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Paper Heart Cupcake Toppers Tutorial

Cupcake toppers can be purchased pretty much anywhere now, but can sometimes become an unnecessary expense, particularly if you have a large number of cupcakes to decorate. Cupcake toppers can easily be made at home to suit any party theme, and only require a few relatively cheap materials. You’ll be pleased to know that you should be able to find most, if not all of these materials in your local supermarket and craft store. If you have any cake to hand, go and find yourself a beautiful plate, some pretty napkins and make yourself a tea. All of which are the perfect accompaniments to any craft project of course.

Materials: 

Decorative Paper/Wrapping Paper

Double Sided Selotape

Large Heart Paper Cutter

Small Cocktail Sticks

Paper Scissors

Method: 

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1. First of all, decide on how many cupcake toppers you require. For 12 cupcake toppers, you will require 24 paper hearts, to ensure the hearts are all double sided. Take your paper cutter and cut out all of your hearts, placing them in pairs. There is a very wide selection of paper cutters, available in most craft stores. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can definitely adjust the tutorial to your taste and theme.

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2. Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut 3 strips of double sided selotape for your first cupcake topper. The reverse side of 12 of your paper hearts will contain 3 strips of double sided selotape. There will be one long strip in the centre of the heart, which the cocktail stick will be placed on top of, and 2 smaller strips either side of that, to stick the paper hearts together. Repeat this process for half of your paper hearts.

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3. You should now have 24 paper hearts. The reverse side of 12 of them should contain double sided selotape and a cocktail stick, and the other 12 paper hearts should be plain. These plain paper hearts can now be placed on top of those with cocktail sticks, ensuring the pattern is visible on both sides of the cupcake topper. You should now have something beautiful which looks like this.

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When finished, they will definitely impress your guests and give any dessert table that extra special touch! Enjoy!

A polite reminder: This tutorial is for personal use only and should not be reproduced or sold. 

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Wool Felt Ball Garland Tutorial

I just love wool felt ball garlands and thought I would share a quick and easy tutorial with you. If you have a party coming up and you are feeling creative, then you must try making one. They do a wonderful job of transforming party spaces, particularly when used on or near dessert tables or hanging from feature walls.

Felt balls are relatively cheap and readily available online. A quick google search will provide you with plenty of choice, particularly in size and colour. For this tutorial, I used 14, 2cm x 2cm felt balls in a variety of vibrant colours.

If you’re feeling inspired, then go and grab your supplies along with a lovely mug of tea (and some biscuits), quick!

You’ll need:

A selection of Wool Felt Balls (Mine are 100% Wool Felt)

Yarn

Scissors

Tape Measure or Extra Long Ruler

Thick Sharp Needle

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Step 1:

Decide which felt balls you intend on using and choose your yarn. The yarn will be used to assemble the garland and will be visible, so choose a complimentary colour. Grab a tape measure and scissors and cut a piece of yarn to your desired garland length. Add approximately 10 centimetres to this length to allow for the hanging loops at each end of the garland. My yarn measured 127 centimetres. Take your needle, and thread the yarn through it like so:

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Step 2:

At this point, I position my felt balls in the order I would like them to appear on the garland. Take your first felt ball and carefully thread the needle through the centre of it. If your needle is big and sharp enough, it should easily thread through the felt balls, but may need a little tug! Continue threading each felt ball onto your garland, until each one is attached:

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Step 3:

Once all of your felt balls are threaded through the yarn, lay the garland out and position your felt balls exactly where you would like them. (If you’re anything like me, you’ll like to ensure that the felt balls are fairly evenly spaced at this point!) There should be an extra 5 centimetres of yarn at each end of the garland (or more if you’ve accounted for it) to enable you to make 2 equally sized hanging loops. Thread each of the yarn tail ends into the two end felt balls at either side of the garland. Cut the excess yarn, and voila, you have a loop. Your garland should now be looking similar to this:

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I adore the colour yellow. and you’ll see below that I used some beautiful yellow flowers as a cake centrepiece. The great thing about felt ball garlands, is that there are so many colour combinations to choose from. This means they can be made to perfectly suit your party decor. Enjoy, and please share the results if you decide to make a garland.

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Valentines Day Crafting

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I always become very excited about valentines day crafting and usually begin lots of love themed crafts around this time of year, sometimes before Christmas even! I thought I would share some of my favourite makes, some available at Paper Doily and some just for eye candy! All of the items pictured above are simple, enjoyable to make and very effective.

The wooden washi tape pegs are perfect for prettifying gifts, dessert tables or used around the house to hang favourite cards or photographs. Wooden pegs are so easy to find and it’s quite amazing how a simple piece of patterned tape can transform such a plain item! If you’re anything like me and have jars full of washi tapes, this is a great way to use your stash! I’ve also seen patterned fabric tape in a fair few craft shops, which is a lovely alternative.

I could imagine these pegs used on wedding favours/wedding dessert tables. I had several sweet jars on my dessert table at my own wedding in April of last year and I wish I had thought of this idea back then. They are the perfect addition to sweet bags if guests wish to take away sweet treats without getting covered in sugar.

