Chain Letter REVIVAL

Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!

First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I'd need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we're duped into feeling like we're still in touch, but "liking" a photo here and there isn't quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let's be realistic. As much as I'd looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch "the old fashioned way" is hard work.

So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating ("You'll die if you don't pass it on!!!"). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that's part of the fun.

Printable Chain Letter

Here's how it works:

The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.

STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).

STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.

STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!


Below is the cover page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

If you're the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.

Next comes the instruction page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Again, if you're the starter, you get to make up the rules.

If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know...otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: "Mail all contents...with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ]." This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.

Next comes the map:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.

*UPDATE ::  A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.

Next comes the info page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

This page will need to be printed several times.

If you want to keep the group small, print 4...if you're feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you'd like. If you couldn't already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You'll have specific insight into your friends' lives that you'll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.

Eventually, I'd like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up...but we'll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.

Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it's a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.

I mean, come on...how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!


To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!

Each page measures 4.25" x 5.5" - depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they'll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.

To print on A4 Flat Cards:

To print on 8.5" x 11" sheets:

We recommend using high quality paper and the "best photo" settings on your home printer.

If you use the 8.5" x 11" sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)

The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.

*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.


If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Good luck, have fun, and...

LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL!

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A Superhero Birthday!

Superhero Birthday // still action photo set-up for kids Check this out...

Our friend Sarah created the cuuutest DIY photo shoot with her kids in celebration of their superhero dad!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 blue blanket
  • 1 sheet of black poster board
  • 1 sheet of yellow poster board
  • 1 Sharpie
  • a pair of scissors
  • white cotton balls or white paper
  • superhero costumes (fashionista tutu and sunglasses optional)
  • a trio of adorable kids
  • 1 awesome mom

So. Amazing.

Thanks for letting us share, Sarah!! 

Free Printable Set of Nautical Gift Tags

Free Printable Nautical Gift Tags // Pretty Peas Paperie [pinit]

 

Finally getting around to posting another freebie! With this PDF you can print 8 gift tags per sheet (4 of each design). They're the perfect finishing touch to a nautical-themed party gift!

DOWNLOAD THE *FREE PRINTABLE* HERE...

...Then print it on high quality matte paper, punch a hole, and thread your ribbon or twine. Enjoy!

*Free for personal use only. This PDF may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

A Simple Ink Level Test for Your Home Printer

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Every time I get a new computer or upgrade my operating system, compatibility with my existing printer becomes an issue. Print settings have to be recreated, cables need to be purchased, networks need to be synced, and the result is one big headache. One thing that happened recently is that I no longer have access to all of the features of my handy Print Utility application. I used to be able to check ink levels at the click of a button, but now it no longer works. Sure, I could spend an hour on the phone with tech support or get lost in print driver change logs, but instead I created my own SUPER simple ink level test sheet. Shouldn't your printer blink or do something to tell you you're out of ink? Yes. Yes it should. But sometimes I AM out of ink and my printer fails to notify me.

My particular printer uses a bajillion ink cartridges, including matte black, photo black, gloss optimizer, cyan, magenta, yellow, orange, and red. MOST home printers only use cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). If you're like me and can no longer digitally access your printer's ink levels, try printing out this test sheet in PDF format. It will be obvious if any cartridges are running low, and you might just discover why your beautiful DIY project isn't looking how it should.

IF the problem is little to no ink, the colors will appear faint. If the printing is sketchy or you're missing blocks of color here and there, the problem could be dirty print heads or clogged nozzles. In this case you'll have to clean them via a Print Utility command. If you can't do THAT, I'm afraid you'll have to scour the internet further, contact Tech Support, or consider making dinner for your tech savvy friend.

Hope this helps!

DIY Magnet Board for Your Travel Bucket List

DIY-Vacation-Board-1 My husband and I LOVE to travel. But, like everyone else, we have neither the funds nor the time to do it all at once. As a little "surprise" present one year, I made this board so we could keep track of "the places we need to see and the things we need to do." It's a customizable, moveable, travel bucket list that you can easily make at home. (If you have kids it would be a fun way for them to write down where they want to go.)

In this post, I'll show you how to make it...

