Pizza Party Collage Banner

pizza collage banner

Want to have a pizza party? Of course you do. Here’s a fun project you can do to make a festive banner for your next pizza-filled gathering. Or, if you’re really really into pizza (of course you are), you could just keep it up in your home all the time.

DIY Pizza Party Collage Banner – what you need: 

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • food magazines
  • mod podge
  • paintbrush
  • embroidery needle
  • thread/yarn

pizza collage

pizza letters collage

Start by cutting pieces of cardboard into letters that spell out “pizza.” Then go through some food magazines and cut out pictures of pizza. Align the photos over the cardboard letters and cut off any excess. Apply a layer of mod podge with a paintbrush to each of the cardboard letters and secure the pizza cutouts to each letter.

pizza letters diy

Apply another layer of mod podge over each collage if necessary. Let it dry and then you’re ready to make the garland. Use a thick needle and some yarn or thick cord to string each of the letters together. Leave a little space in between each letter and more space at the ends of the word. Tie or tape the ends to secure the banner and voila! Let the pizza eating commence.

pizza banner

Weekend DIY Roundup

diy roundup

It’s a holiday weekend, so I can get away with posting a weekend roundup on a Monday, right? Who cares – it’s my blog, right? So here are some cool DIY projects from the past week or so.

Triple Twist Hair Tutorial

triple twist hair tutorial

I’m always looking for new ways to wear my hair now that I’ve cut a bunch of it off and it doesn’t really work in a regular ponytail anymore. So here’s a really easy tutorial that just requires a few bobby pins and holds back awkward bangs and shorter hair.

Start with mostly straight hair. Comb and separate the top third of your hair from the rest of it. Start twisting your hair from the root at your forehead on one side going toward the back of your head. Secure it at the back of your head with a bobby pin. Then do the same on the other side of your head.

hair twist diy

Take the bottom part of your hair and separate the top half of that section from the bottom. Twist the hair in the same way as you did with the top section. Secure with bobby pins, making sure that the hair from the top section you twisted is tucked underneath those pins.

hair twist tutorial

Then take the very bottom section of your hair and twist the front sections the same way you did with the others. But when you get to the back of your head, fold your hair upward so that you can pin it to your head right above the base of your neck as shown. Make sure all your loose hair from the above twists are tucked in and pin any flyaways if necessary. That’s it! Six bobby pins, five minutes, one really easy way to keep short hair out of your face and off your neck!

triple twist hair diy

Watermelon Mimosa Twist Recipe

watermelon mimosa recipe

Nothing says summer like a little bit of watermelon – or a lot of watermelon. Whatever. I always like keeping watermelon around through the summer months, so I’ve been trying out a few different watermelon recipes. Here’s one that turned out pretty well. Side note: I don’t know how to come up with names for drinks/recipes. Is there a guidebook for these things?

Watermelon Mimosa Twist – ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, frozen and blended
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 champagne
  • 1/4 vodka

Cut the watermelon into chunks and place it in a plastic bag and freeze it. When the watermelon is frozen, place it in a blender and pulse until smooth. You’ll need at least 2 cups of the blended mixture (plus another 2 cups for every additional person you’re making this for). Then add in the rest of the ingredients (add extra if you’re making this for a group) and pulse or stir until blended evenly. Add a small chunk of watermelon to the rim of your glass for garnish and enjoy!

watermelon mimosa

DIY Idea: Embroidered Photos

photo embroidery

Here’s a really fun way to customize your photos or wall art. It’s not exactly an original idea, but I just wanted to share my experience with it and some tips I picked up.

All you need for this is a photo, some embroidery floss and a needle. But I would recommend using a pencil to outline your design on the back of the photo as well. Either that or you can poke holes with your needle through the front of the photo so you can see exactly what you’re doing.

embroidering photo

embroidering photo diy

For this photo, I embroidered a mix of things that were actually in the photo and things that were not. You can just be creative and add your own elements or just accentuate some existing ones. It’s a really fun way to add color and texture to photos. Have you ever tried embroidering photos?

embroidered photo

Weekend DIY Roundup: Home Projects

diy home projects

I found a whole lot of great home-type projects online this week. And I didn’t know how to pick just one for a roundup post. So I decided to just feature all home projects this week (okay, mostly planters – I’m a little obsessed with planters at the moment). Here’s a look at some of my favorites!

Simple Feather Garland

feather garland

Here’s a really easy DIY project that I made to add some color to my living room a couple years ago. I promise I am working on some new projects so I can stop ONLY posting things from my old blog soon. But for now it’s kind of fun to go back and revisit these older projects.

