A Pirate Party Recipe

 


Total Time: Settle in. It’s Gonna Take Some Work

Level: Medium


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Nothing says Homecoming Dance fun like a Pirate themed party. The secret to success? Larger than life decorations, gold spray paint, and a wicked cool Art Deco Building. Mixed together with a few craft injuries and late work nights, it’s the perfect recipe for salty, Sea Dog fun! Stay tuned for individual tutorials, but for now, here’s how I put it all together.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 30 Over-sized black balloons – the bigger the better
  • 30 Fabric Tassels in Piratey Colors
  • 75 Floating Candles
  • 6 Packing Box Crates
  • 6 Concrete Tube Pillars
  • River Rock for Pirate Booty
  • Yards and Yards of Muslin Fabric for Sails
  • More Gold Spray Paint and Glitter Than You Ever Thought Humanely Possible
  • Coffee. So. Much. Coffee

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Hoist the Main Sail!. If you’re lucky enough to have 3 or 4 large pillars in your location (and I was) they make for pretty good ship masts. Simply cover with adhesive vinyl to transform into beams, attach additional lengths of PVC pipe, hang fabric, and quicker than you can say, “Shiver Me Timbers”, you’ve got yourself a pirate ship.DSC_1519 (681x1024)
  2. Raise the Flag. No Pirate ship is complete without a Jolly Roger or two. Use decorative duct tape to cover the cheap looking grommets and hang from the top of your masts.DSC_1525 (681x1024)
  3. Load Cargo. Use large packing boxes to hide any objects too large or heavy to move. Use billboard paper printed with a wood design to cover boxes. Liquid starch works great as an easy paper mache glue.
  4. Set Anchor. Use concrete tubes from your local hardware store to create pillars or buoys. Cover with the same adhesive paper and wrap with a few lengths of rope to complete the effect.
  5. Blow Me Down. Use a few  over-sized balloons to fill a large area. It makes a more dramatic impact than dozens of smaller ones, and saves time. Use gold spray paint and gold glitter to add a bit of sparkle. Attach a few fabric tassels for color.DSC_1526 (1024x681)
  6. Light the Way. Hang floating candles from the ceiling for a spooky Piratey feel. Use tealights equipped with timers so you don’t have to worry about turning on individual lights before the party. Rolled card stock and a small mountain of hot glue are all you need to create these little beauties.
  7. Hunt for Treasure. Use rocks or even chunks of concrete for Pirate Booty. Spray with metallic gold spray paint to create chunks of gold. Add a few doubloons and some jewels and you have a bounty any pirate would be proud to lay claim to.DSC_1535 (681x1024)

For more Pirate ideas, check out the individuals tutorials*, and visit our Pineterest Board.

*Crafts and tutorials SHOULD be posted on Mondays.


 

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Fall Pumpkins

It’s once again that wonderful time of year when we pack away all things Halloween, and immediately begin arguing over the timeline for Holiday decor. Feel free to debate the matter among yourselves. All I can say for sure is that it is certainly time for some Thanksgiving decorating, and there’s few things I love better than a fall pumpkin display.

Think it’s too late for pumpkins and mums? Surprisingly not. Many local nurseries still have overstock of pansies, mums, and even pumpkins left, with the added bonus of deep discounts. Now is the perfect time to do a little searching and grab a few plants at a bargain price. And remember those great fabric pumpkins from Halloween? Re-purpose them by soaking in water for a few minutes and peeling away the fabric.

This year, I went a little crazy with the pumpkin stacks, but loved the way it turned out. I added ribbon and moss to break it up and tucked in a few mums for color. I also stuck to a simple color palate, but feel free to make it as bright as you like. There’s no need to do anything as big as this, it works on whatever scale you’re comfortable with, even a few pumpkins and a mum or two can be surprisingly effective. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

Moss and ribbon add interest, and balance (literally) to your pumpkin stacks. Try tucking a few strands of ribbon under your pumpkins to help add stability and keep your pumpkins from toppling. Moss works great for this too. But keep in mind, dyed moss will fade in the sun.
Moss and ribbon add interest, and balance (literally) to your pumpkin stacks. Try tucking a few strands of ribbon under your pumpkins to help add stability and keep your pumpkins from toppling. Moss works great for this too. But keep in mind, dyed moss will fade in the sun.
Pumpkin stacks are a great way to add height to your displays. Try to choose pumpkins with a flatter shape, and always try stacking them at the nursery before you purchase. You'd hate to drag all those pumpkins home, only to find they don't really work.
Pumpkin stacks are a great way to add height to your displays. Try to choose pumpkins with a flatter shape, and always try stacking them at the nursery before you purchase. You’d hate to drag all those pumpkins home, only to find they don’t really work.
If you're unsure about color, pick a few pumpkins in various shades of the same basic color. A monochromatic theme always looks elegant, especially when paired with a brighter color (like the purple mums)
If you’re unsure about color, pick a few pumpkins in various shades of the same basic color. A monochromatic theme always looks elegant, especially when paired with a brighter color (like the purple mums)
If you have a large space to fill, go for size over quantity. A few larger pieces look less cluttered, and are generally more cost effective than multiple small items.
If you have a large space to fill, go for size over quantity. A few larger pieces look less cluttered, and are generally more cost effective than multiple small items.
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Fall doesn’t always mean red and yellow. Try an unconventional color for something different. I loved how these purple mums looked with the blue and orange pumpkins.
After you've placed all your pumpkins and mums, string a bit of ribbon throughout to tie it all together. I tied a few bows and left long "tails" on the ends to wind through the whole display.
After you’ve placed all your pumpkins and mums, string a bit of ribbon throughout to tie it all together. I tied a few bows and left long “tails” on the ends to wind through the whole display.

 

Halloween Pumpkins

So yes, it’s the day before Halloween. And yes, most people have long since decorated their pumpkins. BUT I would bet my hidden stash of bite size snickers that some of you are as behind as I am. So, in the spirit of mutual procrastination, I present to you,the first of two seasonal pumpkin guides.

Cinderella pumpkins are named for their fairy tale shape and come in a variety of colors.

If you haven’t even purchased your pumpkins yet (no judgements) then might I suggest getting a “Cinderella” type. They have a beautiful shape, and last longer than your traditional pumpkins. If you don’t carve them, they will keep well past Thanksgiving. A simple, although slightly messy alternative to carving, is to cover your pumpkin with fabric. It’s really simple and can be done with any lighter weight fabric. You can even use strips of various patterns to create something truly unique. Best of all, the fabric can be removed with a little water and elbow grease. SO, if you’re on a budget, or just like to re-purpose your holiday decor you can easily use the same pumpkins to create a lovely Thanksgiving arrangement next week.

As we are on the heels of All Hallows Eve, I am using a black and white houndstooth pattern, but you can use whatever suits your mood. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for your pumpkin to dry, and for heavens sake be sure to cover your work surface with plastic, or newspaper, or something – it can get messy. Enjoy!


Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial