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DIY Birthday Party Ideas For Any Age 0
Birthday party planning can be somewhat stressful, especially when the birthday child has very definite theme ideas or no idea at all! Don’t worry! We have rounded up some easy ideas for you to add your child's own personal style to the day and make their party stand out from the rest. You’ll also get bragging rights when everyone at the party wants to know where you got the cool birthday swag. Best part is, these simple DIY party ideas won’t break the bank.
Whether you're looking to create a Princess Party, Mad Science Party, Dinosaur Themed Party, Train Birthday Party or a Fun Tween Slumber Party, you can get some inspiration right here. Some of these ideas are even great for after the party as well!
Perfect Princess Party
There’s only one princess in your house and she deserves a fairy tale perfect party. Give her the royal treatment with this DIY Lace Crown instead of buying a party store plastic and bead crown. She’ll look extra special and you’ll be her hero. You can even create extras for the party goers.
If your princess would rather throw a baseball than a royal ball, bake this Couture Princess Sneaker Cake and score a home run. This recipe provided from Parents.com is easily made with store-bought ingredients. Not only does it look adorable, it will be made with love.
When dinosaurs are your kiddo’s favorite thing, you throw them a dinosaur themed birthday party. Instead of spending a fortune on goodies and games, how about making your own like this Dinosaur Fossil Activity fun for girls and boys! Danielle at A Crafty Spoonful shows you how to get ready for a prehistoric good time.
Add a fun DIY Dino Tee for the birthday guest of honor and they’ll be roaring with delight. Check out this no sew idea from Melissa at Sippy Cup Mom. How fun would this be for Halloween too!
Blind them With Science
If your kiddo is a fan of weird science, check out this Elephant Toothpaste Experiment idea from Come Together Kids. You just can’t have a cool science themed party without the kids doing some experiments, right?
The other ingredient that is a must for any fun party is a cool cake. How about this beautiful (yet scientific!) Surprise Cake for your future Madame Curie? You could easily change the colors on this if your birthday child is not a fan of pink and purple.
Train Lovers Party
When it’s all about the engines and caboose, you know your son or daughter wants a train themed birthday party. If you’re looking for something different to entertain your guests try our Train Track Decal Set and some play trains! Perfect for walls but even great on the floor so little engineers can play pretend for hours on end. (Thanks to customer Bill W for the pic.)
Don’t let the fun stop indoors! Head out to the back yard for an “InTraining” Obstacle Course like Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with me came up with for her five-year old’s birthday party. You don’t have to follow her ideas exactly but this should give your mind chugging along with inspiration.
Craft a Great Birthday
If your child or tween is looking for less of a themed party and more of a fun slumber party, she may be asking for a craft to do with her friends. Try this DIY Dreamcatcher idea from Art Bar Blog and make sure each guest goes home with something they made themselves.
Teens may be “too cool” for crafts and party games but one thing most love is taking selfies with their friends. Give your teen girl a beautiful backdrop for her pics with these easy to make DIY Rosettes. These are also perfect for a bridal or baby shower!
Whatever type of party you are planning this year, you can make it extra special with a little creativity and time. Let us know in the comments below what you'll be whipping up for your next party.
Top Ideas to Decorate With Tree Branches and More! 0
If you love nature and want to bring a rustic feel to your home, you can easily create some DIY Tree Branch Projects in any room. Upcycling tree branches that would otherwise end up as kindling or wood chips is not only earth friendly but stylish. Whether you are working on a kid's room or your own space, decorating with tree branches and logs can bring the outside in and make your guests ooh and ahh! Here are just a few ideas we love:
Tree Branch Chandelier
Don’t fret when a storm knocks down those big branches! Turn them into something beautiful like this illuminating chandelier from Magdelena at Mama is Dreaming!
Birch Tree Placemats
Have a birch tree that needs a little pruning? You can turn those cut branches into a unique place mat as shown by Lucy in this Ehow.com post.
DIY Log Vase
Create a rustic vase or candle holder with a few simple steps and logs from your back yard. Britt from Hello Honey shows you how easy it is to create this natural décor.
Branch Seed Stakes
Following the idea of waste not, want not you can create fun seed stakes from the multitudes of branches you’ve collected through the winter and spring storms. Susan at Home Road shows you how.
Toy Tree House
Get the kids in on all the fun with a fabulous toy tree house made from branches and wood cutting boards. You can get super creative with this idea from Alex at Northstory.
Looking for more ways to bring trees into your decorating? Whether it’s a nursery, child’s bedroom, living room or your own bedroom My Wonderful Walls has beautiful tree stencils and wall stickers to create everything from a garden mural to a family tree! Check out our newest Breezy Tree and Birds Wall Decal for a natural looking tree with white birds and leaves. Or go for our super popular, colorful Birds and Tree Branch Wall Decals. You can also paint trees on your home furnishings with our easy to use stencils for a fun forest inspired room. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect tree design for your space and if you try any of these tree branch projects, comment below!
