Aggie Power….Horse Power that is!

Because Sweet16inStitches believes every little future AGGIE should have a “12th horse!”
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This is one of my favorite Horses I have made so far! It’s so detailed and adorable, perfect for any child! This was one of my small projects I worked on while taking a break from finals (which are TOMORROW!) O_o

This particular horse is also ONLY $35.00! Contact me if you are interested by commenting below or heading over to Etsy or Facebook and let me know you want one! :)

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Take your Pick!!! :) and enjoy the evening!

DIY Birthday in a Box (aka: the best gift ever)

Birthday in a box. A cute fun idea you can send to any age or gender!

How much fun would it be to receive everything you would need to have a party perfectly tucked neatly into a colorful box? Imagine opening it up and being able to dress in a hat, toot a horn, throw up confetti, and whack a pinata! How fun! Well now you can make one for that special person in your life.

This birthday in a box contains:

  • 4 balloons (bought)
  • Birthday Hat (directions below)
  • Birthday ribbon (directions below)
  • Confetti (directions below)
  • Mini pinata (directions below)
  • Toot horns (directions below)
  • Birthday Card (Printable below)
  • Small gift or gift card (optional)

WARNING: Get ready for a mega long blog post ;D

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Let’s get started with SUPER GLITTERY CONFETTI:

what you need

 

 

 

  • Scrapbook paper
  • 1” punch
  • Regular hole punch
  • Sack
  • Glue
  • Pen

It sounds like a lot, but this is also a mini tutorial on how to make a cute coordinating bag :)

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Okie doke, so….

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Now don’t you just want to get a spoon and eat it!? I mean, it’s glitter and confetti, all rolled into one! How could you not want to take a bite? :)

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Storage. You can’t just throw the confetti in the birthday box and hope for the best, for this birthday in a box, you want to store that glittery awesomeness in something, so how about a darling bag?

I got my pink one at HEB actually. 25 cents…what could be better than having the cashier say: “your grand total is one quarter.”

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Where that flap lands, (The dark shadow in the pic) cut a straight line across so you are able to stick something all the way through (like a tunnel)

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Fold one of the ends up and glue in place (about an inch)

So now only one end should be open, kind of like, well, a bag :)

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Punch some little coordinating circles out and glue on the bag to add a little touch of personality.

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Finally, add in the confetti and seal the bag with a 1” white circle glued on the open flap that reads: “confetti”

The confetti is done, now for the TOOT HORNS:

what you need

 

 

 

  • Toot horns from the dollar store or other party supply store
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper (I used 3 different colors)
  • Hot glue gun and stix
  • Scissors
  • Crepe paper or tissue paper

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Tear up a horn

Yeah you heard me right :)

Take one of the horns you bought and disassemble it by pulling off the noise part and then undoing the glued part of the paper/cardboard/horn part (this will be your pattern)

For as many horns as you have, using your pattern, cut out different colors/pieces of colorful paper

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Stick a little hot glue on the horn and place one end of the paper on it.

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Wrap it around, add a bit more of hot glue on the other end and glue it down

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See?

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Stick it back in the noise part and hot glue in place.

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To add a bit of extra fun, cut a strip of tissue paper 2 inches wide and glue around the large part of the horn

Cut the ends so it flairs out!

Oh, and don’t forget to TOOT AWAY! Blow one of those suckers as loud as you can (it’s kind of like a stress reliever…for you, not the people around you – ha!)

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Now how about a PARTY HAT??

what you need

 

 

 

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Assemble and  glue in a cone with a wee hole at the top

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If you don’t know how to do this, wrap yarn around about three fingers. When your fingers begin to hurt and turn red, I think you have wrapped enough.

Tie a piece of yarn around the middle so there are two sets of loops on either side.

Cut the lops, trim, and shake a bit to poof it up.

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Tie a long piece around the pompom and string the end through the wee hole at the top of the hat

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Glue the pompom and loose string in place.

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I did this after, but it would be much easier to do this part before you embellish the bottom half of the paper hat (that at this moment should look awesome!)

Punch a hole on either side of the hat

Thread a VERY long piece of ribbon through and tie a HUGE knot so it will never ever ever ever come out! bwhahahahahahaha…..okay, sorry

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anyway, to embellish, Cut a 1” wide piece of tissue paper

Cut evenly spaced fringe on either side

Staple or glue it to the bottom edge of the hat

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OoOooOOooo that looks good darling!

 

Alrighty, next I’ll show you how to make a mini pinata.

DIY pinata

what you need

 

 

 

  • Cardboard box
  • Candy
  • Tape
  • tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Scissors

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Cut out two identical shapes. I chose the classic donkey look, of course. Here is the pattern I made, but it is slightly large, so you are going to need a big box (I used an Under Armour shoe box)

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Cut a strip of cardboard (mine was 2.5” wide) and following the shape of your pinata, make a sort of box using lots of tape.