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Supplies Needed:

supplies

  • a small dry erase board :: you can find these almost anywhere: office supply stores, craft stores, amazon.com, etc.
  • a dry erase pen :: you'll need this to check boxes and add your info
  • Avery Inkjet Magnet Sheets :: available at office supply stores or online
  • an inkjet printer
  • scissors or a paper trimmer

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Instructions ::

  1. Download the free printable template here: DIY Vacation Board
  2. Open the PDF, then print it on an 8.5" x 11" magnet sheet. Let dry for a few minutes to make sure the ink doesn't smudge.
  3. Trim the pieces. I recommend: a) using a paper trimmer if you have one, and b) trimming the table in rows instead of cells. This will make things a lot easier.
  4. Arrange the pieces on the board, then write your info with the dry erase pen. (You can also make your own table in Microsoft Word if you prefer a more professional look. :)
  5. Optional :: I used the extra space on the magnet sheet to print out some vacation photos. If you don't use them on the board, you'll have extra magnets!

Since the sheet is magnetic, you can easily move rows around allowing you to prioritize or re-organize your list. (Our list, for instance, is organized by cost.)

Ta da! A fun, easy-to-make interactive travel board. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

 

Creative Inspiration For Your Nautical Birthday Party

It's always exciting to see what people do with our design templates and how they make it their own. Here is a version for a baby's 1st birthday party created by Lesley Cheng in the Philippines. We love the added details of the anchor charm, baker's twine, and extra CRIMPED sail. Thanks for sharing with us, Lesley!!! You really went above and beyond with these invites.

Send us photos of what YOU create with our free templates and we'll send you a freebie. :)

 

// Rebecca

FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags

free printable Christmas holiday gift tags It's been a while since we posted a freebie, so here you go :: 3 sets of printable Christmas gift tags!

free printable Christmas holiday gift tags

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Supplies:

  • Color Printer
  • High quality matte photo paper or card stock (bright white)
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine, String, or Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. DOWNLOAD the PDF you want to use here:

  2. Print each sheet using your highest quality settings on matte photo paper or card stock.
  3. Finish by trimming and hole punching each tag, then fasten to your gift with twine or ribbon!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Love, Pretty Peas

DIY sushi roll costume for pets | bearded dragon

DIY pet sushi roll costume, lizard, bearded dragon [pinit]

 

Sooo, I may have gotten carried away with the Halloween DIY this year, BUT I still love this. After making one of these for our dog, I decided to make a *mini* version for our bearded dragon. (She was in a bad mood because the dog was staring at her, so we only left it on for a few minutes.)

Supplies (for 1 mini salmon sushi roll costume):

  • 3 small pieces of felt: black, white, and orange
  • 12 inches of peach ribbon (I used velvet ribbon)
  • a pair of scissors
  • thread
  • a needle
  • hot glue gun (and a hot glue stick)
  • cotton or synthetic stuffing (cotton balls would also work)

Instructions:

  1. Trim all of your felt pieces so that they fit your animal: 1 long black piece for the seaweed, 2 rectangular orange pieces for the salmon, and 2 rectangular white pieces for the rice. The black piece should be wide enough to go around their middle (with space to spare). You basically make two felt pillows for the rice layer and salmon layer, so measure accordingly. Keep in mind the rice and salmon pillows should be wider than the seaweed.
  2. Stitch 3 of the 4 edges together on the pillows, then stuff them. Sew up the opening.
  3. Decide how you want to place the ribbon over the orange pillow, then trim into 4 pieces. Attach the ribbon with hot glue. Be sure to glue all the way to the edges. Trim the excess ribbon.
  4. (OPTIONAL) I stitched the two pillows together to flatten them a bit. This helped them stay on her back.
  5. Since this is only a temporary costume, I wrapped the black felt around her belly with the pillows on top. It stayed on long enough for a few photos. (If you have trouble keeping it on there, try tying a soft piece of black yarn around the sushi roll.)

*No animals were harmed in the making of this costume. :) DO NOT keep this on your small pet/reptile for more than a few minutes, and keep an eye on them the whole time.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

DIY halloween décor | pumpkin painting, socal style

DIY Halloween decor, pumpkin painting, chevron [pinit]

 

This is how we celebrate fall in the west. :)

We jumped on the pumpkin-painting bandwagon this year, and went to town with the spray paint. Meet Matte Black, Metallic Chrome, and Charlie Brown Chevron:

DIY Halloween decor, pumpkin painting, chevron

Painting pumpkins is waaaay easier than carving them. Even the asymmetrical chevron/zig-zag pattern wasn't too bad. I just used blue tape to cover the parts I didn't want painted, then sprayed away.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY halloween décor | flameless lantern

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If you're looking for a cheap, easy, safe, and last-minute Halloween decoration idea, our flameless lantern is a perfect fit! It looks great in the daytime, spooky in the nighttime, and you can re-purpose it after the holiday is over.

