Saturday, 29 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Sunburst Lantern ~ Tangled

To finish off the Princesses, we have my favourite - Rapunzel. Sheltered, Endearing and Inquisitive. A truly magical Princess.

The most iconic piece is of course the lanterns, that the King and Queen release every year for their lost daughter and the very reason Rapunzel ventures from her tower...

Rapunzel's quote scroll simply reads...

"Best day Ever!" ~ Rapunzel

Here's a quick how-to on making your own Sunburst Lantern...

1. Download THIS template and open up.
2. Attach vellum paper (thick tracing paper / parchment) to 2 sheets of normal printer paper and feed into your printer.
3. Print off 2 copies of the lantern template onto the vellum, making sure they are A4 size.
4. Remove vellum from printer paper and colour in sunburst and swirls with a purple pen.
Attach the 2 sheets together end to end on both sides with tape, lining up the patterns to make a cylindrical lantern.

Insert a battery-operated candle / light, to give a glowing effect.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the 7 Princesses. Next I will be creating centrepieces for 4 Superheroes! Any questions just leave a comment.


Friday, 28 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Ribbon Wrapped Rustic (Apple) Basket ~ Snow White

Today is the turn of lovely Snow White - Sweet, Pure and Innocent. Truly the Fairest Princess of them all.

One of the most iconic pieces is the Poisonous Red Apple, which the Evil Queen induces Snow White to eat. Every apple needs a basket, a ribbon-wrapped rustic basket of course...

Snow's quote scroll reads...

"I'll share a secret with you. This is no ordinary apple. It's a magic wishing apple" ~ Evil Queen.

Here's a quick how-to on creating your own Ribbon-Wrapped Rustic Basket...

1. Glue a wad of stuffing into the bottom of a small basket with handle.
2. On top of the stuffing glue a rectangle of burlap, tucking the ends under.
3. Glue on pieces of craft moss around the edges and a little on the burlap.
4. Glue a decorative red apple into the centre of the burlap.
5. Tie a length of blue ribbon and a length of yellow ribbon around the centre of the handle. You will have a blue and yellow piece of ribbon either side of the knot.
6. Wrap once piece of the yellow ribbon around the handle and glue to the end of the handle, leaving any excess ribbon dangling. Do the same with the other piece of yellow ribbon on the other side.
7. Wrap the blue ribbon pieces around the handle going in the opposite direction to the yellow, so that the ribbons criss cross.
8. With the dangling ribbon pieces, (one yellow, one blue on each side), tie in bows.
9. Glue a red ribbon bow over the top of the knot on the top of the handle.

I also added a sweet little bluebird, who will hopefully whisper in the dwarves ears that something tragic has befallen our heroine!

Thanks for reading, any questions just leave a comment. Only one more Princess left and in my opinion I am saving the best for last!


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Aurora's Crown ~ Sleeping Beauty

Today is the turn of Princess Aurora - beautiful, sweet, but cursed. A secret Princess awaiting true love's kiss.

Ideally, I would've loved a mini spinning wheel as her centrepiece, but I am not very good at woodwork ;) So I put my thinking cap crown on and came up with Aurora's Crown. It is quite an iconic piece, as it changes her from Briar Rose into Princess Aurora. I added a few trailing vines to represent the passing of time and the Castle becoming covered in them..

Aurora's quote scroll reads...

"And from this slumber you shall wake, when true loves kiss, the spell shall break." ~ Merryweather.

Here's a quick how-to on making your own Crown...

1. Take a piece of A4 paper and fold in two, cut a sloping diagonal line from the fold. Using a 1 inch circle punch, cut 2/3 of a circle halfway down.
2. Open out to see the crown shape with 2 matching sides.
3. Fold back up and use as a template to cut out a crown on mirror gold card.
4. Again using the circle punch, cut out the 2/3 circles halfway down.
5. Using an off-cut of gold card create a rectangle piece the same width as the ends of the crown piece.
6. Using double-sided tape or glue secure the two ends of the rectangle to the two ends of the crown piece to create a circular crown.

Thanks for reading, only 2 more Princesses to go! Any questions, just leave a comment.


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Tasselled Glass Slipper Cushion ~ Cinderella

Today we have possibly the most well-known Princess, Cinderella - Romantic, Kind and Hard-Working. A most deserving Princess.

I found the sweetest little 'glass slipper' from an online store. It is actually acrylic and usually used to hold little favours at place settings. I thought it would be perfect for placing on a golden tasselled cushion. You gotta love a girl with great taste in shoes!

Cinderella's quote scroll reads...

'Whomsoever this glass slipper fits, is the girl I shall marry.' 
~ Prince Charming.

Here's a quick how-to on making your own Tasselled Glass Slipper Cushion...

