Tag Archives: diy

Italian Dinner Table Center Pieces

24 Feb

I volunteered to decorate tables for our local preschool fundraiser dinner. The dinner was Italian food from Olive Garden, so I wanted something themed towards that. Since mustaches are so fun I combined that idea with a cute little Chef. I also wanted to keep cost down, so I tried to up-cycle things as much as possible! I requested large and small tin cans from friends and family and everyone helped out. I had 13 cans of my own but I was decorating 27 tables, thanks to all those that helped. The center pieces would not have worked without all your help!

I loved this idea from Kara’s Party Ideas (an amazing place for themed party ideas)
http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2012/06/pappas-pizzeria-mustache-pizza-party.html

Here was my take on the above idea.

Chef TC 10

Chef TC 9

After tracing a few mustaches patterns and hand cutting about 500 paper mustaches, I started putting everything together.

I wanted everyone to be able to have a mustache to take pictures with and interact in the theme. So each table had a small tin can full of mustaches on Popsicle sticks, to play around with and this went over very well!

Chef TC 1

Chef TC 2

Chef TC 3

Chef TC 4

Here is a fan tutorial I used.
http://www.ablissfulnest.com/2012/05/diy-tutorial-paper-fan-rosette-go-529.html
I made mine double sided since the tables would have people on all sides. I used 4 12×12 size scrapbook paper each for the big fans and 4 8×10 size paper for the smaller fans.

Chef TC 5

Onto putting it all together, I hot glued the sticks to the bottom of the cans and then stuffed with old newspaper.
Chef TC 6

Chef TC 7

So ended up with a table full of cutness!
Chef TC 8

Here is how the tables turned out.
Stache decor 1

Stache decor 2

Stache decor 3

The Preschool thought everthing looked great and that made me smile! Here is my crew and I enjoying dinner and mustaches for the evening!
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DIY Campfire Starters

3 Feb

So I saw this cool idea on Pinterest, from this blog:

http://www.thegreenwife.com/2010/01/27/kindling-gone-green/

and saved it to my Neat 4 Camping board.

I have been saving our dryer lint and decided to give it a try.  Here’s what I used, TP rolls and other paper tubes. junk mail and twine. I don’t know why, since you catch them on fire and they are gone forever… but I wanted them to be cute! So I stuffed the rolls, cut small squares from the junk mail, placed the paper over the both ends of the tubes and tied them off with twine.

fire starter 3

fire starter 2

fire starter 1

That’s it quick, easy and effective. I took one straight outback to the fire pit and sure enough it worked great. I’m going to put some in our camping totes and maybe even use them for stocking stuffers at Christmas!