Cascading Glitter Bunting Banner Tutorial

First order of business: Congratulations to the WINNER of our Blogiversary Giveaway:

Blogiversary Winner

Yay Ashlee!!  As a special THANK YOU to everyone that entered & so kindly helped spread the word about the blog – I’ll be showing you how to make the Cascading Glitter Bunting Banner that was in the party in a box!

*If you’re not the DIY type – you can just buy it all finished and delivered to your door HERE – don’t forget to use the special follower coupon code PURDUEAVE15 to get 15% off!*

For those of you that love a good project…let’s get started!

Cascading Glitter Bunting Tutorial

Step 1: Cut out your bunting. {if you need help with this – see THIS TUTORIAL}

               * I used Canvas Fabric {also called duck cloth or drop cloth} from Hobby Lobby.  You want to use a heavy weight fabric so that it

                   hangs well and doesn’t roll.  Rolling is no bueno.

Step 2: Put a thick {& I mean THICK!!!} line of Mod Podge across the top {wide, flat end} of the first flag:

Run a thick line of glue across the top

Step 3:  With a dry bristle brush – “PULL” the Mod Podge from the top to around 1/2 – 3/4 of the way down the flag.

* Don’t go back over the area that you’ve pulled.  You DO NOT want uniform thickness with the glue.  It needs to be in varying thicknesses to give it the ‘Ombre’ Effect.


Step 4: Cover the ENTIRE flag with glitter.  You might think “but Erin, there’s no glue at the bottom!  Why glitter there?”  Some of the glitter will get trapped into the fibers of the fabric and we will seal it in the next step.  It makes the glitter “thinner” in some areas.   :0)


Step 5: Lay the flags out in a well ventilated area (I actually DID have a drop cloth underneath – but took this picture later just to show you)

and spray with an acrylic sealer.  I like the Mod Podge Sealer– it doesn’t dull the glitter.


Step 6:  Allow them to dry for the recommended time for your sealer

Step 7: Sew/hot glue your bunting to the ribbon of your choice.  {see my bunting tutorial if you need help with that}

Step 8: Step back and admire your handiwork then throw a party to show it off! :0)

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Yay for YOU!!

If you don’t feel like this is in your wheelhouse – you can always buy one all finished in my Etsy Shop!!

p.s. If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have friends that might, too – don’t forget to share.  Sharing is nice. ;0)

His & Hers Soiree: The Ruffled Table Skirt Tutorial



I know what it is that you’re all just praying I put up a tutorial for… the VERY most fabulous thing about the table.

The Table Skirt


Talk about WOW FACTOR!  It’s absolutely stunning!  And the best part is – you can use it under any table cloth for a totally different look.

The second best part?  You can make this with pretty basic sewing skills…or no sewing skills at all!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ruffled Bed Skirt

{Mine was ivory colored – it’s also available in white}

MultiRuffle-Ivory-15inch-Drop-Bedskirt-P14066287A good pair of fabric scissors.  I love MINE!

LOTS of pins

Sewing Machine {or a hot glue gun for a no-sew option}

Here’s How You Make It:

Step 1: Lay the first skirt over the table you are fitting it to.  {Ha Ha – you are making your table a skirt after all – it has to be tried on and fitted!!}

Step 2: Arrange it so that the ruffles fall evenly on the 3 ruffled sides


Step 3: Secure the “non ruffled” edge to the table with some tape.  This fabric is slick – and you don’t want it sliding around!!


Step 4: Take the second bed skirt into a large room and spread it out on the floor.

Step 5: Cut the ruffled part of the skirt OFF of the center all the way around like this:


Step 6: Take the ruffled edges to the table and start pinning this ruffle above the existing ruffled skirt just below the edge of the table.

*After taking this picture – I realized it was better to pin one corner first and the pin my way to the next corner, and then move up the long sides.

You should have excess ruffle that you can wrap around the front part the has no ruffle.


**Note: to do this – I folded over the extra fabric from the cut ruffled section, then folded it again to give it a nice finished edge. **


Step 7: Go back and add A LOT MORE PINS!!  This is slick fabric – and it’s hard to sew without it REALLY pinned well!!


