DIY Halloween Garland | Paper Lantern Jack O' Lanterns & Tissue Paper Pom Pom Spiders!

Posted by on 10/16/2014

Halloween is my all-time favorite Holiday for several reasons:

First, what is more amazing than getting to dressed up to be ANYTHING you want?  To dream up a character, create a costume, and then strut your stuff… in public no less!

Second: The parties! I LOVE Halloween costume parties… the themed food, the games, the Halloween crafts, not to mention the eclectic mixture of guests, their jovial banter filling Halloween with spooktacular joy.
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Third: The memories… as a kid my parents would ask us: “what would you like to be this year?”.  In the weeks following we’d make DIY Halloween costumes & crafty Halloween decorations; from spooky socks to porch lights, by All Hollow’s Eve our house was decked to the nines with witch hats, decorative pumpkins, spider webs and more!
This year I finally have a home I can call my own, and I’ve been so excited to fill it with cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns and swooping bat decor.  Alas, when I started to plan for Halloween I quickly realized that it would take more time and money than I had in my “whimsy” budget to make my home as festive as the one I grew up in.
Determined, I jumped onto the internet for affordable inspirations, & after Pinning ’til I couldn’t blink, I combined some of my favorite Halloween craft ideas and came up with this wonderful Halloween garland project using affordable decor from Luna Bazaar.
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I chose to make my jack-o-lanterns with three variations from Luna Bazaar’s orange Premium Paper Lanterns: Tangerine, Cayenne, and Mango.  To make the garland even more unique, I tweaked a Martha Stewart idea to better suit my design, and made a couple of Fluffy Pom Pom Spiders to alternate the jack-o-lanterns.  Come Halloween these little guys are going to greet my guests in the main entrance to my house, but for now they are peering down on my co-workers as they arrive every morning… because I wouldn’t want them to miss out on my insatiable Halloween spirit!

DIY Paper Lantern Jack-O-Lanterns

What you will need:

1.)Pair of sharp crafting scissors
2.)Double-sided tape
3.)Thin gauge copper wire- you could also use pipe cleaners, floral wire, or any other wire.
4.)3 orange premium paper lanterns from Luna Bazaar.  I chose one of each of the the following:
One 10” Mango Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
One 10” Cayenne Orange Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
One 10” Tangerine Orange Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
Note: if you are on a tight budget, you could use the light or dark orange “No Frills” Paper Lanterns to save a little extra.

6.) Ombre Green Italian Premium Crepe Paper

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Now that we have all of the DIY Halloween crafting supplies in order, lets turn up the Halloween playlist and get crafty!

Start by opening all of the paper lanterns.  This way you will know exactly how much surface area you have to create the pumpkin face.  If this is your first time working with paper lanterns feel free to check out our How To Hang Paper Lanterns Guide.

I chose to give each Jack-o-lantern a different face, but if you prefer a more unified look, you can cut out the same features for each lantern.

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Once all of the features are cut out, get out your double sided tape. Start by applying the tape to the crepe paper and give it a light press to be sure that it’s firmly attached.

Start the Jack-o-lantern face by applying the mouth to the lantern. This way you can gauge how far apart to put the other features.

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I used some of Luna Bazaar’s GORGEOUS Ombre Green Italian Premium Crepe Paper to give them a little leaf and vine curl.

 width=Cut one and half inch wide strips of the crepe paper (one for each lantern), then gently compress the strips so that they are not as wide.  Thread the crepe paper through one of the top loops on the lantern with about five inches of crepe paper on each side.  Use one side to create the leaf and the rest of the length to create the vine.
With a pen or a pencil start at the free end of the vine side of crepe paper, and wrap tightly around the pen/pencil until it is wrapped all the way to the lantern. Slide the pen out of the crepe paper, and gently pull the crepe paper spiral you have made- this will give it the curly vine look!

Now for the leaf side!- spread the crepe paper out to its widest , and trim the free end in a “leaf point”.

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These creepy crawlies are so simple to make, it’s scary!  Here is the list of materials you will need to build your very own furry legged friends!:

1.) 10″ Black Tissue Paper Flower Pom-Poms – One Tissue paper Pom Pom for each spider you are making.  I chose to make them 10”, but you could go larger or smaller if you want!
2.) One Black Tie Italian Crepe Paper Roll – Luna Bazaar’s newest addition: heavy weight premium crepe paper available in an extensive palette of luxuriously rich colors!
3.) Thin gauge copper wire
4.) Double sided tape
5.) Sharp scissors
6.) Wire cutters
7.) Your crafting play list on Pandora!

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Once you have fluffed your tissue paper pom poms, set them aside, I prefer to prep all of the steps first, and then start to assemble.
Start by measuring how long you would like the spider’s legs to be- the spider in this shoot had 18” long legs.

