I didn't take step by step pictures, but really, it was quite easy!
I started with the cupcake toppers. There is very little in the way of party supplies for Legend of Zelda. My 10-year-old loves his video games and so we worked with what we could find. I ordered some Zelda stickers online and got some dark green card stock. I used 2 squares per topper and 2 stickers. Some of the edges of the squares I used crimping sheers, but frankly mine weren't very good, which is why I only did half that way. I put the sticker on the squares put a toothpick in between the squares and used some hot glue and voila, cupcake toppers!
I had some left over strips of the card stock so I decided to use the scraps to make a little banner to add some green to the party decor.
Simply cut your card stock rectangles approximately the same size and cut a little triangle on the bottom. I threaded mine with an embroidery needle and some baker's twine I had (shhh, don't tell anyone the twine was red and white and our party colors were green and yellow!)
My cupcake stand was 2 old ironstone platters with an upside down cup in between. My husband thought that was rather redneck, but I thought it was cute :) Green and yellow streamers, green and yellow balloons and 8 boys.
As much as I love my primitives and the warmth they give my home, I've changed gears a little in my decorating. The deep dark colors being a smile to my face, but unfortunately they show dust. Lots of dust. Within 30 minutes of dusting, it looks dusty again :( Soo, I've been changing gears with much of my inspiration coming from blogland. One of my most recent changes was to spray paint my black lamps silver! For the cost of a can of spray pain, I've completely changed the look of my lamps!
That's just a sneak peek of the changes being made over here in the Acres ;)
Don't worry. I will not make this a sappy, long post about how my oldest son is a senior in high school this year. How I can't believe he is going to graduate. How I have no idea where the time has gone. How I would give anything to go back, just for a bit, to see his sweet baby face in person. When hugs and kisses were a regular occurrence. When I got to tuck him in at night. When *I* was the great love in his life, not his girlfriend. No. I will not make this post about that.
Oh. I think I just did. Anyhoo. The purpose was to show you the boards that I made for the GS Lions Hockey Senior Night. Austin was the only senior this year, so I made 2 of them :)
I started with the thick foam poster board. To make the pictures "pop" off the background I cut a brown card stock matte around each one (the school's colors are brown and gold). Then I used a black ink pad along the edges to give it a little more definition.
I bought chipboard stars and letters. I wanted them to feel a little more manly and industrial so I painted the stars in a yellowish gold and used a dark umber around the edges and in streaks to make them look like a yellow tin star that had rusted.
For the letters I layered black, russet and terra cotta paint colors to give them a look of rust. Normally I wouldn't have spent that amount of time on them, but I figured they will do double duty and can be used at his graduation party :)
I do realize you can't see all this detail in the picture, but I think you get the idea.
I've made a promise to myself to start using some of my aquired odds and ends I have been accumulating over the years before I being any new ones in my house. I'm at risk of becoming a hoarder.
A scrap piece of pine. A "Cupid" print that I bought because it was in a gorgeous tin frame. A page from an old hymanl. Some red Scrabble tiles. Maybe not the best thing I have ever made, but I think it counts as decorating for Valentine's Day. Right?