in a pinch party hats

i love making these funny, tall, elf-like party hats...they're the perfect way to make a party a tad more special or silly and they stash away well...making it great for when you're in a pinch. i use lots of different patterns and colors and reuse mine over and over...because almost every occasion calls for a party hat! 

here's how i make them!

supplies: you need a square of scrap booking paper, a hot glue gun or tacky glue, pom poms (found at the craft store), scissors, and ribbon or twine or elastic.

start by turning the paper over, pattern-side down. taking the right corner, start curling it in toward the center...
keep rolling, keeping the top at a point, and making sure the bottom is staying wide open. keep your hands on the left hand corner and get ready to glue!

put a little dab of hot glue or tacky glue on the inside of the left corner tab and press it to the hat...hold until it's set.
next you'll need your scissors...
trim off the bottom of the hat however you'd can make the hats short or tall depending on how much you cut off!

to finish off the top, lay a line of glue along the top of the hat and squeeze the pom pom over the glue, hold until set!

hot glue any sort of ribbon or twine (cut into two pieces and long enough to tie around the head...or one piece if using elastic) on two opposite sides of the hat. if you're using thin twine or elastic, i usually take a small piece of paper to lay over the glue and twine to keep it sturdy and sealed and from burning my fingers. ack!

and that's it!
hooray for funny party hats!

christmas lyrics glitter banner tutorial

a few of you have asked for some ideas on how to recreate the banner i made for christmas this year!
i thought i would offer up a quick little step by step and a print out for you if you want to make your own at home!

you'll need a couple of things:
1. a favorite christmas song. mine is "have yourself a merry little christmas". the judy garland version is the makes me itch to watch meet me in st. louis every single time! "let your heart be light" is from one of the first lines in the song, and oh it gets me every time!

2.some supplies: heavy card stock or poster board, a printer, scissors, glue or modpodge, a paintbrush, glitter, tape/string/sticky tack

- i picked a font called "creampuff" for the lettering and laid each letter or group of letters out on photoshop. i made sure to print them backwards on heavy card stock so that the printer ink would be on the back side/not showing through the glitter side. and make sure you pick a color of card stock or poster board that will go well with the shade of glitter you pick! i used gold for mine!
(p.s. the files i have for you to print are already facing backwards...just print them onto card stock and cut out and flip them over..they're good to go!)
- cut out the letters or group of letters from the card stock. if you're planning on hanging them from string go ahead and string them up (the string taped to the backside) before you start to add the glitter.
- after cutting each letter or group of letters out, i put on a thin layer of modpodge with a paintbrush and covered the them completely with a mixture of gold and silver glitter 
(mixed together in a bowl beforehand)
- allow a few minutes to dry!

 now they're ready to hang!
i used sticky tack on the backs of my letters and words instead of string..i have plaster walls and it seems to be holding just fine!

so that's it!
i hope this made sense..haha. i'm known for winging things a lot and doing things a bit scatterbrained.
tweak it however you like and i would love to see pictures if any of you decide to try your own!

to download, save, or print the banner letters from my photobucket
click here

(just click on each image separately, make sure it's sized 100%,  right click if you're a pc, and print!)

p.s. beware of being covered in glitter for days.