DIY Party Animal Candles

Hi there, it’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a fun and super easy diy today! As soon as I thought of making these I got a huge kick out of naming them Party Animals. Hilarious, but if you hear groaning…it’s coming from my house. Regardless of how cheesy the name is, these turn out awesome. Your kid’s favorite animal holding that birthday candle minus those red eyes that are oh so typical for plastic creatures, awesome.

Supplies –

  • plastic animals
  • plastic candle holders
  • drill with 1/8″ drill bit
  • pliers
  • gold spray paint

For the plastic animals, you can use any kind you can find. Keep in mind the size of the cake or cupcake you are sticking it on. I used the animals with a flat back, so it is easier to stick in the candle holder.

Hold the animal with the pliers and drill a hole straight down, being careful not to pop out the other side. The hole just has to be deep enough for the holder to fit.

Spray paint the animals in a few light coats, rotating them to cover all sides. Note: I used gold (w/o primer) and it worked fine for both the nicer plastic animals and the dollar store ones. I wanted a pop of color but some of the animals didn’t take to regular spray paint, be sure to use a plastic spray paint or a primer for plastic and always test one first.

I also painted the candle holders to match. Let dry.

That’s it. Party on like an animal! Rawr.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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A Happy Book Inspired Baby Shower

Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting is, hands down, one of my favorite designers. Bonus points – in addition to being crazy talented, Erin is also one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet in your life. All this to say that I loved seeing photos from Erin’s recent baby shower, which was planned by her sister and inspired by the children’s book When I Was Born. The book is all about a child’s first discoveries, a theme that was carried throughout the celebration in ways so sweet and charming I can’t help but love every last detail. My favorite part? The beautiful tree collage based on an illustration from the book featuring wishes from loved ones as they think about the exciting discoveries Erin’s little baby boy will make in the coming months and years. Get all the details at The Indigo Bunting.

{Photos from The Indigo Bunting.}

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Girly Pink Birthday Inspiration

I just stumbled upon this birthday party inspiration board from Grey Likes Baby and thought it was just the prettiest thing. Soft shades of blush and ivory paired with the sweetest touches of tulle and glitter is the perfect inspiration for a completely girly celebration that avoids feeling bubble gum or overdone. I love this!

{Sources left to right, top to bottom: 1. Max Wanger for Bando via Oh Joy 2. Debee Campos 3. Bakerella 4. Confetti System via The Selby. Inspiration board by Grey Likes Baby.}

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DIY Just Married Banner

Hey, friends! It’s Chelsea again, slipping away from Lovely Indeed for a bit to share another fun wedding DIY with you. Who wants to deck out their wedding getaway car with old tin cans, when you could have this beauty instead? How about a sweet little “Just Married” banner for the newlyweds?

Supplies –

  • two colors of fabric
  • download and print this free template
  • straight pins and scissors
  • a spool of 1/4″ ribbon
  • a sewing machine
  • Stitch Witchery and an iron
  • strong magnets like these or extra-strong suction cups

First, download and print your free template. Cut around each letter, pin the letters to your fabric, and cut the fabric into the letter shapes. It’s up to you whether you’d like to dot your I and J with hearts or not. If not, just cut out two small circles from your fabric for the dots. But be sure to cut out at least one heart. Next, from your other fabric, cut out 12 rectangles, each 4″ by 6″.

Heat up your iron and use your Stitch Witchery to affix one letter to each rectangle. The tiny heart gets its own!

After your letters are all ironed on, arrange them in the correct order (can you imagine if it said “I Just Marred?” Ha!) and sew one long piece of ribbon across all of the letters. The ribbon should line up with the top edges of the rectangles. Use a straight stitch for the cleanest look. The ribbon should be about 6 feet long (letters measuring approx. 5 feet total, with some extra ribbon length on each end).

Now that you’ve got the banner finished, find the best way to attach it to your car! If you can find a place to tie it on, go for it. If not, you can find extra-strong suction cups at a craft store, and use those to anchor each end of the banner by tying the ribbon to the suction cup hook. Then, you can place one of these tiny magnets at the very top of each flag on the banner to secure the middle portion. They’re so small you almost can’t see them!

Make this for your own wedding, or surprise some friends with it on their getaway car.  It’s so charming you can’t help but smile, and a perfect way to head away from a wedding in style!  xoxo

{Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Announcing: Scratch Weddings Thursday Happy Hour

New York City area couples take note! A while back I raved about Scratch Weddings and their powerhouse team of incredibly talented DJs, available for travel to a wedding or party near you. Next week, Scratch Weddings’ DJs will be showcasing their talent at the Scratch Weddings Thursday Happy Hour. The event is free (you can RSVP here) and sure to be a great party! Join other engaged couples and get an early start to the weekend cooling off with a cocktail and great music from Scratch Weddings’ marquee DJs at their Cooper Square studios. Wondering how Scratch Weddings can take your wedding to the next level of fun? Drop by and check ’em out!

{Photo from Scratch Weddings.}

This post was sponsored by Scratch Weddings.

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