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Hey friends! I am humbled and thrilled to have been chosen as one the top six finalists for The Party DIY Challenge hosted by Urban Scarlet and Bliss! Today they’re posting all six tutorials on their site and asking readers to vote on their favorite. If you have a minute, would you consider heading over to Bliss! and voting for The Eclectic Life’s checkered backdrop? All you need to do is leave a comment.

If you feel inclined to vote for a different DIY tutorial, I understand! There is some seriously awesome competition, so no worries if you fall in love with something else. We’ll still be friends! I’ve posted the tutorial below as well in the event you want to make an affordable fun backdrop for a future party! Thanks for all the support friends!  Happy Monday.

Hey friends! I hope your day is going swell. If you’ve ever had or wanted a photo booth at your party, but wasn’t sure what an affordable, easy and colorful backdrop to choose, then I’ve got an idea that might be right down your alley. Today I’m going to show you how to create a checkered backdrop with just a few items:

Checkered Backdrop Supply List:

  • At least two colors of streamers. In this example I am using four: coral, sea foam green, off white and a light peach.
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Pom pom flower not necessary, but I wanted to add a little pouf to the photo

1. First measure how large you want your photo booth to be. If you want to fit larger groups, I suggest making your photo booth as wide as reasonably possible and at least 6.5 feet in height. My example here is 4′ x 6.5′ and comfortable photographs up to three people.

2. Once you’ve measured the height, you’ll need to take your streamers and cut several strips the height of your backdrop.

3. Next you’ll need to take your masking tape and cut a strip the width of your backdrop. Put it on a table with the adhesive side facing up and begin sticking your streamers one by one along the masking tape.

4. Next you’ll take your masking tape full of lovely streamers and tape it to the wall to begin creating your checkered backdrop.

5. Once your tape of streamers is secure on the wall, you can follow these directions and my photographs above to create a checkered background.

  • Like you’re familiar with how to weave paper (grade school art anyone?), but even if you’re not it’s a simple process. The first step in weaving the streamers is to put a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the streamer you are about to weave with. Stick the streamer either on the wall or the first vertical streamer (depending on where you are in the process) and begin to take your streamer and weave under the vertical streamers going over one and the under the next. Over and under, over and under until you’ve reached the end of the vertical streamers. You’ll need another piece of double-sided tape to place under your streamer to secure it and if you begin your weaving on top of a streamer, you’ll likely need to apply one more double-sided tape strip to the back of that streamer (in this case, I put it under the sea foam green streamer).
  • A good way to check to see if you’ve woven your streamer correctly is to pull it towards you slightly and see if the streamers you’ve woven underneath are the same in appearance.
  • Lastly, trim the end of your streamer to create a cleaner look to your backdrop (optional).
  • Repeat the process until backdrop is complete (make sure every other streamer is begins the same way either over the first vertical streamer or underneath)

Here’s a progression of the backdrop. No, I didn’t make my friends do all the work, but yes I was so thankful they were there. It took just over an hour to complete with the help of these lovely ladies.

Once you’re done creating the backdrop, grab some friends and have some photo booth fun!


Loving these affordable and pretty DIY confetti earrings by Evie S. I love confetti in nearly any form so this idea is the perfect fusion of party decor and wearable jewelry. It’s like sporting a party on your ears wherever you go. What’s better than that?

{image by Evie S.}

A year ago, one of my most precious friends, Kristen, turned twenty-five. Besides her gift with words, obsession for food, and a faith and love for the Lord that I am in complete admiration of, Kristen is also a fashion savvy young lady and we love striking up a good convo over cardigans, shirt dresses, pencil skirts, espadrilles etc. Last year we had a low-key evening for Kristen’s birthday with dinner out and then back to Kristen’s apartment where I decided to create an activity for the eight of us.

We made a look book for Kristen!

Not that Kristen needed one because she’s so cute and put together all the time, but each girl made a page to contribute to her look book of pieces that reminded us of her and had a reflection of each of us in it as well. Here’s what we produced:

Here’s the cover I made for Kristen’s Look Book (there is a “k” but I cut it off) and

a happy birthday page of course (with a couple of inside jokes)!

Laura made the cutest page entitled “For that occasion when…” after a conversation over how we have all these pretty little things sitting in our closet that never get worn because we don’t have the right events to wear to them to….but we buy them anyway =). Do you ever have this problem (please say “yes”).

Rachel, Kristen’s roommate, isn’t too into the fashion scene so she opted to create a page of things she often sees Kristen eat. Hilarious and awesome all at the same time.

Elizabeth and Kristen used to walk together so she made a page of inside jokes and ways to stay active and healthy OR eat these delicious chocolate cookies on the back! Love it!

Rachel and Katie decided to join forces to create a fantastic page, “To Where On Your Arm” where they pasted the most handsome prospects Kristen may be able to wear some day since she is a gorgeous single girl!

Meredith is a complete fashionista and a master at assembling a complete and perfect outfit. She put together a series of outfits with accessories, shoes and make up to boot!

I made a page as well of pieces that reminded me of Kristen’s sophisticated and classy style with the flexibility to try bold patterns and colors.

And Kristen’s college roommate of four years, Alissa, made the most hilarious page of all. What not to wear! Love her silly captions.

