to protect their sisters. So here is the Rakhi I made for my brother.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

 I am sharing the procedure of how I made it, in case you love to make one for your brother. After all what's more special than anything handmade? 

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Grab yarn or embroidery floss of your color choice. You can use just a single color too. Go by your style. Here I picked red, green and gold colors for Indian elegance :)

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

I tried an 8 strand fish tail braid for my rakhi and that is what is shown in above picture. Its very easy for beginners. (If you are familiar with any other braids you can definitely go ahead with those too.) 
1. Use tape and arrange 8 strands in a row. 
2,3,4,5. Grab the left most, right most threads and braid in the middle every time. That is move left most thread to center right and right most thread to center left.
6. Tighten the braid as you move and keep repeating.
Its quite easy to do than see. Trust me, once you get a hang of it you can finish it pretty fast.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.


Your braid will eventually look like this. Once you reach sufficient length for your rakhi stop braiding and finish with a knot (general overhand knot). Remove the tape, used to stick the other end and finish it with a knot too.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Use super glue to secure the knot and trim extra threads. I left 4 threads out of 8 on either side.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.
Draw and cut a circle piece out of felt cloth.
Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.


Grab few rhinestones, beads and glue to embellish the felt circle.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Use a toothpick for precised glue application. I added a thin bead lace around the circle.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Get creative and embellish the circle piece to your liking.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Add little glue to center of the braid and stick the embellished circle piece. Cut and attach a smaller felt circle piece to its back so that it feels comfortable against wrist for when you tie rakhi.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

That's it! Tie handmade lovely rakhi to your brother and celebrate Raksha Bandhan. If you live far from your brother like me, then send him your handmade Rakhi and it will surely brighten his day. Atleast I hope so :)

Once again Happy Raksha Bandhan to you. Thank you for stopping by. Celebrate your day :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Let's make Car Candy!!!

I have few posts that I wanted to write for almost 5 months now and never got around. Most of those are related to birthday parties. I decided to write them along with my on going craft posts. So you can expect quite a few party decorations and treats in my upcoming posts.
Coming to this post. I made this Car candy for a little boy who loves cars. Don't you think its the best birthday treat for a kiddo? Ding!! Only if the boy also likes candy. Anyways, I tried using this Wilton candy mold for the first time and found its pretty easy and fun to do with kids too. It would make an awesome treat for a Car themed birthday party or little boy's summer play party. Don't you think so?


I am very excited to share with you how easy it is to make these sophisticated cars. Laughing at my own joke right now!


Gather the supplies:

  • Wilton Race Car Pretzel Mold
  • Candy melts in colors you like
  • Lollipop sticks or pretzel sticks
  • Parchment triangles or Parchment paper roll
  • Few microwave safe bowls to melt candy

Procedure for Car Candy:

  • Colored Car candy has to be built layer by layer using one color at a time. You need to start coloring the front details of car first and then move on to building car's body. 
  • Take one color of candy at a time, pop in microwave safe bowl, melt the candy as per instructions and put the melted candy into parchment cone. (Here is a detailed video tutorial that helped me make my parchment cones.) 
  • Using parchment cone, gently squeeze the candy into mold. Its pretty much like how we colored a coloring page in childhood. You can completely get creative and pick which color goes where to make your car look really cool. 
  • Once you are done with one color partially freeze the candy and then move on to next color. This way the colors of candy won't mix and the outcome will be as you desire.
Here is how I built my Colorful Cars:


I took black color melted candy into parchment cone and squeezed candy on to car tires and wind shield frames in the molds. I kept the mold in refrigerator and partially froze candy in mold for around 15 mins.


Next, I took white melted candy in parchment cone and started filling the mold (i.e., took out from refrigerator) wherever I wanted white on my car fronts. Then I repeated freezing candy in the mold.


I repeated same procedure of melting, sqeezing and freezing the candy with blue color candy. 


Once I am done coloring car design details, I placed a lollipop stick into each car mold, went ahead and squeezed a lot of candy into each mold to fill car body. I did each car in different color. Tip: Once you fill entire mold, tap the mold slightly on a flat surface (using vertical movement) to get rid of any air gaps and squeezed candy  patterns. Also, this gives a flat surface for your car back. Then, I froze my candy for few hours to make them solid.

