Sarah Adiutori is the editor and founder of Weekend Pursuits, where she inspires DIY Mavens to embrace the best days of each week. From Friday night (post-happy hour #cheers) to Sunday (pre-bunch), she knows a DIY lady will cook, create and celebrate until her heart is content or she runs out of hot glue gun sticks.
Adiutori has bounced between the west and east coast throughout her life and currently resides in the Northeast. A self-proclaimed (although confirmed by most everyone she meets) glitter obsessed, caffeine addicted, craft lover who has never met a donut with sprinkles she didn’t like. She always has a “just in case” piece of jewelry in her extra large handbag and lots of hand sanitizer.
Raise your hand if you L-O-V-E Back-To-School Season!! Nothing beats a brand-new pack of crayons, new sparkly gel pens and glue. Seriously, the amount of glue sticks I use in a year is obscene. So I stock up for the entire year each August because in the middle of February it is criminal what they charge for glue sticks. Now, for all those parents out there, you are probably singing the praises of summer ending for a variety of other reasons, but for me it is all about the school supplies.
Inspired by everyone’s favorite mistake fixer, the eraser, I created these pink pillow gift boxes using the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool. The tool allows you to make gift boxes in three different sizes, I created a template for this project and the medium sized gift box is the perfect fit! These little boxes are also the perfect size to stash a handful of school supplies in (or a gift card for a well deserving teacher!) and handout on the first day of school to your classmates or students.
Note: The instructions included with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool are very helpful and so is this video, it takes a little bit of practice, but you will be making perfect boxes in no time!
Print the template onto pink cardstock.
Remove the outer portion of the gift box tool, so you can create a medium-sized gift box.
Place the cardstock on a cutting mat and align the tool with the left side of the paper.
Score the cardstock using the scoring tool provided with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool on the top, right and bottom sides, then set the cutting arm to “2” and cut from the top-left corner to the top-right corner, then cut from the bottom-left corner to the bottom-right corner.
Move the tool to the right, lining it up with the score mark you made. Then using the scoring tool, score the paper on the top, right and bottom sides, then using the cutting arm cut from the top-left corner all the way around to the bottom-left corner.
Remove the cut pieces of cardstock carefully to avoid ripping your box.
Fold your box on the score lines and assemble using double-sided tape.
Guys, since I have this handy gift box tool, I foresee a lot more gift box tutorials in my future — tell me what should I gift box-ify next?! I think everyone’s favorite banana snacking friends, the Minions, might be my next gift box muse!
Pretzels are having their MOMENT! And I for one am not mad about it.I always pack a bag of Rold Gold Twists anytime the word picnic is mentioned and I am definitely a fan of the soft pretzel. For my soft pretzels, just a sprinkling of salt and I am happy! So today I did a twist (get it!) on a traditional pretzel and candy-fied it. Instead of dough and salt, I used Tootsie Rolls and SPRINKLES to create large candy pretzels, which would be perfect to hand out as favors or on a dessert table at a baseball themed birthday party or end-of-summer BBQ.Tootsie Rolls White Sprinkles
Cut each Tootsie Roll in half using a knife.
Heat one of the Tootsie Roll pieces for 3-5 seconds in the microwave, until just pliable.
Roll the Tootsie Roll into a long rope, approximately 8-10 inches long.
Bring the two ends of the rope together and twist twice, then bring the twisted piece down and gently push the candy pieces together to form a pretzel shape.
Add sprinkles to the top of the Tootsie Roll Pretzel by gently pushing them into the Tootsie Roll.
I recommend letting these sit out for a few days on waxed paper to harden a bit so that they are not super sticky, this way they will be easier to handle and package.
I want to know, what is your favorite type of pretzel?
Make these and you’ll probably have a new favorite!
I am bound to run out of ways to incorporate watermelons into DIY projects, but today is not that day! When I was browsing the dollar store a few weeks ago I spotted these vibrant paper bags in pink, orange and lime green. I knew they had to be mine because they would be perfect to hand out party favors in, but the plain bags were a bit boring. So when I started on my watermelon crafting kick I just knew I had to turn those pink bags into fabulous Watermelon Favor Bags!
