DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

DIY pompom flamingo

DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

Have you noticed that flamingos are everywhere lately? I don’t remember a bird being so popular since owls had their big hit. I blame it on the mid-century lawn flamingos and the revival of everything related to the era, but also on their beautiful, irresistible color. I tried to fight the trend, but I soon caved in. I needed some flamingos in my home, so I made them with really few supplies and so easily. I made ten (although, after a while, it was hard to stop making them) and hung them by the window in a garland. Want to try for yourself? 

How to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • pink yarn
  • pink pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • cardboard

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Start by cutting two cardboard circles of the same size. Then cut out a smaller circle inside each one, to create a donut shape. 

Cut a very long piece of yarn. Put the cardboard circles together and wrap them in yarn, until fully covered. 

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Next, slide the scissors between the circles and start cutting the yarn all around the edge.

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Separate the two circles slightly, and tightly knot a piece of yarn at the middle, leaving the ends long, to act as legs. This is a good time to cut the pipe cleaner to the size you want the flamingo neck to be. Slide a piece of pipe cleaner in the hole inside the pompom. 

Remove the cardboard circles carefully and trim the pompom if necessary. Model the neck of the flamingo with your hands and you’re done! 

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Make as many of these as you need for a party garland, or use a single one to top a pretty gift. And I’m sure there are other uses I haven’t yet thought of! 

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DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

If easy Christmas crafts are your jam, then welcome to your jam! Since festive drinks aren’t really traditional in my area (no eggnog here!), I’ve been thinking of ways to make regular drinks more festive. That’s how I came up with these drink stirrers, super easy to put together with just some small branches that you can probably find close to where you live, and very basic crafting supplies. You can even go a little crazy and spray paint the branches gold (with matching baker’s twine), but I preferred to keep a natural, more traditional look. Here we go: 

Materials for festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

What you need:

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Start by cutting the skewers to size. This can depend on the glasses you use most often, as well as your personal preference. Then cut the branches into smaller pieces. 

Making festive drink stirrers | KittenhoodUse the x-acto knife/cutter to split open one end of the skewer. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Insert the branch into the opening you just cut. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Cover the entire area with baker’s twine (or whatever yarn/thread you have on hand) and knot the ends together. Cut off excess thread and you have a drink stirrer. 

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Repeat the steps to get as many drink stirrers as you like! You can also use these as cake or cupcake toppers and even to decorate gifts. 

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Wes Anderson movie night with free printables | Kittenhood

Wes Anderson movie night with free printables

Wes Anderson movie night with free printables | Kittenhood

I’ve seen almost all of Wes Anderson’s movies twice, I bought the book and some posters, and I’m always on the lookout for things related to his fantastic universes. This year for my birthday, I wanted to have my party Wes themed – and while that didn’t happen after all, I had already started working on some printables… So here they are. They’d be perfect for a Wes Anderson movie night!

Member Zissou Society popcorn bag

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Inspired by Steve Zissou, this is a simple blue popcorn bag with a club member badge in the lower side. To be served with nautical-inspired toppings, such as plain sea salt.

Download the template here and print it on an A3 piece of heavy paper. Cut, fold and glue together with a non-toxic glue. Allow to dry completely before placing the popcorn inside.

Note: Printing on regular, A4 paper will result in really tiny popcorn bags.

Mendl’s popcorn bag

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An elegant and sophisticated popcorn bag inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s Mendl’s pastry shop, to be served with sweet toppings such as caramel or chocolate.

Download the template here and print it on an A3 piece of heavy paper. Cut, fold and glue together with a non-toxic glue. Allow to dry completely before placing the popcorn inside.

Wes Anderson movie night with free printables | Kittenhood

More Wes Anderson inspired crafts + recipes:

Grand Budapest Hotel Easter eggs 

Mendl’s Box DIY by The Mavric

Moonrise Kingdom Cookies by Kokocooks

Life Aquatic Body Scrub

Mendl’s Shortdough Cookies by Pinnutty

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DIY sliced watermelon coasters - Kittenhood

DIY sliced watermelon coasters

DIY sliced watermelon coasters - Kittenhood

Watermelon is everyone’s summer obsession, and I’m no exception. There’s no other fruit that could compare in refreshment and cuteness, so last year I’ve made these watermelon shoes, while this year it’s time for watermelon coasters. They look absolutely lovely, and there’s no better way to serve watermelon based drinks, you have to admit! Moreover, you can make them in no time (if you don’t consider drying time, that is).

DIY sliced watermelon coasters - Kittenhood

What you need:

  • cork trivet
  • paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • paint (red, green, black)
  • paintbrush
  • ruler
  • cutter

How to:

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Start by drawing a circle that’s 2-3 cm smaller than the trivet. You will use this as a stencil to outline the watermelon peel. Paint the green part and let it dry completely. Remove the paper stencil and paint the red core of the watermelon. When that one is dry, use black paint to make the seeds, and let dry. Using a ruler and a cutter, cut the watermelon trivet into four equal slices, which will be your coasters.

Optionally, sandpaper the sides for a smooth finish. Enjoy your refreshments!

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DIY pizza garland with free printable - Kittenhood

DIY pizza garland (+free printable)

DIY pizza garland with free printable - Kittenhood

Everybody loves pizza, so why don’t we show our affection towards it more often? I don’t know. I decided I should take the matter into my own hands, and make something that says “I love you, pizza” without being too… cheesy. Since pizza slices are triangular and garland pieces are the same shape, I simply put two and two together: a pizza garland! It’s now hanging in the living room, just waiting for a pizza party to happen.

DIY pizza garland with free printable - Kittenhood

What you need:

How to:

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Download the free template and print it on thick paper/cardboard. The file has three pizza slices, so I printed six A4 sheets of paper to make this garland. Cut each diamond shape individually, and fold at the middle to form a pizza triangle.

Next, spread a long piece of string on a table and fold each triangle over it. Put a piece of double adhesive tape on each one, making sure you also cover the string. This is important for the triangles to stay in place when you hang them. If necessary, add another piece of tape towards the pointy end of the triangle. Commence pizza party.

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