DIY WOODEN CUTLERY

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This DIY stemmed from me wanting super cute wooden forks to match our party, but not wanting to spend $$$ on just a small set (so I guess this DIY was born out of my cheapness?? LOL). Since the ones I were looking at were simply painted on the edge, I knew I could easily replicate it as well as come up with a few other ways to jazz up your own.

SUPPLIES:

I’m showing 3 different ways you can decorate your own forks, so I’ll list all the supplies I used for each option as we go over them. One thing you will need for all of them are wooden forks.

Wooden Forks


OPTION 1 : PAINT

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Supplies Needed:

Acrylic Paint (nail polish could work fine here, too)

Painters Tape (optional; I didn’t use any but it would really help create crisp lines)

Paint Brush

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Step One: Paint a uniform color on the edge of your forks (be sure to stay clear from the side that you eat on) or paint a design. Polka dots, stripes, geometric - anything you want! Let dry and repeat on other side if you choose.


That’s it! Since you can match your color to coordinate with any party you’ll always have matching silverware.


OPTION 2 : SCRAPBOOK PAPER

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Supplies Needed:

Scrapbook Paper (the patterned paper we use in our party sets would work well for this too!)

Glue I just used a regular glue stick

Mod Podge (optional; I didn’t use it over our glitter paper, but it would be great for regular craft paper)

Paint Brush if using mod podge

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Step One: Trace the edge of your silverware on the back of the paper. Repeat until you have desired amount. You can make this shorter or longer than shown.

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Step Two: Cut out and glue onto tops of forks. Trim any excess as needed.

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Step Three (optional): Cover paper with Mod Podge. Do not paint onto area that will be touching food.

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I honestly didn’t think I would love this option as much as I did! The glitter worked really nicely with our Christmas party. With all the fun patterns out there, I have no doubt I’ll be using this method again!


OPTION 3 : WASHI TAPE

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Supplies Needed:

Washi Tape You can pretty much find this anywhere now - craft stores and Etsy have a great selection.

Mod Podge (optional): As with the scrapbook paper this is an optional thing to do afterwards. Most of our washi tape stayed on with no trouble, but we did have one that started to peel curl up the next day, so this would help hold it down.

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Step One: Making sure you are starting with a crisp, clean cut apply the washi tape to the fork, leaving some to hang over the edge.

Step Two: Trim any tape that is hanging over edge.

Step Three: Apply mod podge if desired.

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This was definitely the easiest and fastest method, and with so many patterns out there you definitely have a lot to play around with!

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So what do you think? Would you try this DIY out? I personally know for a fact that I will be using this in the future!

xo - Rachel

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DIY WIRE BRUSH CHRISTMAS TREES

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This was such a super fun and easy DIY. I originally wanted to make them because I was having a hard time finding inexpensive trees in the colors I wanted for a party we were staging, but ended up loving how they turned out so much that I painted some in each of our branding colors! You could easily paint them in neon colors, muted colors, pastel, etc. You can literally paint them in any color to match anything you want - all for super cheap!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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Brush Pipe Trees (preferably white). The best place I found white trees were from the Dollar Tree. I found some from Walmart, but the ones from Dollar Tree were actually cheaper (because they came in packs of 2), better quality, and had two different sizes.

Acrylic Paint. You can easily find this at a craft store. Spray paint would work as well, but you will be more limited in your color choices.

Paint Brush. Fair warning - this project will take a toll on the paint brush, so do not use an expensive one.

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Step One: Holding the tree by the base, paint the tree in the color you want. You really want to dab it on, making sure to get that inner trunk painted so it’s not still a bright white. I had to really push our brush in. While it’s still wet you can line the edges in fake snow or glitter if you like (we opted to leave ours plain). You don’t have to paint it one color - ombre would look amazing!

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Step Two: After the trees are dried you can paint the bases if you like. I choose to paint ours in a metallic gold.

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That’s it! I used ours to stage with our gingerbread village and to use as decoration in our office. I am obsessed with how they came out.

