Tutorial - Grand Crepe Paper Initial Door Decor

Today's party tutorial is by our sweet customer and creative lady, Carey!  I begged her for the instructions of how to make this fabulous giant initial...and I am now sharing it with you

Carey lists the supplies needed for us:
  • Styrofoam large enough to create your initial
  • Serrated knife or small hand saw to cut the styrofoam to shape
  • Sharpie marker to sketch/outline your initial on the styrofoam before you cut
  • Crepe paper, tissue paper, knit fabric or any cotton fabric (cut into 4" x 4" squares)
  • Pins and/or strong bond glue or low-heat glue gun

She used crepe paper found here which is more durable and thicker than tissue paper.

Step 1:
Lay your large piece of styrofoam (or foam core) on a safe surface for cutting (like the sidewalk or patio) and freehand draw your initial with a Sharpie marker.  Now cut out your initial with your craft knife, electric knife or small hand saw.

Step 2:
Gather your crepe paper or tissue paper (or I think knif fabric, tulle or even quilter's cotton would work great) and cut into oodles of 4" squares.   These will be the roses you need to cover your entire initial.

Step 3:
To create the rose, pinch the bottom of the 4" square in the middle.  Your edges will naturally flair up and bunch together.

Step 4:
Next twist the bottom of the square which will create a little flap or "stem". This flap will be what anchors the rose to the styrofoam.  As soon as you twist the crepe paper you will see you have created your rose.

Step 5:
To ensure your roses stick securely to the styrofoam you will need a low-heat glue gun for this step.  Place a dot of glue on the stryofoam.  You will see the stryofoam begin to melt a little.  Insert the "stem" tab you created on the rose into the glue dot, pressing down.  You can feel the rose attaching securely.

Note from Carey:  "I suggest first covering the edges of your initial, then the interior portions, and lastly the sides as it just makes it easier to work with."
Step 6:
Grab another 4" square and repeat steps 3-5 again!
Step 7:
When you are finished, use hot glue gun to attach a ribbon for hanging to the back of your initial.
Note from Carey:  "It took me about 2-3 naptimes to complete the project but once I begin to see it really taking shape I became a little obsessed to finish!  I honestly didn’t know if I could pull this off, but it really was easy and it was a great decoration for the party.  Her giant "P" initial now hangs on her bedroom door!  Feel free to leave a comment below if you have questions!"

9,000 Fans Giveaway Prize #4 - Polka Dot Tote

I'm diving into my secret stash for you guys today!

Prize #4 of our 9,000 Facebook Fans celebration is on of my favorites.  Super cute black polka dot tote bag includes a zippered wallet, pink lining and velcro closure.

ONE winner this time.

To enter, please leave a comment and tell us:
  • What state you live in and...
  • Your e-mail address in case you WIN!  :)
Comments will be closed tonight at 11:00 p.m.  EST.  Good luck!

9,000 Fans Prize #3 - Polka Dot Ice Cream Outfit by Mud Pie!

For our 9,000 Facebook Fans celebration today, we are giving away TWO of these precious Polka Dot Ice Cream Outfits by Mud Pie!

The sweet chiffon ice cream cone applique tunic is complete with oodles of grosgrain ribbon ruffles and a back snap closure.  Polka dot knit capri tights feature sweet shiffon ankle ruffles.  Two-piece set ($30 value).

We will randomly choose TWO winners.  You may choose from two sizes:  12-18 months OR 2T/3T.

Please leave a comment below to enter.  Be sure to tell us:
  • Your favorite ice cream flavor and...
  • The outfit SIZE you need and...
  • Your e-mail address so we can tell you that you've WON!  :)

Good luck!  Comments/Enties will be closed tonight at 11:00 p.m. EST.

9,000 Fans Prize #2 - Zebra Market Basket

Prize #2 in our 9,000 Facebook Fans giveaway (www.facebook.com/polkadotmarket) is this fabulous Hot Pink & Black Zebra Market Basket!

Perfect for shopping, keeping homework folders, organizing your car's front seat, home decor, kids rooms and more. I store my daughter's library books, socks, stuffed animals and movies in these market baskets.
Size : 18" wide X 10" tall X 9" deep

  • Insulated Lining 
  • Zipper closure
  • Removable ribbons
  • Plastic feet on bottom
  • Folds flat for easy storage
 Only ONE winner for this prize.  Please leave a comment and tell us:
  • What you will put in your basket and...
  • Your e-mail address so we can get in touch when you WIN!  :)

Comments will be closed tonight at 11:00 p.m. EST.  Good luck (and thanks for helping us reach 9,000 fans on Facebook!)

9,000 Fans Giveaway Prize #1

Thanks to all of you for helping Polka Dot Market on Facebook reach over 9,000 fans!

I am gathering as many prizes as I can find around here for you as a way to say, "Thanks!" in a big way.

Our first prize is a set of twelve (12) custom personalized water bottle wraps in YOUR colos with YOUR custom text.  Made just for you by our talented designer, Lindsay.

There will be THREE winners of this prize!  So leave a comment below to enter.  Please tell us:
  • Your two colors for your water bottle wraps
  • Your custom text
  • Your email address so we can get in touch when you WIN!  :)

Comments will be closed tonight, Monday, June 26th at 11:00 p.m. EST.  Good luck!

{1st Birthday Boy} Orange and Aqua Elephants Party for Twins!

Welcome to the orange and aqua elephants party for her twin boys by Mae Armstrong Designs!

Mae is an invitation designer and her talent shines through!  She shared with us:

"I was inspired by all the handmade parties I've seen online and wanted to give myself a similar challenge. Planning for this party began five months in advance. I wanted it to be super special for my twin boys and husband. All three of them share the same birthday!  The trick of course was finding the time to finish all the different elements I wanted. Between all of my normal mommy duties, household chores, errands and freelance gigs, I was able to sneak some time to research, learn a few DIY birthday projects, design and create my very own handmade birthday party."

She began this party project with designing the cute elephant graphic which you will see throughout her photos.  I just love this color combination.  Let's start with a close-up of her invitations and that sweet elephant (orange polka dot paper straws available at Polka Dot Market):

(I think the handmade orange yarn pom-pom balls are my favorite!)

I just noticed the elephant fabric flag banner and the orange and aqua tissue daisies strung together add such a great pop of color!

Mae didn't forget the front door - she welcomed her guests with more orange and aqua yard (love) and more elephants.  I bet this handmade wreath is hanging on their bedroom door now!

We cannot forget Mae's amazing spread of party food:  Orange jelly beans in jars, homemade caramel popcorn, orange goldfish crackers and animal crackers set on a pretty aqua gingham check fabric tablecloth.  See the orange wrapped box towers (tutorial) - that adds such a great touch!

Mae, thank you for sharing your twin boys' special 1st birthday party with us!  Find more of her designs via her Facebook page too.

Wonderful party!  Makes me want to buy a giant tub of animal crackers and pick out all of the elephants...(smile).