Decorating with Elephants 0
The elephant is widely considered a symbol of good luck and good fortune. If you look all the way back to ancient times, elephants take on an even more significant role in several cultures and religions. The white elephant is even said to be an incarnation of the gods in some cultures. Elephants can also be a symbol of wisdom and strength. It’s no wonder we find elephants in so many forms of art, literature and home décor. Who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with good luck and wisdom? If you love this amazing animal as much as we do here at My Wonderful Walls, you can easily add some elephant décor to your home. We have several products to help you show off your love of the giant mammal. And if you want to bring your elephant obsession to more than just your walls, we have a few ideas below to help you add some fun elephants in any interior decorating scheme you choose.
Start with the walls
We have several different elephant wall decal options to choose from as well as an amazing elephant in our Jungle Safari Wall Stencil Kit if you’re decorating a nursery or child’s room. Two of our newest elephant decals are the Colorful Elephant Wall Decal and Black and Grey Elephant. Both feature an intricate floral design and are available in 4 great sizes up to 39.5” w x 48.7”h for a big impact!
You can also add a fun DIY Elephant Key Hook to your wall with this easy to follow idea from Creative Soul Spectrum. Though cutting off the lower body of the elephant may not sit well with some, you’ll have a super cheery key rack when you’re done.
Create your own Elephant String Art with this tutorial from Erin Spain. You can easily add this to a nursery or use at a baby shower for some unique décor. And once you’ve got the elephant down, you can adapt this to any animal or design you want.
Make your elephants rock
If you’re good with a paint brush and have some time, check out this video on painting a beautiful elephant on a rock. The video was intended for those wanting to make money with their rock painting, but you can just follow along and create your own for fun.
An elephant to cuddle
Prefer something a little softer than a painted rock? How about a sock elephant you can sew yourself with these instructions and free pattern from Craft Passion? These are great for kids and in nurseries but let’s face it, sometimes even us grown-ups want something cute to cuddle.
But if you can’t or won’t sew, here’s an easy No Sew Elephant Pillow you can make with the kids. You’ll be able to print PDFs to trace the elephant on to your fabric so there's very little artistic skill required.
An outdoor elephant
Want to add an elephant to your yard or garden? Try making a Clay Pot Elephant (scroll down). There’s even ideas for other jungle animals you can create and have a full safari in your back yard!
Throwing an elephant themed baby shower or gifting a basket to a friend who’s expecting and loves elephants? Create these super cute elephants from baby washcloths and you’re sure to get a big thank you.
If that’s still not enough elephants for you, check out our throw pillows and blankets with elephant designs and add a few extra touches to any elephant themed room! However you choose to incorporate elephants into your decor, they are sure to add the promise of good fortune and wisdom.
How to Use Feathers to Decorate Your Home 0
If you want to add some airy, whimsical décor to your home, feathers can be a great medium to use in many DIY projects. You can create some very inexpensive yet beautiful décor with feathers and a little imagination. Here are some of our favorites from around the web.
How about a super simple Feather Votive Candle? These can be as colorful or as subtle as you want with your choice of naturally colored or painted feathers. We found this idea on Hayseed Homemakin’ and it won’t take much imagination on your part to replicate this candle craft.
These versatile Clay Feathers from Kelli at 100 Layer Cake will last longer than the real thing, they’re hypo allergenic and can be used for mobiles, wreaths, table settings and more.
Creating a whimsical nursery with feather accents? How about this DIY Gauze Swaddle Blanket from Miggy at This Little Miggy Stayed Home?
Add instant elegance and glamour to any room with this DIY Feather Pendant. Laura from A Beautiful Mess shows you how.
If dreamcatchers are your thing, create your own with these instructions from Lisa at Tuts Plus. This is a more modern take on a dreamcatcher but once you get the basics down, you could use any materials you want.
Finally, if you love the look of a boho chic dreamcatcher, check out our new Bull Cow Skull Dreamcatcher Wall Decal. This beautiful skull is decorated with flowers and feathers making it ideal for offices, bedrooms and living spaces. Easy to hang, move and remove, this wall sticker is a great way to add some feathers and flowers to your décor without spending much time or money!
Now that you have several ideas to add some fun feathers to your home décor, where will you add them? Comment below and let us know. Make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get ideas like this and more delivered to your inbox.
Decorating Your Home With Zinnia Flower Stencils and More 0
What makes zinnias such a wonderful flower to add to your home decor? People love zinnias for their long-lasting, brightly colored blooms. The zinnia is said to represent feelings of friendship and affection, with different colors holding a slightly different meaning. For example, the white zinnia bloom means goodness while a magenta zinnia represents lasting affections. What a great flower to share with someone you love. But if you can’t add some real zinnias to your home, why not get the next best thing and create your own faux flower garden. Decorating your home with zinnia flower stencils is a great way to start!