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On the piece not yet attached, cut out a little “door” for all that candy goodness to get stuffed in.

fill the pinata

Assemble on the open end and stuff that sucker with candy galore!

Seal off the “door” with tape

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It will look like this (hopefully) when you are done:

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Now for birthday ribbons:

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what you need

 

 

 

  • 4 strips of paper 4” x 3”
  • Two cordinating pieces 1” x 6”
  • Safety pin
  • glue stick – glue gun – and glue stix
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker

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Remember those paper fans you made as a kid? Well take those 4 year old skills out of the old memory bank and fold all four pieces of 3×4 paper. Pics will help :)

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Fold each one of those “fans” in half, so it looks like you have 8 mini fans.

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Glue them together to make a larger “fan” (you should have four)

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Glue them in sets of two, so you have two even larger “fans”

let dry

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Glue those two together on one side, let dry, and then stretch slightly and glue the other end to make one giant circle!

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Take your 1×6 strips and cut the ends to look like a V

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Glue these strips to the back and finish it off with a paper circle to make it look cleaner

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Write a Happy Birthday message on another circle and glue to the front

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Finish by hot gluing a safety pin to the back circle (you may need a lot of glue to keep it in place)

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Voila! There you have it!

Assemble it, decorate the box and:

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Finish off the birthday in a box with THIS CARD on the top that says on the front: READ ME FIRST

Whew! I warned ya, this is the longest post ever! But glad you made it to the bottom. You can celebrate your awesomeness by pinning this image:)

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Finally, to the recipient of this box:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETY!

Hope you had a great one!

Thanks for reading everyone and please feel free to Facebook this, pin it, or tweet it!

See ya later alligator!

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Tips, Tricks, and Confessions of a Craft Fair Addict #5

Printables & More!

 Hows about some FREE printables?

Let’s start with an item description sheet:

If you have a lot of items on your table and a lot of different prices, it can get confusing to remember, so simply use this description sheet to help you out! Just print off the pages you need.

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Click and Print Me! Craft Fair Item description sheet

 

 

Do you ever have people ask for receipts? Don’t worry, with this simple little receipt printable, you can satisfy your customers wants and needs. Eventually, you can upgrade to a real carbon paper receipt book from Office Depot, but until then…it’s printin’ time!!!

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Click and Print Me! Receipt sheet

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DIY: Custom paper bag

 Quick!

Your customer asks for a bag, you:

A: tell them you don’t have any

B: give them a bland brown paper sack

C: Put their item in a DIY little Bright eyes bag!

Answer: C

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“Creative clutter is better than idle neatness!”

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You need:

  • 12” x 12” piece of scrapbook paper (any color)

  • Scissors or a straight cutter

  • Tape

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Take your piece of paper, and cut it 12” x 10”

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Face the paper towards you to where the longest side is parallel to you.

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Fold one end of the paper in to the exact middle of the paper.

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Do the same to the other end.

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Tape it in place!

 

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Fold the bottom of the bag up about 3 inches.

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This part is a little tricky, because it is tough to explain in words, but just use the pictures and you will do fine!

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Fold the corners in so it makes two triangles.

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Fold the top of that 3” piece down about half way.

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Do the same to the bottom piece, but overlap the top piece just a little.

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Tape in place!

 

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Voila! Your done with one! The more you make, the easier it gets…so let’s start folding!

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DIY: Business Card Holder:

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“I can’t clean my craft room, because I get distracted by all the good I find again!” -Anonymous

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Everyone needs a business card holder! Instead of buying a pre-made one, how about make one!? Here is a simple card holder that is sure to get recognition at your table or booth!

Ps: There is no need to be a master woodworker to make this project.  : )

Here is what you need:

  • Wood measuring tape/yardstick

  • Wood glue or really small nails

  • Saw

  • Sandpaper

And guess what! No need for a measuring device, because your card holder will be made out of a measuring device!

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Take your yard stick. (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 + 40% off with my handy dandy coupon!)

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With the saw…

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Cut two pieces each 1  1/2 inches long and

Three pieces each 4 inches long.

Sand these ends so they are nice and smooooooth. 

Your almost done! Easy right?

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Take the wood glue and glue the three longest pieces together like the pictures above. You can use really small nails if you would like, but I recommend the glue…it is easiest!

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After that has a chance to dry, glue the two tiny ends to the business card holder on either side.

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Slap that puppy together, let it dry, slide in your business cards, and pat yourself on the back!

“Well done young woodworker!”

Sign it

 

 

 

 

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