DIY Simple Feather Garland – what you need:

  • feathers
  • yarn
  • hot glue

feathers and yarn

feather garland diy

Start out by measuring the length of garland you need. Mine is about 4 feet so that I could hang a double strand over my mirror. Then choose the feathers you want to use – I chose to rotate two complementary colors, but you can use all the same color or just mix a bunch of colors together. Take your hot glue gun and attach the yarn to the spine of each feather, leaving about six inches between each. Let the glue dry, then hang it up around your home. (told you it was easy!)

feather garland handmade

Weekend DIY Roundup

diy roundup

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Here’s my weekly list of cool projects from cool blogs:

Creative Babes Vol. 3: Christen Strang

christen beach

Hi babes! It’s been awhile since I did a good interview post, but I’m back with one of my favorite creative ladies. Christen runs an online shop where she sells a little bit of everything. She’s an awesome designer and fellow Disney enthusiast. I hope you enjoy reading about her creative ventures!

Can you tell us a little about your different collections and any other creative ventures you might be working on at the moment?

i’m one of those people who has a million ideas and they come out in lots of different mediums. i originally started with art prints and greeting cards, expanded into jewelry, temporary tattoos, and most recently, wedding paperie. i also do a little bit of painting on the side (mostly large abstract canvas pieces).

you float my boat card

When did you first start designing? Did you have any formal training or professional experience, or did you just start designing for fun?

i guess i’ve always loved art.. i took as many classes in high school as i possibly could. in college, i was having to take so many core classes toward my degree (secondary education + english at the time) that i didn’t have any room for art electives. i remember so very clearly the day that i had one of those lightbulb moments – why wasn’t i majoring in art since i loved it so much? i immediately changed my major to art business with a concentration in graphic design and i’ve never looked back. i credit a lot of my training to those last two years of college, but as any artist knows, there’s no replacement for just sitting down, playing around a little bit, and learning things on your own.

When did you decide to start selling? Do you remember your first sale?

i started my business in january of 2009.. i think it took a few days to get my first sale, but i remember literally screaming and dancing around when it happened. it was a $2.50 card – with a “thank you” design that i honestly can’t even look at without cringing now. it’s incredible to look back at those first designs and see how much i’ve grown in the past 6 years. each sale is still so exciting, and i’m humbled every time somebody spends a little bit of their hard-earned money to purchase something that i’ve created.

trendy temporary tattoo

How has your business evolved over the years? Do you have a favorite thing you’ve created or worked on?

i’ve been calling 2014 my “year of yes”, which definitely includes taking my business from “just a hobby” to something i can make a living off of. and not just the starving artist kind of living, if you know what i mean. ;) i was super nervous to take that plunge into the wedding world, but now i can’t believe i didn’t do it sooner. i’ve had the privilege of working on some wedding invitations for some of my closest friends, which has been incredibly rewarding as well as a great way to get my name out there to a huge network of family and friends who wouldn’t have known about me otherwise.

Do you have any other fun or creative hobbies aside from what you do for your businesses?

honestly, my business is what i love to do, so it never feels like work! i’m a huge disney nut, so i take as many trips down to orlando as i possibly can. i’m just gonna go ahead and admit that i’ve already been three times this year and i’m currently planning a fourth. are there support groups for this?

handmade wishlet bracelet

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

annie always asks the tough questions, doesn’t she? seriously, how am i supposed to pick just one? honestly, i think i’d have to stick with vanilla.. but can i add a little bit of caramel? is that allowed? okay, thanks.

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Thank you, Christen, for being part of this feature! I have some really great interviews lined up for the next few weeks, but I could always use more ;) If you’re a creative babe and would like to be interviewed for an upcoming post, please email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com. And check out Christen’s website and social media accounts below.

website // twitter // instagram

Make a Carnival-Themed Marquee Sign

diy carnival sign

A few years ago, I put together a carnival-themed marquee sign for a fundraising event and posted the project on my old blog. I kept the sign up in my old apartment and it’s still one of my favorite projects to this day. I know there are about a million tutorials for marquee letters out there, but I think this one is just a bit different. Here’s how to make your own.

DIY Carnival Marquee Sign – what you need:

  • cardboard letters
  • spray paint
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • pen
  • exacto knife
  • battery powered LED lights

diy painted letter

painting letters

diy letters

Start by spray painting all of your letters one color. Once the spray paint is dry, tape off the bottom section of each letter and also tape around the outside of the front of each letter as shown. Use your other color of paint to fill in the taped section. Once that part is dry, remove the tape and use a pen or marker to make diamond shapes emanating from the midpoint of each letter. Use your knife to cut around each of the diamond shapes.

diy light up letters

light up letters

diy book sign

On the back of the letters, you’ll want to cut a few holes big enough so you can string your lights through. If your light strands are long enough to go through multiple letters, you’ll also want to cut out small sections on the side of each letter so that they match up when put directly next to one another. You can even glue the letters together so that the sides stay flush against one another. Tape the battery packs to the backs of your letters so that the on/off switches are easily accessible. Done!

diy carnival letters

You can obviously customize this sign to say whatever you’d like. What would you use your carnival sign for?

diy marquee sign