Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - Halloween Decorations


As I was flipping through my blog, I realized that somehow I had forgotten to post about Halloween.  This is a crime!!!  How could I have forgotten my favorite holiday?!  This Halloween was especially great.  I got to wear a costume that I have ALWAYS wanted to wear (a post about that to come later).  I am particularly proud of how my yard decorations turned out.  The theme this year was: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?  This movie is a classic!


I created 3 of the characters from the It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie: Lucy, Charlie Brown (of course), and Pigpen.
To make our friendly ghosts I needed:
  • Sheets of white fabric
  • Tomato cages
  • Foam balls for the heads
  • Paper bags
  • Safety pins
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • A foam mask and witch hat for Lucy 
First, I attached the Christmas lights to the tomato cages using pipe cleaner.  I tied the top of the

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party




My Princess turned 7!


She looks way to grown up!  *sob*

Princess loves reading the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  When I asked her what kind of birthday party she would like, I wasn't surprised when she said a Rainbow Magic Fairy party.  I was concerned that her friends wouldn't know the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  After fretting about it a few days, I came up with the idea to introduce the kids to the books.  I wanted to make them feel like they were inside one of the books and had to act everything out.  Let me show you how I did it.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dragon Birthday Cake



I always ask my kids what they would like me to make for their birthday cake.  Bud said he wanted a green cake.  Easy enough.  He chose to have a dragon-themed party, so I couldn't resist making a dragon birthday cake for him.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, because I wouldn't have known where to even begin to make a dragon shaped cake.  I found this dragon cake tutorial to make my little green dragon.  The only thing I did differently from the tutorial is that I used 2 mini doughnuts for the snout of the dragon.

One thing I learned while making this cake: spice cake is really hard to work with.  Bud picked out the spice cake himself, so I had to use it.  Even after being in the refrigerator it was super moist and crumbly.  I would suggest putting it in the freezer before trying to cut and frost a spice cake.

I used my vanilla butter frosting recipe (you can find it at the bottom of THIS post).  I seriously use this recipe for EVERY cake.


Once the frosting was on it was time to decorate!  I used a large marshmallow cut in half and brown M&M's for the eyes.  I then used banana runts for the eyebrows and claws.  Making the wings, horns, and scales was the trickiest part.  I followed these directions for candy melt wings and they worked out perfectly.  Make sure to make a few extra wings because one will inevitably break.  To make the scales I dipped Vanilla Wafers in the extra candy melt and let them harden on wax paper.


The final touch on this cake was the fire coming from his mouth.  Using Starbursts, I followed the directions HERE and it worked perfectly.


All done!


Bud absolutely LOVED his green dragon cake.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dragon Birthday Party Decorations



My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast.  Bud is now officially 3!  I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"

I must admit I was super excited about this theme.  Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about.  As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself.  Decorating is my creative outlet.

I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

St. Patrick's Day 2015




We love St. Patrick's day at the Dastrup house!  We have leprechaun gold treasure hunts, play Don't Eat Lucky, and eat lots of tasty, green food.


Each year the leprechauns come to our house and leave a little present.  This year they left a green box of Mike and Ike's in everybody's shoes.  What an exciting way to start the day!


Those leprechauns are so nice.


I just had to show a picture of the decorations the preschoolers put up for Green Day.  I love the little strips of green streamers hanging from the walls.


Here's a fun green dinner idea: green burritos (use spinach tortillas), green grapes, and a shamrock shake.  What is your favorite green food?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Little Pony Birthday Party




My silly, dress-up loving, Goofy turned four this year!


She is somewhat obsessed with My Little Pony (And who can blame her?  It's a great show!).  Naturally, I had to throw her a My Little Pony birthday party.  Let's start with the decorations.


I had to have Pinkie Pie on the front door welcoming everyone in.  I think Pinkie Pie is my spirit animal.  I just love throwing parties!


We had a couple of ponies on the doors and hanging from the ceiling.  I laminated them so that they wouldn't get ruined and the kids could play with them later.


Here's Rainbow Dash performing a sonic rain boom for Goofy's birthday.



I used tablecloths for the rainbow (you could use streamers) and stuffing for the cloud.


My kids loved playing under the rainbow.


Time for cake!  I stuck with the rainbow theme.  I used Airhead Extremes for the rainbow and marshmallows for the clouds.


Another shot of the cake.  Goofy loved it.


Ponies, ponies everywhere.


On even years we have family parties.  My parents came and celebrated with us.  They are always so generous and my kids absolutely adore them.


Goofy got some Equestria Girls dolls.  She played with them all night long.


Happy birthday Goofy.  I love watching you grow.  You are so helpful, kind to your brother and sister, and you always make mommy laugh.  I love you!

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