1. Cut a rectangle piece of gold satin fabric. Fold in half, right sides together.
2. Sew the 3 sides, leaving a few cms un-sewn to insert stuffing into.
3. Turn the right way out, poking into the corners with a kebab skewer / pencil.
4. Loosely stuff with wadding / cotton wool. Sew the opening closed.
5. Sew gold cord around the four edges.
6. Make 4 pale blue tassels following THIS TUTORIAL. Embellish with narrow gold ribbon.
7. Glue or sew a tassel to each corner.

Place your 'glass slipper' onto the cushion. I popped 3 little dabs of clear glue, (2 on the sole, 1 on the heel), to hold the shoe in place.

Thanks for reading and any questions just leave a comment.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Enchanted Voice Shell ~ The Little Mermaid

Today is the turn of the lovely Ariel - curious, romantic and trusting. A perfect Princess of the Sea.

I still have lots of shells leftover from the Vintage Mermaid Party, and the most iconic scene to me is where Ursula is enchanting Ariel's voice and trapping it in the sea shell...

Ariel's quote scroll reads...

"You won't even miss it...what I want from you...
is your VOICE" ~ Ursula.

Here's a quick how-to on making your own Enchanted Voice Shell...

1. Open up a Word document and go to 'Insert', 'Symbol'. Choose the musical note symbol from the 'Webdings' font. Insert a line of musical notes changing the font size on each one to make it appear as if the voice is being pulled away.
2. Attach a piece of vellum (thick tracing paper / parchment) onto a piece of printer paper with double sided tape. This makes it easier to print onto. Feed into your printer, making sure the musical notes print onto the vellum side.
3. Pull the vellum gently off the printer paper.
4. Tear the the 4 sides of the vellum around the strip of musical notes, leaving a little border.
5. Run the torn edges through a gold ink pad and leave to dry.
6. Roll the strip loosely around a pencil or wooden skewer to give it a ripply effect when unrolled.
7. Glue the end of the strip into the opening of a pretty shell. Leave the remainder to dangle out, as if the voice is being pulled into the shell.

Thanks for reading and any questions just leave a comment.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Gold Embossed Lily Pad ~ The Princess and the Frog

Today, I am focusing on 'Princess' Tiana - ambitious, sassy and loyal - a real Princess of the People.

I picked up a frog prince garden ornament at the local bargain shop thinking he would be perfect as a centrepiece, but every froggie needs a Lily Pad to sit on, and a Prince needs a golden embossed one of course...

Tiana's quote scroll reads...

'Oh, please, dear Princess, only a kiss from you can break this terrible spell...' ~ Frog.

Here's a quick how-to on making your own lily pad...

1. Download and Print Out Lily Pad Template (HERE) onto green cardstock.
2. Cut out Lily Pad, following the black lines.
3. Run a gold ink pad along all of the edges.
4. Sprinkle gold embossing powder onto wet ink. Pour excess back into pot.
5. Heat powder with a Heat Gun.
6. When ready the powder will have melted to give a shiny molten effect.
7. Fold Lily Pad in half along the cut-out triangle piece, and open up to give a seam to the leaf and make it more realistic-looking.

Thanks for reading and any questions just leave a comment.


Monday, 3 June 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Enchanted Rose Cloche ~ Beauty & The Beast

As promised, in these next few posts I will be sharing the centrepieces I have created for my daughter's upcoming party.

Each section of the long 'banquet' table will have an iconic centrepiece matching one of the Princesses or Super Heroes that I have chosen to feature at the party. There will also be a matching quote scroll/printout.

To start I have chosen my daughter's favourite Princess - Belle. Imaginative, Intelligent, Self-Sacrificing, Kind, and Brave. A true Princess with Heart.

For her centrepiece, I have gone with the Enchanted Rose Cloche...

and her quote reads...

"Don't you see? She's the one! The girl we have been waiting for! She has come to break the spell!" ~ Lumiere.

I will do a separate post on the Quote scrolls/printouts and fonts.

Here's a quick how-to on how to make your own cloche...

1. Gather supplies - An empty large clean pop / soda bottle, a terracotta flowerpot saucer slightly larger than the circumference of the bottle, gold paint / brush, scissors, polystyrene ball, glue and gold ribbon.
2. Cut the top half off the bottle. Recycle the bottom half and lid.
3. Make a hole in the polystyrene ball, large enough to cover the bottle opening. Screw the ball onto the opening following the lid threads.
4. Paint the poly ball gold and leave to dry.
5. Wrap and glue a piece of gold ribbon around the neck of the bottle underneath the poly ball.
6. Paint the bottom of the terracotta saucer gold and leave to dry. You will be using it upturned, (the bottom), so that the cloche sits on the lip of the saucer.

When dry place item, (in this case a rose), on the upturned saucer and place cloche over the top.

I have managed to balance my rose in the cloche, which makes it looks like it is suspended. You can also use a piece of invisible/nylon thread to hold it upright and stick it to the inside of the cloche at the top.


Thanks for reading, any questions just leave a comment.