Ribbon Hair Accessory DIY

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I have another great DIY craft for you today using Offray ribbon. Last month I made some hair bows, but sometimes you want something a little less dramatic for your little one’s (our your) hair so I came up with this super easy, super cute idea for a simple ribbon hair accessory made with a barrette.

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To make this ribbon hair accessory you will need: about 2 feet of 2 colors of 1/4″ or less width ribbon, scissors, barrettes with an open center, I bought these on Amazon.

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Cut your ribbon and lay the ribbon on top of each other in the center of the top of the barrette where the seam of the barrette is (opposite of the opening).

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Start weaving the ribbon through the open center of the barrette. Weave each side through and when you do the next weave the second color will show.

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Continue weaving until you get to the other side of the barrette. Adjust ribbon as needed so no metal is showing through.

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Tie in a knot at the end to secure in place and cut ribbon to desired length. So cute!

 

Thank you to Offray for sponsoring this post! And thank you for supporting the brands that support Styled by Jess.

DIY Ribbon Hair bows

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There’s nothing cuter than a little girl wearing a big, colorful bow in her hair, right? But after a while they get a little pricey (especially when she loses them all the time, ahem!). And I bet you never guessed how easy it is to make your own DIY ribbon hair bows. I partnered with my friends at Offray Ribbon to bring you a tutorial on making your own hair bows, here’s how:

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You will need: about 2 feet of ribbon per bow, a needle and thread, a hair clip, sharp scissors, and a glue gun and glue (not pictured because my glue gun is not attractive).

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Create the bow by folding the ribbon over itself, making 2 loops with the ribbon and sizing the bow to your liking. Then, stick your threaded needle through the center.

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Fold the ribbon in the center like an accordion to get the right look and wrap the thread around and tie in back to hold in place.

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Next, make the tail piece of the bow. Cut the ends for the tail look and again stick your threaded needle through the center and wrap around the ribbon.

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Use the thread to tie the tail ribbon to the bow ribbon.

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Next, sew your hair clip to the back of the bow. I used these snap hair clips because my daughter has thick hair and these stay in well.

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And finally, to finish the project you want to wrap ribbon around the center of the bow. Take coordinating ribbon (I used the plain orange reverse side of the chevron orange ribbon) and fold into thirds (or fold in half, depending on the width of the ribbon). Use your glue gun to secure in the back.

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Adorable, right?

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Once you know the steps to make your own ribbon hair bow you can make them in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. And leave off the tails for a tinier/simpler bow, too.

Thank you to Offray for sponsoring this post! And thank you for supporting the brands that support Styled by Jess.

DIY Burlap and Ribbon Table Runner

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I am so excited to introduce you to a new sponsor at Styled by Jess – Offray Ribbon. I’ve used their ribbon in the past (here) and love, love it! They’ve recently launched an online shop for their ribbon so you can shop for any color, size, pattern you need right online. I recently used some bright, summery Offray ribbon to make my own table runner. I always like to freshen the look of my kitchen table every season and/or holiday so I thought this Burlap and Ribbon Table Runner would be perfect for a bright summer look.

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To make your own Burlap and Ribbon Table Runner you’ll need: a roll of burlap (I found a role that was 2 feet wide and perfect to make a table runner with), very sharp scissors, glue gun, measuring tape, and ribbon – I chose 2 of different size and color/pattern to make it look more interesting.

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Start by measuring and then cutting holes into your burlap that you will weave the ribbon through. For example: the green ribbon is 1 1/2″ thick so that is the width hole I cut in the burlap. You can make the distance between holes however large you want – I like the look of a long amount of ribbon between weaves so I went with 2″. Cutting into burlap is very forgiving so don’t worry too much if you end up cutting too much on any of the holes.

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Once your cuts are made for that row of ribbon, cut a piece of ribbon to the width of your burlap, and weave through each hole.

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Use your glue gun to glue down each end so the ribbon doesn’t slip out of the holes.

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Continue cutting, weaving, and gluing until desired pattern is reached.

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And voila – an adorable, colorful handmade burlap and ribbon table runner.

Thank you to Offray for sponsoring this post! And thank you for supporting the brands that support Styled by Jess.

Make Your Own Madewell Heartbeat Oversized Button-down Shirt

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I was poking around the internet for some wardrobe inspiration when I came across this adorable button down from Madewell. Just cute, right? An over-sized button down I could wear with leggings (I love these) or my new faux leather leggings (I bought these).

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But $80, really? I decided to take matters into my own hands and simply make my own. It was pretty simple and once the design of the heart was done it was like 20 minutes ladies. I’ll save you the trouble of designing the striped heart in Photoshop like I did and you can save the image below if you want to make your own shirt, too. It’s sized to print on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of iron-on paper, trim the excess paper before you iron on for best results.

