I have been obsessing over confetti lately. I just can't seem to get enough of it! I even have a drawer full of various bags, mixed with different types of confetti. I absolutely adore using it in photography, throwing it in the air when I'm feeling a little down, or wearing it as an accessory in my hair.
I have frequented many local and online shops to find the perfect mix, only to be let down when I can't find the colors, textures, or prices I'm looking for. I decided it was time to take manners into my own hands and create my own. I wanted to show you the process of how I've created my own custom confetti mixes, just in case you've found yourself in the same confetti conundrum as I did.
Version One Supplies:
The first step is to cut long strips of tissue paper. This works best if you keep the stack of tissue paper folded together and then cut through all the layers at once
Once you have all the strips cut out, start cutting into the ends of them, angling the scissors in different ways to create different shapes.
Mix all the little pieces together. Then, use your fingers to to rub the confetti together to un-stick any pieces that may have clumped together from cutting.
Now you're ready to party! Throw is in the air, scatter it on tables, stuff it into envelopes. The possibilities are endless! Tip: using a mix of regular tissue paper and metallic paper looks amazing together, but the metallic pieces are heavier, are more prone to sinking to the bottom, and falls quicker than the tissue pieces when thrown in the air.
Version Two Supplies:
-2 sizes of hole punchers
Like the above version, cut your tissue paper into long strips. Once you have all your strips cut out, start creating the confetti with the smaller hole punch.
Once you have enough smaller pieces, start punching out the larger circles using the other hole puncher. Tip: you may have to work with the thickness of the tissue paper to make it easier to punch. If it's too thick, it will stick to the outer edge of the hole punch. If it's too thin, it will not pierce through the paper properly.
Like in version one above, mix the pieces together, and then run them through your fingers to help break apart any pieces that have stuck together.
Bam! You now have another custom confetti mix! I really like this mix because it reminds me of the kind I used to be able to buy at the party store here, that has sadly been discontinued. The tissue circle confetti is also very popular right now.
Version 3 Supplies:
-Variety of ribbons
Decide which colors of ribbon you want to work with, and cut some off the spool. Tip: This is also a great project for left over ribbon scraps.
Start cutting the ends of each ribbon off to form small pieces . You can play around with the angle of cutting (like in version 1,) or how wide each pieces is.
Mix all your ribbon bits together to create your custom mix.
Now you have your own custom confetti mixes! These methods can be a little time consuming, but if you're not looking to decorate a huge party, it's a great alternative to buying it from the store. Plus, when you make your own, the possibilities for color and texture are endless!
It's no secret that I wear glasses quite often; something I'm sure most of my long time blog followers know. I gave up contacts back in 2008, and have only recently started wearing them again. This is also the first year ever where I've had multiple pairs of glasses to mix and match with different outfits.
Firmoo.com took notice of my glasses habit, and asked me if I could review a pair of glasses for them. What I found really neat about this collaboration, is that I was able to pick the style I wanted, and get my personal prescription added! Since I have a pair of black cat eyes, and a pair of clear hipster glasses (for lack of a better term,) I decided to pick out a pair that were funky and fun, and something I probably would never normally go for.
I chose this pair of wayfarers in this cool orange gradient tone. They are very fresh and unique, and have such a 70's vibe to them, which I absolutely love! Not to mention, they are insanely lightweight, which is a great quality for someone who wears glasses often. They shipped super quickly, and came with an adorable vintage map print case and cleaning cloth. The prices on frames are insanely good, but they also offer first time customers 50% off! If you want to snag a pair of cool new specs, click here for more details on how to get your own pair for a steal of a deal!
Hello beauties! I just had to pop in and share this pic of my little sticker and pin collection I have going on today! St. Patty's Day is perfect for wearing green and rainbows! I wish my entire dress was full of fun, festive pins and stickers!
What do you think of this look? Comment below and let me know what you think.
Happy St. Patrick's Day all! Hope you get lucky today! And if you use the 60% off code for my store, I know it will be a lucky one! Shop now, and enter "SAVE60" at checkout to take part of this awesome deal!
