Front Entry Party Decorating

FRONT ENTRANCE DECORATING IDEAS

We all know how much we love to decorate our exterior home entrance for the holidays, especially for Halloween, Christmas and for Easter – this entry above is stunningly arranged with flowers and Easter decor for a welcoming spring front door.

What about for a birthday party? Why not welcome your guests to the home party or summer barbecue with some color and signage.  Today I am sharing some ideas for getting your front door and exterior entrance ready for your spring or summer party, holiday celebration or even just a backyard barbecue.

This cheerful balloon wreath is ideal for greeting guests for a first birthday!

Last year I added some fun custom made to order signs to my shop just for hanging on the front door to greet party guests – but these are great on wood poles or hanging on the side fence for backyard parties too-

If you are planning a party, add some colorful decor to your front entrance, even something as basic as a hanging sign or a birthday wreath on the door, can help guests find your home and the party!

I personally love some helium inflated colorful balloons, flanking the door, like this set up above. Balloons are an inexpensive way to decorate and just a few will go far with making a statement at your front entry.

Even this very humble set up of only three balloons tied to some wood cut and painted O-N-E letters for a first birthday makes for a grand entrance.  Confetti balloons are trendy right now too and would make the prefect entrance, with two big over-sized giant 24″ or 36″ size balloons flanking the front door! These big balloons are visible from the street and definitely help guests know they are in the right place for the party.

Of course, if you have the means and really want to impress your guests – why not go all out like this party above or with many more balloons, similar to the balloon entrance below-

A fun sign at the end of your driveway or sidewalk to your entrance are also ideal for directional signage and to help guests locate your house for the party.

I love these two clever signs, above for the Pirate themed party and the Dr. Seuss handmade sign for a first birthday party, shown below.

Whatever theme or type of party you are throwing at your home this spring and summer- be sure to decorate your front entrance with some color or signage to welcome your guests as the come through your home’s front door.

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Paper Dahlia Flower Cone Wreath Tutorial

DIY PAPER CONE WREATH TUTORIAL

These decorative wall flowers really make a stunning statement in the home- or make several and use them behind your party table as a backdrop. They are often called Dahlia flower wreaths or chrysanthemum flower wreaths.  They look great hanging on the door or on the wall.  If done in all red, they also resemble Poinsettia flowers and look great with some red or gold glitter added to the tips for Christmas.  I love that they can me made in all one color-

Or in a mix of bright or soft pastel colors-

The prep on these can take some time, you will need to set aside a few hours to complete one wreath, as they do require many paper cones.  However, once the cones are all rolled and glued together- the assembly is quick.   These really do look stunning on the wall, because they are a three-dimensional piece of art.  Let’s gather your supplies and get started!

Materials
10 to 15 sheets – 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock paper in any one solid color or a mix of colors
Hot glue gun / Super glue or tacky glue (optional)
Hot glue sticks
15-inch diameter cardboard circle (cut from a box or chipboard)
Scissors or straight cutter
Ruler
Pencil

Instructions

  1. Select your colors of card stock.  It’s a good idea to plan out your design- are you going to make your cone wreath in all one color or a mix of colors?  Pull several sheets of your selected colors of card stock.
  2. With scissors or a straight cutter (generally the straight cutter will make the process go much faster)- cut (30) 7-by-7 -inch squares, (12) 5-by-5 -inch squares, (9) 3-by-3 -inch squares, and (7) 1-by-1 -inch squares out of your pieces of craft paper. Measure the sizes with a ruler and mark lightly with a pencil
  3. Now that all your squares are cut, to make the cones-take one of the squares and roll it into a cone shape. Hold the cone together by applying hot glue to the first side of your curl and then curl the other corner over it, pressing it onto the glue. Try to keep your cones as uniform as possible.  You do not need much hot glue- using your glue gun tip, smear it so it is a flat line, rather than a blob of glue as this will help your seam of your cone to lay flat.  If you prefer a more permanent glue, you can use a tacky craft glue and some clothespins to secure each cone until they dry.  Super glue is an option too I personally prefer the hot glue as it goes much faster.  Refer to the illustrations below to help form your cones.



Constructing The Cones & Assembling The Wreath

  1. Place the 15-inch circular card board circle or chipboard circle (I cut mine with a flipped over round Tupperware container by tracing around it onto a cardboard box but you can even use a a woven place mat, as shown below- place it on a flat surface. You will be using the hot glue gun to glue the cones to the circle. The cones should have the thinnest point facing in towards the center of the place mat.  I like to also trace a few different sizes of circles on my cardboard circle – just to help line up the cone tips and keep everything nice and even- but if you have a good eye, this is not necessary.
  2. To start, glue four 7-inch cones to the place mat letting the end of each cone overhang the place mat by 3 inches. One should be placed on the top, one on the bottom, one on the left, and one on the right. It should look like a compass and will allow you to evenly distribute your cone.

  1. Fill in the spaces between your four cones with more 7-inch cones remembering to let them all go past the edge of the placemat by 3 inches
  2. Next, hot glue another row of 7-inch cones on top of the existing row of 7-inch cones. Place them in the grooves created by the first row of cones. All of the pointed cone tips will meet in the center of the place mat.

  1. Hot glue a circular row of 5-inch cones within the grooves of the 7-inch cones followed by a row of 3-inch cones on the grooves of the 5-inch cones
  2. With the remaining (7) 1-inch cones hot glue (6) on top of the 3-inch cones and with the last 1-inch cone, glue it into the center
  3. To hang your wreath on the wall, simply add a ribbon loop on the back or you can Super glue a professional nail bracket to the back.

 Come back soon for more DIY projects for the home and your next party or celebration.

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DIY Outdoor Wall Art

DIY SUCCULENT WALL ART TUTORIAL 

Wall Art

This outdoor wall art is trendy and low maintenance – perfect for a covered patio or backyard deck. With a modern geometric shape and faux succulents, that never have to be watered, this piece will look stunning anywhere in your outdoor living space!  Let’s get started with the tutorial. Gather your supplies and read on.

Supplies:
Birch logs (set of 3)
Assortment of faux succulents
Twine
Spanish moss
Hot glue gun

 

How To Instructions:

1.) First lay the logs out on your protected work space in a triangle pattern, so that one end of each is on top and the other end on the bottom of the next log.

2.) Next, grab your twine and wrap and bind each end with the twine, wrapping until you feel they are secure. The first corner you wrap will feel a little loose, but will be more secure once all the corners are wrapped. Knot the twine behind the logs when you’re done wrapping them.

succulent wall art

3.) Determine which side you want to be the bottom and place a line of hot glue across it. Press down a layer of Spanish moss firmly on the hot glue.  Before gluing, arrange your succulents you plan to use precisely where you want them. Trim the stems down to ~1 1/2″. Hot glue the succulents in place on top of the Spanish moss. Turn the logs around to the back and make sure the succulents are securely in place. Add more hot glue to press them to the log as needed.  Add another layer of Spanish moss on top of the succulent stems using more hot glue.

4.) Finally, add a loop of twine to the back of your top wrapped twine so you can hang it.

Wall Art

Now you have a new addition to your outdoor living space.  These succulents look real and this wall art can be hung anywhere.

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