DIY Wire Brush Christmas Trees | NestlingDesign.com
DIY Wire Brush Christmas Trees | NestlingDesign.com

I mostly painted ours to match our branding (can you see how great they look with this site?! haha), but I really kind of want to try a neon one, too. If you try this out tag us on instagram @nestlingdesign - I’d love to see how they turn out!

xo - Rachel

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DIY PARTY CRACKERS

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I’ve been seeing these party crackers pop up everywhere lately, and my mind naturally went to wondering how I could make our own to fill with whatever I wanted. It ended up being a pretty easy craft that was a lot of fun!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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Paper Tubes I just used toilet paper rolls, but you can buy craft tubes online.

Decorative Ribbon

Decorative Paper or Wrapping Paper I used both printed patterned paper on plain copy paper and wrapping paper. Wrapping paper worked best, but both were easy to work with.

Tape I used both regular and double-sided tape

OPTIONAL:

Goodies like candy, balloons, etc to fill up the package

Embellishments such as stickers, pom poms, stamps, paint, etc

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Step One: After cutting your paper to size, begin by taping one side to the roll. I used a piece about 8” tall and 9” wide. You can just eyeball it, though.

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Step Two: Trim any excess paper and tape to tube using double sided tape.

Step Three: Using your ribbon, tie one end shut as pictured below. I started to tighten it slightly and then gently pushed the paper in with my fingers before tightening it all the way. Double knot.

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Step Four: If filling with candy or goodies, do so now.

Step Five: Tie second side close.

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Step 6 (optional): Add your embellishment. I used glittery letter stickers (this would be perfect to spell out your guest’s names!) and pom poms.

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That’s it! Repeat until you have as many as you need. You can use these for favor boxes or place settings. Throw some jingle bells inside for a fun Christmas noise maker.

DIY Party Crackers | NestlingDesign.com
DIY Party Crackers | NestlingDesign.com

To open you can either rip open (this is admittedly pretty hard to do - I used scissors for the pic below) or just untie the sides.

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I really had fun with the DIY and plan on using it again for another holiday party we are throwing in a few weeks. I hope you find it helpful, too!

xo- Rachel

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Gingerbread Christmas Party

Aside from Hallmark movies and a fabulous excuse to go shopping, one of my favorite things about the holidays are the parties! (shocking, I know LOL). Gingerbread decorating parties are such a fun event to host for kids (and grownups!) and I think it makes a great annual tradition.

For this party there were two things that made huge impacts - the fringe backdrop and the centerpiece made out of paper gingerbread houses.

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My original idea was to create a huge candy balloon garland, but after I found this backdrop I opted to use that instead and stick our candy on the ground. This worked out great anyway since kids like to touch all the things ;) We paired ordinary balloons wrapped in cellophane with these candy balloons I found on Amazon. This was also the first time that I got to try a new hack with Mylar balloons. Instead of inflating them with helium, we blew them up with air through a straw. This way they didn’t float. It was super easy and worked out perfectly.

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Another DIY we did for this party was making our own party crackers. This was a super fun, easy, and cheap way to create party favors that doubled as place settings. You can see how we made them here.

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Although we made ours with Christmas themed wrapping and wording, you could easily use other colors and spell out your guest’s names instead.

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Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com
Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com
Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com
Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com

To go with our little gingerbread village, we included little gingerbread people and trees that we glued onto little blocks to prop them up. Although I originally designed these for decoration, they ended up being a fun little toy for the kids to play with!

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Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com
Gingerbread Christmas Party | NestlingDesign.com

This year we opted to try out graham cracker ‘gingerbread’ houses for the kids. They turned out great - I’m actually thinking of trying it again with something more elaborate. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Here are a few tips I have for the decorating:

★ Unless you are planning on eating your house, feel free to hot glue that thing together. I won’t tell if you won’t tell ;) Since it bonds almost immediately, it makes it easier to decorate without having it fall apart.

