DIY Chalkboard Platter

Here is the last video from the first set of DIY entertaining tutorials – check out the many uses for a chalkboard platter. Warning: this was the very first one that we shot, so clearly I had some warming up to do! It got a little easier the second time around, I just reviewed the rough cuts of the wedding tutorials and can’t wait for you all to see them.

Materials:

Tools:

  • Paint Brush

Total cost: Under $20

Time: 20 minutes (minus drying time) 

Steps:

  1. Make sure the plate is clean and dry.
  2. Paint the inner edge of the plate. Be sure to follow the directions of the chalkboard paint you are using, The Martha Stewart chalkboard paint requires you to wait at least 1 hour before doing the second coat. 
  3. Write with the chalk to describe what you are displaying.

Various uses for the chalkboard platter:

  • Cheese Serving Plate
  • Beer (or your alcohol of choice) Tasting Platter
  • Perfume Display

Tip: 

  • Turn it into a housewarming gift by including cheese knives, a monogrammed dish towel and a chalkboard pen. I also like the idea of writing the last name of the new home owner on the bottom of the platter, for example “The Brown House Est. 2013.”

DIY Photo Booth & Props

I hosted New Year’s Eve and decided to do a photo booth as a way to capture the night’s moments. Watch the video to see how to make your own and check out the photos at the bottom of the post for the final results!

Prop Materials:

Photo Booth Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sharpie

Total cost: Under $10

Time: 30 minutes

Steps for Props:

  1. Draw freehand or download a stencil online for lips & mustache silhouettes. 
  2. Trace the stencil onto the card stock.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Secure the shape to wooden dowel with a dot of hot glue.

Steps for Photo Booth:

  1. Find an area in your home that will function as your photo booth.
  2. Take the kraft paper and hang on wall with clear push pins.
  3. Decorate with tassel garland, white lights and/or other decor to match your theme.

Tips: 

  • Use the backdrop as a guest book and have party goers sign it.
  • Write a hashtag (#newyearseve) on the backdrop as a reminder to guests to tag their instagram & twitter photos.
  • If you have an old Polaroid camera feel free to bust it out or have your guests download the photo sharing app Flock onto their smartphones (you can send an invite to your friends to download the app before the day of the event).

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DIY Tissue Tassel Garland

The Likehearted YouTube Channel is live! I had a blast being a content contributor and getting to share my craft ideas. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Sitewire has given me, and the beautiful work Snapfactory did on the videos. It’s definitely nerve-racking being on camera for the first time but I’m really proud of the videos and hopefully you all enjoy them too!! More videos to come, so make sure to check out all the tutorials by subscribing to my channel: http://www.youtube.com/iamlikehearted.

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Total cost: Under $10

Time: 2 hours

Steps:

  1. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over length-wise.
  2. With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4 inch wide along the unfolded long edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2 inches of uncut tissue at the folded edge.
  3. Unfold your paper and cut the tissue in the center, creating two halves. Set one aside.
  4. You should have a sheet of tissue with fringe on either side and a solid section down the center. Using the solid center section, begin to roll the tissue paper up, being careful to keep the fringe untangled.
  5. After the entire section is rolled, twist the center tightly. Then curl it in on itself to create a loop, and secure with a small dot of hot glue.
  6. For a finishing touch, place a small dot of hot glue under the loop and wrap twine around the base, secure with another dot of hot glue.  Trim the ends if desired, and string your tassel onto your cord.

Tips:

  • One sheet of tissue paper makes 2 tassels.
  • I suggest about 16 tassels for your average size garland = 8 sheets of paper.
  • To make tassels with longer fringe, during step 2 cut along the short edge of the unfolded tissue instead of the long edge.

Don’t have time to make your own? Purchase the one I made in the video on my Etsy shop.

DIY Bachelorette Invites

My best friend since 3rd grade is getting married in April and I have the absolute pleasure of being her maid of honor. We are going to Austin, TX for the  bachelorette party and I couldn’t be more excited.  First order of business in planning the bachelorette weekend is the invitations.  I wanted to do something personalize and custom to the Texas theme. I also included “next steps”  on the back of the invite which I printed on white stock paper, cut down to size and secured with the Washi tape.  I’m no graphic artist but I really love the way they turned out!

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1. Paper Bag Foil Printable Invitations – papersource (best part is that Papersource provides a downloadable word document template)

2. Washi Tape – I found this one at Target

3. A7 Paper Bag Envelopes – papersource

4. Downloaded new fonts “Creampuff” and “DS Dots”  from searchfreefonts.com

 

Drinks before noon, yes please.

It only took me 4 years to get on the Mad Men band wagon and now I can’t get enough. It seems the decor of the 60’s is starting to infect my current decorating style. Maybe it is the economy and people have to downsize on space, but I have been noticing the bar carts having a big comeback. The best part is they work into any home style: vintage, modern, country, outdoor, etc.

With a bar like this is seems completely appropriate to have a drink at any time of the day, especially if it’s with Don Drapper.