Quick and Easy Ways to Embellish Party Basics

Transform your plain party decorations into eye-catching decor with the vast range of fun & versatile embellishments from Little Birdie Crafts. As seen in my post on Halloween embellishments, crafting and creating party decor doesn’t need to be complex or difficult.  Little Birdie Crafts has such a great range of products, once you get to know what they have you’ll be embellishing everything within reach!

In this post, I’m giving you a few simple steps that are perfect for adding a little extra cute to the basic party supplies you may have at home.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Other products you will need:

  • Paper Party Fans
  • Party Plates
  • Paper napkins
  • Glass Bottles
  • Cloth Favor Bags

Adding Chalkboard Embellishments

I love paper party fans for decorating a dessert table or party room.  The most cost-effective fans are usually the plain colors, not the most exciting though are they? Take a plain fan and coordinate it with other party decor or add floral details that give it a whole new look with the chalkboard flowers.  Like most of the Little Birdie Crafts floral embellishments, these have a self-adhesive sticker on the back that makes this super simple.  You don’t even need tape!

I have a ton of basics left over from parties that could use a little dressing up.  For plain bamboo or white paper plates, you can use the same chalkboard embellishments to jazz up & coordinate plates.  Go from having mismatched fans and plates to a well-coordinated set!

Fun with Wood Block Stamps

Here’s a little known fact about me; I collect woodblock stamps! I love them, and they actually make cute home decor accents! When they aren’t gracing my shelves, they are another handy tool to give a basic party staple a quick upgrade.

Buy simple linen, cotton or muslin favor bags and link them to your party theme by stamping them with a coordinating woodblock.

The technique is simple.  Either add fabric paint to the stamp and spread evenly as I have here, or use an ink pad.  Press gently, but firmly down onto the bag and carefully remove.

If you prefer sparkle to plain, add a little shimmer crush before it’s totally dry to add extra bling to the look!

The blocks also work well with Little Birdie chalk paint. Try  it on a plain cocktail napkin.  TIP:  Be extra gentle when removing the stamp when you are pressing on napkin paper to avoid tearing, as the paper is thin and delicate.

A final tip for adding a festive touch to party tableware embellishments is a little twist on a simple glass bottle.  Tie baker’s twine or jute cord around the bottle and add a floral embellishment to the top.  These never cease to please guests, and are adorable, while simple to make.

As a party planner, I appreciate the elegance these additions add to plain party staples, making them party and theme ready.

Check out Little Birdie for other fun embellishments, a great range of paint colors, stickers and ribbons.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Natalie

Altered Embroidery Hoop Art

Hello, Friends! Mitsyana Wright here. And today I’m bringing you this Altered Embroidery Hoop project!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Paper Crafting Medley – Aurora 13pc
  • 4″ Embroidery Hoop
  • 6″x6″ Orange Tulle
  • 6″x6″ Pink Tulle
  • Mixed Media Glue
  • Alcohol Markers (I used Spectrum Noir Illustrators)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear)
  • Distress Oxide Ink-
  • Crinkle Ribbon

I love these Papercrafting Medleys from Little Birdie Crafts! These are awesome little kits that come with almost everything you need to make a project. Flowers, leaves, stems… even chipboard embellishments! And all you have to do is assemble onto your choice of media. Today, I chose to alter a mini embroidery hoop but these kits would go beautifully on a card too!

 The chipboard pieces are gorgeous and full of detail. They’re even beautiful untouched and left plain!

I chose to color this little gorgeous fairy with my alcohol markers. These are chipboard pieces so the ink does tend to absorb into the material. Applying gesso before coloring will minimalize the this and will make your color more vibrant. For me O kind of like the brownish undertones.

After coloring, I used my sparkle pen to color over the skirt and wings for lots of shimmer and shine.

Once my fairy was all colored I needed a place to perch her. she is in a sitting position and I thought placing her in a hoop would look like she was swinging.

I wanted the hoop to remain open and airy but needed a backing to apply my embellishments. This is where the tulle comes in. I blended two colors of tulle, one on top of the other, to get the right shade to coordinate with my fairy and my flowers.

I cut the tulle, one orange, and one pink, into 2- 6″ pieces. Then layered them over each other. I opened the hoop and placed the material over the inner hoop and fastened in place with the outer hoop. I used scissors to trim away the overhanging excess tulle.

With mixed media glue, I attached my leaves in an arch directly onto the hoop.  Then laid down and glued the rose buds and corkscrew stems next. I added the bigger open roses toward the midway point of the arch and tucked the stems randomly in between.

I shaded the edges of my leaves with Walnut Stain Oxide inks and then I glued them under and around the open roses.

I applied mixed media glue behind my chipboard fairy and attached her direct onto the tulle.

Once she was secure, I attached a bow made of crinkle ribbon to the hoop closure.

Now she is ready to dangle and sway in her floral swing.

And here is my finished project…

I love how she looks like she is kicking out her foot with her other one curved back. It really looks like she’s trying to build momentum and swing!

I hope you liked today’s project!

See you all next time!

~Mitsyana

Fall Pumpkin Banner

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

The Fall season is truly one of my favorite seasons. The Florida air gets slightly less humid and a tiny bit more crisp and cool, and the long hot days are a fading memory. I love to decorate our home for each season, but it’s just too costly to buy new decor every season. So, a lot of the time I make my own decor.  I really love it when I can use the decor in a party too!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Mixed Media Banner

•Vinyl and Fabric Cutting Machine

•Vinyl and Fabric

•Heat Press

•Ribbon or twine

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

Step 1: Cut the word “FALL” out of Iron On Vinyl with your cutting machine.  Cut out a pumpkin from fabric with heat and bond on the back.

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

Step 2: Apply vinyl and fabric according to package instructions.

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

Step 3: String with twine or ribbon and hang on the wall.

We used this at our Little Pumpkin Party, and our Fall Festival, and now it’s hanging outside on our back deck!

Everyday Party Magazine Fall Pumkin Banner for Little Birdie Crafts

You can find more fun party inspiration and tips from Jessica on her blog, Everyday Party Magazine.