Pink Paper Bag
Lime Green Tape, 0.75 inches wide
Dark Green Tape, 1.5 inches wide
Treats, Candy and Prizes
Cut a long piece of dark green tape and adhere it to the paper bag, lining up the edge of the tape with the bottom of the bag, wrap the tape around the entire base of the bag. Repeat this process with the lime green tape just above the dark green tape.
Using scissors cut your black vinyl into small squares, these will be the seeds of the watermelon. Adhere the black vinyl squares randomly to the pink area of the paper bag.
Fill your bag full of treats, candy and prizes!
This project is also a perfect party/craft activity for little ones and might I suggest making a super-sized version of my Mini Watermelon Piñata, then the kids could use the Watermelon Favor Bags they crafted to collect the piñata loot in!
While I can assure you that if I threw a Fruity Fiesta, I would l-o-v-e to deck out the party with a super-sized piñata in every fruit imaginable, I am sure my party guests would not enjoy the lack of mingling room it would provide. Luckily, I can satisfy my fruit piñata craving, provide substantial room for mingling and give each guest a little something to take home with them, all thanks to these Mini Watermelon Piñata!
Pink, Light Green and Dark Green Crepe Paper, Streamers or Tissue Paper
Lightweight Cardboard (I used a Krispy Kreme box leftover from National Donut Day)
Mini Watermelon Piñata Template (link at bottom of post)
Black Card Stock
Clear Packing Tape
Hot Glue and Glue Gun Fringe Scissors
Candy, Treats and/or Small Toys (to fill the piñata with, I used these sour watermelon candies)
Print out the template, cut out the triangle shape, trace it on to the lightweight cardboard twice and cut out two triangles. Out of the lightweight cardboard also cut out several strips, approximately 1 inch wide.
Assemble the piñata base. Using packing tape, attach the strips to one of the triangles to create a triangle shaped box, if you are planning to add anything to the inside of your piñata, now is the time to do so. Place the other triangle on top of the box you created and attache with packing tape.
Using double-sided tape attach pieces of tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base to cover all of the cardboard. Cover the top two-thirds of the piñata base with pink, and the bottom third with dark green.
Create the decorative fringe. Using fringe scissors, cut and fringe the streamers leaving approximately ½ inch of uncut steamer at the top, this space is where you will attach your fringe to the mini piñata. Note: If you are using crepe paper or tissue paper, you will need to cut the paper into 1½ inch strips and then fringe.
Using a hot glue gun attach the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base, starting at the bottom with the dark green and working your way up to the top. I did one row of dark green, one of light green and the rest in pink. You want to place your first row of fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper, so that it lines up with the bottom of the piñata, the rest of the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper you add, make sure the bottom of the piece you are adding is approximately ½ inch above the bottom of the last placed fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper.
Using a hole punch, punch out several dots out of black card stock, these will be the seeds for the watermelon. Attach the dots randomly on the pink area of the piñata.
I have always had a bit of a crush on flamingos or ‘mingos as I sometimes affectionately refer to them. This crush has seemed to festoon into a full-blown obsession as of late, it seems I cannot enter a store or scroll through Instagram without one of those pink, adorable beauties catching my eye. So when Gilit and I teamed up I knew that our combined loved of parties and shared affinity for flamingos would be bound to result in some ah-ma-zing flamingo party ideas! The first (of I am sure many) flamingo-inspired ideas is a cute and super simple Flamingo Party Hat.
Print out the template provided and using scissors cut out the template shapes.
Trace the template shapes onto the appropriate colored card stock — the flamingo head on pink cardstock twice, the face details on white cardstock and the beak on black cardstock — then cut out the shapes using scissors staying on the inside of the lines.
Assemble the pieces of cardstock and adhere together using double sided tape.
Using a black sharpie add an eye to the flamingo head.
Make a bend (approximately 1/2″) at the bottom of the flamingo neck, insert the bent part of the cardstock into the slit on the side of the party hat to see where it looks best.
Once you are satisfied with the placement, apply double sided tape to the folded part of the card stock and secure it to the inside of the hat.
Using hot glue, attach a few feathers on the side of the hat to resemble wings.
Place the party hat on top of your head and let’s flamingle!