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Giant Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial – Part 1

These lovely Giant Tissue Paper Flowers
are at the top of my favorite party DIY’s!
I made them for the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party and I loved how they turned out!
I’m so excited to share this video tutorial in all of it’s bad hair day glory
because this DIY is SO fun and is a great bang for your buck!
Finally made ‘part one’ happen during a nap time this weekend! :)
I’m going to try and do another video tutorial sharing the
other variety of flowers used as well!
next nap time? ;)
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Giant Tissue Paper Flowers could be just the right
detail for a birthday party, shower or nursery decor!
We have them all up in the kids’ room because I can’t part with them just yet. ;)

The video tutorial gives a general idea of how to make these.
I didn’t take photos..blogger fail.. but It really is simple once you get going!

Tissue Paper (20 in x 30 in – I get my tissue paper from papermart)
Scotch Heavy Duty Packing Tape. (what I had. worked great.)
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+You are going to have 3 levels of “petals”
Making each level of petals smaller/shorter as you go!
—–First round I use 4 sheets of tissue paper and cut
out a petal shape.
—–Second round of tissue I use 3 (4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller
—-Third Round of tissue 3(4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller again.

+Take the smallest level of tissue petals and layer together like a bouquet
+Secure by taping handle (see video for that part.)
+Take the next level of tissue paper (the medium length) and add to the “bouquet” putting them in the open spots as you layer. (again, video might help clarify that part.)
+hold together by taping handle again.
+Then add the final largest tissue paper level.
+Tape handle again and then snip off excess part.

+Cut two circles out: one big one medium.
+crinkle the edges of the circles
+tape them to each other and then tape to middle of flower!

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 Thanks for watching and tag/email me if you try these out!
Would love to see how you use them.

Cute Hot Dog Sugar Cookies

This past fourth of July I was in charge of bringing some desserts for our family’s cook out! I had seen this idea on pinterest months ago and knew I wanted to try it!
These Hot Dog Sugar Cookies would be perfect for a summer backyard cook out
or a baseball party or shower theme! They are just really fun and festive.hotdogsugarcookies-thebusybudgetingmama

Ben was counting down till the #pinterestfail moment to happen with this one…
Which..yes… it happened. haha.
These look nothing like the photo I saw on pinterest. I think it’s because I used store bought sugar cookie dough instead of making from scratch.
Mine ended up much flatter and longer than the image I saw.
But I was happy with how they ended up! And they were EASY and
FAST to make. Which was perfect because
I had no time and little fireworks crazed kids at my ankles.

STEP ONE – make the dough and form little “bun” looking
cookies with an indent for the hot dog
STEP TWO – add some red food coloring to a portion of the
sugar cookie dough to make the hot dogs.
STEP THREE – Form red dough into hot dogs and place on the buns!
STEP FOUR – use a knife to draw lines at the end of the hot dogs
for the casing. It just looks more real.
STEP FOUR – Bake as directed, but keep an eye on them
so they don’t go too brown, also if they flatten out, like they did for me…. just pull them out and use a knife to smoosh the sides back into each other to form the bun again.
I did that a couple times and it ended up being fine!
NOT like the pictures I saw on pinterest..but this is how it worked for me and a bag of store bought cookie dough. It works but you have to smoosh them back together occasionally so they harden in that shape. (even after you pull them out of the oven)
STEP FIVE – Once the cookies cool down, use yellow frosting to add some mustard to your cookies. You could also use coconut for onions and red icing for ketchup!
I used the cake mate icing tube from the grocery store instead of making my own (saved time and dirty dishes) and put on one of my decorating tips to get the size I wanted.

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The little cousins loved them but so did the adults!

DIY Faux Birch Cement Tube Dessert Stands (My Dessert Table DIY)

This has to be one of my favorite DIY Projects I’ve done!
From start to finish it was so fun creating these Faux Birch Stands!
I made them out of Cement Tubes… and used them as stands for my dessert table!
I had seen similar items to purchase…but I wanted a grouping and my budget was slim to it was the perfect opportunity to do it myself!
Here’s how I MADE them..and at the end of the post see how I USED them!
Cement Tube (Home Improvement Store)
Wood Glue (Home Improvement Store)
Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Paint (Craft Store)
Brown Acrylic Paint (Craft Store)
Toilet Paper
3 Paper Plates
Cardboard box (I always have some somewhere…
but you can get free ones from your dollar tree!
ask and you shall receive.. most of the time. ;)
Little Paint Brush
2 Little Foam Brushs
Box Cutter
Pencil. OR crayon if you have kids and hide all sharp things like me.