I had the best idea today when I was cleaning up my office. I was trying to figure out what to do with all of the necklaces I made for that DIY pipe cleaner necklace tutorial I did a few weeks back, and decided to turn one into a crown! The longest one worked best for me, because it was the only one that actually fit around my big ol' head! I just flipped it upside down, snipped off parts I didn't need, and then twisted the ends in the back. I've been wearing it around the studio all morning!
Have any of you tried out the pipe cleaner necklace tutorial? Would you ever wear a crown from pipe cleaners? Comment below and tell me what you think!
Hi there lovely people! I have some really big news to announce. Are you ready? Drum-roll please... I'm going to be relaunching my Wear The Canvas store! I have been selling vintage clothing for about 3 years now, and have decided to switch over to handmade clothing and accessories. I've been thinking about doing this for a very long time, and I finally decided to just take the plunge!
I am still in the process of making things, planning a photo shoot, and possibly re-branding all of my social sites to be cohesive, so the launch of my new products won't be until about April. At least, that's what I'm shooting for! Since everything in my shop must go to make room for my new product line, I'm offering a HUGE discount on my store, starting with 60% off! To take part in this offer, all you have to do is enter the coupon code "SAVE60" at checkout! I'm also posting sneak peaks of some of the new things my store will have through my Instagram account, so please follow me if you'd like to see what's to come.
I have to admit, I think I am a little obsessed with wearing tons of pins and brooches together. Especially on denim! Do you ever do things like that? You know, wear something a different way over and over again? I get on these little kicks of styling things a certain way sometimes. I just can't help it when I fall in love with something.
I really wanted to style some of the jewelry from my shop together, and this was the perfect way! All of the necklaces and brooches on the right can be found in my etsy store. All the pins on the left are from my personal collection, and I'm not quite ready to let them go yet!
Hope you cuties are having a super sweet Valentine's day! I'm going to be spending the day with my guy. Breakfast in bed, a long walk with my pup, and a little unorthodox video gaming is in order. This year, Valentine's day has been so inspiring to me, and I've been trying my hardest to conceptualize some of the ideas that have been running around in my head. I've been really loving button flair lately; kind of like what I have on my jacket in these pics. I am even in the process of designing some of my own pin back buttons! But more on that later...
I just wanted to pop in to let each an every one of you know that you guys are the proverbial cherry on top of my ice cream sundae! Trying to become a successful blogger/designer/crafter/photographer can be so overwhelming and consuming sometimes. It can be very difficult (for me) to know if I'm making the right choices, or following the correct path of doing things. But, with any little encouragement from my follows, whether it be a comment on my blog, a new Facebook page like, or just a double tap of an IG picture I posted, it makes it a little bit better! So, I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to you all!
Hey little cuties! I have such a fun DIY inspired post for you all today. As you can tell from the title and images, I have created some pretty cool statement necklaces using pipe cleaners! I have been wanting to do a pipe cleaner crown how-to for a few months, but decided to scrap that I idea when I saw just how many bloggers have actually come up with their own tutorials on how to make them. I started brainstorming other fun uses for pipe cleaners, and that's when I came up with these necklaces.
The necklace above was inspired by the collar necklaces that have been popular for the past couple of years. To make it, I started with two gold pipe cleaners. I took one end from each, and firmly wrapped them around one another to form one long pipe cleaner. I tried it on, and adjusted it to the length I wanted by cutting off a bit at the ends. Then, I bent two pink pipe cleaners to look like a pointed collar, and twisted each end around the gold necklace base. I topped it off by creating a gold bow, which is attached to the center.
This silver, black, and white one is somewhat a cross between a necklace and scalloped collar. I used two silver pipe cleaners to form the base, using the same method as above. I tried it on, and established the necklace shape. To form the scallops, I started from the middle and worked my way out to the sides. The scallops are made by twisting one end of a black pipe cleaner around the silver base to secure, then forming the "u" shape, wrapping the next bit of pipe cleaner around the silver (to secure the other end of the scallop,) and then forming another "u" shape. Once I had enough scallops to my liking, I glued pom pom balls on top.