Step 8: Go around and make sure everything looks good – tuck and pin where needed – the corners might need some creative pinning!

Step 9: Once it looks good hanging on the table and you have LOTS of pins…you can take it to the sewing machine.

If you aren’t a seamstress – a hot glue gun would do great!

Just unpin a short section at a time and run a bead of glue between the fabrics, press closed and then move on.

Step 10: Throw it onto your table, throw a cute table cloth on top and step back and admire your work!


I wanted to add this ruffled table skirt to the giveaway – but since it’s so specific to what shape and size your table {#is#} – I can’t :0(

But I hope that you’ll make one!  Pin it now so you don’t forget ;0)

I hope that you’ve been looking through our other posts and searching for the key words to win this Party in A Box on Monday!!

You can learn more about it in THIS post.

And here are links to the rest…

The Hanging Decorations

Food, Glorious Food

Put the mystery phrase together and win!!

Until tomorrow…


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If this is something that you’ve always wanted to do – but felt like it was out of your skill range – let those crazy notions go!!  You can do it!!  And I’ll be right here to walk you through it!!

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Bunny Ear Napkin Rings


I saw these darling bunny ear napkin rings at Pier 1 and they were one of those projects that I just knew would be easy to make…and I was right.

20 minutes later I had 12 darling napkin rings.  The supplies were all things that I have around my house…but you may not have these:


Supply List:

Burlap – I tried some white that I had and some from THIS RIBBON.  The ribbon worked TONS better – it didn’t fray and fall apart as much as the cut burlap.  However, with that said, the burlap from the fabric counter is definitely cheaper.  It runs about $3.99 per yard and you only need 1/4 yard to make 12 ears.  Then use a 40% off coupon .  Pretty cheap.

Fusible Interfacing – you don’t HAVE to use this – but I think it makes the burlap stay together better while you’re cutting it.


Mod Podge (or some other type of glue that dries clear)

Hot Glue Gun


Glitter (optional) I used Martha Stewarts Crystal Glitter, because it’s clear and just adds a nice shimmer.

Hairspray (If you’re glittering)

Fuse Your Fabric to your Interfacing

1. Plug in an iron and turn off any steam settings that you have.  You want it hot, but dry.

2. Lay your interfacing with the bumpy/textured side facing the fabric.

3. Follow the package directions for the amount of heat and time you need to iron the interfacing to the fabric.

How to Make the Bunny Ears:

1. First you’ll need to print out our template HERE


2. Then cut out the template following the directions on the page. Cut the strip first:


2. Then Fold the Ear piece in half:


3. After you’ve cut this piece you should have one long strip and 2 ears.

4. Lay them out onto your fabric and trace the pattern onto the interfacing side.


5. Cut, following your guides


You should end up with 3 pieces that look like this:


6. Then turn over so that the interfacing is up (you don’t want to see your pencil marks on the burlap side)

7. Arrange the ears so that they are overlapping slightly and mark on the bottom where you will cut your slits.

***Note: My picture shows the marks up high – but after trial and error – I found that they are much cuter tucked in toward the middle or bottom.


8. Fold your strip on the mark  {to make cutting easier} and cut.  Repeat for the second mark.

Cut the slits SMALL!!!!  If they are too big it won’t round out the ears.


9. Fold the ears inward (like you want the curve of the ears to be)


10.  Slide the “tabs” at the bottom of the ears into the slits


11. Then place glue on the “tabs” and press until set. (I like hot glue – because it sets so quickly)

12. The glue the back side of the band (decide how big you want the opening for the napkin to slide through and glue it there.)


13.  To keep the burlap from fraying – just paint the edges with some sort of glue that dries clear.

**I used Mod Podge.  It helps to stiffen the fabric and hold it’s shape, too!


14.  Then – if you love for things to sparkle {like I do} you can sprinkle on some glitter.  I used Martha Stewart Crystal Glitter

15. Spray with Aerosol Hairspray to set the glitter.




Once your mod podge is all dried – you can slide it onto your napkin and stand back and admire your craftiness!!!

Here they are in white and brown burlap:



And if you aren’t really the napkin ring type – you can always use them as egg holders:



If you just aren’t a bunny ear fan – here are some cute butterfly napkin rings we made last year:



And if you have leftover burlap – I’ll show you next time what I did with mine!  You’re gonna love it!!