Supplies (for 1 lantern):

  • a glass jar (any size and any shape, as long as you can fit the flameless tea light inside)
  • paint (I used white acrylic paint and chalkboard paint)
  • paintbrush
  • string, twine, or cord (I used a thick twine that is suitable for the outdoors)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a screwdriver
  • a battery-operated tea light (make sure it comes with the battery!)
  • blue tape (the kind you use for painting)
  • sand (optional)

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Cost: Since I had all of these supplies at home, this project didn't cost me anything. If you don't have a battery-operated tea light, you can buy a "pumpkin light" almost anywhere. If you haven't seen them, try the grocery store near the pumpkin carving supplies. A hardware supply store will also have them year-round.

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cheap and easy Halloween decoration ideas | flameless lantern

Instructions:

  1. Paint the lid of the jar. (I painted mine white.) After it dries, puncture a hole in the center using a screwdriver. (I recommend doing this outside to avoid damaging furniture and whatnot.) If you're having trouble, hit the top of the screwdriver with a mallet. Next, feed your twine through the hole, then tie a knot on the inside (the "bottom" of the lid). Make it big enough so the knot will stay securely in place once you hang your jar.
  2. (OPTIONAL) Paint the bottom half of the jar with chalkboard paint. You can use blue tape around the center to get a clean line. See our "Chalkboard Paint Tips" below.
  3. (OPTIONAL) Fill the jar partway with sand. (This will allow the top of the tea light "flame" to peek through.)
  4. Place the battery-operated tea light inside the jar.
  5. Tie the twine and lid to a strong tree branch. Screw the jar into the lid, and there you have it: a safe and spooky lantern that won't catch anything on fire!

When Halloween is over, you can store the tea light, sand, and lid, then use the jar itself as a cute pencil cup or storage container. (I actually made these last year...so all I had to do this year was tie them back up in the tree.)

Helpful Hint :: Do NOT leave these lanterns outside if it rains. The water will seep into the jar and get the tea light wet, rendering it useless.

cheap and easy Halloween decoration ideas | flameless lantern

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DIY *Mini* Dog Party Hat

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Remember the DIY Dog Party Hat we posted a few months ago? Well, I made a mini version this past weekend for a little dachshund. Isn't it cute?

Basically, follow the instructions from our previous post, but cut the cone much shorter. For this pink hat, I folded up the bottom edge and hot-glued a felt ribbon on top. (The ribbon was made with 4 tiny strips of cut felt - nothing fancy there!) The gray felt flower was pre-made by Jolee's Boutique: I found it at Michaels.

We don't have any small dogs at home, so I had Nani model it for you...

DIY small dog party hat | pink and gray felt flower hat

DIY Wrap-Around Nautical Address Labels

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DIY Nautical Wrap Around Address Labels

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These Custom DIY Nautical Wrap-Around Address Labels are now available in our Etsy Shop! The printable PDF of labels is customized with your return address. (We can also add your guest addresses for $0.40 each.)

For our FREE *blank* address label template (no return address or guest addresses), click on the link below:

Nautical Wrap-Around Labels

Please remember this is free for personal use only.

Instructions:

  1. After downloading the PDF, print it out on full sheet label paper. (Avery full-sheet labels work great - you can buy them at any office supply store. Our favorite label paper is Spectacle InkJet Crack and Peel from sheet-labels.com.) Each sheet will provide 3 wrap-around labels, each approx. 3.5" x 6".
  2. Cut out the labels with a paper trimmer, leaving a 1/4" border around the blue pinstripe.
  3. Add your return address and guest address by hand. (May we suggest using a fun color like red?)
  4. Stick 'em on to your 5" x 7" photo mailers!

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In lieu of flowers...

