Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mod Podge Mania: Graduation Style

Graduation season will soon be upon us, it's creeping up faster than you think! Last year I had the privilege of helping my friend decorate her step daughter's graduation party. Xazmin's second Mod Podge Mania seemed like the perfect time to share with you the projects I made for it. Visit her blog This Is the Year for more projects using Mod Podge.

It was a night time dessert and coffee bar themed party and it was really fun and a sophisticated spin on a graduation party. Margaret had a chocolate fountain with all sorts of fun stuff to dip into it like fresh fruit, pound cake, nutter butters, and rice krispy treats. There was cheesecake and other assorted desserts too. She got coffee to go from Starbucks and had lots of fun flavorings to add; you could have your drink hot or iced.
I made Paige this cute graduation themed box by painting and then decoupaging on paper. I used a chipboard frame to decorate the top lid. For inside I made little journaling cards for guests to write a message to Paige on. She can attach a pictures from the party on the other side of the journaling cards and put them in the box to keep in one place as a memento of the party.This pretty decoupaged frame had felt flowers, buttons, and ribbon "leaves" to decorate it. The directions for the journaling cards was displayed inside during the party. Afterward she can use it for a special picture.
I made her these personalized name letters to display at the party too. I used white rub-ons to add her middle and last name to some of the letters, but they have been removed for posting. I used a variety of ribbon, buttons, and a mini clothes pin to embellish them. I love how her photo is on the letter G. You can find out more on how I make decoupaged letters here.
The last two things I made for the party don't involve using Mod Podge, but I wanted to share the entire party at once. These are the centerpieces I made for the high bar tables Margaret rented for the party. Because it was a coffee bar theme, there are coffee beans inside the vase to hold the sticks in place. Except for the one with her picture on it, I created all the graphics on my computer. I made the patterned paper that says Congratulations Page! that the graduation hat graphic is on, I thought that one came out especially cool. Ideally, I wanted to find a stamp or die cuts to use for this but I didn't see any I liked until a few weeks after the party. Isn't that always how it goes? At least I saved some money, since I used graphics from my MS Home Publishing program.
I shared this in a previous post, for Heidi's scalloped punch craft challenge, but for those of you who haven't seen it. Here it is, it's hard to see the punch because I had to crop way into the one and only picture I have of it. The blue letter backgrounds are actually punched scallop circles.

I had a lot of fun making all the decorations, and using a few different double sided scrapbook papers made it all come together pretty quickly.

12 Friends Said:

*Noelle* said...

all of those things came out soooo good!! i need to get me some modge podge! i really want to make some names like you did:)

hugs,
noelle ♥

Mama King said...

You could plan parties for a living! I love all of it! What beautiful attention to detail!

Xazmin said...

What a fabulous party you put together!

I loved everything...it was so cute, and coordinated, I bet Paige was just thrilled!

Annie said...

Wow, you did a great job. I love everything. You have talent.

Thanks for your comment at my blog.

Kara said...

I love every single project! They are all so darn cute! So clever to fill the vase with coffee beans.

Hadley said...

what fun, cute ideas! too bad I don't know any graduates this year :)

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

WOW...what an amazing party! I LOVE every single thing you did. CUte, cute, cute.

~Amanda

Tanielle said...

So, so cute!!! Love all these projects! You are one creative lady!!!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Katie, All of these projects are such sweet treasures you created! You can tell that you put a lot of time and effort and heart into making it extra special. I'm really in love with the letters for the name...such cute embellishments!

onegirliegirl said...

Awesome mod podge projects!! I'm just getting the bug myself!

Come and visit me, I have an award for you!

xoxo ~Lisa

Martha said...

I love all the projects you made! They turned out really cute! Very creative! :)
Martha

Katie said...

These are very creative projects! I love the letters!

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