My friend is going through a lot right now. Any one of the things she is experiencing would be enough to break many people. Yet, she is dealing with multiple life-changing events all at once. Honestly, I do not know how she is keeping it all together, but she is. Granted she is exhausted and stressed, but she is still managing to smile.
I would love to be able to help her, but there really is nothing I can do … until now at least … her daughter, Hannah, just graduated from high school and if there is one thing I know how to do, it’s play with paper. So I offered to do the centerpieces and banner for Hannah’s open house.
I had help from a few friends who chipped in with money and supplies to help me out. Hannah wanted a Mardi Gras theme, rather than going with school colors, so I created my version of Mardi Gras!
I started with a banner, made from the Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die and then turned upside down. I cut each piece out of chipboard and paper, so it will be strong enough to handle Mother Nature. I then used the Cricut to cut out the letters of her name in metallic gold and a black shadow. I added a few feathers, the year, buttons and little hats to top it off.
For the centerpieces, I started with some frappuccino bottles spray-painted in metallic gold. I filled the bottles with sand so they would won’t (hopefully) tip over.
Then, I bought a few digital images from Cricut and made the jester hats, circles and labels. I used a gold paint pen around the edges and on the “bells”. The hats are Jolee’s. I used lollipop sticks for the hats and decorative straws for the others. The sand in the jar holds them in place.
I added a bit of glitter tulle to the jars for a little more festivity.
I also included tons of beads and several boas to go with the centerpieces or for guests and the guest of honor to wear.
Now, I am just hoping for a nice day so we can all celebrate with Hannah and her mom can relax and enjoy the afternoon!