FREE Alice in Wonderland Printables

In honor of the latest Alice in Wonderland movie, debuting this week in theaters, check out these FREE water bottle printables. These make the perfect addition to any Wonderland themed birthday or tea party.

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And don’t miss Alice Through the Looking Glass, in theaters everywhere today.

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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Inspired Party

I have always been a HUGE Star Wars fan so the opportunity to style this party was a dream come true! They even had a real life size R2D2 there courtesy of a family friend. In honor of May the 4th Be With You aka Star Wars Day, check out pictures from this awesome Star Wars inspired party and scroll to the bottom to download your FREE Star Wars water bottle labels!

Download the Star Wars water bottle labels by clicking here!

DIY Ariel Seashells Tutorial

Learn how to make this beautiful mermaid top for less than $15!image

What you’ll need:

  • Bra or bathing suit top (preferably in nude or purple)
  • One 11×17″ piece of craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • E6000 Glue
  • Rhinestones
  • Pearls
  • Purple Paint in varying shades
  • Silver Glitter paint (optional)

First trace the shape of your bra or bathing suit top on the craft foam to ensure the foam will cover the top. I added a scalloped edge to the larger side as shown below. I drew two smaller shapes as well, all with the scalloped edge. When we’re done, all three pieces will be stacked together to create the final piece. Also note the lines I drew. These were cut and layered on top of each other to create the curved structure.

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See the fully cut out and scalloped pieces below.

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Next, hot glue the slits, placing one layer over another. It should make a nice curved shape. Once all three have been glued, stack them on top of each other and glue them together. It’s important that each shell faces a different way (as shown below). Otherwise they won’t fit well on your top!

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Now it is time to paint! This is where your creativity will really come in. I painted each shell (front and back) in one shade of purple to give it a great base. I then went in with a darker purple to define the edges and the shell lines to connect the dip in the scallops. I painted a brighter, more vibrant purple on the inner part of each circular piece. Lastly, I painted silver glitter paint on the edges of each shell, the very center corner and the lines. See below.

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Home stretch! Now you want to add TONS of sparkle! I love these AB rhinestones from Walmart because they’re cheap and they have so much sparkle. I also purchased some flat backed pearls from Hobby Lobby. I tried to concentrate the embellishment toward the middle. I prefer using E6000 for rhinestone work, HOWEVER, I will caution you to only use in a well ventilated area! This stuff is STRONG and is known to cause cancer when inhaled…

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Finally, it’s time to attach the shells to the bra/bathing suit top. E6000 doesn’t dry instantly but has a strong hold. Hot glue dries quickly but can sometimes peel off. I used a mixture of the two to fix the shells to the bra top. I used E6000 toward the center of the shells and then hot glue around the outside to quickly secure the edges. I also went through with hot glue and added more pearls and rhinestones to the center of the bra top to give it a seamless look.

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And tada! You now have your very own, thrifty and beautiful Ariel inspired mermaid top. I’d love to see pictures if you made one yourself! Tag #PartyByAPrincess with your projects, email me at kayla@partybyaprincess.com or share in the comments below.

 

 

Dance Party Sparkle Letter Tutorial

We’re in LOVE with the look of these sparkle letters! They’re so thrifty and easy to make, learn how to spell out words for your party theme.

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You can purchase these letters from Hobby Lobby for $2.99 each. They are cardboard and thick enough to stand on their own. Occasionally, they even have these 50% off! But it’s rare 😉

First, lay the letters face down, so they should look backwards to you. Spray paint them in your base color, we chose black. Let them dry overnight.

Next paint Modge Podge on the unpainted side. Use a generous amount. Sprinkle on your chosen color of glitter and then shake off the remaining glitter. For added security, you can add another layer of Modge Podge over top to keep loose glitter from falling off.

And voila! You have your own set of adorable letters to add sparkle to any occasion!

DIY Tulle Ball Tutorial

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Tulle balls are so easy and cheap! Plus they make an adorable accent to any centerpiece or girly party themed decor.

I recycled an old spool from some half inch ribbon I recently used up. I ripped the two larger circles off to create two flat donut shaped pieces of cardboard. To make a tulle ball you simply wrap the tulle around as shown above until all of the cardboard has been covered up. The thicker the better!

