Before and After – Pink Vanity Table

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This is great! I am doing what I love doing, and others pay me for it. Who would not love that?

This is yet another DIY that I have been commissioned to do! Why not?!

My lovely sister-in-law mentioned that she wanted to do something with her girls (my nieces) bedroom. She mentioned she had some old furniture there already and an old bed and lots of pink carpets and curtains.  We talked about a few ideas, and decided to start with the girly vanity table.

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The piece itself was a beautiful quality vanity table. It was covered with stickers, but that came off quite easily with some sanding.

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Sanding the table and then a coat of undercoat lifted it up and definitely covered some imperfections and covered well its real age.

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Initially, I picked a lighter pink, but after some deliberation, we settled on the hot pink, which I made by mixing some of the colours I’ve already had.

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Some hand-made tulle flowers have done a good job braking up the solid colour beautifully.

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I did have one problem with painting the mirror. Even though I’ve used duct-tape, some paint has leaked under the frame and looked very messy. I had to improvise a little and using a glue gun, stick a ribbon all along the inner edge of the frame. Ended up looking intentional and beautiful!

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Very girly!

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Zara Home had a large selection of handles, and these ones stole my aspiring designer heart!

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Little touches make a big difference.

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Here is my little one playing with her cousin’s vanity table.

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If you liked this post, and like to see other DIY ideas and do-overs, check out my other posts:

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5 DIY Party Decorations

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I had a wonderful opportunity to throw a birthday party on practically zero budget! Yes, I said opportunity, not challenge.  I love opportunities like this, push creativity and have a good excuse to browse Pinterest for hours.

Here are 5 wonderful DIY ideas chosen for this party. These particular decorations complement each other very well in more ways than one. First of all, there are two shades of purple, which is not too monotonous yet works together very well.  The economies of scale is another reason for making all of these together, as you make all decoration from the same materials. So, without further ado:

Blog thumbnail - DIY party4With as little as 5 euro, you can make 5 gorgeous party decorations:

1. Cupcake stand

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This particular piece cost me nothing. A kitchen roll (free!) and two circles cut out from cardboard (free!) fastened together with some masking tape and painted over with white paint. I used acrilyc, cause I had acrylic, but gouache would work just as well. I had some tule left over, so I glue-gunned that, but alternatively, doilies or paper or tape could have been used as a trim.

The idea came from this photo on pinterest, however the link is no longer available.

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2. Bunting

Girly purple party8Ok, no need for tutorial here, it’s that easy, however I will insert a printout of how to fit 4 flags on one page. Basically, to figure this out, divide the longest side by 5, mark out those lengths on top and bottom edges and join diagonally.

I used white and purple A4 sheets of cardboard paper.

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3. Pinata

For this project you will need crepe paper (or tissue paper), cardboard box, scissors and tape.

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An excellent tutorial is found here.

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4. Paper Stars

Girly purple party5The center piece of our table was unfortunately a grey umbrella. To hide it, I wrapped it in pink tulle and scattered some pretty white and purple stars. To make these you just need to cut out hexagons from paper and fold away. That easy! Alternatively to hexagons, you can cut out star’s of David and fold them the same way. I have designed a print-out for you so you don’t have to:

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And last but not least,

5. Giant paper flowers
Girly purple party6The tutorial on pinterest is excellent, but the link is lost. Here is the photo Tuto using only some tissue paper and string:

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Four packets of crepe paper, some string and white and purple cardboard cost me  less that 5 euro! Hope this will help you planning your party and not worry about the budget!

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DIY – Crepe Paper (or Napkin!) Garland

I am preparing for my niece’s 6th Birthday party and decided to share one of the DIY decorations. Super easy, super cheap!

Step 1: Draw a circle on folded crepe paper, or napkin and cut it out.

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Step 2: Sew four or five layers of circles onto a ribbon or tulle strips.

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Step 3: Crunch the circles and separate the petals to make them fluffy.

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Step 4: Love it!

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