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Magic Wand Invitation Tutorial

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Magic Wand Tutorial

On Monday, I showed you the fabulous magic wand invitations that my friend and I made for her son's upcoming magic themed party.  Today, I'm going to show you how we made them.  They were not that hard to make and used supplies that you probably already have at home.  


Black Construction Paper
White Copy Paper
White Crayon
Hole Punch

Step 1: Cut a sheet of black construction paper in half lengthwise.  We used a large piece of construction paper, so we ended up cutting it in fourths.  Roll it up and glue the end to close it.
magic wand invitations

Step 2: Cut two strips approximately 1 inch/2.5 cm high from the white copy paper.  Make them long enough to go around the wand about 2 times. This helps to keep the wand closed up.  Glue one strip to each end of the wand. Allow to dry.

magic wand invitations

Step 3: Use a full sheet of white copy paper and write your party details on it with a white crayon.

magic wand invitations

Step 4: Punch a hole in the top of the paper and attach a ribbon to it.

Step 5: Tightly roll up the sheet of paper and insert it into the wand that you made.

Step 6: Attach the envelope with the instructions inside to the ribbon. Curl the ribbon.

Step 7:'re finished! Hand deliver them to your guests and watch them smile.

This is what they will see when they paint over the paper...

magic wand invitations

Magic Wand Invitations

Monday, June 25, 2012

magic wand invitations
I am so excited to show you these invitations! One of my good friends asked me to help her with her son's upcoming magic themed birthday party. After some brainstorming, we came up with these fabulous magic wand invitations.  They turned out great and the kids were so excited to receive them!
magic wand invitations
The invitations were made out of black construction paper and regular white paper.  The black construction paper was used to make the wand itself and the white paper was used to make the white tips on both sides of the wand. Inside the wand was another white sheet of paper where we wrote the party information in white crayon. It was then rolled up tightly, had some ribbon attached to it, and put inside the wand. It slid out of the wand when you pulled on the ribbon. Inside the envelope were instructions on how to magically make the information appear by painting over it with watercolor. View the video below to see how it all worked. The kids loved it! Talk about getting them excited for a party. 

Here's what the invitation revealed when it was painted over...

magic wand invitations

And below is a little video so that you can see the how the wands worked. Enjoy!

Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on how we made the wands.  They were not difficult to make, it just took some time since we had to make so many!

Happy Friday :: Sponge Balls

Friday, June 15, 2012

sponge balls

We love Fridays around here.  It's the end of the (usually stressful) week, and we like to celebrate.  And by celebrate, I mean doing something a little different, not a big party, just something that is fun for everyone.  Sometimes we order pizza and watch a movie, sometimes we eat dinner on our balcony, or sometimes, like tonight, we have friends come over for a drink.

It's supposed to be hot, hot, hot, so I'm going to make some mojitos for the adults.  And since the kids are invited too, I made them these sponge balls to play with.  They are so easy to make and the kids love playing with things that make them wet.  You simply take a few sponges, cut them into strips, and then tie them together with some string.  I used about 9 strips for the ones that you see above.  For a more detailed tutorial, view this post. They are easier to use than water balloons (just drop them in a water bucket) and there's no danger of the littler ones eating the remnants of the popped balloons.

I'm looking forward to tonight.  The kids can enjoy the summer weather outside and the adults can enjoy mojitos and snacks.  Who knows, maybe the water fight will be too fun to resist and we'll all join in :-).

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Surf Pool Party

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

surf pool party dessert table
Those of you that know me know that I love summer and the beach. There's just something so relaxing about the sand, the sun and the sound of waves. With summer coming up soon, I wanted to have a printable collection that reminded me of summer and the beach.  So, I drew surfboards, used hibiscus flowers and chose sunny colors to remind me of one of my favorite places. 

This was a fun dessert table to create.  My favorite part of this table has to be the sandcastle cupcake stand that I made. I love different ways of displaying cupcakes. It's actually made out of cardboard boxes and covered with sand. I found a great tutorial for making this here. I used the straw flags on the cupcakes so that it would look like the sandcastle had flags blowing in the wind. The starfish and burlap add to the beach feeling, and the desserts are sitting on plates lined with brown sugar to look like sand.

This collection has everything you need to set the mood for your summer party...invitations, a welcome sign, banner, party circles, straw flags, food labels/tent cards, and favor tags. I styled it as a pool party, since not all of us are lucky enough to be close to the beach, but I can picture this table right on the beach too.  The colors look great against the sand.  

You can now get these items in the shop.  Look for a blue version of this coming soon! 

Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures...
surf pool party invitation and favor tags
surf pool party sandcastle cupcake stand and party circles
surf pool party banner and straw flags on cupcakes
beautiful summer desserts
surf pool party straw flags and food label
surf party sandcastle cupcake stand

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