Make sure you don’t leave anyone out this Christmas with these 10 DIY leather gifts you can make in under 10 minutes!
Guys, Christmas is only a few days away. If you’re like me at all, you’ve probably forgotten to buy a gift for someone in all the craziness of shopping and the hustle and bustle of the season. Panic sets in when you realize its only a day or two until Christmas. Ah! I so know the feeling!
But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered. Leather is all the rage these days, and there’s really a ton of cute stuff you can make from it! You can find leather at any craft store, as well as online. All the gift ideas below will take 10 minutes or less to make because, let’s face it; who has more than 10 minutes the day before Christmas?! There’s something for everyone too, from a bookmark to coasters. Handmade gifts are the best, too!
This quick and easy farmhouse winter wreath is the perfect way to dress up your door this holiday season!
Hi, friends! Somehow this month is already half over. How did that happen? Is Christmas really only 2 weeks away?!
Our December #monthlyDIYchallenge is here, and we used metal label holders in all our projects for this month. There are some amazing creative ideas from my bloggy friends at the end of this post, so don’t forget to check them out!
For my project this month, I made a winter wreath. My front door was looking bare, and I wanted something I would be able to keep up all winter and not just for Christmas.
Enter: the label holder!
I can change out the label and use it for Christmas as well as through the rest of the winter season. I like versatility!
To make your own, you’ll need:
14″ wreath form
Plaid ribbon or fabric
Metal label holder (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Thin ribbon or twine
Hot glue gun
Dried eucalyptus bunch
2 decorative pine picks
Ribbon for hanging
I was looking for a thick white and black checkered/plaid ribbon, but couldn’t find any. So, I found this cozy plaid at Joann’s, and cute it into strips. It worked great! I started by gluing down the end of one strip onto the wreath form.
I just kept rolling the strips around and gluing the end down, then gluing a new strip on top and rolling until all the wreath form was covered.
I trimmed the ends of the eucalyptus stems, and layered them how I wanted them to look on the wreath.
Using my floral wire, I wrapped them together in the middle onto the wreath a few times to keep them in place. Before securing the wire completely, I also stuck in the picks on either end of the eucalyptus under the wire.
I used thick silver ribbon to cover the stems and wire. I glued it in the back of the wreath and wrapped it around a couple times.
As for the metal label holder, I used thin silver ribbon to attach it to the wreath. I threaded it through the holes, wrapped it around a few times and tied it in the back. The label holder is thin, so I was able to bend it slightly to fit around the wreath form better.
I cut a thick piece of card stock to fit and wrote “Merry Christmas” on it. I’ll be able to change this as soon as Christmas is over!
I love that it’s neutral and can be used until spring. I could just take out the picks and change the label!
Friends, while this Monthly DIY Challenge has been so much fun, it’s time it came to an end. Although I’ve only participated in a few of them, the rest of the challenge bloggers and I have decided it was time to stop, as everyone is focused on other things at this time as our blogs go in different directions. Thank you so much for all your support in this fun challenge, and cheering us all on each month! Here’s to new exciting things in the future!
If you need any ideas on how to use label holders in your own crafty ideas, check out my bloggy friend’s projects below to help inspire!
This cheap and easy DIY twine orb chandelier is the perfect way to turn an old thrift store chandelier into something amazing for under $20!
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It’s the second Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the #monthlyDIYchallenge! For October, our item was rope, any form and size. I chose a twine/a thin sisal rope for my project. I’m in love with how it turned out!
It wasn’t hard to decide on what to make. We’ve been desperately needing a new chandelier in our living room to replace our lighted ceiling fan. It’s one of the last amber-colored lights left that needed to be updated in our home. I really wanted to take a stab at making my own lighting, so when my hubby agreed to help, I went straight to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in our town. I found the perfect old chandelier light, and when I took it to the counter to pay for it, I found out it was half off! $5 for the win.
I had seen a bunch of beautiful orb chandeliers online, but all were expensive and definitely more than I wanted to pay. Making our own was the best and cheapest solution! The twine was about $6 on Amazon, the embroidery hoops I found at a thrift store for $1.50 each, and the spray paint was about $4. I already had the glue gun and drill bit, so this whole chandelier cost me under $20 to make!
If you’d like to make your own twine-wrapped orb chandelier, you’ll need a few supplies:
Two 12 in Embroidery Hoops (giving you 4 hoops total when all separated)
Old chandelier to take apart
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Black spray paint
Drill & drill bit (according to the size of your wiring)
We started by taking apart the old chandelier. We took out the candelabra part with all the wiring and chain to keep, and then got rid of the glass.
