Autumn Leaves Garland

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Printed elements designed to look real, like glitter and wood, were used to create this Autumn Leaves Garland.  Print out as many as you like and have fun decorating with them!

(Glitter is our favorite)

You will need- this PDF file, a printer with ink, paper or card-stock, scissors, string or ribbon, tape or a glue stick.  Print, cut out and assemble them in any order you like.

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Looking for more invitations featuring elements designed to look real?  Here are a few favorites from our shop, and keep an eye out for more to be added soon!



Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh Joy!

We have a fun and easy craft for you today, this MOD and cute Lion Tiger and Bear mobile, with bright dots.  Call it jungle-themed, call it zoo-themed, whatever you call it, call it adorable!  Use it as bedroom decor, or as part of your party decor...what is that, you have been looking for the perfect jungle or zoo themed party, but need more party pieces?  We have you covered!  Oh, and to thank you for following our blog, we even have the coordinating pieces at a special price.

First, click here to get your free mobile craft, then read on to see how to get the whole set!

This invitation right here is $10, that is a $5 discount on our regular invitation price, and the party kit is only $15, so you save another $10 there as well!  All for being a Shy Socialites follower.  Top it off with the free mobile, and you my friend, have one FAB party!

These Cute Invitations were made for YOUR party!

These Cute Invitations were made for YOUR party!


Paper Mums

Around here Autumn is kind of a big deal.  As it turns out, both of the Shy Socialite sisters celebrate their wedding anniversaries in September (on the 14th and 27th), the little guys is turning 1 year-old on September first, and the NEWEST little one will be arriving some time in October. 

A great way to start Autumn off with a smile is flowers!  Shops seem to be blossoming with orange, yellow and copper colored beauties of all sorts.  An all-time favorite is the colorful and abundant Mum!

In celebration of the Autumn Mum, we have put together this craft-printable. Included are 5 patterned pages in a pumpkin color, 2 patterned pages in green, and a patterns for the flowers and leaf.

Below are some basic instructions and ideas, but be as creative as you like with these!

You will need:

The file downloads : Flower Pattern, Orange Patterned Pages, Green Patterned Pages

a printer and ink, paper, scissors, glue-stick, and a pencil.  Optional: extra pencils, thumbtacks, a single hole punch, ribbon, chenille-stems (pipe cleaners).

1.Print out the flower patterns and as many pattern pages as you would like to use.  We use 2 of each flower shape (a total of 8 flower-shapes) per flower.

2. Cut out the flower patterns trace them on the patterned pages and cut those out (or alternatively, print the flower patterns directly on the the patterned page to eliminate the tracing step, and cut them out this way, remember you will need 2 pages per flower).

3. Take two flower shaped of the same size and glue them together back to back at the center of the flower.  Once all 8 pieces are glued together you should have 4 pieces (flowers).

4. Curl the petals with a pencil, in any direction you like.

5, layer those 4 flower pieces together.  Smallest on top, medium in the middle, with the 2 larger flower-shapes on the bottom, whichever you prefer first.  Glue those layers together.

6.Glue a leaf on the bottom if desired.

Ideas for use:  We tacked the mum on the eraser end of pencils for a fun bouquet.  You can use a single-hole-punch to punch a hole in one petal of each flower and create a bunting/banner.  You can use one or two as the "bow" on the top of a gift.  You can create bendable stems with chenille-stems.  Use any paper you like to create the flowers, tan craft-paper looks adorable.  Glitter always makes any paper-craft exceptional.

We hope you enjoy this simple craft.  Want more craft ideas and printables from the Shy Socialites?  Leave a comment on this post.

Looking for the prettiest floral themed invitations for your Autumn celebration.  The Shy Socialites have something or can create something you will love.  Here are a few favorites:


White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Pops

Oreo Cookie Pops Bouquet

These are a similar idea to oreo cake pops or oreo truffles however these chocolate dipped cookie popsicles are a little easier to make and a bit more forgiving in my opinion! I've seen these on Pinterest a time or two and finally decided to make them for my kids birthday party and what a hit, these delightful treats turned out great!

Ingredients

  • Oreo Cookies ( I bought the double stuffed family pack )
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts or Candy Bark
  • Sprinkles ( you will need a lot, buy a few containers or a mega size!)

Supplies

  • Popsicle sticks
  • parchment paper ( I was out so I used tin foil and that worked just fine)
  • Glass Bowls

1.) Melt chocolate in a glass bowl in microwave as directed on package or use a double boiler if so inclined. Set this aside while you move onto step 2.

 

2.) Separate Oreo cookies carefully, I put mine a plateful at a time in the microwave for 15 seconds to soften them and this made it a lot easier. Some will still break, it's ok! Snack on them to make you feel better or save them for ice cream topping. 

Separate cookies and set aside

Separate cookies and set aside

 

3.) Using the Popsicle sticks make an indentation into the Oreo creme, then dip popsicle stick into the melted chocolate and put a bit on the cookie to cement the cookie pieces back together with the popsicle stick in the middle.

 

4.) Put the finished cookies aside. To make sure mine were really hard before I moved onto dipping I put them in the fridge/freezer for 5-10 minutes. 

Let cookies harden before dipping. Put in the fridge or freezer for a minute to set quicker.

Let cookies harden before dipping. Put in the fridge or freezer for a minute to set quicker.

 

5.) Dip the cookies into the melted chocolate, use a spoon to cover the cookie and make sure all nooks are covered. TIP: I found that if the chocolate was too hot it was very runny and did not work well in the next step. Better to wait until it cools a bit and is more the consistency of soft spreadable frosting.