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Just print on iron-on paper, iron onto an over-sized button down shirt (I used this one from Target), and voila! You have your own Madewell Heartbeat Oversized Button-down for a fraction of the price.

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A few notes:
– Be careful of your buttons, it’s not easy to iron-on an image over buttons. I got a shirt with fabric covering the buttons and pockets on the front so I knew I’d have a ton of breaks in the black of the heart so it would be a more rustic look, if you will. If you’re looking for a cleaner look, I suggest removing the buttons before ironing on the image and then re-sweing them back on.
– I used Sharpie (see above image) to fill in a few “too-white” areas, just remember to put a cloth or thick paper in between the front and back of the shirt!
– Don’t do this while distracted! I was distracted by  baby M being cute and therefore burned my shirt a little, bummer! Only hold your iron on your shirt for 20 seconds max.

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And because my husband hates taking this sort of photo as much as I hate posing for them – I have a mirror selfie for you showing how I’d style up this shirt. Let me know if you make one!

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters, Part iii

I have one last post for this series on Z’s Minnie Bowtique birthday party! And with this one you’re going think I’m totally nuts, but I can live with that. The last step of every party is write thank you notes! Z received awesome, thoughtful gifts from all of her “fwends” so we thought we’d send out on-theme thank you notes to thank them for their gifts and for coming to her party and making it the best. day. ever. Here’s how I made them…

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I used blank white cards, washi tape in pink polka dot, black polka dot, and silver and a thank you stamp with silver ink.

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I stuck the tape on first, then stamped the thank you message.

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Voila – quick easy thank you notes to coordinate with the Minnie Bowtique party theme!

Ps. Minnie Bowtique party hats and invitations and Minnie Bowtique Cupcakes

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters, Part ii

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So last week I told you about the invitations and party hats for Z’s birthday party and today I thought I’d share the little cupcakes I made for the party. We had her party at a local dance studio where they have all sorts of fun games, songs, and activities for the kids to do. It’s one of those parties where all you do is show up with your cake and favor bags and the place does everything else (a parents’ dream!). So, I knew I could focus my attention on making some adorable Minnie Bowtique cupcakes because there wasn’t much else for me to do. Instead of attempting to draw Minnie’s face on each cupcake I decided we’d focus on her head, ears, and of course the start of the show – the bow. Here’s how I made them:

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I used the Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mix and baked the cupcakes in pink polka dot liners. I made buttercream frosting from scratch and once frosted, I used crushed oreos to coat the top to make Minnie’s head. I put the oreos (chocolate cookies only!) in a baggie in small batches and used a rolling pin to crush. Then just rolled the frosted tops in the cookies. Ps. It was surprisingly easy to scrape off the white center of the oreo and it often came off in one piece. My husband made some quadruple stuffed oreos so they didn’t go to waste. =)

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For the bows, I printed out Minnie’s bow and put it on a baking sheet covered in wax paper. I then piped pink melted chocolate into the shape of the bow and let set in the fridge for a few hours.

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Then I put them all together using mini oreos for Minnie’s ears. *Note – the weight of the crushed oreos on the frosting made them sag a little so I suggest popping them right into the fridge once decorated to harden up. I think they came out pretty cute…

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…and they tasted “yummy in my tummy” as Z told me. 😉

 

How to Throw Your Toddler a Character Themed Birthday Without Too Many Characters

Z is about to turn 3! And with that we’re throwing her first friends-only birthday party. We’ve been talking about it daily for MONTHS – MONTHS people! To say the very least, she is so very excited and wants to be involved in every aspect of planning. As I always say, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree… Anyway, the past 2 years I’ve gotten away with coming up with the theme for her birthday party but not this year. From the start of birthday party discussions (that started in July) she knew she wanted a Minnie Bow-tique birthday party (in case you’re not familiar, on the show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie Mouse owns a shop called Minnie’s Bow-tique where she sells hair bows). So! I dove right in to plan a Minnie Bow-tique party without everything being covered in Minnie Mouse’s face (no offense Minnie). Here are a couple details (more to come post-party):

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Simple invites this year. I used Photoshop and typed the lyrics to the Minnie Bow-tique theme song and drew a simple Minnie Mouse shape. Once printed I used foam sheets and cut out bows to make the front a little 3D. I did a hand stamped back to the invite and wrote in the details of the party.

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One must on Z’s birthday party list has been party hats.

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For these, I just ordered black polka dot hats from amazon. I cut out circles from black construction paper and taped them on the sides of each hat to create Minnie ears.

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Then I used the same foam sheets to make bows. No free-hand drawing here, I traced a downloaded “official” Minnie Bow-tique bow to get the cartoon-y shape just right.

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Voila – party hats that aren’t too character-y but still look like the Minnie Bow-tique theme. More to come next week!