This last necklace is super fun and over the top! This time I used 3 pink pipe cleaners to form the base. I then wrapped magenta and silver pipe cleaners around the sides of the base to form color blocking. The middle is made from various pipe cleaners cut in 2 different lengths. I twisted the longer pieces on first, and then the shorter ones. I wanted to add a little extra sparkle to the middle, so I glued on matching sequins in different shapes and sizes.
I did not bother putting pictured steps on how to make these, and gave pretty loose directions of how to create your own, simply because they are incredibly easy to construct! I do want to mention that all I did to secure them for wear, is twist the ends together a few times.
I think these would make perfect photo booth props, unconventional fashion accessories, or even a fun rainy day activity for kids. They are also a wonderful craft, because all you really need is an assortment of pipe cleaners, and a little bit of imagination to make your own!
Would you ever consider making your own pipe cleaner necklace? If so, what would you use it for? Comment below and tell me what you think!
Just wanted to share a few snapshots from my Instagram account! I have been really trying to one up my photography game this year, and Instagram is so helpful in doing so. I always find such inspiring people and images on IG, which in turn makes me want to create and inspire people with my photos. You can follow @wearthecanvas to see more behind the scenes action, my personal inspiration, and fun life bits!
I found this pin of an amazing glitter hair part the other day, and just had to save it to my "Get Your Hair Did" Pinterest board . I have pretty much been obsessing over it ever since. I really want to give it a try, but have been limited with time and supplies. While doing a photo shoot the other day that involved confetti, I had the idea to try out something similar using the itty bitty confetti I had made. I sprayed my part with firm hold hair spray, sprinkled on confetti, and then sprayed a little more hairspray on top.
A while after I was already done taking photos, the confetti started falling down throughout the rest of my hair, and on my shirt. I actually liked how that looked too, and wish I would have been able to take some photos. This look is whimsical and fun, and is perfect for getting you noticed at a party!
Would you ever give this look a try? Or have you ever done a look similar to this? Comment below and share!
I'm headed to Miami tomorrow, and the trip to my colorful hometown has inspired me to create these photos. I'm so excited to bask in the sun, actually be warm, and wear minimal clothing! The sunglasses in the first photo are actually the last pair from my shop, which I just had to keep for myself! They're just perfect for a beach getaway, don't you think?
Happy New Year's Eve! I hope you're all ready for 2015. I know I sure am. The start of a new year always makes me so happy! Not knowing what's in store is half the fun, and the other half is planning out all the things you want, and hope, to happen!
I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off today, and I can not wait to take a breather tonight and celebrate. I have my outfit all picked out, and I'm so excited to put it on! This glitzy gold 1960's dress was in my store, and since no one bought it, it is now mine! I haven't worn it yet, and I knew New Year's Eve would be the perfect time for it!
Do you have a perfect outfit for tonight? Comment below and tell me all about it!
I'm having a HUGE end of year sale in my Etsy shop! I've marked items down 30, 50, and even 75% off! I have some different plans for 2015, and want to take my shop in a new direction. I'm hoping to clear out some room in order to do so, which is a big bonus for you guy! If you've had your eye on something in the shop, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to it before it's all gone! Click here to shop all sales items!
Hello lovelies! I hope you're all having a fun and relaxing day. I hope you're spending it with friends, family, and tons of food! I'm taking this time to reflect on this past year, and trying my best to leave all my stress and worries behind me, and focus on what's to come. I know I've been kind of silent with my blog posts, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, but with a new year comes a ton of new plans! Thanks for all your support through 2014, and stay tuned to see the fun stuff to come in 2015!
Sorry for the lack of posting lately! I have been super busy with work that's not Wear The Canvas, have been in a sort of funk lately, and I've also just been really trying to upload all my vintage to my shop before the new year. I hope to get back to my regular posting soon! Until then, enjoy looking at these goodies I just added to my store.