Then double over the length of the wire and measure out 4 pieces. This is the spider’s skeleton, so you want the sections to be twice as long as each leg so you can fold the 4 sections in half, and end up with 8 legs! –you will need the bend in the legs later for attaching them to the Pom Pom body.
Now that you have the wire cut, it’s time to measure the black crepe paper out for each leg. I measured the crepe paper into 5” wide by 18” tall strips- once again you want these to be twice as wide as the width of each spider leg, as you will be folding the crepe paper in half to attach it to the wire.

Preparatory steps for DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Spider Halloween Decoration.{Crafters Hint: Pre-fold!!! EVERYTHING}  The crepe paper needs to be folded in half the long way to help with placement for the wire, and double sided tape application.

The wire will need to be folded in half to help you identify the crepe paper placement. be sure to leave a small amount of space near the bend to use when attaching the legs to the Pom Pom.
First lay a section of crepe paper down, then measure out your double sided tape to fit the full length of the crepe paper. Once you have the tape down, place the copper wire on the tape and then carefully fold the crepe paper in half to conceal the wire {and tape}!  Now, repeat this sequence seven more times!!!

make a DIY tissue paper pom pom spider for Halloween.With all of the legs made it’s time to attach them to the Pom Pom!  Where the exposed wire is bent, twist the bends with your thumb and index finger to make loops between each pair of legs.

Now string all of the loops onto a small piece of wire that you will use to attach the legs to the Pom Pom.  Divide the legs into two groups of four, on either side of the small piece of wire. Then carefully separate the layers of tissue on the Pom Pom to find it’s “waist” & tighten the wire as close to the center as you can.  The tighter the wire is on the Pom Pom, the “perkier” the legs will be!

NOW the fun part!  Cut the open side of the crepe paper on the spider’s legs to give them a fuzzyDIY Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Spider texture.  If you are fortunate & have fringing scissors, then have at it!  If, like me, you are stuck with plain ol’ scissors, turn up the tunes & start cutting!  Be sure not to cut all the way through the leg.
{Crafter’s Hint: Try cutting the crepe paper at two angles to make the fringe uneven. This gives the effect of more layers!}


BONUS feature!!! SPIDER EYES

I ended up adding Eyes to the little buggers because who could resist?!  Their eyes are made using Champagne and Black Tie colored crepe paper. {Fringe lashes optional.}

make a DIY tissue paper pom pom spider eyes for Halloween.Cut 2 3” x 3” section of champagne crepe paper. Trim the edges to make them into round circles.
Then cut 1.5” x 1.5” sections of the black tie crepe paper. Trim the edges to make them into round circles.

Use some double sided tape to attach the black tie to the champagne, and then two small pieces of double sided tape on the back of the champagne to attach the eyes to the Pom Pom.
Voila!- you have made yourself some new friends to greet guests during the Lovely Halloween season!

 DIY paper decoration ideas for Halloween: Paper Jack-O-Lantern & Tissue Paper Pom-pom Spider

All that is left is to string them up using our Black Tie & Tangerine Baker’s Twine… Adorable!

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Photographed by Maia Bissette and Kate Milliken
Edited by Maia Bissette

 

Full Moon Party Ideas and Inspirations!

Posted by on 08/08/2014

There is something so wonderful and festive about celebrating the moon.  After all, it is the moon that connects us with our emotions, and that rhythmic sync guides us through the phases of the night sky, peaking when the moon is full.  We have been blessed this summer with three mega super moons, but this August moon—the most elusive, visceral & powerful, is one that I’m most excited about celebrating. We have been no stranger to that powerful pull of the Lunar presence, and with so many full moon celebrations that will be happening across the globe, we wanted to you give you a special peek at what we are planning for ours.

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There is such wonderful elegance in nature, and being the bohemian dreamer I am, I chose driftwood as the centerpiece for this moonlit, sunset, outdoor dining table.  I surrounded it with succulents, Pillar Candles and Moroccan Style Lanterns, then adorned it with Tea Lights.  Of course, the crowning jewel of this magical scene is the lovely Cyra Mandala Tapestry, which makes for a beautiful bohemian style tablecloth.  The great thing about a moonlit Summer Soiree is you can really get creative with your party decorations!

This weekend’s August 2014 Super Moon will be the closest the moon is to the earth this year!  Across the North America, the Moon will turn full on August 10 at 2:09 p.m. EDT, 1:09 p.m. CDT, 12:09 p.m. MDT and 11:09 a.m. PDT.  This means the best time for viewing and photographing will be Sunday night after sunset.  In the days following, the Perseids Meteor Shower will light up the night sky alongside the waning Super Moon, peaking the 11th through the 13th.

