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Inspiration and DIY Ideas - September 2014


Halloween Photo Backdrop
September 26, 2014

Photo booths are a great addition to any party. It gives people something to do. It helps people relax. It brings out people's silly sides. The best part about them is that the photos act as a party favor to remember the fun times over and over again.

Here are some key tips to planning your photo back drop for your upcoming Halloween party.
  • Keep it simple
  • Use elements to create a frame around the subjects
  • Take into account the height of your guests (kids party vs adult party)
  • Maintain a color scheme (black, white, orange, purple and green are great colors for Halloween)
  • Collect fun props to add variety (masks, feather boas, and hats are always fun)
The first thing we did for this backdrop was we hung a solid black sheet up. I was able to tie mine to a bannister, but you can use strong tape to attach it to the wall, pushpins, or make a contraption with PVC pipes.

For the top of the photo backdrop we used the tissue paper tassel garlands in tangerine, black, white, and silver. To complete the framing we used purple, white, and orange helium balloons and tied them off with festive baker's twine. We added some tissue poms at the bottom for extra dimension.

If your guests are still a little unsure of themselves in front of the camera then we have that covered too! Turn the photo booth into a fun game that everyone can participate in! (This works best for a party between 10-20 people.)

Have the photo booth set up at the very beginning of your party where your guests first arrive. Next to the props have a bowl of folded pieces of paper. Each piece of paper will have the name of either a movie or a Halloween character. For example: the headless horseman, a princess, Frankenstein, etc. They then have to portray the character in their picture using the props provided. They can do it with a friend or on their own, but they can't tell anyone else what they picked.

Once everyone has participated, find a way to display the pictures (possibly projected big enough for everyone to see). As everyone is gathered together, go through the pictures and have people guess who they are supposed to be. It may even be helpful if you have a list of options displayed.

Be sure to check out Just Artifact's collection of Halloween goodies!!

Halloween Paper Lanterns
September 19, 2014

Halloween is definitely at the top of my list for favorite holidays. I don't know what it is, but I sure do love it. You already know that Just Artifacts has an amazing supply of paper lanterns. What you may not know is how much fun it is to customize the paper lanterns to fit with the current season.

Today we have a fun and festive way to add a little character into your Halloween decor. Whether you are using these paper lanterns as part of the seasonal decor in your home or just getting ready for a party I promise you will have fun making these and adding your own personal touch. I got together with a friend of mine to help put these together. They were so easy and so much fun so I hope you try them!

As always you need to gather your supplies. For the paper lanterns we went with traditional Halloween colors: orange, green, and white, but purple and black could be fun too. You will also need scissors, tape, and heavy weight paper (we used card stock). Oh and I almost forgot, we also used some toilet paper...I'll explain later.

Next comes the fun part. We made six different lantern characters today. The ghost was the easiest lantern to make. We cut out two ovals for the eyes and a circle for the mouth. Then we taped them onto the lantern and we were done. Easy right?!? The witch, the pumpkin, and the Frankenstein we made as we went along. My friend noted that the eye brows make a huge difference so don't forget to include them.

The mummy was the most fun to make. This is where the toilet paper comes in and who doesn't love wrapping toilet paper around things? It did get a little tricky, but if you tape it down as you go it will hold together nicely. For the cat I did a quick search online for "cat silhouettes" and then I picked my favorite. We traced it onto the paper before cutting it out.

Just Artifacts has individual lights you can hang in the lanterns. You can put these up at night time and they will look amazing. You will also have fun using the chevron prints or other colors to make new characters.

And if all else fails and you don't have time (nor the patience) to make these Just Artifacts carries Halloween Pumpkin Paper Lanterns. Check out their whole line of Halloween supplies!

DIY Treat Boxes!
September 13, 2014

There are many ways to show someone that you care. Whether it's a neighbor going through a tough time, a friend who is having a bad week, or just a friend you haven't seen in awhile, a treat is a fun way to let them know you are thinking about them. We have a fun tutorial for you today on how to make that treat extra special.

You can customize the colors and patterns for each treat delivery! At Just Artifacts we have an endless supply of colors to mix and match to fit any mood or season: yellow to cheer someone up, pink to show some love, and blue to remind them to stay calm.

We will start with the little box. You will need:
Cut triangles out of the four corners of plate as shown. This will make it easier to tape up the corners. It doesn't have to be a very big triangle. You will be folding it over and taping it so it will overlap. By cutting a triangle it will be easier to tape closed.

Fold up the four sides and tape the edges to make the plate into a box. Keep the tape on the outside of the box so the inside looks clean and neat.

Next we have the napkin bow. To make the bow you will need:
Fold the napkin in thirds as shown below and tape closed. Slip the spoon into the napkin. Pinch the napkin closed down the middle. In order to make the bow lay nicely fold the napkin in a small accordion. Tie baker's twine around the middle to keep it in place and fluff the sides. Keep the twine long enough to tie it around the plastic at the end.

Once your treat is ready, place it in your box. Wrap up the box with plastic and use the twine on your napkin bow to tie up the plastic wrap. You can also use these gift boxes as a thank you gift, teacher or neighbor gifts, party favors, or as a congratulatory gift.

For other ideas on wrapping gifts with baker's twine see our previous post on baker's twine and the delights of gift wrapping.

Bunting Cake Topper
September 6, 2014

Have you ever made a cake and thought it was missing something? Have you ever shown up to a party and been impressed with the cake the host/hostess had on display? It's amazing what a huge difference just a little bit of time and effort can make. With some washi tape with baker's twine the opportunities are endless! Today we have a fun diy project for the cake at your next get together or party. Cakes can be boring, but today we are going to make a fiesta on top your cake! I personally am not a great cake decorator and so by making a bunting cake topper people won't even look that closely at the cake I made. It's a win-win for everyone!

The first step is to gather your supplies. For this project all you need is some paper straws, washi tape, and baker's twine. Oh and you will also need a cake, but that should be obvious by now. The length of your twine will depend on how long you want your bunting to be and how big your cake is.

Now we move onto the fun part. Because washi tape is a bit transparent I used some white paper in between the fold in the tape to make the patterns stand out more. I attached half of the tape to the paper and then I folded the tape over the string and stuck it to the other side. I was careful to maintain a consistent space between each flag.

Once I attached the flags to the string I started trimming the edges. I used a ribbon shaped bunting for this cake topper. Triangles are another popular shape.

After I finished trimming the edges, I attached the ends to two paper straws. Just a simple knot around the straw will do. And voila! You're all done!

Just Artifacts has a vast selection of washi tape, baker's twine and paper straws for all your cake topper needs. While you're there don't forget to check out the rest of the party supplies that you will need. Plates, napkins, and cutlery for your treats. Paper lanterns, tissue poms, tissue tassels, and balloons for your decorations.


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