The Craft Patch

The Craft Patch

The Craft Patch

Crafts, Home Decor, DIY's and Recipes

Monday, June 27, 2016

Make Your Own Fringe Party Backdrop

Summer is birthday party season at our house. Four out of five of us have summer birthdays! I recently discovered a cool new craft tool--- fringe scissors --- so naturally, I decided to make a fringe party backdrop to use and reuse for all of the festivities. And guess what? It looks way harder to make than it actually is. The fringe scissors make the whole thing go quickly!

To make your own fringe party or photo background, you will need:

Cardstock (I bought this pack, but there are lots of other great color combos)
Tape runner (or glue stick, but really, the tape runner was so handy)

These scissors are so cool. They cut four or five fringy pieces in one swipe!

Step 1. Begin by cutting fringe along both long edges of the cardstock sheets. This step takes a long time, so turn on a movie to watch while you craft. I would also recommend spreading it out over a couple of days. I cut mine all at once and got a blister on my hand. Craft injuries are real my friends.

Step 2: Score a fold line (shown in pink) on each sheet of the fringed cardstock.

Step 3: Fold the fringe over on itself.

Step 4: Cut a piece (or several pieces) of butcher paper to the size you want your finished paper backdrop to be. Begin taping the fringe in rows across the paper.

Step 5: Trim off any excess butcher paper that might be sticking out around the edges.

 And that's all it takes to make your own DIY party backdrop. Just look at that fringy goodness. I mean, seriously cute, right?!

I threw a strawberry themed party and used this backdrop. It turned out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. You can see the whole party HERE. The triple layer ice cream cake was to die for.

There are so many fun ways you could adapt this idea for your own party theme. You could make one using glitter paper, do an ombre fade effect, or make it rainbow colors. Tons of options!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Clothespin Flower Fairy Craft

You will love creating these cute little fairy dolls out of silk flowers and wooden clothespins.

Make this cute fairy craft with silk flowers and wooden doll clothespins.

One of my sweet readers, Twila W., sent me the idea for this craft. Thanks, Twila! They were so, so fun to make! 

These miniature flower fairies made from wooden clothespins are one of the most fun crafts I have ever done. I really enjoyed the creative process and watching each fairy's personality come to life as I added each piece. It was an easy craft that just let me have a happy, creative moment. I loved it!

To make your own flower fairies, you will need: (affiliate links)

Materials needed to make a flower fairy craft

assorted silk flowers
- silk rose petals
mini leaves
wooden doll clothespins
doll clothespin stands
fabric tape
- hot glue and glue sticks
- scissors
- q-tips
- black Sharpie marker
- pink chalk or oil pastel

Begin by separating the flowers from the stems and centers. It's easy... just pull firmly and the pieces will come apart.

How to disassemble a silk flower

Next, add slits to the center hole until it is big enough to fit around the clothespins.

Cut the center of the faux flower.

Slide the flower onto the clothespin and secure with hot glue.

Add a daisy flower skirt to a wooden doll peg

Add a "belt" of fabric tape to cover the top edges of the flower.

Wooden doll peg, silk flower petals and fabric tape

Add rose petal wings with hot glue.

How to make wings from rose petals

 I found that one single hydrangea blossom made a perfect hat.

Add a hydrangea hat

Use a Sharpie marker to add eyes. Rub the end of a q-tip on some pink chalk, then dab a bit of "blush" on the cheeks.

And that's all it takes to make these cute, cute fairies! I kind of went crazy and made a bunch. This one has leafy wings and a fuller daisy skirt:

I made the next fairy's princess hat with a rolled up flower petal and her skirt is made of layered rose petals.

 The purple fairy has a daisy sunhat and a rose leaf skirt.

The white fairy's rose petal skirt is my favorite! I folded rose petals over for her wings and added blue daisies folded around them for a little splash of color.

I just love how each fairy is different and unique and full of personality. 

I lined them all up on my craft room windowsill and just seeing them there makes me smile.

My kids also loved this craft. They were able to do the craft all by themselves with just a bit of supervision with the hot glue. If you're looking for a craft for kids, I'd say this would definitely go over well.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fourth of July Pom Pom Flag Pillow

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite, favorite holidays. The fireworks, barbecues, parades and celebrating the land I love, of course... it's just the best!

I really wanted to add some patriotic flair to my living room without a ton of redecorating, so I decided to make another pom pom pillow! The first pom pom pillow I made was just too fun!

I love the subtle flag pattern. It adds just a pop of the Fourth of July spirit without being crazy. And it was so, so easy to make!

To make your own Fourth of July pom pom flag pillow, you'll need a plain white pillow cover and 1 package each of red, white and blue pom poms. You can start by marking out the pattern you'd like with a pencil, but I just eyeballed it. Then all you have to do is use hot glue to attach the pom poms onto the fabric. It's that easy!

On the Fourth of July, we always hit our local hometown parade, then spend the day swimming, grilling, and playing as a family before settling in on a picnic blanket to watch the fireworks. How do YOU spend the day? Do you have any special traditions?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Make Your Own Cedar Fencing and Terra Cotta Pot Vertical Herb Planter

This fun vertical planter is made with cedar fencing and terra cotta pots.
It's the perfect way to grow herbs or flowers in a small space!


- 5 cedar fence pickets, 3 1/2 inch
- 1 48" piece wood lathe 
- 3 metal hose clamps (5-7 inch size) 
- 1 1x2 board 6 feet in length 
- scrap piece of MDF
- scrap pieces of 2x4
- 3 terra cotta pots (8 inch size)
- spray paint
- Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers (available at Michaels in the art supply section)
- plastic sheeting
- screws
- nails


- hammer or pneumatic nail gun
- screwdriver
- hand saw or miter saw
- staple gun


Cut four 10 inch pieces and two 7 inch pieces of 2x4. Build a support frame for the planter box out of these pieces, with the shorter ones in the center.