Using our embroidery hoops, we took off the metal part that tightens the hoops together. After doing so, we removed the inner hoops as well, now giving ourselves 4 hoops total. The two outer hoops were now open, and the two inner hoops were not.
Using our drill and drill bit that would be big enough to fit the top bolt of the lighting, we overlapped the ends of two of the hoops (the two “outer” hoops of each pair since they would be just a tad bigger than the inside ones) and drilled a hole through. We taped them together to make it easier to drill (as shown above).
After all holes were drilled, we made sure the wires all fit through for hanging.
Then we overlapped both of the outer embroidery hoops and made sure everything fit together nice and snug with the bolts. The two outer hoops will criss-cross to create the starting of an “orb.”
We then took everything back apart, and I spray painted all of the lighting pieces with a satin black spray paint to give it a nice, new finish.
While the paint dried, I set to the task of wrapping the embroidery hoops with the twine. This part was time consuming, and I ended up taking two evenings to finish it. To wrap, I just used some hot glue to glue the end of the twine to the hoop, and then I just started wrapping it around! I’d occasionally put a little hot glue on the wood as I went to make sure it stayed snug and in place.
For the two outer hoops that we drilled holes into, I left the ends where the holes were open so we were still able to overlap them when it was time to put the lighting all together.
We fed all the wires through the holes of both outer hoops, tightened all bolts in place, and made sure the hoops were criss-crossed. On the bottom where the hoops intersect, I used just a little bit of hot glue to secure them together. I then took some extra twine and after gluing down the end, I wrapped it around the intersection a few times to form an “X.” I then hot glued the end down discretely under part of the “X” so it wasn’t too visible.
Now, we’ve been working with the outer two embroidery hoops this whole time. For the other two slightly smaller hoops, they will go inside the orb and be horizontal, parallel to each other. Since they are a tad smaller (because they were originally the “inside” of the embroidery hoops), they should fit in just fine and be snug. Once I got them both inside and somewhat even, I hot glued them to the inside of the outer orb hoops. Then I did the same as I did with the bottom of the orb and wrapped twine around each intersection to create that “X.”
This took a little while since I had to do this 8 times. It was tricky to keep the inner hoop straight, which is why I tried to hot glue them in quickly first before wrapping the twine.
The top was a bit tricky, but I just used the same method again and after gluing down the end of the twine, I wrapped it around the top to hide the wooden overlapped part and still keep that “X.” It doesn’t matter too much if it isn’t beautiful on the top since no one will really be seeing this as it’ll be high up close to the ceiling.
If you haven’t hung your own lighting before, be safe and have a licensed electrician install it. My hubby has done it several times before so we were confident to do it ourselves. We put in new LED candelabra lightbulbs, and we were set!
It really is SO much better than our previous amber-lighted fan that was in our living room.
It’s definitely unique from other orbs I’ve seen, as most only have one horizontal ring, but we wanted to make ours a little different. I’m so glad we did!
My favorite part of the light is how much my son loves it. Every time we walk downstairs and through the living room he points to it and shouts, “ball!!” It makes me smile!
I was slightly intimidated to make my own lighting at first, but after we got all the supplies and started working, it turned out to be quite easy and so much fun!
If you’d like to see some more fun projects my bloggy friends made using all types of rope, click on the photos below!
***This post was sponsored by Kreg Tool Company, but all opinions of this amazing product are completely my own! You can check out my disclosures page HERE***
I’m sharing how to make easy corbel sconce lights for your bedroom today, and you won’t believe how simple and quick they are to make!
Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s time for another #MonthlyDIYChallenge! This month we are so thrilled to be teaming up with the Kreg Tool Company to bring you some fabulous woodworking projects. We each were sent a Kreg Jig to use for our projects, and you guys, this one little tool will make your life so. much. easier.
I’ll be honest; when this came in the mail, I was slightly intimidated. I’m not a woodworker and I haven’t built many things. But once I tried it out, it was so easy I was shocked! You literally put it on the wood where you want it, clamp it, and use your drill with the drill bit it came with and drill your holes. That’s it!
The Kreg Jig R3 comes with everything you need (all shown in the above picture), including the kreg jig, drill bit, several screws, and more.
