I absolutely LOVE Christmas, December, the Holidays, everything related to this time of year. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t feel the same excitement, so the past few years it’s fallen completely on me to bring the Christmas cheer to my house. I believe the last Christmas tree I put up was in 2013, but that’s also because I haven’t spent the holidays at home the past few years, so it didn’t make sense to put up a tree if I wouldn’t be here to light it/take care of it if it were real. Last year I hosted Friendsmas and tried to make up for the absence of a tree with the decor, which I think I got away with. This year, I will most likely not be home for Christmas or New Years, but I did want to have at least a bit of holiday cheer at home. Let’s get to work!
I bought a small white tree a few years ago when I was still working at an office to put up in my cubicle, and had mini ornaments in the colors that were “in” that year – purple, teal/blue, pink and green. I used that same tree last year at Friendsmas for the gift table so there was at least some semblance of the Christmas staple present, with a few red ornaments. This year, the obsession with rose gold has been extremely real, but my search for mini ornaments in that color had very little results… Until I remembered, “hey, I’m a crafter!” I found one set of mini ornaments from Target that were a metallic color scheme that included “caramel, silver, and gold,” and I decided let’s make this right. Since the pack was only $3, what did I have to lose?
I ordered the ornaments as well as a gold star topper online and went to pick them up at the store. I have gallons of rose gold paint at home working on items for my best friend’s bridal shower/bachelorette/wedding, so I needed nothing else. I got creative with my placement of the items to spray with color, and got to work! I let everything dry for about an hour before touching it, decorated my mini tree, and placed it on my kitchen table. Voila! A little bit of holiday cheer is here, and Mariah Carey is on all day. I love December ❤
Little tree, little ornaments, little star!
Made a long string out of those wire ties that keep your bread fresh
Hung all the ornaments on the wire string, then tied the string between two chairs
The magic of spray paint, on glitter and solid surfaces!
A dandy Wendy’s straw served as my standing stick
We’re getting somewhere!
This is where I get creative… How I got the straw to stand for the star to dry
Mini tree set up
On the table, surrounded by gifts as it was meant to be 🙂
Last but not least, I found this set of copper string lights at JoAnn that were down from $19.99 to $11.99, and now my little tree is properly LIT! 😉
Lights on, lights off
Lights on, lights on
Lights off, lights on
Friends, I don’t know how this is going to happen, but we don’t have a choice. I have officially accepted orders for three events happening on the same day, and another one a week after, meaning I’m working simultaneously on four big orders right now. I get very excited when this happens, and it’s not like when I’ve had 7-8 Etsy orders shipping out together, because those are standard sets of props for the most part… these are more like event packages. I will link back here once the events take place so you see the end result, but as of now I have:
- My best friend’s engagement party on April 29th, and all that that entails.
- A good friend of mine asked me for props and a big frame for her best friend’s engagement party, also on April 29th.
- My best friend told her boss about my crafting, and she asked for some big items for her son’s birthday party, also on April 29th.
- Vanessa’s wedding items, needed for May, but still.
This post is specifically about the props for the other engagement party that’s on the same day as my best friend’s. Let’s get to work!
Meaghan is a good friend from college, she’s currently living in Orlando, but her best friend Mary lives down here. Meaghan just helped Mary’s boyfriend propose to her, and now the engagement party is in the works. This is probably the simplest order out of the bunch (thank you Meaghan!) but it’s still very important to me to do it well and get it all done with time so that there isn’t crazy pressure to finish multiple orders together.
The request was:
- A set of props in black and gold to go with the color scheme of the garden-themed engagement party.
- A big ring frame, in rose gold to reference Mary’s engagement ring, based off of one Meaghan saw on Pinterest.
Meaghan gave me free rein on the prop design, and when I sent her the digital proof she approved so I got to work with glitter card stock galore.
The full set
I love making hashtag props to make the set special
Love this color-blocking
The YAS is strong this year!
Me too prop, me too.
After I was done with the props, I got to work on the ring. Besides making sure the final contraption would be sturdy enough, I had another issue: rose gold is just starting to become widely available in many materials, so unfortunately there were no big poster boards to use, but rather long strips of card stock. I let Meaghan know that there would be a line where the cards met on one side (the other would be covered by the ring silhouette) to make sure she’d be ok with it, and she gave me the green light.
I mixed solid card stock with glitter card stock for the “diamond” and Meaghan absolutely loved the outcome! You can see the line of the cards meeting in the bottom in direct opposition of the diamond point, it totally wasn’t a big deal, but I wanted to warn Meaghan nonetheless so she’d know in advance.
Now that these are done, let’s get on with the other three orders before I have a panic attack!