Once complete, you carefully cut the edge around the outside circle, be careful not to lose the end of the tulle! Run a small bit of tulle, maybe 6 inches or so, in between the two pieces of cardboard, without completely pulling the tulle off! VERY IMPORTANT! Tie it securely and then slide the pieces of cardboard off.

Trim the tulle to ensure it’s all the same size and you’re done! Glue these to dowel rods or colored paper straws or hang from the ceiling with fishing line, tulle or ribbon. The possibilities are endless!

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The bigger the cardboard the bigger the tulle ball. I was able to make 20 out of one single roll of $3 tulle and it really only took an 30 mins. Such a quick, cute and thrifty decoration.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Take a trip down the rabbit hole and check out this WONDERFUL Mad Hatter themed tea party that we styled and photographed for Girly-Girl Partea’s. We offered tea party sandwiches, themed cupcakes, Drink Me juice (squeeze-its) and Eat Me cookies for guests to eat. Everyone had their hair done with spray in color and glitter, mini-manicures and make-up. Guests also enjoyed a Mad Hatter Hat Making Station and were able to customize their hat prior to attending the tea party. What a fun party!

Inside Out Party Printables

This Inside Out party was a “joy” to design printables for. A candy buffet with Bing Bong Tears, Rainbow Unicorn Cookies and more was the centerpiece to a very colorful tablescape. Guests enjoyed Disgust Veggies, Sadness Sandwiches, Tears of Joy and Mini Cupcakes. The photo booth was the perfect accent to this party with tons of characters and birthday sayings. Scroll down to see how the craft is made! Check out Girly-Girl Partea’s for more photos of this adorable party! 

IMG_9320CRAFT TUTORIAL: Gumball necklaces are such a popular item for kids. Typically these necklaces are made of plastic gumboil size beads, but DID YOU KNOW you can actually make them out of REAL gumballs?! Purchase multiple gumball colors and use a hand held drill to drill holes in the center. This makes a mess so be sure to protect your table, but isn’t too time consuming or difficult. Using a knitting needle (very important!) thread thin (quarter inch or smaller) ribbon through the holes. Tie knots on either side of the gumboils to space them out or stack multiple gumboils together for a fuller look. The back simply ties into a cute bow and voila! For this party, the colors were all attributed to ‘memories’ (purple was fear, red was anger, yellow was joy, etc). This craft can really be used for any party theme to make cute necklaces for guests to wear and take home.

DIY Aurora Crown & Necklace

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All materials can be purchased at hobby lobby, michaela, joanns, any kind of craft store really!

I use individual foam craft sheets. The thinnest ones, I believe there are two thicknesses, I always pick the thinner one. I use two sheets for the crown and one for the necklace.

I made a master crown and tiara shape by sketching it out on paper first, that way I didn’t waste foam. I always fold the paper in half so that I ensure it is symmetrical. I would play with it until you think it looks good, holding the paper up to your neckline and head.

Once you have the shape you like, trace it onto the foam. For the tiara, as I said I use two pieces, I cut one slightly smaller and glue it to the back to give it more stability. You’ll want to crease the crown down the front center. You can do this by simply folding it in half and applying pressure. That way it gets the right shape 😉

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Once you have the foam cut out and the shape you want it. Draw using a pencil the swirly designs. If you Google “aurora Disney parks crown” there’s some good reference images. Or you can use mine if you want 😉 I try to make the tiara symmetrical in design but the necklace pattern is more asymmetrical.

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Using puff paint, fabric paint, or even elmers glue, carefully trace the pattern you’ve drawn. As well as all along the edges to give it that raised look. If you mess up you can wipe it off with a wet rag before it dries.

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Let it dry for 24 hrs. Spray paint the front and back using metallic gold spray paint. At this point both pieces should be relatively flat, with the exception of the slight crease in the crown.

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Once the paint is dry, add rhinestones. I use e6000 glue for this. I prefer the ab crystals but you can use whatever you want!

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I usually let that dry for another 12 hrs or so. Finally, using hot glue I bend the crown around a headband just like a plain tiara. I also hot glue a 12″ gold colored chain to the necklace. The more glue, the more secure.