Cut a 10x10 square of 1/2 inch MDF. Nail the 2x4 frames to the MDF, like this:

Attach the full length fence pickets to the back side of the 2x4 box.

Cut fence picket into six 10 inch pieces and three 11 inch pieces. Nail the smaller pieces along the two sides and the longer pieces across the front of the planter box.

A pneumatic nail gun makes this step super easy!

Cut the wood lathe down to size and use it to trim out the top edge of the box, mitering the corners to fit.

The tall fence pickets are not very sturdy on their own. To add strength, screw the 1x2 strip of wood along the back center board. If you want it even stronger, add 1x2 strips behind each fence piece.

Cut three 11 inch pieces of fencing and space them evenly across the pickets. Nail in place.

Screw the metal hose clamps to the back using two screws. Screwing them into the horizontal pieces will make the pots lean too far forward, so place them about an inch above instead.

Drape plastic lining inside the bottom box. Cut a few drainage slits in the bottom of the plastic. Staple it to the 2x4's.

Cut off excess plastic so it won't show when the dirt is added.

Now comes the fun part.... decorating your terra cotta pots!

Spray paint them fun colors and let the paint dry overnight.

If you've got great handwriting, go right ahead and start with the Sharpies. If you're like me and are nervous about messing up, draw your design on first with a pencil.

Then fill in the design with the Sharpie Paint Marker. It's that easy!

These markers were the perfect fit for this project because they are oil-based, which means they hold up to sun, water and abrasion. Perfect for decorating terra cotta pots! They work on wood, metal, plastic, stone, glass, pottery, rubber and more, so I'll be using them a lot in the future. They also dry quickly, which I love because I'm impatient. And the best part is that right now all Sharpie Paint Markers are buy one get one 50% off (June 5th - June 11th). Bam!

Isn't that little bit of detail so cute?! Here are close-ups of the three different pots:

I am so happy with how my little planter turned out. In fact, I love it so much that I want to make another one that's three times as wide. That's the great thing about this project... you can customize the measurements to fit any space!

I can't wait to eat fresh herbs all summer and to hang out on the deck sipping lemonade watching the kids play while my husband grills. 

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie Paint Marker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpiePaintCreate

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Berry" Glad It's Summer Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SoHoppinGood #TopYourSummer #CollectiveBias

This week is the last week of school for my kids, so I am throwing a party to celebrate. You know I love a good pun, so I went with a strawberry theme and decided to call it a "Berry Glad It's Summer" party. 

The highlight of the party is going to be this amazing three layer chocolate covered strawberry ice cream cake. I mean seriously, look at this deliciousness:

Are you drooling?

Let me show you how to make one. You NEED to try it.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Three Layer Ice Cream Cake


- Blue Bunny® Super Fudge Brownie® Ice Cream
- Blue Bunny® Double Strawberry Ice Cream
- Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
- Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavored Topping
- Smucker's Strawberry Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
- Fresh Strawberries
- Graham Crackers (two sleeves)

I bought all of my ingredients at Walmart. The ice cream toppings were on a little shelf at the end of the ice cream aisle just in case you don't know where to look for those.

Side note--- I love how Blue Bunny® has clear containers. Not only can I see the yummy flavor swirls inside, but I kind of want to save them to use for a craft project!


Begin by lining a springform pan with wax paper. This makes it easier to get each layer out of the pan.

Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of the pan. You might have to get creative to get the rectangles to fit in the round pan. 

Spread a layer of ice cream over the graham crackers. It helps to let the ice cream sit out of the fridge and soften for a minute before spreading. Just look at those brownie chunks. Yum!

Since I only have one springform pan, I made the first layer, stuck it in the freezer to harden, then popped it out of the pan and put it back in the freezer wrapped in wax paper so I could make the next layer. To save space (my freezer is full of stuff) I stacked the layers on top of each other like this:

When all three of your ice cream layers are in the freezer hardening, prepare your serving plate. I cut a round piece of wax paper to line the top. Then I used tin foil to cover the frilly ruffled edge. I didn't want it to get messy while I was working on the cake topping.

Unwrap the first layer of ice cream cake and place it on the serving dish. Spread 1/3 of the jar of strawberry topping on top. Repeat with all three layers of ice cream.

The next step is the most fun. Pour Magic Shell over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides.

Just look at that ice cream goodness!

Place the whole cake back in the freezer until serving time. Decorate the top with fresh strawberries right before serving. You don't want to freeze your berries, so it has to be done at the very end.

This ice cream cake is so impressive, but still easy to make. My favorite kind of dessert!

The strawberry balloons are a really fun addition to the party as well, so I thought I'd show you how to make those too.

Start by using a permanent marker to draw "seeds" onto a red or pink balloon.

Cut strips of green crepe paper streamers to look like strawberry leaves.

Use white school glue or a glue stick to attach the streamer leaves to the round top of the balloons. Don't use hot glue... it will pop your balloon!

Display your strawberries by taping paper straws or dowels to the bottom, then placing them in jars or by gluing a string to to top (in the center of the leaves) and hanging them from the ceiling.

Learn how to make the colorful fringe party backdrop HERE.

I'm excited to surprise my kids with this party on the last day of school! Let me tell you, it's been hard keeping that ice cream cake a surprise! Do you do anything special on the last day of school? Tell me about it in the comments!

Look HERE for other fun recipes using Blue Bunny® ice cream.