Luna moon inspires laughing to the music of a crackling fire & the fiddling of crickets {as you know they are partying too}.  With this in mind we layer colors, decorative throw pillows, and textures; mixing metals with natural elements and lighting lanterns to match the glow of the moon.
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Please share your Moon Party inspirations with us with #lunabazaardecor!!!

If you love the idea of throwing a full moon dinner party, we recommend checking out this feature via DESIGNLOVEFEST.

Styling & Photography by Angelina
Edited by Maia

DIY Wedding Decoration Ideas: Centerpieces Under $35!

Posted by on 07/15/2014

With wedding season in full bloom, we couldn’t be more
excited to celebrate all the happy couples coming together, which is why we’ve welcomed you all with wedding week 2014!  With the sweetness of love in the air and on the web, this year’s wedding week reflects all the joys of what it means to celebrate a devoted union.  From the overwhelming moments of ecstatic delight to the jovial jive of the dance floor, we’re here to offer up some DIY, budget friendly wedding ideas to ease the planning process so you can make your wedding vision a reality!
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Determine a few things that you deem as essential on your big day and allow
yourself to splurge.  For
some, that would be the photography/videography, for others it may be an
open bar.  That being said, it is important that you are able to enjoy your day without feeling paranoid about your reception spending.  Also, be weary of any DIY ideas that
require you to allocate your time to projects right before the wedding.  The last
thing you want is the stress and hassle of preparing a DIY
photo-booth or a DIY dessert table.
A lot of people offer up amazing ideas about ways to cut
costs by eliminating some component of the wedding celebration.  Instead of
eliminating those components, we’ve designed some solutions that will get you
more bang for your buck!Flowers have been known to be a hefty cost for a wedding, so we’ve come up with an affordable centerpiece solution for under $35 per table {including flowers} that takes minimal time to create to boot!  Considering the average wedding size is about one hundred people, we’ve based our calculations on 10 tables of 10 people.Our centerpiece solution includes a gorgeous Silver Mercury Glass Vase, a Set of 4 Mercury Glass Candle Holders, and darling, affordable flowers.  You can get 6 bunches of Baby’s Breath for around $55 at Sams Club.  For 10 tables of 10 people you will need 5 bunches. This allows for extra just in case!  There are around 10 stems per bunch and you need about 5 stems per vase.  We found that filling the vases with more water was essential to making sure all of the stems were submerged after styling.
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Our elegant and simple centerpiece option is a great way to add an affordable sophisticated touch to your special day!

Check out these ideas for additional matching décor in Silver & Lilac:
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Lilac Purple Honeycomb Paper Flowers with a tuft of Baby’s Breath make wonderful, affordable chair accents.
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Fill a pretty Lilac Purple Favor Bag with chocolate, candies, or other small gifts and pair with our Mercury Glass Silver Bell Place Card Holder to share the love with guests on your special day.
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Make a simple, elegant chandelier with a 20″ Lilac Purple Paper Lantern and a 10″ Wisteria Purple Paper Lantern dangling just below!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our Lilac Purple & Silver Mercury Glass inspiration!  Please note that our Mercury Glass is available in both Silver & Gold, and our Favor Bags, Paper Fan Flowers, and Paper Lanterns are available in a stunning selection of colors.  Visit our Shop By Color Page to see for yourself.  Here’s to Wedding Week and a beautiful Summer filled with love…

As always, we encourage you to share your decorating adventures with us!  Please #lunabazaardecor when sharing your pics on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter.

OH YEAH, please be sure to enter our Dream Wedding Pin To Win Contest for a chance to win a $200 shopping spree!  Click HERE for details!  Good luck & happy pinning!

Styling by Maia & Angelina
Photographed & Edited by Maia Bissette

Wedding Week: Pin to Win Contest!

Posted by on 07/08/2014

As we enter mid-summer with the sound of wedding bells ringing each weekend, we’ve taken the cue with a week dedicated to all things wedding!  Welcome to Wedding Week 2014, my lovely luna friends!

This week we are offering affordable centerpiece options for the budget friendly bride, a Dream Weddings pin to win contest, plus tips and ideas throughout the week to ensure the most blissful of wedding planning!

To kick off Wedding Week 2014, Pin to Win a $200 Shopping Spree at Luna Bazaar! 
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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow Luna Bazaar on Pinterest (If you aren’t already)
  2. Create a Pinterest board that reflects the wedding decorations of your dream wedding!
  3. Include at least 10 items pinned directly from lunabazaar.com on your board —the rest can be anything from anywhere that you’d want at your dream wedding!
  4. When your board is complete, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your Pinterest board so we can check it out!  A favorite will be chosen, and the winner will receive a $200 Shopping Spree at Luna Bazaar!
Deadline is Friday, July 18th at 12pm EST.  Good luck, and have fun pinning!
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