DIY Clay Table Numbers and Flags

Hi all! I was cruising the aisles at Michaels on a mission to not buy anything except hot glue and I happened upon the clay aisle. I was amazed at the range of gorgeous shades they have now, some are even pearlescent. Truly stunning. I had to find something to make with this pretty little craft staple. So, I did. I can’t wait to make matching flags and food tents for Henry’s birthday! (I promise this is the last goody-on-a-stick for a while.)

supplies:

  • polymer clay
  • clay softener drops (optional)
  • cookie cutters + stamps
  • knife + toothpicks
  • wax paper + foil
  • lollipop sticks
  • rolling pin

Work the clay in your hands until pliable. Mine was pretty stiff, so I used a few softening drops and kneaded in a plastic bag to make it easier to work with.

Place a sheet of waxed paper down and put the slightly flattened clay on top. Top with another sheet of wax paper and using the rolling pin, roll out to about ¼” thickness.

TABLE NUMBERS:

Using a large cookie cutter, cut out a shape for the table number. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Using a large number stamp, center and press for each. For these I used the scalloped rectangle from Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters from Williams-Sonoma and Martha Stewart Crafts stamps. Similar large number stamps can be found at Paper Source.

FLAGS:

Cut a flag shape out of paper. Place on clay and trace with knife. Clean up the edges with a toothpick and smooth with your finger.

Flip the shape over and flatten the edge of the flag and roll around the lollipop stick.

With the front side on top, place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Stamp any design on top- a monogram/thank you/enjoy/happy birthday/hooray/etc. The ‘THANKS so much’ stamp is from Impress.

Shape the flag wavy, as if it’s blowing in the wind or leave flat, either way, the shape will stay however you set it.

PENNANT:

Cut a triangle shape for a pennant. Attach to lollipop stick.

Another method to attach a pennant or flag is to wrap and smooth edges around the stick. You could also use small flags, with small wood dowels or toothpicks for mini toppers.

Bake at 275⁰ for about 15-25 minutes, according to the directions on the clay. Watch carefully, but make sure they are in the oven for a long enough time.

Once cool, hot glue a popsicle stick to the back of the table numbers. You can also hot glue a ribbon to hang.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}

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A Sweetheart Getaway

Good morning! As the day after Valentines Day, today is perfect timing for this pretty, nature-inspired editorial shoot shared by the lovely Bethany and Jolene. They were inspired by a sweet “renew the woo” theme, envisioning a weekend getaway for two to keep the love alive. A picnic breakfast, sentimental details, little love notes, a nature hike and quiet moments together are romantic and heartfelt. An incredible team of Midwest wedding vendors came together to bring this shoot to life and it has me completely inspired to find time for a weekend away. Cozy plaid blankets, big mugs of coffee and a pair of Adirondack chairs looks like heaven to me.

Bethany and Jolene, thank you so much for sharing!

Vendors -
Location: Rabbit Run Inn, Sawyer, MI
Photography: Maypole Studios, Chicago
Concept + styling: Delicate Creature, Chicago
Renew the Woo flag designs: Shimmer Studio, Chicago
Breakfast pretzel bagels: Hannah’s Bretzel, Chicago
Picnic beer growler: Piece Brewery, Chicago
Picnic pie: Froehlich’s, Three Oaks, MI
“Lucky in Love” sign: Baumbirdy, Chicago

{Photos by Maypole Studios.}

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Valentines Treats (and Link Love!)

One last dose of Valentines Day inspiration – pretty little cupcakes and treats – to take you through the afternoon. However you’re celebrating today and with whomever you’ll mark the occasion, I hope it’s sweet!

And a few sweet ideas for throughout the year (or to tuck away for next year)…

Pretty heart confetti

Coffee sleeves + miniature cards

Really pretty tags

Perfect chocolate chip cookies

Pastel whoopie pies

Hearts on a string

And more hearts

A cake with a sweet surprise

Happy Valentines Day breakfast ideas

{Photos from The Pastry Studio.}

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Handpainted Valentines

I love every opportunity I get to share the work of Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs. It’s always inspired, unique and sweetly modern. These colorful Valentines feature hand-painted typography with perfect detailing. I love the idea of a really special Valentine tucked inside a envelope filled with heart-shaped confetti. Aren’t these the prettiest?

Thank you for sharing, Courtney!

{Photos from Swiss Cottage Designs.}

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Crafty Purple and Red Valentines Day Inspiration

On Friday I shared the gold glam Valentines Day table I put together and today I’m excited to share a punchy red and purple variation of the design, perfect for a really bright and cheerful Valentines Day celebration. I thought it would be fun to show how the same basic design elements (in this case the white linens, metallic gold paper runner and simple white vases and tableware) can be given a dramatically different look just by switching up a few details.

For this design I included DIY drink twizzle sticks, made simply by hot gluing metallic purple pom poms to the end of short sticks. Hearts cut out of double-sided gift wrap from Smock added lots of color and unexpected pattern. Using a paper punch, I punched out hearts and glued them to skinny dowels for a trio of cake toppers and used hearts atop metallic gold spray-painted favor boxes to tie the colors together. With the addition of rich purple anemones, the look was completely transformed. How can you put this to work for you? Buy linens and tableware in a neutral color in shapes and textures that you like, then switch up your look when entertaining with different color accessories. It really is that easy.

Just for fun, I’d thought it would be cool to share my design sketch for this project alongside the finished product. My typical design process usually starts with hunting around for inspiration in the form of a color palette or element I want to include. In this case, the shiny gold paper and the red and purple patterned gift wrap were my starting point. From there I sketch out some basic ideas and then go shopping for DIY materials and props. With a bit of luck, it all comes together as planned.

{Photos by Megan Dailor for Sweet Occasions Studio.}

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