★ Use small trays like we did below (we lined ours with the patterned paper from the party set). This will help contain the mess a bit and to stop runaway sprinkles.

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There were two reasons I kept the roof part of the gingerbread houses open . First so that you can easily place a flame less candle inside, and secondly so that you can use them as gift boxes!

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Put together, these boxes are the perfect size for party favors or Christmas gifts. You could fill one with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a small stuffed animal, or more!

I know this party really put us in the holiday spirit - how about you?!

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Gingerbread Christmas Party

WILD ONE WOODLAND BEAR PARTY

I’m so excited to finally share this darling Wild One bear party we threw. This theme is such a sweet way to celebrate an adventurous “wild” one, don’t you think? It’s got a fun camping vibe which I think is just perfect for Fall birthdays snuggled around campfires.

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

I’m a believer that all camping parties should include s’mores, and these sweet wooden trays were perfect for displaying all those goodies.

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

The picture above is such a lesson of turning lemons into lemonade. About a month before we styled this party, we had a huge tree from our neighbor’s yard fall into ours. What at the time seemed like the biggest hassle ended up being a (party) blessing in disguise as we got to use some of the branches (those aren’t even part of the trunk - that’s how huge this thing was!) as stools. How fun are these?!

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

I don’t know if you caught it, but the cake topper above is actually different then the one we originally staged with the party. I loved both designs so much I ended up keeping them both, ha!

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

I cut the top part of our cones and wrapped them around paper treat cups to make these adorable bear bowls - perfect for serving trail mix!

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

We jazzed up some dollar store paper plates by simply adding bear “ears” to the bottom of them.

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party
Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

We made these sweet Tic Tac Toe boards out of the same wooden disks we used for coasters (the set includes various sizes, so these were the smallest and are about 1.5” -2”. We got our set at Hobby Lobby)

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Our favor bags consisted of teddy bears, honey sticks, and candy. The perfect set for any little Wild One!

Wild One Woodland Bear Birthday Party

What was your favorite detail? I’m obsessed with the wooden stools myself :)

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HALLOWEEN GHOST PARTY

Halloween parties are one of my favorite parties to throw. Having a bunch of kids over in their cute little costumes…just doesn’t get better than that!

We wanted to keep this year’s theme more cute than spooky, so we went with a fun qhost theme. That may have been the main theme, but iridescent/holographic materials really stole the show! I’ve been watching this material creep into the party world, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and put our own twist to it.

I actually created two versions of the invitation this year - one which features white ghosts and is perfect for printing and a second version perfect for digital invitations that feature iridescent ghosts.

I just love how they look in this fun iridescent texture!

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I actually got to play around with another big trend I’ve been seeing around - tissue paper backdrops. I shared some behind the scenes details on how I created ours in our Instagram Stories (under the ‘Party DIY’ tab). I am obsessed with how it turned out and will for sure be using this technique more in the future!

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I added a little sparkle to our ghost cake toppers by gluing a bit of white and iridescent tissue paper to the bottom. I felt like that also help tie it into the backdrop and pinatas.

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Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com

Our “Spooky Popcorn” was super easy to make! We just popped some popcorn and then drizzled it with white and black candy melts. While the chocolate was still we we sprinkled candy sugar, sprinkles, and candy eyes on top. Once the chocolate has hardened, you can separate into smaller servings.

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Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com

For a fun twist with our classic bag toppers, I cut off just the front label and wrapped them around some poppers I have. It made a cute way to display our “ghost poop” at the party!

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Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com
Halloween Ghost Party | NestlingDesign.com

We all know Halloween = candy, so who am I to put a stop to that tradition?? ;) Mini ghost pinatas filled with candy where handed out as favors.

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Another holiday party in the books! Can’t wait to plan the next :)

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Halloween Party

DINOSAUR PARTY

Chomp, Stomp, and ROAR! This party is fit for a dinosaur!

I am in love with how this party turned out. Designing it, I knew I really wanted to play in on the whole jungle trend that is happening in the party world. Starting with our invitation back and using it throughout the set I really think it adds a modern feel to the party.