Mini Potted Succulent [pinit]

 

Last week, two of our design clients celebrated the launch of their new book Inspired Celebrations. Since one is a talented photographer and the other a creative events planner, I knew beautiful flowers were nothing new to them. So, I ventured out to look for an alternative. I knew ChicWeed on Cedros would pull through for me, and it did! After hunting down these two mini clay vessels, I asked ChicWeed to fill them with succulents. Perfect! An eco-friendly, long-lasting, and easy-to-maintain botanical gift!

If you already own succulents at home, here are some tips to make a mini potted arrangement like this:

  1. After finding a container, check to see if it has drainage holes. If it does, great. If it doesn't, I recommend putting a few small rocks at the bottom. Stack them on top of each other to create a space at the bottom for water to drain so it doesn't saturate the plants.
  2. Fill the container with "cactus dirt." You can find this almost anywhere. Basically, you don't want the dirt to hold moisture for too long.
  3. Gather some clippings from your succulents.
  4. Remove some of the lower stems (even if they're healthy), then arrange them in the dirt, making sure the recently-removed parts are now tucked in soil. New roots will form from these parts.
  5. Optional: put some small garden pebbles around the pot, covering the dirt. This will help keep everything in place and make your arrangement look nice and neat.
  6. Water the plant with about 2 tablespoons of water. Less water is ok - just be careful not to over-water!
  7. Water your potted succulents no more than once per week, and make sure they get some sun. Different succulents have different requirements in terms of sunlight, so keep that in mind.

Mini Potted Succulent

Of course, I had to include a note...so I made a mini paper flag.

Mini Potted Succulent

Isn't this translucent peach succulent amazing?!

Mini Potted Succulent

Congratulations to our friends Caroline & Ngoc!

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Learn how to throw your own inspired celebrations by checking out their book! I can't wait to get my copy in the mail!

Inspired Celebrations

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Watching this video will make you want the book even more...

 

Inspired Celebrations // The Journey from RainbowFish on Vimeo.

DIY Ribbon Wand

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In this post, I'll show you how to make a Fairytale Fashionista ribbon wand...perfect for girly-girls young and old.

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Fairytale Fashionista

logo and branding by our sister company, Akula Kreative

If you want to see the ribbon wands in action, check out the Fairytale Fashionista tent at San Diego KidsFest this weekend!

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DIY Ribbon Wand | Supplies

Supplies (for 10 ribbon wands):

  • a pack of 10 wooden dowels (available at Michaels and other craft stores)
  • 10 screw eyes (I used a 14-piece pack of 7/8" Ace Hardware brand medium screw eyes)
  • a can of silver spray paint (I used Ace Hardware brand chrome aluminum Premium Enamel)
  • lots and lots of ribbon (I used 7 yards total of 6 types of ribbon per wand) Tip 1: Use a variety of widths, textures, and colors of ribbon, but don't get any more than 7/8" wide. Tip 2: The longest strand in this wand is 1 yard; you can make yours shorter if it's for a small child, or up to 5' if it's for an adult.
  • a small bottle of fray check (optional)
  • 2 reused paper bags from the grocery store and a pair of scissors (optional)
  • a roll of blue tape (optional)
  • a brick of floral foam (optional)
  • a small container (optional)

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Cost: I used a lot of high quality ribbon for these wands, so the unit cost came out to a little over $4 each (not including sales tax). (I also bought the ribbon at a wholesale warehouse, so $20 is on the cheap side for 70+ yards of double-faced satin and other specialty types.) If you need to bring the cost down, I recommend using only 2 or 3 1-yard strands of ribbon per wand.

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Instructions:

1. PREP: Before painting, I cut up 2 paper bags to use them as a spraying surface in the backyard. Once flattened, I taped them to the ground with strips of blue tape to prevent them from blowing away.

DIY Ribbon Wand

2. To hold the dowels up, I prepared a container using an old glass vase (something heavy like this works best) and a brick of floral foam. I trimmed the foam so that it would fit snugly in the vase, then I stuck the dowels in (see above).

DIY Ribbon Wand

3. Follow the directions on your can of spray paint. In my case, I had to spray 6-8 inches from the dowels and let them dry at least 25 minutes before flipping them over to paint the other ends. I let them dry for over an hour before handling them.