We each worked on our page flipping through various magazines, cutting and gluing for a good hour a half while we laughed and talked about this and that. After everyone was finished we each presented our page. It was so much fun to listen to everyone’s thought process and see their creativity! This year, Kristen and her mom (who is in town from Ohio) are cooking dinner for everyone at Meredith’s house and we’re all dressing cute (yay! An occasion to wear cute stuff) for a lovely girls’ dinner party! Since it’s this weekend, I just thought it was a fitting time to share this fun look book party we had together and of course I can’t wait for the fun we’ll have this Saturday as well! Happy 26th birthday sweet friend! Can’t wait to celebrate you!

Have any fun party ideas you organized for your friends? If you created a look book page for yourself, what would it be entitled? Happy weekend you guys! TGIF!!!

Oh Jordan Ferney! She seriously can do no wrong. If you’re not up to date with this talented event planner’s life, she recently moved to Paris with her husband and two young children. For her son Moses’ birthday she made these amazing streamers to celebrate. You gotta love affordable and pretty party decor. Get the tutorial here.

Revive an old clutch, create magnetic polaroid frames and make a sewless banner all by PaperNStitch

A big bow on a toss pillow by Say Yes to Hoboken

Here’s that DIY lace balloon tutorial I was looking for earlier by Urban Taster {sorry friends! I accidentally posted the wrong link earlier, but it has been updated}

Woven chain bracelet by Honestly, WTF via Design Crush

A gorgeous fabric flower belt that my sweet friend Rachel shared with me by 100 Layer Cake

A confetti bow tutorial by Hello Sandwich

What’s on your DIY list? Feel free to share a DIY that you love or one that you’ve created and maybe I can share it on my next DIY list! Hats off to a wonderful Thursday.

Want to learn how to turn that old pair of shoes collecting dust in your closet into a glitterific party on your feet? Then check out my guest blog post over at Sunshine and Carousels! This is the same blogger who made my awesome shoe clips.

{image by the eclectic author}

Hey friends! I am so excited to share with you our very first DIY tutorial on The Eclectic Life. A fellow blogger and friend, Heather Shugarman from Then Heather Said, asked me to participate in her blog’s handmade ornament exchange and I was more than delighted to do it, although I have to admit I’m not very crafty. You can see the DIY tutorial I wrote for making the yarn, twine and leaf ornaments on her blog here. Through THS‘ ornament swamp, I received a woman in New Jersey to make ornaments for and I couldn’t, for the longest time, figure out what kind of handmade ornaments I wanted to create. I finally decided that a classic look combined with a mixture of textures, materials and color would help add the flare I wanted for this project. Here are my six ornaments:

I thought my ornaments looked fine, but receiving some random ornaments can be tricky when each home has a different style and look to their holiday decor and tree, so I decided it might be cuter to display these six ornaments in an empty frame. It’s super simple! Here’s how you do it:

1 ) First I tied some twine (any skinny string or baker’s twine will do) to each of my ornaments. I then placed each ornament where I wanted it to hang in the frame.

2) Next, I flipped the frame to its backside. I then pulled the twine as taut as I could and taped the twine to the back of the frame. Cut off any excess twine.

3) Lastly hold it up, make sure you like it, adjust accordingly, and display for a simple way to show off some fun new ornaments! If I had made more time for this, I would have loved to place single ornaments in some smaller frames. Do you have a different and unique way to display an ornament? Definitely let me know if you follow this tutorial. I’d love to see some pictures! Thanks Heather for having me on your blog!

Again, if you’d like the tutorial for how to make these ornaments visit Then Heather Said here.

There are a lot of cute advent calendar ideas online, but this is probably one of my favorites because it combines great patterned boxes with typography. What a lovely pair they make! If I had the energy to make one this year I would fill the boxes with these yummy treats: Sour Patch Watermelons, Miniature Snickers and Reeses, Ferrero Rochers, anything covered in white chocolate, and caramel Kisses. You’ll have to excuse me, I have the sudden urge to go purchase six bags of candy (you think I’m kidding? you probably don’t know me that well =). {by Envelopments via Pinterest}

So I’ve decided that I’m going to throw a fun party in celebration of my 26th, but more importantly for the sake of knowing that I can organize (meaning I have friends who help organize me!) and create a fun soiree that people will enjoy. I want to use my creativity in a way that it hasn’t been exercised since our wedding. I’ve never quite had the confidence to throw something like this together, but the encouragement from Jon and some home group friends has been more than enough to fuel my motivation. Moreover, I’m using the gifts my friends possess to add some neat surprises for the party guests! Get excited!

I present to you my first pom-pom. These tissue paper spheres of delight are the easiest decorations to make.  Accomplishing this task was pure joy for me (although a 3-year-old could do it because it’s just that simple) for two reasons: One, I don’t consider myself crafty and two, it brought me one step closer to learning cost efficient methods of decor for the get together. Stay tuned to get a glimpse of what ideas are swirling through my head and literally keeping me up at night because I’m so eager to plan, design, create, organize and partayyyy.

Get the pom-pom tutorial here!

Jon and I are a Young Life camp in Florida for three and a half weeks and we’ve been fortunate enough to work with an incredible team of Young Life staff employees from all over the south-eastern part of the US. I’ll hopefully *cross your fingers* update you on camp more once we’re done, but I wanted to show you this awesome DIY chiffon flower tutorial that my camp bestie, Betsy, showed me earlier today. I’d love to make a few of these to put on a headband.

You can find the tutorial here from Project Wedding.

{via Oh Hello Friend}

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