No Sew, DIY Glinda Costume

No Sew, DIY Glinda Costume

In case you haven’t guessed, Halloween is tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday! One of my very favorite parts is coming up with Halloween Costumes every year.

So I was absolutely thrilled when Sophie decided she wanted to be Glinda the Good Witch. I set out to make this costume on a budget using some things we already had around the house – the actual dress is an upcycled Old Navy tutu dress.

Easy & Affordable Halloween Backdrop

Easy & Affordable Halloween Backdrop

Halloween is my jam… I love to dress up, I love to decorate…it’s just so much fun! I think I went trick or treating in full costume until I was 16, I just loved it so much ❤

This year I wanted to turn some of my super easy and affordable costume ideas into videos for my YouTube channel and thus create a fun backdrop to film them in front of!

So here is my very simple and affordable Halloween Backdrop DIY video:

Leave me a comment if you like this video!

Giant DIY Paper Flowers

Giant DIY Paper Flowers

Hi Friends! I’m happy to be sharing this DIY on how to make giant standing paper flowers! I created these 2 years ago for a whimsical children’s photo shoot that I had planned and as you can see, they have held up so well. Since I knew these would be for a photo shoot, I needed to make sure that they traveled well – which they do! These are fantastic for any photo shoot or an event where you want to add some whimsy.

Here is a list of supplies you will need:

For the Flowers:

Crepe Paper: https://amzn.to/2XBAkRa
Pipe Cleaners: https://amzn.to/2XuxCN7
Dixie Plates: https://amzn.to/2LFN5Tj
Faux Grass Rug: https://amzn.to/2JsTNJG (optional)

Here is the in depth tutorial for the flowers: https://www.smilemercantile.com/blogs/tutorials/giant-paper-flower-for-a-diy-wedding-backdrop-craft-tutorial

I go step by step in the below video and please feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions!

Balloon Arch Tutorial

Balloon Arch Tutorial

For Sophie’s Birthday party I decided to be ambitious and make a huge balloon arch for my office and move all the furniture and set it up as a little photo op room in the house for the party. Now before you roll your eyes at the idea of a photo booth for a 4 year old – remember that I am a photographer and I love nothing more than cute pictures of my kiddo!

Believe it or not, this was a super easy project. The hardest part is blowing up the balloons and if you have some helpers, it’s not bad at all. And the good news is, you can make this days in advance and you don’t have to worry about deflation like you would with helium balloons. Sophie’s party was 4 weeks ago and this balloon arch is still pretty much in tact!

This is a simple DIY, you just need lots of balloons! I used about half of a 72 pack as well as 4, 12 packs to make this garland. The trick is not to blow the balloons up all the way, that makes it look way more organic. Also if you have an air compressor or a balloon pump this will save your lungs and some time 🙂

72 count balloons: https://bit.ly/2s1VBRK
15 count balloons: https://bit.ly/2AlEDlH
Balloon arch strip: https://bit.ly/2BHMFoM
Fishing line: https://amzn.to/2Tm5MMH
Hole punch: https://amzn.to/2GKC9TK

So without further ado, here is a quick 5 minute video on exactly how I made this balloon arch.