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Nov
20

paper mache jackalope

I made this little guy last week for a party, and to hang on Vivi’s wall, and thought I’d share the process because it was so much fun.  Seriously, this project was some good Mama therapy, so try it out if you need some kind of stress outlet.  The best part is that you can make this pretty much from things you have laying around your house, and is a great use for junk mail.

I don’t have the step by step photographed, but I followed this very helpful tutorial, and figured I’d share a few tips.

Here is what you need:

masking or painter’s tape | newspaper | cardboard | paper towels | water | flour | a plaque or something to mount it to (like this or this) | sticks for antlers | drill | screws (about four) | paint | hot glue

I followed this tutorial very closely, but for the paste mixture, I just simply mixed 2 parts water to 1 part flour and it worked great, no boiling needed.  Just be sure to mix it well, and you can also cover it and store it in the fridge to use for each step.  Using paper towels to cover the newspaper form was a really great idea, and made it easy to really give the bunny head some shape (I also made the ears from cardboard in the first step).  After applying the paper towel layer, I had to rig up some string to hold the ears up as they dried (I tied string around the ears and clothespinned the string to a shelf in the kitchen to keep them upright).  They were really heavy with the wet paper towels, and wouldn’t stay up otherwise.

Once it was all dry (which took a good 24 hours), they were hard as a rock and are very secure.  I did two layers of newspaper or magazine paper mache over the paper towels (and used the flour and water mixture, no modge podge, and it was fine!).  Before the last layer, I screwed the head into the wood base so the last layer of paper covers the screws.  I also drilled two holes in the top of the bunny head for the antlers.  I found drill bits about the same diameter as the antler sticks, and after placing them in the bunny head, I added some hot glue to hold them well and then put paper mache all around it.  I made sure there is about 3 inches of antler in the bunny head so it is extra secure.

The paper towel layer took the longest to dry, and the other two layers took about 6 to 12 hours, depending on how much paper you added.  Once it’s all dry, you can paint!

It was really fun just working with my hands.  The girls colored on the floor in their coloring books while I worked on it, and it was so much fun.  I’ll have to try one with Vivi next time!

paper mache jackalope

Nov
17

sugarboo blanketHappy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  It is chilly and rainy here, but we had a fun weekend celebrating Vivi’s birthday.   I’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do!  Don’t you love this sunshine blanket above?   It’s from Sugarboo, and they have the sweetest art prints, and these blankets will just make you cry they are so sweet and snuggly with the most darling of quotes.  It’s perfect for Brigette because we all as a family sing her this song before she goes to bed at night.  Plus, her three current passions in life are blankets, stickers, and bunnies, so she just adores it.  (find that art print here!)

And, a few random things I am loving right now:

these jeans | this service | this place | this new restaurant | these christmas decor ideas | this DIY that would be great over a crib | this party

Also, if you didn’t see this bedding from last week’s post, be sure to check it out.  New Arrivals is offering 20% off with code LAYBABYLAY20!

you are my sunshine blanket

 

Thanksgiving decor ideas

This week, I have been featuring inspiration on how to brighten up your Thanksgiving table with Astrobrights papers, as a part of their Colorize Your Party campaign.  Today, I’m sharing a few details on how to create the items from the Thanksgiving table and kids’ table posts!

diy thanksgiving placecards

First up: Mayflower Placecards

items needed: Astrobrights papers, text weight | Straws | Washi Tape | Marker | Scissors

First, I cut down the 8.5″ x 11″ papers down a bit by trimming off 2 inches on 2 sides, making the sheets about 6.5″ x 9″.  This made the boats seem more appropriately sized for the place settings.  I followed these instructions to make the paper boats, and I think this would be a really fun project with kids who are a little older.  Next, snip off the tip of the boat (as shown above) for the straw.  For the sails, I folded the white paper in half vertically, and then horizontally and cut along the folds, getting 4 sails per sheet of paper.  Cut a small slit in the top and the bottom so you can slip it over the straw.  Write the name on the sail (I like these brush markers!) and assemble the straw, sail and boat together.  Lastly, cut out a little flag and attach it with wash tape.

thanksgiving decor ideas

To make the feather garland from this post, I just folded the paper vertically twice (if you use text weight paper, you can cut three sheets at a time) and then cut out leaf shapes, as shown above.  Feather the edges with scissors, and then stitch them together.

turkey feather crown

To make the turkey feather crowns used at the kids’ table, fold a sheet of paper (card stock weight works best for this!)  in half vertically and cut along the fold.  Then cut out two more strips about 2″ wide.  Cut out more feathers and attach them to the larger piece with double stick tape.  I also used the double stick tape to attach the smaller pieces to go around the girls’ heads, but staples would be a bit more secure.

thanksgiving decor ideas

There you have it!  Hope you are inspired as you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving!  This was such a fun and easy way to add some color!

Thank you so much to Astrobrights for sponsoring this post.  I love getting to work with brands that inspire creativity so I can provide fresh and beautiful content on Lay Baby Lay!

thanksgiving kid's table ideas

Today’s post is the second in a series of sponsored posts with Astrobrights Papers focusing on creative ways to use color paper for Thanksgiving decor, as a part of their Colorize Your Party campaign..  Yesterday was a bit more polished; today is all about the kids’ table.

thanksgiving kid's table ideas

We have this picnic table from my childhood that my parents let us have, and it’s the perfect option for a kid’s table.  I added those fun throws to the seats for some extra fluff (Brigie loves anything snuggly, so she was all about this) and I set the table with a few pieces of china (adore these mercury glass pieces!), those darling little vintage glasses Nana found, and some handmade feather crowns.

thanksgiving snack ideas

For some fun treats (seriously, the girls thought this was the best thing ever – waking up from naps for an outdoor treat picnic!) I used some Kellogg’s recipes to make these pilgrim hat cookies (but I used the dark chocolate Keebler Fudge Stripes and made the icing go all the way around because, well, icing) and this cranberry mango chutney with Keebler Club Crackers (because I’ll sign up for anything with cranberries – this treat was more for me) and then added in some pretty peppermint meringues.

thanksgiving snack ideas

The girls dove right in, and I’ll be honest, it was so much fun.  I was expecting this to be a bit more difficult, but they thought it was super special and I’m going to have to make this happen more often.  They were especially charmed by the straws in the big girl cups (I added on some little paper feathers for a festive touch) and it was like a for real tea party to them.

thanksgiving kid table ideas

thanksgiving kid table ideas

I’ll be posting details soon on how to make the crowns and other fun items from yesterday shortly.

thanksgiving snack ideas

Vivi was really excited about those pilgrim hats.  It was such a fun surprise finding a marshmallow in inside.

thanksgiving craft ideas

At the end of all the snacking, I was treated to a special dance performance.

You can see the sugar rush in Vivi’s eyes . . .

thanksgiving craft ideas

Thanks so much to Astrobrights Papers for inspiring such a fun and unexpected afternoon.  I’ll definitely be doing this more often.  Be sure to check out yesterday’s post for more inspiration and stay tuned for all the DIY details.  (Find Brigette’s super cute shirt here, and Vivi’s snuggly pullover here!)

This post was sponsored by Astrobrights Papers in collaboration with Kellogg’s.  I appreciate so much your support of Lay Baby Lay’s sponsors so that I can continue providing beautiful content.  I love working with sponsors who inspire creativity!

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Meg @ Peaches and Cake"TOO CUTE!!! "

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fall place card

Today I have some really fun Thanksgiving table inspiration in collaboration with Astrobrights Papers, a line of gorgeously hued papers.  I used a selection of shades to create an autumn inspired tabletop with a few ideas I hope you will love.  Using color paper is such a fun and simple way to customize a party or celebration, not to mention super cost-effective, and it’s also a great way to add in pops of color and create a cohesive color scheme really quickly.

thanksgiving decor

We put this table together outside, which I know might sound crazy to those of you who live in colder climates, but down here it is more often than not perfectly warm or slightly cool at Thanksgiving, so an outside gathering is the perfect way to experience the gorgeous weather.  For place cards, I made miniature Mayflowers, with the guest’s names written on the sails.  I have a feeling these would be a big hit at a kid table.  It’s instant entertainment.  (I’ll be posting more details on the how-to later this week!)

thanksgiving place card

The little flags on top are the perfect pop of color!  I used Astrobrights Papers eclipse black for the base of the ships, stardust white for the sails (which has fun flecks of color mixed in!) and rocket red (which I think might be my favorite), cosmic orange, and solar yellow for the little flags.

thanksgiving table

For another fun detail, I made a little “pin the feather on the turkey” banner.  This would be a really fun activity to do ahead of time with the kids as a piece of art, or while having supper.  The guests can write down something they are thankful for and then tack it to the turkey with double stick tape.   I added some brown Astrobrights Papers Jupiter Java feathers to the mix.

thanksgiving bannerAny activity that encourages conversation around gratefulness is a good one, I think!

thanksgiving activity

It makes a fun and colorful backdrop for the table!

thanksgiving decor

To add some interest above the table, I put together some feather/leaf garlands and hung them from a tree branch that is tied to the pergola.  It adds some dimension and color to the table, and draws the eye upward.

thanksgiving decor

It pops really nicely against everything else!

thanksgiving decor

I added in a plaid table runner for some warmth, and a centerpiece of cotton, wild berries, and evergreens.  The antlers add a fun bit of texture and interest to the table.

playhouse

The playhouse looks so gorgeous against the backdrop of changing leaves, too.

thanksgiving table setting

I hope you are inspired!  This has me so ready for this fun holiday!  It’s definitely one of my favorites.  I’ll be posting more details this week on how to create these items yourself with gorgeous Astrobrights Papers, so stay posted!

Thank you so much to Astrobrights Papers for sponsoring this post!  It is so fun to work with brands that inspire creativity.  I appreciate your support of Lay Baby Lay’s sponsors so that I am able to continue providing fun and beautiful content!

 

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Meg @ Peaches and Cake"DARLING! I'm majorly inspired! "

Amanda"that font!!! :) "

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