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An Elmo inspired birthday party

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Entertaining | Comments Off

My daughter was really into Elmo.  She couldn’t get enough of him or watching “Elmo in Grouchland” last year (I, on the other hand, definitely got enough).  When her second birthday came rolling around this February I figured having an Elmo themed party would be just the way to celebrate.  Here are some ideas if Elmo is something your little monster is into.

*To see ideas from my daughter’s first birthday click here

I made invitations from card stock paper.  You could use construction paper too, but they would just be a little flimsier.

For the Elmo cake pops I used little eyes that I found in the cake decorating section of a craft store and orange Tic-tacs for the nose.  I think using orange Skittles would have been cuter.  If you want to learn how to make cake pops click here

I made a fruit platter with strawberries, clementines, marshmallows, and and chocolate chips.  You could also make a vegetable platter with cherry tomatoes, black olives, and carrots.

My daughter’s cake is the little Elmo face.  I found Elmo rings online that I used to decorate cupcakes for the children and just simple polka dots for cupcakes for adult.

I used pre-made red frosting, large marshmallows, 1/2 an oreo, and an orange peanut M & M to decorate her birthday cake.

A little construction paper taped to balloon and Elmo helped decorate Lauren’s chair.

You can make Elmo ice-cream treats.  Here I used a cherry Dilly Bar from Dairy Queen and decorated them with Mentos, a peanut M&M, and 1/2 and Oreo


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DIY Sparkly Phone Case

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

So I’m starting to think that I should have named this site something like ‘All that Glitters’, considering how many glittered projects there are!  After seeing some of the projects I’ve done a friend asked me if I could make a phone case for her with a turquoise glitter….of course I could!

*If interested in making glittered washable glassware click here

*For basic glittering directions click here

I knew it would have to be pretty durable, as most of us throw our phones in our purses, counters, floors, etc.  This meant a few more steps than a typical glitter project, but nothing difficult.  If you want to make one for yourself or a gift follow these directions:

What you’ll need:

  • A plain phone case (or anything you want to have durable glitter… such as a camera case, compact mirror case, etc)
  • A strong adhesive for a base coat.  I used E-6000
  • A permanent adhesive for the glitter.  I used Gem-tac
  • Glitter
  • Lacquer spray to seal the glitter

This is what I did to make the case:

  1. First thing I did was folded a piece of tape (or use double sided tape) to adhere the inside of the case to a little soup box.  This made it easy for me to work around the case as I needed without smudging anything.
  2. Applied E-6000 to the phone case and let it dry (basically super glue).  I just speared it on smooth with my finger.   The reason I put this on first was to create a surface that the glitter would stick to and not easily scrape off over time (like the smooth plastic of the original case)
  3. I used a paint brush to apply a layer of Gem-tac and then sprinkled the glitter. I used this adhesive instead of Mod-Podge, like most glitter projects, because it’s more durable.  I let this dry and then tapped off the extra glitter.
  4. After  24 hours I sprayed a coat of lacquer on the case to seal it.  Since it will be getting so much use I sprayed a few coats of it throughout the day.  I let it all dry another 24 hours before using it.

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