My Lash Bash, sponsored by Ipsy and Benefit Cosmetics, was this weekend, and we had a FAN-freaking-TASTIC time!
In the week leading up to my Lash Bash, I spent some time creating some fun DIY decorations. Now that my Bash is over, I wanted to share a little about how I created some fun decor on a very strict budget.
The day before my Bash, I wanted to create a banner, but wasn't sure what to do. My printer was out of ink, and I had already spent all of my party budget, mostly on food. I had checked my Dollar Tree for "Make Your Own" banner kits, or anything bright pink, but my DT didn't have what I was looking for. I looked through my craft shelf to see what I had. My eyes alighted upon my Ipsy shipping envelopes, that I had saved to reuse to ship packages when needed. My stack was pretty tall, and I added up the letters in what I wanted my banner to say: Ipsy (space) Benefit, 12 letters. I counted my envelopes and saw that I had at least six, I knew I could do something fun with them.
Here is how I made this fun banner, step by step:
|Ipsy Envelope Banner|
|Envelopes, duct tape, curling ribbon, butter knife, scissors, pencil, sticky label paper, glass cleaner, sticker adhesive remover and paper towels|
- Medium padded shipping envelopes, one for every 2 letters in your banner phrase.
- Plain paper or sticker paper. I used shipping labels, but any sticker paper or plain paper will work (if using plain paper, a glue stick or spray on glue will be needed).
- Glass cleaner (to help remove the shipping labels
- Adhesive remover
- Pencil or pen
- strong tape (I used duct tape)
|Peel off the shipping labels as best you can, and then spritz with glass cleaner. Let it sit a bit until the cleaner penetrates the paper label.|
|Use the back of the butter knife (non-serrated side) to scrape the label off.|
|I copied the logo from the Ipsy home page, and pasted it into Word. I sized the image to fit the page.|
|When I sized the image up, it was blurry, but that didn't matter- I was going to trace the image, not print it out.|
|You can see here where the adhesive is still on the envelope.|
|Just spritz some on, and let it set a minute or two.|
|Remove the top portion, just under where the flap was stuck to the back of the envelope, and the two sides, close to the seal.|
|Cut right on the bottom fold.|
|Fold the rectangle in half, lengthwise.|
|I made one angled cut, starting at the wide end, and going towards the center fold. This worked really well.|
|Use your first triangle as a pattern to cut the rest of your triangles.|
|As you can see, the label paper I used (something I bought a TON of on eBay years ago) is very easy to see through. Tracing was a cinch!|
|Don't laugh at my tracing skills. I am NO artist!|
|Pencil lines, be GONE with you!|
|Carefully peel the label paper from the backing. Fold over a TINY corner and work your way out. Try not to tear your letters!|
|The sticker paper probably won't let you adjust your letters, so be careful when applying them to your triangles.|
|I tore my tape into skinny strips. I got about 3 tape strips from one regular length of duct tape.|
|My finished banner, all curled up so that it could fit in a picture.|
Until next time, my lovelies, stay AVERAGE!