Set up a production line

Set up a production line

Dip it

Dip it

Spoon it

Spoon it

6.) Dip cookies into sprinkles and then move to parchment paper lined surface (or foil if you're out like I was) set aside to harden up or put in the fridge for quicker gradification

Set chocolate dipped cookies aside to set up and harden. Pop in the fridge or freezer if your impatient like me :) TIPS: I went through a lot of sprinkles in this step. I would make sure you have plenty on hand! You could also use nuts, crushed cookie bits from the broken ones in step 2, coconut flakes, etc. You get the idea!

Set chocolate dipped cookies aside to set up and harden. Pop in the fridge or freezer if your impatient like me :) TIPS: I went through a lot of sprinkles in this step. I would make sure you have plenty on hand! You could also use nuts, crushed cookie bits from the broken ones in step 2, coconut flakes, etc. You get the idea!

7.) wrap cookies in cellophane bags or plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon. You could even add a printable favor tag but I chose to skip that step in the name of saving time. These would be so cute with a gift tag that said something along the lines of "Thank you for coming to the party" Display on a platter, in a basket, in a bucket or a vase. I found a basket, floral foam, and paper confetti at my local dollar store (3 bucks Yeah!) that worked out darling to display my sweet treats. Getting the kids to keep their hands off until the party was another story :)

Wrap with cellophane baggies or plastic wrap and tie with ribbon or string. I found the perfect sized baggies made for cake pops at my local Walmart but plastic wrap (or colored plastic wrap) would work well.

Wrap with cellophane baggies or plastic wrap and tie with ribbon or string. I found the perfect sized baggies made for cake pops at my local Walmart but plastic wrap (or colored plastic wrap) would work well.

Dollar store items made a fun way to display my cookie pops. I used a basket, floral foam and decorative shred/confetti to make a "bouquet" (Only $3 for these supplies!!!)

Dollar store items made a fun way to display my cookie pops. I used a basket, floral foam and decorative shred/confetti to make a "bouquet" (Only $3 for these supplies!!!)

Insert pops into the foam strategically covered with decorative shredded paper

Insert pops into the foam strategically covered with decorative shredded paper

Valentine Penguin to Color

We LOVE our readers, they warm our hearts!  To thank you here is a coloring page.  Happy Valentine's Day! Click here for  the PDF: penguincolor

Cookie Play-Set Printable

This popular set has (up until today) been one you had to write to us to get, well, now it is available here to download :)  Includes cookies to decorate, decorations, a spatula, and a cookie sheet.  A great way to keep little ones entertained while waiting for Christmas!

Get your st here: cookieset

Thank You for Visiting!!

Party Kits- Not Just for Parties

Have you been looking at our adorable printable party kits and thinking, "those are great, but I do not have a party coming up"?  Well, all of that cuteness is not reserved for just parties!  The kits have many elements that could be fun any day!  Coloring pages and paper-toys and dolls are perfect for play-time.  Little boxes and bags make great carries for "just because"" gifts.  Candy wrappers make any day a great day for something sweet, carry a few with you and practice random acts of sweetness!  Banners can add cheerfulness as room decor and draped over a window they can make a gray day more colorful.  Appetizer flags make cute oencil decorations, and thank you notes are good to have on hand because there are always things-to be grateful for.

All of this and since you own a digital copy, you have the whole kit ready when you do have a party!

You can find our party kits on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShySocialites?section_id=11575650

Christmas Time Printables

Just a quick note wishing you a splendid Christmas time, and a small gift to show you how much we appreciate your support!  The circles are designed to work perfectly with World Label's WL-350 round labels found here : http://www.worldlabel.com/Pages/wl-ol350.htm#templates Pick up your set here- shychristmas

Pine Cone Snow Owls

This weekend our family decided to go on a little nature hike in the mountains and collect some pine cones to use for crafting. It was a beautiful fall day and the end result was an abundance of big beautiful pine cones that beckoned to be turned into something wonderful. I think these adorable little owls fit the bill. I didn't have a chance to stop by the craft store so we used supplies that we had on hand already. I am sure with feathers, glitter, ribbons or felt you could add your own spin to these delightful creatures. Regardless, this is a fun and easy craft that the kids and myself enjoyed making very much.

Supplies:

Pine Cones Cotton Balls Glue (we used good old Elmers) Brown construction paper Google Eyes

Instructions:

Separate cotton balls into small pieces. I found the smaller the pieces the better the look, and they were easier to work with.

Next add drops of glue into the pine cone and onto the tips of each piece, then add cotton into all the little crevices.

This will take a little bit of time to get it all stuffed with snowy cotton.

Pine Cone Owl
Pine Cone Owl

After stuffing the pine cone to your desired fluffiness, add googley eyes, beak and wings with more glue. Yes, you will use lots of glue in this project! I broke a few bottom pieces from the pine cones to use for the beaks. I used a little sharpie on one of the beaks to make it stand out a little bit more too. You could also use small triangles of felt or construction paper. I used brown construction paper in the shape of teardrops for the wings. I think feathers for this would be so cute. You could even add some color!

I think we may have to make a few more of these cuties for our Woodland Christmas Tree this year.

Happy Crafting!

Decorating for Fall/Halloween

Getting into the season and sprucing up the house for fall. A quick trip to the grocery store for some pumpkins and a few bat shapes cut out of black cardstock add a nice touch to the entry way I think. Who says decorating has to be expensive or hard?