Today I am going to share some photos of my newest invitation I recently made. They turned out so dang cute.
So start off with a basic mask shape and cut it out.
Once I had the base mask, I then traced it onto a piece of copy paper.
Now because I wanted to make sure they fit the envelopes I have for them. I took measurements and then drew a box around the mask so that I would know how much room I had to work with.
Here is the fun part, the design. I first drew it out in pencil. Then when I was happy with the design I drew it in with a black marker.
Once the drawing was complete I created a die cut for it and started cutting them out.
This mask had 2 layers of color. the first layer (which was done in lavender) was laid onto the base mask.
Then the 2nd layer (which was done in a dark purple) was layered on next.
Now you can go crazy or keep it simple. I took gold glitter glue around the eyes. (i know it’s hard to see this step), then added bronzed mica fragments over the right eye (this is made by stampendous) and last but not least added two rhinestones, one on each side.
Ok it wouldn’t be a real invite without a place to put all your info. So I cut out yet another piece which mirrored the base mask but bigger.
Glue your mask onto the white piece and fold over. You can now add your info to the inside.
Here is a shot of the final invitation. Isn’t it just lovely. I have had so much fun working on this one.
Today I am going to teach you how to make a door wreath with ribbon and a wire wreath.
I chose to use green, yellow and orange ribbon to match my party.
I picked this wire wreath form up at joann’s for $1.99
First I tied the yellow ribbon the the inner 2 wires.
Then the orange to the outer 2 wires
then the green to the middle 2 wires.
Continue to do the steps over and over again.
This is what the back of the wreath look like.
Continue the 3 steps all the way around the wreath until it looks like this.
Once you are at this stage, grab your scissors and start curling.
Here is the finished look.
We decided that we would not only use these photo tags to play the “who am I game” but also to divide our guests into 2 teams for games. So we chose to take characters from the movie Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean.
I first typed up all the names using a pirate text and printed onto a white sheet of cardstock paper.
Then using both red and white inks I spotted and smeared color onto the names.
Now cut them out.
Glue them onto a black cardstock sheet of paper and cut around them again. (Leave a little more black on the bottom of the photos for embellishments)
print out photos using the wallet size onto another sheet of white cardstock. Cut around these, mount them on black cardstock and cut around them again also.
I used a brown/green raffia ribbon.
pull on the raffia and expand it.
Tie around the bottom of the mounted photo and tie into a knot.
Now add the cut and mounted name onto the photo.
Last but not least. adding a safety pin to the back. I used large safety pins to make it easy to pin onto a guest.
Taking a piece of tape. Place it over the pin and tape to the back of the photo tag. you are now finished.
characters that we made are:
Goonies: Mikey, Brand, Chunk, Mouth, Andy, Stef, Data, Sloth, Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli,, Mama Fratelli, One Eyed Willie
Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack Sparrow, Pintel, Captain Barbossa, Ragetti, William Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Davy Jones, Captain Sao Feng, Boot Strap Bill Turner, Captain Blackbeard.
Today I am going to teach you how to make chocolate covered pretzels.
I used these at my Pirate party, as Peg legs.
Items you will need are a bag of long large straight pretzels, a bag of chocolate (I used semi sweet chocolate chips) and sprinkles or nuts.
Melt your chocolate it a microwave safe container. Start off with a minute and then 15 second increments until it is totally melted. Be careful not to heat to long, chocolate can burn easily.
Using a spoon I would take a couple pretzels at a time and spoon melted chocolate 2/3rd’s of the way up the pretzel. Then I would tap the pretzel in the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
Now take a sheet of waxed paper and lay on the bottom of a cookie sheet. Once you finish adding chocolate onto your pretzel lay on top of waxed paper.
Add sprinkles, nuts or swirl a different color chocolate onto the chocolate dipped part of pretzel.
Continue until you have a complete row on waxed paper.
Once I finished all of the pretzels and the were all layed out. I placed in the freezer for and hour to set. These were a hit at the party and we all love the sweet and salty taste. mmmmm
I decided to tackle part of the beverage last night. So I emptied my ice cube trays last night and put together the ice cubes for my “Beware of Sharks” Punch.
I used Langers Cranberry Plus 100% Juice (instead of the cocktail juice).
Then using the gummi sharks you can find in the candy bins at your local health store. I placed a shark in each cube spot.
I poured the cranberry juice into a measuring cup because it had a pouring spout.
Now you just have to let them freeze.
This morning I broke them out of the trays and placed them in a freezer zip lock bag. Ready for there performance on saturday.
Another fantastic tutorial on how to make pirate eye patches.
I can hear what you are thinking, I have been posting a ton of stuff on pirate party items. well after this weekend you will have full blown photos of my pirate party. and let me tell you all, you are all going to simply love it.
Anyway back to the how-to today.
I printed off a pirate patch and cut around the design to use as a template.
Place the design on the whatever material you choose to use for the project. I chose to use 2 different shades of felt.
Now that the design is in place, use a pen, marker or pencil to trace around the design. Continue this process until you reach the number of patches you need.
Here you can see I chose a red and a green felt and have traced many patches.
Time to cut them all out now.
To make the holes more sturdy and so that the ribbon or thick thread you chose to use won’t pull through the felt. I used eyelets in a variety of colors.
Once the eyelets were attached to the patches. I used a thick black thread to make the straps. and now you are finished unless you decide to bling them out on the front or add a skull to the front.
Today I designs and created a Pirate skull door hanger for my upcoming party. It is going to look fantastic on my door with a beware sign next to it.
Below is a sneak peak of the project completed.
To make my wall hanging I had to purchase 3 items that I didn’t have on hand. First was a clear tubing I purchased at home depot for $2.50.
I also used floral wire, purchased at walmart for $1.00.
and the last thing I purchased was a plant support at home depot for $2.99
Using the large circle wire off of the plant support. I bent the circle into a skull shape.
Now to make the bones that you need to attach to the sides of the skull before adding anything else.
Cut off a 12 inch piece of the clear tubing. then take one strip of floral wire and thread through the tubing. You should have about an inch hanging out of each end of the tubing.
Bend tube in half.
holding both sides of the tube, bend and contort your tubing to look like a bone.
Add the 4 bones to the skull frame by twisting the end wires around the frame.
It is now time to add more floral wire to the interior of the skull frame. I added circles for the eyes and lines for the teeth area.
I decided to use brown and white tulle to add color and dimension. I started on the eye sockets alternating the brown and white all the way around. Just make sure the brown is pulled toward the inside eye socket and the white is pulled outward.
Here I will show you how to make the teeth. I attached 3 straight lines across the mouth area. First tie the tulle to the middle line.
then tie it to the bottom line
last but not least tie it to the top line. remember to alternate the brown and the white when you are crossing.
After you finish the teeth, you will now need to fill in the remainder of the skull with white.
I made a sturdy backing with mat board. I laid the frame on the mat board, traced around the edge and then cut it out on the mat board. I needed 2 mat board for this and needed to wire them together.
Here is the final product. I will show pictures later on when I get the chance to hang it on my front door.