I knew the minute I got pregnant that I was going to do this “mom” very differently than most. And that included the ever important 1st birthday party. We all know the 1st birthday is mostly for the parents anyway. So I got to brainstorming on the perfect “offbeat” theme. I had tossed zombies around for a while but eventually had a light bulb go off when my father in-law suggested we throw a Sharknado party. Ah HA! The perfect summer blockbuster 1st birthday bash would have it all! Sharks, chainsaws, and cupcakes!
First, I needed an invitation that would set the tone. A cutesy take on the terrible movie poster. ENOUGH SAID! After searching for weeks, I found nothing that fit the bill, but I had a pretty good idea in my head of what I was looking for. 7 drafts later…I came up with this: The Sharknado Birthday Party Invitation! (available for purchase on my Etsy store)
Excited with the invitations, I was now inspired to DIY the rest of the party decor. I decided we needed to have a giant Sharknado, and some chainsaws for our very own photobooth experience!
Cardboard Chainsaw DIY:
First, I needed to make some cardboard chainsaws to fight the Sharknado off! Here is the tutorial on how I made them. It’s a pretty haphazard tutorial, since I pretty much made it up as I went along…
What You’ll Need:
- Chainsaw Template
- Red Paint
- Sponge Brush
- Silver Spray Paint
- Clear Spray Paint Sealer
- Craft foam board
- Hot Glue Gun
STEP 1: TEMPLATE
Print or draw out chainsaw template on paper. I blew mine up so it would be larger than standard 8×11. Cut it out and tape it together.
STEP 2: TRACE
Trace out your chainsaw body onto your cardboad. Trace out 2 blades on another piece of cardboard.
STEP 3: INNER BLADE
Trace out 1 blade on some craft foam and add the razors around the edge. I just free-handed this. I used the craft foam instead of cardboard because cutting all those jagged pieces is MUCH easier with a softer material. I also just used yellow because I had it on hand, you can use any light color since you’ll be painting it later. Then cut it out
STEP 4: GLUE
Place the craft foam blade between the 2 cardboard blades, cut the craft foam a bit shorter so you have a gap in the middle, this will be where you insert the body of the chainsaw. Hot glue the 3 pieces together to make a nice sturdy blade.
STEP 5: PAINT
I had this red paint left over from another project, but really, any paint you want to use will work. I used a sponge brush to apply it to the body of the chainsaw.
STEP 6: SPRAY
Use a silver spray paint on the blade. Let dry and do a few coats to make sure its all covered well.
STEP 7: DETAILS
I decided the body needed some details so I cut these small rectangles and cut the corners, one for each side of the chainsaw. (I made 2 chainsaws, that’s why there is 4 shown here) Paint those red too and make a huge mess.
STEP 8: SEAL
After everything is dried, give it all a couple coats of clear arcylic sealer, adds a nice shine!
STEP 9: ASSEMBLE
Now hot glue your details pieces to the body. Then attach the blade in the gap you created with lots of hot glue. If you run out, uses some Elmers school glue like I had to =(
STEP 10: ATTACK SHARKS
Now you’re ready to slice some flying sharks!
I love succulent gardens. Sure, flower gardens are beautiful. But you definitely need a green thumb for those! Anyone can make a beautiful succulent garden with or without a green thumb. And if you live in a dryer climate like that of southern California or Arizona, a succulent garden will be the perfect option for adding a bit of nature to your home or yard.
So let’s get down to business! Generally, the actual creating of the succulent garden is relatively simple! I think that the big question is how you’d like to display your beautiful and charming creation! First, let’s go over the basics of your garden!
Succulent Garden Supplies:
1. Succulents (Get a nice variety! Try to find a diverse assortment of colors too!)
3. Small Rocks to layer the bottom of your container (Soil Cover is a good option)
4. Container (Be creative! Scroll down for some awesome creations using innovative containers)
Instructions for Planting Your Succulent Garden:
1. Lay out your succulents with a pattern in mind beforehand so you can make sure you have the best container.
2. Layer the bottom of your container with small rocks. This will allow for drainage!
3. Next, cover the layer of rocks with a layer of cacti and succulent potting soil. Wet the soil until moist.
4. Arrange your cacti and succulents in the actual soil and cover the soil with another layer of rocks.
Then, you’re finished and all you need to do is add water when the soil dries up!
Just in case you’d like a visual, we’ve included this short tutorial: How to Make a Succulent Garden.
But don’t limit yourself to a small contained succulent garden! If you have the room for it outside, I’d recommend these beautiful and innovative arrangements!
1. Old-Fashioned Wagon (A personal favorite! It’s adorable!)
2. An Old Pair of Shoes (This one is super clever! And cute!)
3. Suitcases and Drawers (Love the way these are stacked too)
4. Old Bathtub (Another personal favorite! Does anyone have an old-fashioned tub hanging around?)
5. Succulent Garden Letters
6. Old Wooden Pallet
7. Old Toolbox
Once the holidays arrive, everyone resolves to exercise more to drop the weight they just gained. Don’t wait until after the holidays to get in shape! Keep fit with T-Party Yoga Pants now! So when the holidays arrive, you’ll be able to indulge in all the great family meals without telling everyone that your diet and training program will start the next day. You’ll be a step ahead of the majority!
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