I wanted some kind of pendent/sconce light for either side of our bed, and I found these building plans and tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic. They were so easy to follow! The perfect rustic farmhouse touch I wanted in our bedroom.
After we cut our wood, we got to work on drilling the holes for the pendent light cord to hang through.
Then we got our pocket holes in by using our Kreg Jig R3! This was the funnest part out of the whole project. The Kreg Jig was so easy to use too, you just use your clamp to secure it down to the wood (we used this 3″ wood project clamp and it was incredibly helpful!). Then grab the drill bit that came in the Kreg Jig R3 kit, and set it to your desired measurement. Drill right into the jig’s opening, and you’ve got yourself a pocket hole!
I mentioned above I am not woodworker by any means. But y’all, if I can use this successfully to build something, you can too!
Even my hubby got in on the building, and had to try it out too. He was in love! And of course, he really wanted to help make the corbels, too. 🙂
I’m ready to build something else now! I’m thinking a beautiful farmhouse table? Hmm..
But I digress.Drilling the pocket hole screws in was even easier! The Kreg Jig R3 came with the drill bit needed to drill them right in. It’s such an easy and clean way to attach your wood together without needing any wood glue.
We whipped up these corbel sconces in just 2 days (with drying time!)! Seriously, so easy to make with just a few pieces of wood, a few holes and pocket screws, stain, and pendent lights. Don’t forget to find the plans to make these sconces here!
I love the contrast of the dark corbels and pendents with the white bed and nightstands! I still have a lot of work to do in our master bedroom, but it’s getting there slowly.
There are so many products I want to try out now from Kreg tools, like the Accu-cut and the Rip-cut! We’re getting a new saw soon and these would just be perfect for future wodworking projects.
If you’re excited to try out a Kreg Jig, then you’ve got to check out the other 12 projects below that you can build with one!
AND friends, that’s not all. We also have a giveaway going with Kreg tools to win your very own R3! You can enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Hi friends! Today I’m sharing how to make homemade natural baby wipes, and boy are they easy!
It’s been hit-or-miss with my posting around here, and I apologize for that! Summer gets so busy. I can’t even believe we are almost in August!
When Jade was first born, I knew I wanted to get all harsh and nasty chemicals out of our home. I started with little things, like using Young Living essential oils to help clean. For diaper changes, I used the “sensitive” wipes, thinking that maybe they’d be a little less harsh on her tush. While they were better than some, they still weren’t to my standards of harsh-chemical free.
When a friend told me I should just make my own, I decided to give it a try. I wanted to save a little money anyway! These homemade wipes are super easy to make, and really cost effective!
1 gallon glass jar with tight fitting lid (I used this one)
First, make sure you use Bounty paper towels. I’ve tried several other brands, and none of them worked. We just buy the huge pack of them from Costco, and they last a long time.
Start by boiling 2 cups of water. I like to boil it because then I don’t have to use distilled water, and also because it dissolves the coconut oil much easier. Once the water has boiled, remove from heat and stir in 1 Tbsp of coconut oil.
I like to let the water cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before adding in anything else.
Meanwhile, cut a paper towel roll in half with a very sharp knife.Then twist the paper towel roll inside of one half and pull it out of the middle.
To make it easier to put it into the jar, fold the half-roll of paper towels in half and squeeze down into the jar. It takes a little finagling, but it’ll fit!
Pull out the very center piece to start the roll.
Time to go back to the coconut oil and water mixture! It should be cool enough now. Add in 1 Tbsp unscented bath gel and stir.
Add in 15 drops of lavender essential oil (I love Young Living essential oils, they are 100% pure! Nothing but the best for my baby’s squishy tushy!).
Stir all together, and then gently pour into the glass jar over the paper towels. I like to pour it into a glass measuring cup to easily pour.
Put the lid on the jar, and let the wipes sit for about an hour so and the paper towels will absorb all of the liquid mixture. Then they’re ready to use!
These wipes are the perfect size! And they smell amaaaazing.
I love knowing what I’m wiping my baby’s rear with, and that I’m using safe and gentle ingredients for their sensitive skin.
And bonus, they’re really easy to make! They last us about 2 weeks, and we’ve never had any mold issues. I used them with Jade, and now with Landon.
Make sure the lid is on tight after you use them, too, so they don’t dry out.
Lavender essential oil is really soothing and great for sweet sensitive baby skin, so it’s the perfect addition to these wipes.
And that faaaaaaace! I can’t even.