–First things first…gather supplies. set up a work space.
–Take your cement tube roll that you awkwardly carried through the home improvement store while pushing a stroller and directing children.
and Figure out the heights of stands you want..I knew I wanted 5 different stands…
so I marked the tube accordingly.
–Get your handy man husband to use his muscled and cut the cement tube (it’s a sturdy cardboard?) using the box cutter. make sure no fingers are lost. because a trip to the ER will only delay the fun painting part that is coming up…
and the losing a finger thing. that would be painful too.
–Next you need to create the tops of your stands.
Place your cut cement tube piece onto a piece of cardboard (I used part of a cardboard box I had) and trace with a crayon/pencil whatever
(wow just noticed how nasty that crayon looks below…
nice smoosh of play dough on it. lovely. only the best props for my blog photos. ;)
ANYWAYS…. trace it… then I’m pretty sure I just used the wood glue to attach the lid to the tube. I can’t remember! But if that doesn’t stick enough use regular glue…hot glue…
just GLUE it.
REPEAT. create all your little stands and if arrange how you think you might use them.. you can always trim them down a bit with the box cutters to get the right heights!
This is one of my favorite parts…
Now you need to get a paper plate..and squirt a little bit of the Acrylic Gesso Paint…
tear up a few shreds of toilet paper.. mix together with your foam brush.
keep adding and mixing till you get the right consistency.
Pretty gross looking and feeling… smoosh it against the sides of the tubing…
You are trying to create knots and texture for your faux birch!
The sloppier the better usually. don’t do each knot the same.
Your kids watching you might think you are crazy AND awesome.
Next take another paper plate and squirt some of the Acrylic Gesso.
Paint your stands..and know your brush strokes add to the texture of your faux birch…
so play with that a little when you brush! have fun and cover completely.
**If you want, you could use caulk to fill in the edges around the lid…
or push in more of the paint. I didn’t mind the texture!**
Let the white dry.
Next squirt a little of the brown acrylic paint onto a paper plate.
Use the tip of your foam brush to swipe on little brown lines…
At first I was nervous I was going to wreck it completely….but then I started getting the hang of it and it came together! Just take a step back, occasionally, and see what you think! add more or stop and let dry.
I wasn’t patient enough to wait for it to dry…
I just was very careful didn’t touch the sides while I painted the top.
I used my paper plate with the brown paint on it..and squirted a little of the white acrylic gesso paint and mixed to get the right color.
Then painted the tops of my faux birch stands. Done!
I first created these to add levels to my Dessert Table at my Girls’ Storybook Princess Party.
On the map of Once Upon A Time Land, which we sent out in the POP-UP INVITE, I showed a Cookie of course We HAD to have the stands be trees!! My girls loved it.
and we all devoured the cookies. (which they loved seeing mounded up at easy access ;)
Then I pulled them out again to add some levels to
my dessert table at our Monster Bash!
It was the perfect touch to our spooky kid friendly Halloween Party.
Would love to see how you use your DIY Faux Birch Stands!
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The Busy Budgeting Mama

Sophie & Sienna’s Vintage Circus Birthday Party

I’m so excited to share Sophie and Sienna’s Vintage Circus Birthday Party!!
It was really fun creating this..full of DIY projects and special details.
I love my girls so much.. and I love making their day extra special.
When they walked into the space before their party, they squealedddddd and
ran arounddd cheering “partyyy dayyy party dayyy!”
I love it. I love them.
WARNING: PHOTO OVERLOAD. (this is edited down…)
Happy to share the details of their party..
Enjoy looking around and thanks for visiting. :)
It all started with the Invitation..
I created it in photoshop..and added some fun extra details to make it special!
(invite details in post linked above)

Planning A Dessert Table is so fun!
I used dishes and white linens that I already owned.
I purchased burlap from Hobby Lobby’s clearance bin for CHEAP
because it had a couple holes…Perfect as a table runner!
upside IKEA vases to hold my lollipop towers.
(foam cones from hobby lobby spray painted yellow with ribbon hot glued around bottom)
I chose treats that my girls love. I cooked NOTHING but the popcorn.
My friend Kate and I made a variety of Homemade Popcorn recipes. (recipes linked below)
We are both pregnant. and we enjoyed taste testing the variety..
and so did the husbands who stopped over after their fantasy football draft. ;)
I ordered 2 large balloons from Shop Sweet lulu.
The grocery store balloon girl didn’t want to blow them up very big.. love them anyways!
I had the S letter for the past year (From JoAnns) and spray painted yellow the night before.
The Fabric Backdrop is my favorite part.
I bought the CHEAP fabric that is used for linings.. 2 or so bucks a yard..
and then used a coupon. Just tore 1-2 inch pieces and tied them to an old curtain rod I had.
Draped some leftover fabric over the top to cover the rod and mimic a circus tent
I created printables in Photoshop to label the different treats.
(not all. I feel silly labeling things that are kinda obvious..)
LOVED making the Lion Cupcakes with the Pipe Cleaner Rings of fire!
I did a lot of pricing out of the animals. Ended up getting a huge pack from Party City for $9.99
(hubby twisted the red and yellow pipe cleaners together one night. nice job babe.)
I made some strongman dumbells with vintage candy sticks from Party City and Large Marshmallows. The girls LOVED them. (they only wanted the marshmallows. haha)
And because I know my girls love marshmallows..
I put out a bowl of Circus Train Smoke.. aka mini marshmallows. :)
The popcorn jars I’ve collected over the years. all for a bargain.
(stores like tjmaxx or ollie’s or big lots)
I put out mini popcorn containers from Oriental Trading..
letting guests load up on their favorites! I personally LOVED the white chocolate.
with cute sprinkles. :) (Check out this popcorn post for these and more recipes!)
Yellow cups were (from party city) for scooping the popcorn..but then I ended up grabbing shovels off the buckets (game area) and they worked better!
A veryyyy talented friend of mine, Colleen, baked up some GORGEOUS and
lovely Circus Sugar Cookies. She is amazing and recently started her own blog! Sugar Aunts.
Colleen shares the same love for motherhood, party planning and DIY projects!
You should check her and her sister’s blog out..tell her I say hi. :)
I filled up a silverware caddy/container from target with candy. 