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Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com

For place settings and party favors we made simple, little dinosaur terrariums. All the items can be purchased at the dollar store. We just used small vases, some rock and moss, small toy dinosaurs, and and one of our cake toppers. I think this could make a super cute activity as well.

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Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com
Dinosaur Party | Nestling Design.com

SHOP THE PARTY:

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ICE CREAM PARTY

How in the world is it already July?! I haven't even made a dent in our summer bucket list, but there is one item I for sure crossed off - having an ice cream party! (Everyone has this on their list, right? LOL)

All our ice cream party goods coordinate perfectly with two invitation sets. Our ice cream trucks shown below and these. 

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I kept our party pretty simple this time around by skipping the traditional dessert table and opted to just to an ice cream bar right on top of the main table. After the cake of course ;) 

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I just love how easily our cake toppers transform an ordinary grocery store cake into something adorable!!

Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design

How fun are these darling little favor boxes?! 

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Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design
Ice Cream Party | Nestling Design

For favors, we just filled up our ice cream truck favor boxes (available in the party package) with salt water taffy. 

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I just love how perfect this party is for a summer time bash! 

SHOP THE PARTY:

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Patriotic Birthday Party

It is finally summer and we are celebrating by sharing this fun patriotic birthday party. We based the design around our bomb pop invitations using this free patterned paper for other other party items. 

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Patriotic Birthday Party | NestlingDesign.com
Patriotic Birthday Party | NestlingDesign.com

I love serving popsicles in glasses, because not only does it look super cute, but you can unwrap all the pop beforehand, stick them in cups, and then throw them back in the freezer until you need them. That way when you are ready to hand them out, you can just throw them on a tray and hand them out - no impatient kids waiting for you to unwrap one pop at a time ;) 

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My favorite part of this party was definitely the backdrop. We designed it by hanging paper fans at different heights and accenting with decorative garlands like this one we made using the patterned paper we are giving away. 

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Patriotic Birthday Party | NestlingDesign.com

Place settings were simple, but fun!

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Patriotic Birthday Party | NestlingDesign.com
Patriotic Birthday Party | NestlingDesign.com

What patriotic party would be complete without a sparkler candle?! 

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{Free Printable} 4TH OF JULY PATTERNED PAPER

Y'all. 

It is FINALLY summer!! After this Florida girl has survived another Midwest winter, you better believe that I am ready for all things summer and party. We styled a sweet summertime bash designed around these super fun bomb pop invitations and our bomb pop garland. The best part? I created most of the designs using coordinating pattern paper that I am giving you all for FREE today. You can check out the party in its entirety here

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The pattern paper we throw in each printable party set of ours is one of my favorite things to offer because you can basically make anything you want out of it. Needed something we didn't offer in the package? No problem, just print up a couple of sheets and cut out what you need! 

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Each design prints up full sheet. This particular one that we are giving away features a fun red and blue watercolor designed that I painted to go with our invitations. There's a stripe and dotted version. 

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One of the first things I made from ours was cupcake wrappers and some party flags to top the cupcakes with. You can just google cupcake wrapper template and a bunch pop up. Pick one, print it, and use that as your template to cut these babies out. 

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Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is to line trays with our patterned paper because it's such a fun and easy way to add a pop of pattern to make everything tie in together. 

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Friends don't let friends drink from boring water bottles.... or something like that ;) For these, I just cut our paper into strips, wrapped around the bottles, and then taped. 

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This sweet garland was one of my favorite details. I just cut out circles (and then cut those in half) to make this festive garland. 

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The final thing I did was make candy wrappers for the goody bags. I just wrapped hershey miniature candies, but you could do any size bar with these. Just measure and cut!

I had so much fun playing around with the paper and really being able to kind of give an idea on what to do with it. Other ideas could be: party hats, cones, straw flags, or even placemats! 

What would you do with it? Click below to get the papers for free and be sure to tag us with your creations!