The heart gift tags were also very enjoyable to make. I always seem to have lots of patterned wrapping paper left over from gift wrapping and I thought this was a really good way to use it up. I’m also a sucker for patterned paper packs and have so many floating around my craft room. The glitter paper is my favourite at the moment. I actually had hundreds of beautiful paper straws left over from my wedding and decided to use the glitter paper to add heart embellishments to them. As of yet, I haven’t started any valentines themed crochet projects, but this could be on the pipeline!

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I’ve been browsing the web for lots of crafting inspiration and wow, I certainly found it! I thought this would be a lovely way to end the post. If you’re anything like me and spend hours on pinterest, you’ll know how hard it was to choose such a small selection of favourites! Will you be doing any valentines day crafting this year and do you get as excited as I do?

The beautiful products in the above grid are courtesy of: LaLibeLula, A Field Journal, Annie’s Eats, Sisters Guild

Happy new year and happy crafting!

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Wool Felt Cake Toppers

I’ve really enjoyed browsing and making cake toppers since my wedding in April of this year. So much so, I’ve began making lots of them out of the most colourful and ever so soft wool felt, a new material I have recently discovered and absolutely love! These fluffy little shapes are so versatile and wonderful to work with. There are endless party crafts that they are perfect for, including garlands which I have made a fair amount of and will definitely be posting another tutorial on.

I have put together a very easy and hopefully helpful tutorial on the process behind making wool felt cake toppers. if you have a birthday party, wedding or any other special occasion coming up, these could be the perfect addition to your special bakes.

First of all, I ordered a few bags of wool felt balls and shapes from a company called Blooming Felt. I did a lot of browsing online prior to ordering and this company seemed the most reasonable. Everything arrived in good time and was packaged well, which is always a great bonus. This beautiful glass jar is the perfect storage solution and definitely brightens up my craft room shelf! The other good thing about this storage method is that I can see when supplies are running low!

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To construct the cake toppers, begin by choosing your favourite wool felt shapes. You will then need to take a small pair of sharp scissors. Embroidery scissors work best but if you don’t have those, then any sharp, reasonably large sewing needle will do the job.

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Pierce a small hole through the bottom of one of your wool felt shapes. The hole does not need to go through the entire shape at this stage, it just needs to be deep and large enough for you to place a thin skewer stick through it as below.

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You should be able to twist and turn the skewer stick most of the way through the wool felt shape until it has reached the top. It should not be visible at the top of the cake topper, so if you have pushed it all the way through, just pull it back out slightly. You can, if you wish add a very small amount of PVA glue into the hole with a small cocktail stick before pushing the skewer stick in. However, this hasn’t been necessary for me as I keep the hole fairly small to ensure it is sturdy.

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Once finished, have fun placing them on your special cake and await the lovely compliments, as they really do look something special. As you can see above, I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with different shapes, colours and materials. The beauty of the wool felt cake toppers are that they are very quick to make, so you can spend time baking and making other beautiful party products!

I would love to hear from you and see your photographs if you have made these! If you love what you see but would prefer a ready made cake topper, there are several cake toppers available to purchase from Paper Doily Parties as pictured above, alongside many other handmade party products.

Happy crafting!

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Decorative Wooden Pegs

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We’ve been very busy making lots of adorable pegs for our Etsy shop recently and we thought we would share! They are absolutely perfect for prettifying wedding favour bags or wrapped gifts. They would also look lovely in the home, perhaps hanging from a lovely piece of twine with your favourite photographs or artwork attached.

These pegs are just standard clothes pegs and are very easy to find in most hardware stores or supermarkets. I purchased a large pack of these from my local supermarket. I searched online for patterned washi tape and came across such an amazing selection, mainly on Etsy. The great thing about these pegs, is that you only need a very small amount of washi tape to cover them. This means that you will have lots of tape left for coordinating party crafts, should you be having a big DIY session.

I have decided to sell these in lovely packs of 10 here but if you decide to get creative yourself, then let me know. I would love to see!

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DIY Hand Stamped Heart Gift Tags

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I’ve recently opened the handmade part of my new business, which can be found on Etsy under the name of Paper Doily Parties. I have been very busy crafting lots of party products over the past few weeks, which has been so much fun! These beautiful gift tags are one of the most favourite things I have made so far. I imagine they would be absolutely perfect as wedding favour tags, or used to adorn a gifts for special people in your life. I can also imagine them looking stunning if used for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea party. The possibilities are endless, and the fact that they are handmade, makes them that extra bit special.

If you are feeling crafty yourself, why not have a try? For these particular tags I searched for some plain brown tags in my local craft store, which happened to come with a long length of beautiful twine, which I divided into 30 pieces. You will need a sharp pair of scissors to achieve a nice finish. I particularly loved the scalloped edges on these tags, but there are so any variations. I also purchased a beautiful heart shaped stamp from Jolyonates, as shown in the photograph above. This was of excellent quality and added the perfect finish to my tags. I bought some standard red ink alongside the tags and stamped away as soon as I arrived home!