The smile on this kiddo’s face shows how much he loves those wipes! 😉
If you need some essential oils to make your own natural baby wipes (and want to know how I get mine at wholesale prices), come find out more info HERE! We also have an amazing deal going on this month, with some “freebies” you won’t want to miss!
This quick and easy farmhouse style burlap lampshade is a perfect way to update any plain lamp in your home!
I’m so excited to be joining some of my talented bloggy friends for their #monthlyDIYchallenge! This month the item was burlap ribbon and we teamed up with Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, who now has their fabulous burlap ribbon on Amazon! It was so fun working with it and coming up with something to create!
I have to say, at first I was definitely challenged trying to figure out what to use the burlap ribbon for. It’s much easier to use regular burlap for projects than a smaller roll of it. But, I never back down from a challenge!
I have a little lamp at the top of our stairs I had bought from Ross right when we moved into the house. It totally didn’t go with my style, but I just needed something right away and it was super inexpensive. I’ve been meaning to do something with it. The burlap ribbon was the perfect thing to spruce it up!
Before I updated the lampshade, I painted the lamp itself with a few coats of white chalk paint. Originally, the lamp was silver with glass balls. Not my favorite! Painting it all white really changed the look, as did adding the burlap to the lampshade. It’s such an easy way to give a lamp new life, and it literally will take you 10 minutes tops! My favorite kind of project.
You could also use regular burlap and cut it to fit, but this burlap ribbon was the perfect size, right at 5″ wide (and 10 yards long!), and the edges are all sewn so there’s no fraying! Win-win in my book!
To start, I cut off the end of the burlap ribbon so it was straight, then hot glued the ends down onto the middle of the shade. I made sure my glued end is on the seam of the lampshade, since that will be in the back and no one will see it.
I rolled the burlap ribbon around the shade, then pulled it tight and cut it right where I needed to glue it down at the seam. I then rolled out my teal ribbon and did the same, measuring it around the lampshade and then gluing the end down right in the middle of the burlap at the seam of the shade.
I did the same as above for the lace, making sure it was centered on the ribbon.
That’s it! I told you it was quick and easy, right?! I don’t lie.
Such a simple way to get that pretty farmhouse style I love! And, to cover up an ugly lamp I didn’t like. 😉
It sits on this cute little antique table that was my grandmother’s. I love it!
Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous burlap ribbon projects from my bloggy friends below!
A huge thank you to Kenarry: Ideas for the Home for sponsoring this month’s Monthly DIY Challenge and supplying the wonderful burlap ribbon for all our projects!
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Hello, friends! If you’re in the market for fun new lighting, then these 10 stunning geometric chandeliers for under $250 are for you!
But first, I’m so excited to share about my new geometric orb chandelier from Wayfair.
When we moved into our new house last year, one of the first things we wanted to do was switch out all the lighting. Most of the house are recessed lights, but the few chandelier lights we had were amber colored. They were beautiful but just not our style.
Here’s the before of the amber chandelier that was in this space when we moved in:
Not terrible, but again just not what I wanted in our entryway, so I started searching for a new chandelier. I wanted something metal for an industrial look, but I also really loved the orb-style pendants, too. I’m also intrigued with geometrical lights, so that was one of my search criteria, as well.
I looked at so many chandeliers that I really liked, but when I came across this 5-Light Globe Pendant from Wayfair, I was in looooove. It was perfect!! Here’s how it looks in our entryway:
It was the exact size we needed for the space, and the 5 lights give off just enough light. We had to hire someone to install it, as our entryway is super high up and we don’t have the right kind of ladder. It was a little scary watching them put it all the way up!!
It arrived in just a few days, with everything we needed. I just had to get a few candelabra bulbs, and we were set!
While I was searching around for the perfect chandelier, there were lots of others I came across that I also loved. Geometric-style is really popular right now, so there were a ton I found and bookmarked. There are some for every style!
The best part is they are all under $250, which is kind of amazing, y’all. Chandeliers are expensive!
So, without further ado, here are 10 stunning geometrical chandeliers for under $250!
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Hello! Summer season is in full swing, along with backyard BBQ’s and parties. Today I’m sharing how to make your own hello/goodbye doormat, which is the perfect way to greet your guests as they arrive at your front door!
I spotted a super cute doormat awhile back on Pottery Barn, and was inspired to try my hand at making one, too.
It’s so easy to make your own! All you’ll need is:
(I’ve included links to everything you’ll need to make this mat so you don’t even have to run to the store!)
