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Christmas Garland DIY – Here’s How to Hang Your Honeycombs

Hanging honeycomb balls is easy!

I am a self confessed Garland obsessive! I don’t feel at home unless there is a string of bunting or a garland adorning a wall/window/dresses/tree. I recently spotted a honeycomb garland in a shop for £24 and rushed home to make my own! It really is very easy, here is how:

You will need:

9 x 3″ Honeycomb Balls will make approximately 1.5m of garland
A length of Bakers Twine
Double-sided Sticky Tape

Step 1:   Cut your length of twine, ensure it is a little longer than you need the garland to be.

Step 2:   Make a loop at each end to enable you to hang the finished Garland neatly

Step 3:   Stick a smal piece of double sided tape to the card inside the Honeycomb and open the ball out. You can either cut the little hanging string off the honeycomb or lay it down insdide the ball out of site, carefully lay your twine inside the middle of the honeycomb and close the ball. There is no need to stick the twine down inside as the closed ball will hold it there quite firmly and it will also enable you to carefully move or alter the ball along the twine if necessary later.

Step 4:   Adjust the gaps by carefully moving the balls along the twine if necessary. Hang and Enjoy!

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Cute Bunting DIY

I believe that bunting is the ultimate decoration! Whether it’s a party, celebration, event, BBQ, knees up, frankly there is no occasion that cannot be improved upon by a string of bunting.

Make easy bag bunting

We do have hand-made bunting in the shop, however when the mood takes me I also like to make my own. I have a knack of creating bunting out of anything, I have recycled allsorts into bunting; old jumpers, paper plates, baking cups, playing cards, old maps and books (my ‘dirty bunting’ as friends called it is infamous and made from unwanted copies of Fifty Shades of Grey!)

Kids Party Paper Decorations

My most recent bunting project is probably my easiest and quickest to date…Treat Bag Bunting!

You will need:

A selection of treat bags/party bags/sweet bags (12 bags make 3mtrs)
Ribbon or bias binding 1-1.5cm wide 3m long
A Sewing Machine

Simply sew the bags to the ribbon/binding, I sewed the bottoms of the bag so that they hung upside-down. Leave a gap of a bags width between your flags. Hang and enjoy!

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Fringe Tassel Tail Balloons

Tassel Tail Balloons are still a hot party decoration for 2014. You may remember last year I posted a D.I.Y how to make tassel tails for big balloons. Well I thought I would share with you a little balloon-tail cheat.

Tassel tails, (although they look amazing) are quite time consuming to construct, a very quick cheat to get a similar effect is to add fringe garland tails to your balloons.

Balloon Tassel Tail

Trust me kids love these, so for a cheap but ‘jaw-dropping-wow’ feature to a child’s party add fringe tassel tails to your balloons, these are also beautiful for weddings and can be achieved in practically no time and at very little cost. They also make a beautiful little gift for a birthday, baby shower etc.

Balloon Fringe Tassel Garland

Fringe Festooning comes in 5m lengths (more than enough for 5 balloons if you use just one strand), combine a couple of colours and strands for best effect. Simply attach the garlands to the tied base of the balloon with a little piece of glitter tape. These garlands are stronger than you might think but if you are using with Big Balloons take the measure of add a piece of strong ribbon along with the garlands as the piece to be held/tethered to avoid losing your beautiful balloon!

Balloon Fringe Garland Tail

Balloon Tassel Tail Garland

Our Fringe Garland comes in eleven gorgeous shades, have fun creating your own balloon-tails.

Tassel Tail Wedding Balloon


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Baking Cup Light Garland DIY

I have had many enquiries as to where I get the pretty strings of lights that adorn my home which I change the colours of according to the season or occasion. One lady thought that I collected tiny vintage lamp shades and strung them together!

Baking Cups Fairy Lights DIY
These strings of pretty lights are so easy to construct, no glue or tape is required all you need are baking cups and a string of fairy lights (my fairy lights cost just 99p)
You could use a selection of baking cups or try this with paper party cups. Carefully cut a cross in the bottom of the cup and pop a light through the hole. The light should stay inside quite snuggly without the need of any glue or tape.
Within less than 5 minutes you will have a pretty string of lights!
String of Baking Cup Lights
Ice lolly invites for summer


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Summer Party Invitations

My soon to be six year old has been desperate to make some Invitations for her Birthday Party to hand out before the end of the school term. We (eventually) decided on having a bright and fun summer theme and have everything crossed that it will be on a sunny day and we can host it outside in the garden.

Inspired by a recent blog post I spotted on the fabulous site Funky Time we decided to make some cute Popsicle (Ice Lollys here in the UK) invites. Funky Time have some really fantastic Free Printables and their Popsicles can be downloaded and simply cut out.

Popsicle Party Invitations

Printing out was not an attractive idea for my five year old today as she wanted to do lots of sticking! So we made our own out of scrap paper. We printed the party details on a piece of coloured paper, cut it out in an Ice Lolly shape and stuck it to another Ice Lolly shape with a 1/4 length piece of paper straw stuck between them to make the lolly stick, we then decorated them! They do look particularly cute in Glassine Bags.

Ice Pop Lolly Party InvitationIce Lolly Invitations

Lolly Pop Summer Party Invite

Summer Party Invite

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Tassel Tails Big Balloons – DIY

Tassel Tails for Big Balloons – DIY Intructions

Tassel Tail for Big Balloon

I love the impact that our 3ft Big Balloons make, add a tassel tail and they become a real statement piece and provide a touch of theatre to any occasion. You can buy tassel tails for balloons from a number of suppliers for upwards of £30 a piece! With a half an hour to spare and a few sheets of tissue paper you can make one of these for a matter of pence (and something that is hand made is just that little bit extra special).

You will need:

Sheets of Tissue Paper 50x75cm (1 sheet for each tassel, I used 5 tassels)

A sharp pair of scissors

2 meter length of lace trim

other oddments of lace or lightweight ribbon

Fold your sheet of tissue paper in half legthways and then in half widthways

Carefully cut from the bottom edge of your paper up to an inch from the lengthway fold. Make each fringe about 1/2″ wide

Continue along the whole of the folded sheet

unfold the widthway fold and give the fringe a gentle shake to unstick the fringing.

Starting at one end of top uncut section of the paper, gentle roll the paper together

Tie tightly with a piece of lightweight ribbon

With one end of the ribbon you used to tie the paper together with, wrap it around the end of your tassel and tie securely

You have a finished tassel, now make some more!

Lay the length of pretty lace out straight across the floor or table. Tie each tassel to the length of lace approx. 15cm apart from each other. Add any other bits of ribbon and lace as you wish.

Tassel Garland DIY Instructions

You can now tie the finished tassel to your inflated balloon

Tassel Tail Garland Balloon Instructions DIY

Tassel tail Big Pink Balloon

Big Balloon Geronimo

Balloon with Tassel Tail UKBig Tassel Tail Pink Red BalloonPhotographs of the finished balloon by Abigail Fahey