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Have a Magical Holiday!

This year there is so much to be thankful for, but mostly my sweet little growing family. Waverly is 3 now and life is a big game of make believe, so here she is as little red riding hood in a mini photo shoot by our great friends over at K and K Photography. We wish you all the happiest of holidays full of wonder, whimsy and joy. Thank you for all the love and support!

xoxo The Wheatons

Eli, Christine, Waverly and soon-to-be baby sister Wren

 

DIY Birthday Cake Banners and Party Hats

 

 I made these cuties as a custom order for friend who’s twin boys were turning 1.  I loved how they turned out, it was super easy to do and had such a high payoff! My kind of craft. 

Party Hats:

1. buy inexpensive already made cone party hats

2. cut a bunch of little “scales” of felt (they can be different and random)

3. hot glue them to the party hats starting at the top and overlapping a little as you work your way down

4. hot glue a pom-pom to the top

5. cut out burlap “ribbons” and attach with hot glue (burlap is available at any craft or fabric store, thicker is better)

6. cut out felt number and attach with hot glue

7. see below for banner instructions

8. attach banner with tiny scrapbooking brads

Banners:

1. cut out little triangles of scrapbooking paper. I like to layer the pieces so you cut a bunch at once

2. stamp your letters on each triangle with alphabet stamps. I love these from Paper Source 

3. put a thin line of regular glue (Elmer’s or similar) on your twine/string (lying flat) and carefully place your triangles on.

4. Let it dry for about 30 minutes

5. for cake banners, tie onto wooden skewer sticks (see last picture below) or cute paper straws <—-most amaze birchwood ones

6. for the hats, tie around the scrapbooking brads and poke into the hat (I also glued a little piece of felt on the inside to cover the pointy end of the brad)

 

How to Make Affordable and Adorable DIY Coasters

Aren’t these coasters to die for? So cute. They would make a great personalized and thoughtful gift. We had a little craft party with wine, pie and other treats, what fun! Read on for simple instructions on how you can make them too.

Cost: if you go in together on the pens, spray and stencils approx $10/each

Time: about an hour to make 4 coasters

Skill Level: pretty easy

The List: available online or at your local craft/hardware store

1. 4×4 inch white tiles (we went to Lowe’s) $.15 each

2. little felt circles for the bottom of the tiles so they do not scratch the surface $4

3. gold, silver or other colors of choice, Sharpie paint pen-OIL (we got 3 sizes) $4-6

4. stencils (optional) $4-15

5. sealing spray $9

Instructions: 

1. put your felt circles on the bottom of the tiles

2. get your pens pumped up with ink

3. map out and choose your designs

4. if you are using a stencil I found the cleanest way to do it is to outline with a skinny minny pen, take the stencil off, and then fill in with a thicker pen free hand. Otherwise if you went straight to the thicker pen inside the stencil, it would bleed (you can see the bleeders in the pics). No bueno. Take your time. You will be happier.

5. spray with the sealer and let dry.

6. enjoy your new chic coasters-yippee!