Yard stick or something straight to put in the middle of your mat while you paint
First, I eyeballed where the middle of the mat was and used what I had lying around in the garage that was straight to place in the middle (a copper pipe, but a yard stick or something else would work well, too!). That way, you can tell how big the words should be on either side. I used my paint brush to very very faintly write “hello” in cursive. I had a wet paper towel right next to me just in case I needed to wipe it off quickly, but didn’t need it! If you don’t feel comfortable just free-handing, you could try writing it in chalk first and then painting over it.
I then went back over my painted “hello” again with more paint to darken it.
After finishing, I did the same on the other side with the word “goodbye.”
All done! Easy, right?!
I let it dry overnight, and then it was ready to set out on the front porch.
It’s so cute! You could also just print the words “hello” and “goodbye” instead of cursive, too.
This doormat lasts so long too, you could even touch the paint up each season! Just think of the money you’ll save, not having to buy a new doormat every year.
Thanks for visiting today friends, enjoy the rest of your week!
Hey hey! Happy Wednesday, my friends! Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make a modern peg rail with a shelf. It’s so easy and can be put in any room!
We’ve slowly been etching away at Landon’s nursery to get it all finalized. When we moved into our new house, we had only a couple months before his due date. I didn’t really have much energy after moving to put together a beautiful nursery, so I did what I could and called it good. A year later, we’re finally getting around to redoing a few things.
I saw a picture floating around Facebook not long ago of a cute peg rail in a living room. They had pretty framed prints hanging from string on the hooks. I thought it was so unique, I knew I wanted one in Landon’s room, too! I wanted to add a shelf above the peg rail as well so I could put a few knick knacks and plants I had displayed in his room.
So last weekend, we took a trip to Home Depot to get wood and a few supplies, and we put this together in just under two days. I sure love simple and quick DIY projects!
To make your own modern peg rail with a shelf, you’ll need:
Two 1×4’s, cut to your desired length
Round dowel 3/4 in (or your desired thickness)
White paint (I used spray paint to make it a little faster)
Circular 3/4in drill bit + drill
Paintable wood putty
Screws & nails
Ruler + pencil
To start, we cut both 1×4’s to 7ft long to fit the wall and sanded the ends smooth. We then measured where we wanted to put the pegs, and marked it along one of the 1×4’s. We started about 3in. in on either side, then about 8in. apart all along the middle.
We then used our 3/4in size circular drill bit and drilled the holes for the pegs.
I decided on 4 inch pegs, so I measured and cut each one, then sanded the ends as well.
The pegs fit pretty snug into the holes, but I still dabbed a little wood glue inside each hole. We used a rubber mallet to tap them tightly into the holes so they were flush with the back of the board.
After all the pegs were in, I spray painted the whole peg rail white, as well as the wood for the shelf.
To hang the peg rail, we found where the studs were in the wall and made marks. We pre-drilled holes into the studs as well as the rail, then screwed the rail into the wall.
Attaching the shelf was a little bit weird for ours, and there’s definitely an easier way. A Kreg Jig will absolutely make life so much easier in this project, but sadly we don’t have one so we had to improvise!
We figured it’d be easier to attach the shelf to the peg rail once the peg rail was already on the wall. Unfortunately our wood was slightly warped when we bought it, so we tried to take that into account. It wasn’t easy and it dips down just ever so slightly in the middle because of it, but it still works just fine!
We dabbed a line of wood glue all across the top of the peg rail, then set the shelf on top. We used a few nails on top to secure the piece of wood down, as well as a few clamps while the glue dried. Again, this is definitely not the ideal way of getting the shelf on, but sometimes you just gotta run with what you’ve got!
After a couple hours, we removed the clamps and were done! I decorated the shelf with a few things that were already in his nursery, and added a few more items.
I love love love how it turned out, and that it gives me a few extra places to decorate and hang things, too! His room is really small and there isn’t a lot of room for extra furniture, so having more space was much needed!
The little black dresser we currently have is just too small for this wall, so I found a fabulous long mid-century dresser that I’m working on painting to put in here instead. Keep an eye out for that one!
We still a little work left to do in Landon’s nursery, but stay tuned for the reveal coming soon!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!
(If you want to check out what Jade’s nursery looked like, you can find it here! It was one of my very first posts!)
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Hello, friends! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. Planning a party is always more work than I anticipate!