Simple version: If you are running out of time to use different colors just squeeze single color of melted candy and pop a lollipop stick into each mold. Slightly tap the mold few times to get rid of air gaps. Freeze it for few hours. The car candies will still look good in shape and kids will still enjoy eating them.


After freezing for few hours, car candies popped out very easily by lifting with their attached lollipop sticks.
VROOM VROOM!!! The race cars are almost ready for a race. Using knife cut any candy tail edges that are formed at rear end of your cars and you are done.


I used a small carton box covered with scrapbook paper and drilled holes into it to serve as candy holder. I also printed out name of the birthday boy and stuck on it for a touch of personalization. I made 2 batches of these car candies and I really liked how they turned out. Sorry, I couldn't take nice pictures, as I was running late for the party.

Let me know what you think of this car candy treat. Isn't it pretty easy to make with kids? I love hearing to your comments. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Perfect Summer Patio makeover for under 100$

I love dreamy, cozy and colorful patios. We have been living in our apartment since 2 years and our balcony is still empty. Yeah, pretty boring! Finally I made the decision to decorate my patio this summer under budget. Since I din't want to spend huge dollars on something that is going to be burnt in Arizona sun down the years I wanted to keep it simple yet cheery. Yes! Trust me, Sun gets crazy here :) But after living here for two and half years Arizona started feeling home to me. Coming back to my balcony, the walls are too dull in color. So I wanted lots of brightness in everything I add. But the real challenge was that I wanted to get things done under 100$. Here are before and after pictures for you.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.



Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

I built my color scheme (Pink, yellow, red and white) of decor from the outdoor rug from Ikea that I fell in love with. Its perfect size for our small patio, bright, colorful and even more awesome news is that its 12$!!! unlike other expensive outdoor rugs. Since its made of plastic straws it can with stand rain and sun. Easy to clean up too.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


According to my chosen color scheme I started with painting and stenciling my pots with bright floral designs. Here is a link for detailed post on how I did it.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


Also, I upcycled few boring old pillows to match my decor, make the space colorful and comfy. Here is a link for detailed procedure on how I stenciled and sew the pillow covers.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

I got those green adirondack chairs from Lowe's last summer. The white Ikea stool that we previously had in our den, now works as a side table in our patio.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

I wanted to add wooden blinds for the patio front but you know how expensive it gets. I loved the Lill curtains I got from Ikea for their price and they give my patio a cozy look. Adding curtains to my patio made it look more like an indoor than outdoor which makes it even more comfortable for me to enjoy my patio time.

I added nylon rope to the front of patio using screw in hooks to add my curtains on. This is the cheapest way ever to add Curtains. I had nylon rope on hand but if you want to buy some, dollar tree had pretty good stuff.

Then I hung pretty lace edge hanging planters from Ikea and the loveliest terracotta wind chimes that I got from India to front side of my patio.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


I upcycled an old dollar store plastic pot as plant stand just by turning it upside down. Pretty cool! Isn't it?


Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


I got these terracotta windchimes on my recent India trip. I just love these wind chimes so much. They make such a melodious music and give me a nostalgic feeling from back home. But I felt the colors didn't quite go well with my patio so, ofcourse I painted them too.

Few more shots for you.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.



Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.

Above 2 pictures are my favorite close up shots. I had those ceramic birds for over 2 years now, they were from Michaels. I got the birdhouse from Joann recently.

Here is the 100$ patio makeover count if you are interested in
2 Adirondack chairs from Lowes for $35.96
Ikea outdoor Rug for $12.99
Lill Lace curtains for $3.99 from Ikea as well
2 hanging planters from Ikea for $11.98
Self watering planters for $25.98 ( If you choose normal planters, you can get this count way less to 10$)
10 inch metal plant stand $4.97 from walmart
White home decor fabric for Pillow Covers $3.96
I painted planters and pillow covers with craft paints I had on hand :)
Those cute little birds, bird house, bird lantern, white stool and dollar planter (that is used as plant stand) were all the things I had lying around the home from long time. As I mentioned earlier the terracotta wind chimes are from India.

Patio makeover under 100$ budget. Make yourself a perfect summer patio that is cozy, comfy and colorful.


Tada! Now here is everything put together. I just love my patio much more now. Let me know what you think about this 100$ patio makeover in your comments. I love to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by.