P.S. If you loved this tutorial – please share it on facebook and pintrest!  We love people that share!!  Thanks so much!

Happy Happy Birthday Banner!!

It is birthday season at my house.  There are 6 people in my family – and beginning in March – we have a birthday every two weeks.  It’s hectic to say the least – but it’s fun!!  Last year I made this birthday banner with my fabulous friend, and I have LOVED it!  It makes the place look decorated in a big hurry, and it was REALLY easy!

To make the penants:

1. Choose a fabric

**Note: We made ours out of printed duck cloth (canvas).  It’s a heavier fabric, so it hangs nicely.  (you could also use paper)

2. Decide what size you want your penants to be and cut a pattern out. (mine in 9″ wide at the top and 13″ long down the side)

3. Cut double the number of triangles you need for what you’re spelling. (front and back)  For instance –   I wrote out “Happy Birthday” so I cut 26 triangles.

4. Place each triangle “wrong sides” (side with no pattern or back side of the fabric) together and sew about an inch in from the edge around the entire triangle.  You can do a zig zag or straight stitch.  Whatever look you’re going for.  I figured the canvas doesn’t really fray, so I didn’t need the zig-zag for durability, and the fabric patterns were busy – so I opted for the straight stitch.

**Note: Don’t forget to back stitch where your beginning and end come together – we don’t want the stitches coming out!

5. Repeat on all of your triangles.

Putting the banner together:

**Note:  This is easier before adding all of your elements to the banner

1. Choose a ribbon or trim slightly longer than your triangles laid out end to end.

2. Pin the triangles to the trim in an arrangement that you like.

**Note: I tried to keep similar colors and patterns away from eachother.  It helps to lay it out first to make sure it looks good.**

3. Sew the triangles to the trim (make sure the trim is layered above  the triangle)

Decorating the Penants:

Obivously – you can wing it here …everyone has different tastes.  I will show you what I did – and would love suggestions on things you thing would be great!  Here is a close-up of one of my penants so you can see the layering…

Layer 1 –  paper medallion:

1. Choose paper for your medallion.  I used pages from a small paperback dictionary. But scrapbook paper, sheet music, a regular book, whatever makes you happy.  My fabric was so bright, I opted for something more muted.  If you use the dictionary pages, you need 2 pages per medallion.

2. Ink the edges.  This is optional, but it makes the paper stand out more.  I used the colorbox chalk on mine.  It has a softer look than ink pads, and the shape makes it easy to work with.  (you can click on the image below to get some!)  Just slide the ink pad along all 4 edges of each page.

**Note: you can ink them all at once.  Just hold them together.**

3. Fold down the length of the page alternating forward and backward (like you’re making a fan) all the way down the page.

4.  Fold the fanned page in half lengthwise

5. Spread the fan open at the top and staple or glue in the open position.

6. Place two of the stapled halves together to form a circle and staple into place.

**Note: Don’t worry that it comes apart in the middle – the next step is hot glueing them onto our banner.**

7. Glue the medallion to the center of your triangle.

Layer 2: Tule – I used tule to give it a little texture.

1. cut squares of tule – 1 per penant.

2. Place a dab of hot glue in the center of the paper fan medallion.

3. Scrunch up your tule square in the glue.  Play with it until it looks the way you want it.

Layer 3 – The Letters

**Note: I used chipboard letters, but if you have a electronic paper cutter – then I think cardstock would work just fine.**

1. Choose your letters – I went to my local scrapbook store and punched them out using their die cutting equipment.  Truth be told – I wish I had cut them bigger.  I made one for my sister in law for her birthday and used bigger letters – it looks a lot better!!

2. Paint mod podge onto the letter (I’ve tried spray adhesive, but it seems to not hold glitter so well.)

3. Cover with glitter (I used german glass glitter, because it’s so chunky and it tarnishes over time)

4. Shake off excess glitter

5. Spray with aerosol hairspray to set the glitter without losing the sparkle.

6. Repeat with remaining letters.

Yay!  Your banner is done!  At my house – we’ve decided it’s just easier to leave it out from March to June. ;0)



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