Everyone wants a Prize at the Circus!
I have always wanted to draw a big design on a chalkboard..
By no means are the stripes lined up right..but I love it! haha.
We had grabbed up 2 of these huge ones from the “Trash” (One is in our playroom)
I found that amazing frame at Hobby Lobby half off.. had to grab it.
The basket (from my bathroom shelf) is filled with flowers from Trader Joes
(love their selection and price!)
The Canvas Photo is from and I LOVE how it turned out.
We did a review and giveaway with them a while back..
I printed out another matching photo and framed in one of our IKEA frames from the girls’ room.. propped up with frame holders that were dusty in the basement.
I created Fun Containers for the prizes using Dollar Store animals and Plastic Containers.
I just hot glued the animals to the lids..and spray painted them yellow!
(Plan on using in their play room for small toys/craft supplies)
(The prizes were found at different places.. Oriental Trading, Dollar Store, Party City..)
I created in Photoshop some fun treat bag tag printables for the favors.
(Clown Noses from Oriental Trading..bouncy balls from Target)
(Filled Dollar store Snack size ziploc bags with different things and stapled the treat bags to them.)
I like filling some with toys for the bigger kids..
and then the Zoo Cookies for the little ones. (from Bottom Dollar-amazing cookies!! and so cute. ;)
A Circus needs a Tent..
and Fun Things to do!
I have created a streamer canopy for a few events.. But I love how much easier and quicker this version comes together. I used 2 colors of Plastic Table Cloth Rolls bought at Party City.
You could DEFINITELY get away with just 1.. but I wanted the alternating colors.. and also used them for the tables. (I have a ton leftover..)
I created a Cardboard Ticket Booth out of free boxes from our Dollar Tree..
the girls loved handing out the tickets to their guests! (from party city)
Because of the recent Big Girl room Makeover from Ikea.. we had a ton of HUGE boxes..
So I used one of them to create a photo cut out. one of my favorite things from the entire party!
I pencil drew a design..then filled in with acrylic paint from JoAnns.
I think the adults liked this almost as much as the kids. Excuse my lion..he is a little pudgy. ;)
We had face painting..and Tattoos.. they were a HIT.
We also had bucket & cup toss games and a bounce house that a friend let me borrow!
I would like to thank the bounce house for the 3.5 hour nap my girls took after the party.
Let them eat Cake! and cry!
Sienna was not a fan of everyone looking and singing to her on this occasion..
She got so shy she cried! And of course the husband is saying “take photos this will be funny later!”………. haha. She ended up calming down once she blew the candles out.
Cake makes everything better. and presents. :)
They were blessed with so many gifts from their sweet friends!
The flowers on the eating tables were put in diy rope vases..
Hot glued rope from Hobby Lobby to Dollar store cups. Circus tent rope..get it?..get it?
The tall candles are from Shop Sweet LuLu and I LOVEEEE them.
Sweet little Cakes from our Giant Eagle Bakery… Delish. $7.. awesome.

Back to Basics! Pizza and drinks.
I usually offer a bigger spread when it comes to the food..
But I wanted to go simple and easy. and everyone loves pizza!
I know a lot of people do hot dogs for a circus party..but I am one of those crazy moms who cuts up hot dogs into tiny tiny tiny pieces before my kids can eat it…so..not so fun.
I found those two stackable drink containers at target for $2.35 or something crazy like that!
Filled them with fruit punch and lemonade.
We also had a big bowl full of ice and soda/water bottles.
Cups from Party City. Plates from Target. Straws from Shop Sweet LuLu.
Striped Tray I already owned..from Target.

We took some photos the other day in the back yard to use for thank you cards..
Going to make something up in photoshop with space for them to color. :)
The girls wore their target ballet outfits..(gifted from the Easter Bunny)
and for the photos they put on their tulle tutus that I made (tutorial here)
Thanks for checking out My Girls’ Vintage Circus Birthday Party!
It was really fun putting it together..and even more fun seeing the smiles on my girls’ faces.
Sienna asked the next day if we could have another party day.
I told her 365 days and Yes. we will party it up. ;)
The actual party we have will be having next is when we welcome
this little baby #3 to the family in november!!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

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