Painting a flower mural might be one way to express your love of this fun and cheerful flower. You can easily add several zinnias of different sizes by purchasing a few different stencils. We offer our Zinnia Wall Stencil in 5 sizes from 4.5”x 4.5” up to 22” x 22”. Follow along with this instructional video to see how easy it is to create a wall full of zinnias in no time. To create this look you will need to purchase a medium size and large size zinnia stencil.
Our stencils are great for other projects as well. You can easily add some fun accents pillows by purchasing plain throw pillows in your choice of color or pillow covers and some fabric paint to paint your choice of zinnia blooms with our stencils. If you have already used the zinnia stencil on your walls, you may need to tape it to your pillow or pillow cover to paint without bleeding. Try a small foam roller brush and small bristle brush for the edges.
Another item you can stencil a flower on is a lampshade. Instantly add a pop of color and fun to your bedside lamps with a zinnia. Using the same technique, you would for a pillow you can either use fabric spray paint or fabric paint and a stencil brush, depending on the type of lampshade you are using to paint your zinnia.
What other ways can you add some fun zinnias to your décor? How about making your own beautiful bowl or basket of zinnias? This how to from Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist shows you how you can easily turn pinecones into colorful zinnias.
This wallet friendly idea from BHG.com is perfect for gift giving or your own décor. Make a simple dollar store glass plate over with a printed zinnia flower and some decoupage medium. You could add magnets to the back of smaller plates, picture hooks to the back of larger ones or try this same technique with a glass or wood tray.
Upcycle an old bottle by adding a printable zinnia seed packet label and make a pretty display of glass bottles. Angie at Knick of Time shows you how.
Or for a tasty and beautiful treat, try these Zinnia Cookies from Krista at Cookies with Character. These are probably not for baking with the kids but how wonderful would they be for a bridal or baby shower!
What other ways do you add beautiful flowers to your décor? Let us know in the comments below!
Flower Wall Stencils Help Mariette Create Her Happy Room 0
While you don’t have to be an artist or great with a paint brush to use our My Wonderful Walls wall stencils, sometimes having that extra talent sure shows in the murals our customers create. We recently corresponded with a customer, Mariette in and fell in love with not only the mural she created but her lovely spirit!
Mariette is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, author, painter, retired teacher and crafter. She wrote a book entitled, Visiting the Past, which talks about her immigration to Canada from Belgium with her parents and brother, subsequent return to Belgium and then finally their immigration to the United States of America. The family settled in the Detroit area and her book tells of the immigrant experience; both the funny and serious moments. One book reviewer stated, “The people she describes really come to life, and the anecdotes, poignant and hilarious, stick in your mind long after you put down the book. Most of all, it is an example of how one creative and resourceful woman made lemonade whenever life handed her lemons and how she moved on, never holding a grudge.” It must be this positivity that drew us immediately to Mariette.
She credits her parents, grandmother and the nuns at school for her love of life and crafts; hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet and painting. Mariette grew a successful business and website from creating pattern books for sale. She taught machine knitting for many years at seminars across Canada and the U.S. and her husband Roger, who passed away in 1997, would travel with her and sell her patterns. Now at 80 years old, Mariette decided to take her website down and concentrate on writing hand knitting and crochet patterns. But she needed a place to do that, a happy place. A room she had in the basement previously for storing cones of knitting yarn was the ideal spot. She had always intended to paint a mural on one wall, so it was painted sky blue.
Mariette’s original idea was to paint a mural of her grandmother’s garden in Belgium. Now since she has three great grandchildren, 2 girls and one boy, she thought it would be fun to paint a whimsical garden mural for them to enjoy. She often teaches her children and grandchildren about Belgium in her family room which is decorated with everything she brought when she came to America. So, it made sense to use a room just off the family room to show them her love for crafts.
Mariette searched online for help and came across My Wonderful Walls stencils and an idea was born. Being an experienced painter, Mariette didn’t have much trouble using our self-adhesive wall stencils to achieve her vision. She even kept one wall for the little ones with a white board where they can draw. The room is vividly colorful and happy and indeed is called, “Nana’s Happy Room”. Mariette has visitors from the neighborhood come to see her happy room. Her neighbor’s ten-year-old son even called it, “the coolest room I have ever seen”. Pretty good testimonial right there.
Mariette suggests taking great care with your brushes as she always does. When she is done with each color she places her brush in a little pail of lukewarm water with a few drops of shampoo. At the end of the day, she places a dab of shampoo in the palm of her hand and “swooshes” each brush around until no color remains. Each brush is treated this way, then rinsed, wiped with a towel and left to dry overnight with the brush end up. Smart advice for anyone looking to paint a lovely wall mural.
Whether you want a space to paint, to write, to sew or to do yoga we agree with Mariette that everyone needs a happy room. And you don’t have to be a great painter to create something for yourself or your family like this special room. Our self-adhesive wall stencils and wall decals make it easy to get your happy on! Let us know if we can help you create the room of your dreams.