It has been one year since my sweet little Landon came into this world. I can’t believe it! He’s grown and changed so much. He brings so much joy to our family, and we can’t imagine our life without him. He’s the happiest baby there ever was; at least until he’s hungry and wants food now. He recently started crawling and exploring and wanting to pull himself up on everything. His giggle is one of my favorite sounds, and his smile is infectious. My heart is bursting with love!!
And who doesn’t love a little side-by-side photo of his growth?!
Ahhh I just love those chubby legs!!
Ok, enough sappy talk and on to his birthday party! Landon loves trains, and every time we hear one off in the distance he stops what he’s doing and makes this cute little “o” with his lips and listens. He gets so excited! I knew a train party would be perfect, and I decided a vintage train theme with some muted colors was the ticket (no pun intended..).
I love finding cute invites for parties I throw, and when I saw these vintage train ones at Minted.com, I was in love. They were perfect!
I personalized the invite with the party details, and then ordered these cute little “All Aboard!” wrap around address labels/stickers to go on each envelope. Minted also has an option to have the invitations addressed too, so I chose that option as well. It saved me so much time, and they looked much better than my handwriting!
They even had matching Thank-you notes to personalize, too! Of course I just had to get them. Thank-you notes never go out of style, friends!
Along with the invitations, I also made and printed out these little time capsule cards. I loved the idea of all of Landon’s family writing him a note for him to open when he’s 18. I think it’s so special!
On the morning on his party, I put black duct tape and made railroad tracks on our front porch leading up to the door. I also made an adorable “railroad crossing” sign too and hung it on the door. I distressed the sign to make it look worn and old. It was a great way to greet all the guests and give them a feel for the theme of the party.
The colors were mint and navy blue, which was perfect because mint is one of Jade’s colors in her room as well and we had a few of her items that we got to use. I wrote Landon’s little “1st birthday” sign on the chalkboard, and set it on an old explosives crate that was my grandpa’s. I thought it was quite fitting for the theme!
We used my blanket ladder as train track behind the chalkboard, which was all my hubby’s idea. I was quite impressed! 😉
I set up a little basket for the time capsule notes that people wrote. It was so fun getting to see the special memories people wrote for him!
I printed out each monthly photo I took of Landon his first year and hung that up over the fireplace. Everyone loved being able to see how much he grew in a year!
I was so happy with how the food table turned out. We served brunch at the party, so we had bagels, meat and cheese, fruit, tater tot casserole, and chile rellano (thanks to my mother-in-law for the last two!). Everything was perfect!
The kids have a wooden train set in our playroom, so we used it and made a little track around the food with some trains. It was the perfect touch to the theme!
I printed out the letters for the “All Aboard” banner on kraft paper and glued them onto navy blue cardstock.
The best part of the table of course were the delicious cupcakes. My mother-in-law made those as well, and they were amazing!
There were chocolate and lemon for the guests to choose from. My sister-in-law made the adorable little cupcake flags to match.
I covered tin cans with some paper and twine to dress them up for utensil holders and vases.
Outside, we had bubbles and chalk for the kids. We also made this cute cardboard train for photo opps!
We had to get a family photo in it earlier in the day too, of course! Those are two of the cutest train engineers I’ve ever seen.
I may be a tad biased.
I decorated the adorable vintage highchair my siblings and I used as kids for Landon’s cake smash. I made a fabric scrap banner in the party colors to hang from the highchair tray.
I also added a little “one” banner above the chair on the wall.
I’m all about the “healthy” cake for my little one, so I made him a banana cake with a cream cheese frosting sweetened with dates. It was actually really good!
While I thought the cake was yummy, Landon wasn’t so sure. He didn’t know what to do with it! He mostly touched the frosting, but had a worried look on his face, trying to figure out what to do with the gooeyness of it all. I had to help him dig in to get a couple bites. It was so cute!
As the kids headed out the door, they grabbed a little thank-you favor from the baggage claim.
A friend of mine had this gorgeous vintage suitcase that also happened to be minty colored. It was meant to be!
Inside each little baggy was an engineer hat, a train whistle, and gold chocolate coins. The kids could wear their hats for their train photo opp. outside, too!
It was the most perfect first birthday we could have given Landon. He was surrounded by people who love him dearly, and have watched him grow these past 12 months. Even though he has no idea what was actually going on, these pictures will be such a fun reminder when he’s older of the special day he had.
We also had a few 1 year pictures taken the week prior to his party that turned out absolutely adorable. here are just a few for your viewing pleasure: 🙂