I would advise you to work on a hard surface and put some newspaper down. I made the mistake of not using newspaper. My table is wipeclean but the process was a bit messier than I initially thought and I am still finding bits of red ink on the table a few weeks afterwards! The stamps can be cleaned in warm, soapy water and left to dry naturally. The tags took a few hours to dry fully. Once they had finished drying, I carefully fed the twine through the small holes… which needed punching through but I got there eventually. I have now developed a new love of hand stamping, so expect many more posts on this.

I imagine this would make an excellent supervised children’s task. If your child has a party coming up, why not have some stamping fun? You can always go back to basics and make your own stamps from an eraser or a baking potato!

If you love these so much, you can purchase them here otherwise, do let me see the result if you choose to make them yourself.

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Paper Doily Makes: Washi Tape Crafts

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This is Paper Doily’s very first craft tutorial so we decided to begin with something simple but oh so beautiful. We absolutely adore washi tape. There are countless designs available, which is super convenient if you have a specific party theme to work towards. Store bought cupcake flags can be quite dear if you need a large amount. It seems far more economical to buy the perfect roll of washi tape, along with some cocktail sticks and have a lovely old DIY session. The washi tape can be used for countless party crafts such as favour bags, gift tags, table decorations, invitations, gift wrapping and even beautiful little thank you cards after your party. You cannot always purchase matching items from shops, so a good DIY job gives you great flexibility.

The construction of the cupcake flags really couldn’t be simpler. Follow these four easy steps below and most importantly, have fun!

  • Use a ruler to measure 8 centimetres of washi tape. Cut the tape to size and place sticky side up. You can make these as small or as large as you desire, this is just a guide.
  • Take your cocktail stick and place it in the centre of the tape. I measured 4 centimetres before sticking the cocktail stick to the tape, to ensure all flags were an equal size, but it is fairly easy to judge by eye.
  • Fold the tape over, holding the cocktail stick at the same time to avoid movement.
  • Take a small pair of scissors and cut a small triangle to make your flags look adorable.

After we finished our cupcake flags, we decided to prettify some chevron drinking straws with some glittery hearts. You can stick your washi tape to paper or card and use a paper cutter to achieve your desired shape. We then used clear double sided selotape to attach the hearts to the straws.

The straws and the cupcake flags will add that extra special touch to any party table and are two easy party crafts you must try. If you follow our tutorial, do let us know how you get on and please send us your photographs, we love to hear from you. Happy crafting!

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Styling Inspiration: Whimsical First Birthday Party

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We absolutely love everything about this party styling courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess which has all been lovingly made by Jennifer, the hostess. The theme drew inspiration from windmills, birdcages and elephants. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The pinwheel cupcake toppers are a fabulous idea and so easy to make (with a little practice). The illustrations on display compliment the food, drinks and decorations so perfectly. Whimsical is definitely the best word to describe this party. We are hugely inspired as always and have an urge to make pinwheel cupcake toppers. Keep your eyes peeled as we are currently working on lots of beautiful party decorations (including toppers) which we cannot wait to share with you. Are you currently planning a party and feeling overwhelmed or in need of some crafting inspiration? If so, do get in touch and let us know if there are any craft tutorials which you would like to see.

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DIY Party Crafts: Cupcake Liners

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There are some fabulous cupcake liner crafts online and we have featured a few of our favourites to give you some inspiration. There are so many beautifully designed cupcake liners on the market, you really do have a wide selection to chose from. This is perfect if you are planning your party decorations and need to use specific colours, patterns or textures for a theme. If you have lots of liners left over after baking, this is also a lovely way to incorporate them into the party. These decorations are incredibly easy to make and they are great for keeping young children and teens entertained during weekends and school holidays. Do keep your eyes peeled as we are currently planning a step by step tutorial to allow you to make these wonderful decorations too! For now, we will leave you with some inspiration courtesy of: Shop Sweet LuluOh CupcakesHey LookKixHostess with the Mostess

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DIY Chalk Popsicles

 

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We found these wonderful chalk popsicles on the Hello Wonderful blog today. What a fabulous idea they are. With adult supervision, children are bound to love helping to prepare these for all of their friends prior to their party. If you do not have a large concreted area in your garden, large blackboards would also work very well. You can create some great traditional outdoor games with the chalk markings, such as snakes and ladders, noughts and crosses, hopscotch and many more.

Here are Hello Wonderful’s four easy steps:

1. Gather your materials. Plaster, Water and Food Colouring

2. Use one plastic cup per colour and mix the plaster and water until a paste forms, it will resemble frosting. Mix in the food colouring until you have your desired colour.

3. Using a plastic spoon, place the plaster mix inside the mould, add a popsicle stick in the middle, placing down as far as possible.

4. After 45 minutes, the popsicle chalks should be hard enough to take out of the silicone moulds. Allow them to dry upright in a cup until they are completely hardened.

Please do let me know if you try this, I would love to see your comments and photographs. Thank you again to Hello Wonderful for such a fabulous idea.