My wonderful committee made all the food. I love how the desert table turned out. I was quite excited when had the idea to use the chalk board thing as a backdrop. Sadly, the lighting just isn't good in the church gym so I don't feel like to cuteness really translates.
We offered 4 crafts and here is the cool part, we were able to do it without making people pre-pay or sign up for anything. I find there is always a better turn out when you can tell people to just show up and have fun.
The first of our crafts were these cute wooden signs.
These are very simple and inexpensive to make.
We had about 10 different colors that people could choose from and there where 3 different designs.
Here's how you do it.
1. Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get the 10" by 8' pine boards. Then nicely ask one of the guys working there to please cut them down so you now have a whole lot of 9.5 by 12 inch boards. Even if you have a saw at home, it is a lot quicker and less mess for you to have them cut it, unless you are just cutting a few.
2. Spray paint your boards. I like spray paint for this because it goes on nice and smooth and it lets a lot of the wood grain show through. For our RS night I just used spray paint I already had around the house. I doesn't take much paint.
3. I used my Silhouette to cut out stencils on sticky back card stock. (I bought mine from the Silhouette site when I had a 40% code.) I am guessing you get sticky back card stock other places too.
You could also use regular card stock. I used the sticky stuff so people could just peel off the back, stick it down, and then pull out the letters leaving the middles of the letters stuck there.
4. Then just paint over the top of the stencil. We used foam brushes. And here is am important detail... Are you listening?.. less is more. You only want the littlest bit of paint on your brush when you use a stencil. Leave the stencil on for about a minute. Then let it dry. Once it is all dry, use a fine grit sandpaper to distress it a little.
Next we made these cute little rings. These are SO easy they can barely be called a craft.
If you just want to make one or two of these rings you can get the supplies for less than a few dollars at just about any craft store. If you want more you can find good prices on etsy. The flowers are called cabochons and the ring bases are often called ring blanks, you can just do a search. If you want a REALLY good price might I suggest going to pandahall.com. That is where I bought mine.
They come in so many colors and sizes.
To make them you put a dot of E-6000 (my new favorite non hot glue) on the ring base and then stick the cabochon to it. I like to center it and let it dry upside down. It will be pretty well stuck after a few minutes, but the glue is cured after 24 hours.
We also made these super cute aprons from those super cheap reusable store bags.
There is a great tutorial for these over at Restless Risa. The only thing I really did differently is that I suggest buying two bags (did I mention they are a dollar each most places) so you can use the two handles to make longer ties.
This project was the one thing that people did have to think about in advance. We just told people to bring their own bags if they wanted to make them. That way everyone could pick out their own design and since we life all of 3 minutes from a Ross, Home Goods, and Marshalls it wasn't we were asking them to go out of there way. It was really fun seeing everyone's bags. We have found you can get these bags just about anywhere. Some really cute ones came from Office Depot and I just bought two today at the target dollar spot that are super cute.
Our last project where cute felt flowers. I am sure I have told you before, but I live in a very kid saturated area. Like kids out number adults but a lot. So there are a lot of women who want to know how to make cute felt flowers for hair bows and stuff.
We used this tutorial from The Crafted Sparrow. You get all five flowers there.
I was pretty busy making sure things were running smoothly all night, but I think everyone had a lot of fun and got their craft on.