DIY Ribbon Wand

4. While you're waiting, cut the strands of ribbon. I used 7 strands of ribbon per wand, each 1 yard in length.

DIY Ribbon Wand

5. Once the dowels are dry, it's time to put the screw eyes in. You can do this by simply twisting them into the ends of your dowels. I twisted until I couldn't go in any further; as long as it feels secure and you can tug on the screw without it moving, it should be good to go. If you want to make them super secure, you can apply a dab of craft glue on to the tip of the screw.

Optional step: apply fray check to the ends of the ribbon. (I happened to skip this step because I didn't find it necessary.)

DIY Ribbon Wand

6. Last step: Tie the ribbons on! I created a variety of lengths by tying the strands at different points, but you can do whatever you want. If you want the wand to flow like that of a rhythmic gymnast, keep them long. If you want a pom-pom, keep them short. Or, do a variety!

DIY Ribbon Wand

 

 

DIY Dog Party Hat

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Ever since I was little, I've enjoyed dressing things up...my baby brother, my dogs, and now, my husband. :) Today I'm going to share an easy, 10-step project for a dog party hat. I made the first two hats probably 2 years ago. I put them on the dogs as part of a birthday surprise for my husband (then boyfriend). Since then, we've broken them out for all sorts of celebrations...

The hats are dog friendly (i.e., shred-proof, soft, and flexible) as well as super easy (and cheap) to make.

Supplies (for 1 dog hat):

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet of felt (you can buy packs of these at craft stores, WalMart, Target, etc.)
  • a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • a pair of scissors
  • 2 strips of ribbon (each strip should be at least 12" long, but it depends on the size of your dog)
  • additional scraps of felt (optional)
  • additional ribbon (optional)

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Party Hat

1. Start out with 1 sheet of felt.

DIY Dog Party Hat

2. Fold the top right corner down and to the left until the corner meets the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

3. Apply hot glue on the singly-ply part of the sheet.

DIY Dog Party Hat

4. Now, fold over the single-ply strip to seal that side of the sheet. Fold over the small remaining corner (seen in the left photo above). Then trim the open end of the sheet so you're left with a cone shape.

Tip: If you have a small dog, just cut the cone shorter for a smaller hat. This hat should fit a medium to large dog, anywhere from 50 to 100 lbs.

DIY Dog Party Hat

5. After trimming, you should have your basic hat. If you're pressed for time, you can simply make a bunch of these in different colors. If not, you can add details and decoration with scraps of ribbon and felt...

DIY Dog Party Hat

6. Here, I added a scrap of pink felt to the top of the hat. Be sure to play around with the placement of the felt before applying your glue.

DIY Dog Party Hat

7. After finishing the pink top, I cut out strips of white felt to add a fringe trim along the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

8. Since you're dealing with a cone shape, it's easiest to do the bottom trim in two pieces. Here, I cut out the fringe with a bunch of short vertical cuts. Then I glued the trim to the hat.

DIY Dog Party Hat

9. I've been waiting a looong time to use this felt ribbon I bought on sale at Michaels...

DIY Dog Party Hat

10. Last step: glue your strips of ribbon to the inside of the hat. Don't forget to measure your dog's head first - make sure your strips of ribbon are long enough.

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Here are a couple other polka-dot hats from previous years...

DIY Dog Party Hats

In my experience, dogs keep them on for about 30 seconds while you tell them to stay. After they get their treat, they usually tilt their heads to make it slide off... but it's worth it for the photo opps!

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

Welcome to our first DIY Project! (This was first posted in July 2011 on our sister blog at Akula Kreative - hence the smaller photos.) DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

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Here we are going to show you how to make your very own nautical-themed BABY SHOWER INVITATION. (We just made them for a very special friend, so now we get to share the know-how with you!)

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Supplies (for 12 invitations):

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 red card stock
  • 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 white matte presentation paper
  • 3 sheets of 12 x 12 brown card stock (we used Bo Bunny Chocolate Stripe)
  • 6 pieces of 18 gauge floral cloth wire
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 roll of double-stick tape
  • 1 roll of red ribbon (we used Celebrate It ribbon from Michaels)
  • a 1.5″ scalloped circle paper punch (we used a Marvy Uchida)
  • a Xyron Create-a-Sticker (optional)
  • a hot glue gun
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pair of wire cutters (optional)
  • a paper trimmer (to make life easier)
  • a color printer
  • 1 white gel pen (we suggest a Uniball Signo – White Pigment Ink UM-153) OR Marcelle Script (if you plan on using the MS Word template)

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Instructions:

1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)

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2. Print the sails and anchors on the 8.5 x 11 white presentation paper. Each sheet will provide 4 blue sails and 4 red anchors. Turn your paper over and print the blue dots on the back. We suggest printing photo-quality sheets to keep the color vibrant and the lines crisp.*

With your white gel pen, write the details of your baby shower or event.

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NEW! Download the Microsoft Word template and customize your text by clicking on each text box. If you want to use the same script as the example, download Marcelle Script for free HERE and install it before you open the Word doc. Please note that we are providing this file as a courtesy and will not offer technical assistance with software, printing, font installation, etc. Microsoft Word is not design software, but we realize that most people have it and know how to edit this type of file.

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Next, cut out each sail with scissors. Stay as close to the outer blue line as possible and be careful to leave a wide border around the anchors.

Using the scalloped circle punch, punch out the red anchors.

3. Cut appropriately-sized flags from the red sheet of card stock. (We didn’t give you a template for this one because we figured this one was pretty easy.)

4. Print the boat outlines on your 12 x 12 brown cardstock. Each sheet will provide 5 boats. Using a paper trimmer, make horizontal cuts to divide the sheet into 5 long strips. (Feel free to cut each out by hand, but this is a shortcut.) Then, fold each boat in half down the center of the strip. Keep the fold on the left-hand side. Trim the sides of the folded boat with scissors.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

5. Next, cut your floral wire. (Wire cutters make this easier, but you can use a good pair of scissors if you don’t have any.) Each piece of wire should be about 7.5″ long. The floral wire we used was long enough to get 2 “masts” out of each piece. While you’re at it, you can also cut your strips of ribbon. Each strip should be 6″ long.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

6. Now it’s time to glue your flag and sail to the floral wire. Before you do anything permanent, try lining everything up so you can get an idea of where you need to apply the glue. After your glue is HOT, apply a thin line at the top of the floral wire. Attach your red flag. Next, apply a second thin line of glue on the back of the sail, near the top. Do the same near the bottom of the sail. Place the paper sail on top of the wire and press down quickly to make sure it sticks!

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Optional: curl the top and bottom of the sail around the wire.

7. With your brown boat opened (so the side with the stripes is facing down), place the wire/sail/flag inside. Make sure everything is lined up properly. Keep the wire in place with 2 strips of double-stick tape. Add more tape around the edges of the boat.

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Close up the boat neatly so the edges line up.

8. There are several ways to stick the ribbon on, but our favorite method uses the Xyron Create-a-Sticker. (We used the 1.5″ mini version.) Hot glue and double-stick tape works, too. Using the Xyron, put two 6″ strips of ribbon through the machine. Peel and stick along the top edge of the boat. Trim the excess ribbon.

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9a. Apply one 0.5″ x 0.5″ foam square on the back of the punched-out anchor.

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9b. Stick it on the boat. Keep it straight-up or give it a tilt…whatever you prefer.

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And voila! A lovely, one-of-a-kind invite to wow your guests!

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MAILING:

We mailed these out this June using 5 x 7 photo mailers. (You can find these at Staples or any other office supply store.) Each mailer required $1.08 to mail within the U.S. (Double-check with your local post office before dropping them in a mailbox - chances are, postage rates have increased.) We also made custom wrap-around labels and business-card size inserts with the Guest of Honor’s registry info.

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DIY Nautical "It's a Boy" Hanging Sign

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This easy-to-make “It’s A Boy” sign makes a great addition to the DIY Sailboat/Nautical Baby Shower. Just download our templates, cut out the pieces, tape them together, and voila! A fun paper element to hang at your party!

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Supplies (for 1 sign):

  • 1 sheet of  8.5 x 11″ white card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ navy blue card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ brown card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ baby blue card stock (we used a textured one that reminded us of water)
  • 5 safety pins
  • 1 long strip of coordinating ribbon
  • a pair of scissors
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 glue stick
  • a standard single hole punch

Instructions:

  1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.) Letters Sails Boat Hulls Anchors
  2. Print the letters on your red card stock, the sails on your navy card stock, the hulls on your brown card stock, and the anchors on the baby blue card stock. (There are two extra anchors in case you want to use them for something else.)
  3. Carefully cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the baby blue anchors onto the sheet of white card stock. Cut them out again, leaving a border of white around the blue.
  5. Lay out all of your pieces so you know how they’ll line up and fit together.
  6. Apply the foam squares to the letters – be careful to plan this out so everything lines up properly.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of each assembled piece. Leave enough room at the top so it isn’t flimsy, but not TOO much since you’re going to have to hang it with a safety pin.
  8. Put a safety pin through each hole, attach to your ribbon, and you’re done!

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DIY Nautical "Welcome Aboard" + "Happy Birthday" Mini Banner

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A Simple, Sweet Mini Banner for Baby Showers and Nautical Themed Parties

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Supplies (for 1 banner):

  • 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 navy blue card stock (#5)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 red card stock (#5)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 white matte presentation paper (high quality matte photo paper)
  • a 1/8″ hole punch (#1)
  • a pair of scissors (we like the mini ones in #2)
  • a 1.5″ scalloped circle paper punch (we used a Marvy Uchida – as seen in #3)
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares/circles (or any permanent foam tape – #4)
  • 1 roll of double-stick tape (#6)
  • at least 5 feet of jute, twine, string, or ribbon (we used a thin braided jute – #7)*
  • a color printer
  • a paper trimmer (optional)

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Instructions:

Download the free printable template by clicking on the link below. (This is free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)

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  1. Print the letters and anchors on the 8.5 x 11 white presentation paper. (We included some extra letters and sailboat graphics because we hate wasting paper. If you want to make a mini “Thank You” banner to display near your party favors, just print extra sheets of the flags. The letters for THANK YOU! are included on the template.)
  2. Punch the letters and graphics out with the scalloped circle punch.
  3. Print the flags on your colored card stock. You’ll need 3 sheets of one color (we used navy) and 1 sheet of a second color (we used red). Feel free to mix it up with other colors or patterns!Keep in mind there are 6 flags per sheet. So, if you need 13 flags to cover the letters in WELCOME ABOARD (or HAPPY BIRTHDAY), you’ll need 3 sheets. You’ll have extra flags, so don’t freak out prematurely…These flags are double-sided, so if you want to save resources, you can make them single-sided, cut each flag in half, and print half as much.
  4. Cut out your flags using scissors or your paper trimmer.
  5. With your little flags folded in half, punch holes into the top left and right corners. If you have wide ribbon, use a bigger hole punch. Make sure your jute/twine (or whatever you’re using to string through the banner) fits through a 1/8″ hole!
  6. Now it’s time to attach the scalloped circles to the flags using the foam tape. We suggest laying the letters and graphics out in order first…just to make sure you spell everything correctly.
  7. We used a super cute braided jute* to coordinate with the sailing/nautical theme, which worked out great. The only tricky part was keeping the frilling ends under control when we were stringing the flags together.Tip: wrap some scotch tape around the tip of the twine as tightly as possible (like the end of a shoelace). This will make stringing MUCH easier.
  8. Once the flags are strung, you can put a small piece of double-stick tape on the inside of each of the flags to keep them flat. This is optional, of course.
  9. You’re done! Now you have an adorable hanging banner to add to your nautical decor! Easy PEAS-y!

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Ideas for Displaying the Nautical Mini Banner

In the photo above, we didn’t have a wall behind the display table, so we improvised. In addition to making a hanging ribbon backdrop, we put together a little vase ensemble so we could hang the banner.

Supplies:

  • 2 small containers (we used small square glass vases/votives) – although mini buckets would be cute here!
  • white or light-colored sand
  • 2 small blocks of floral foam
  • 2 skewers (the kind for kabobs that you can get at the grocery store)
  • shells for decoration
  • painted nautical wood “ornaments” (we found these at Michaels in the wood supply section)

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Basic Instructions:

First, we cut out blocks of floral foam to fit into the vases. We left about 1 mm of space between the foam block and the interior walls of the vase so we could pour the sand in and hide the foam. Then we stuck the skewers in. (The foam is key here. If you just stick the skewer in sand, it will not hold up.) Then we poured the sand in. Then we decorated with sea shells and wood pieces!

Make a third vase if you want to hold your banner up in the middle. We taped the center red flag to the ribbon backdrop.

 

We hope you enjoyed this DIY post! Good luck with your nautical themed party or baby shower!