Author: Laura

Cactus Prop DIY Tutorial for a Mexican Fiesta Themed Party!

Cactus Prop DIY Tutorial for a Mexican Fiesta Themed Party!

Today I want to share a super easy and inexpensive way to make a cute cactus prop, or table centre for your party! I originally found the idea here and adapted it slightly to fit more with my parties colour scheme and style.  I made it as a centre piece for a Mexican Fiesta dinner party during a ‘Travel’ themed Hen Party. (If you’re having a travel themed party too you can pick up a logo here)

I love this project because it doesn’t require many supplies at all! If you are a hoarder like me you may even already have everything you need, in which case it is totally free to make! Although they are cheap to make, these little fellows can make a real impact when displayed as part of a table setting or as room decor. The template provided with this tutorial will make a cactus that stands roughly 9 inches tall, but it is really easy to adapt and make much larger ones if you fancy.

The Stats

  • Time to make : approx 30 mins (not including paint drying time)
  • Supplies : Cardboard – at least one and a half A4 pages worth, Downloadable template, Craft knife and ruler or scissors, Green acrylic paint (I used Reeves Acrylic Paint in Pale Olive Green which I got from The Range), Black marker pen (I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Graphic), small amount of tissue paper for flower.
  • Costs: Paint – £2.50
  • Total spend – £2.50

cactus-cutout

Use the cactus template provided to cut out the two shapes above in cardboard. I just used an old box that came from Amazon. Once done you will have one cactus shape with arms, and the other just the centre piece. I used a craft knife and ruler to cut the straight parts and then scissors for the bendy bits, which I think made it a bit neater, but you can always just use scissors and you’ll still get a good result.

You will need to cut a slit on each shape so they can fit together.  The slit on the cactus with arms should go down to where its arm begins, and the other should have a slit that goes up to the same place, as pictured above.  The thickness of this slit will depend on the thickness of your card. Mine was about 3-4mm, but it isn’t an exact science. Try slotting the pieces together and you will soon notice if it is too tight and you can just cut a bit more off.

unpainted-cactus-propOnce slotted together, make sure both pieces of card are even at the bottom, if it is wobbly you may need to trim one of them until it is a bit more stable.

Paint the pieces of cardboard and wait for them to dry fully, you may need a couple of coats.

Once it is dry you can start drawing the black lines as shown in the picture below, I used a thinner pen to make the little crosses/spikes.cactus-template-pieces

Make the little flower by folding 6 layers of tissue paper in a concertina, trim the ends to point, tie the middle with string and then pull each layer out carefully. Here is a more detailed video tutorial if you need more help with that. Stick to your cactus with double sided tape.

finished-cactus-prop

And there you have it! I think these little Cacti are perfect for a mexican themed party, or even just as a prop for a cacti lover!

cactus-dinner-setting

If you are planning a Mexican themed party then stay tuned! Because I have some printable Photo Booth props that I will be giving away for free in the not too distant future!

The Henthusiast x

DIY Crown Hair Accessory Tutorial

DIY Crown Hair Accessory Tutorial

Hello fellow hen party lovers! My name is Laura, aka The Henthusiast, and this is my very first post on this here blog! If you’d like to learn a little more about me you can check out my about page.

To celebrate the launch I’m offering my blog readers 10% off all items at my etsy shop until the 23rd Ma, (which you can find here) with the code BLOGLAUNCHDISCOUNT. Just enter the code at the checkout.

I wanted to start off with a pretty universal DIY that can be used whatever the theme of your party, as a cute hair accessory for your hens. Although it would definitely be ideal for wannabe princesses, or those with a passion for all things gold and glittery!

If you need an extra helping hand I’ve also made a video tutorial which can see if you scroll down. Happy crafting!

The Stats

  • Time to make : 5-10 mins per crown
  • Supplies : Gold Duck Tape, Glitter Wrapping Paper, A Bobby Pin, Crown Template, Gluegun, Scissors, Craft Knife, Pen
  • Costs: Duck Tape – £4 from Hobbycraft, Glitter Wrapping Paper – £3 from Tiger, Bobby pins – £1 from the Pound Store
  • Total spend – £8 (I made 8, however only a small portion of the duck tape and wrapping paper was used, so you could make a lot more for the same price, or these supplies could be put towards other crafts! Hurrah!)

Things you will need

How To…

Stick the gold Duck tape to the back of the wrapping paper. Then print off the
crown template (here), cut it out an trace around it onto the duck tape.

tracing-crownCut out the shape you have just traced, making sure that you cut inside the lines you have just drawn. Before you remove the template, use the craft knife to make two tiny slits as directed on the bottom of the crown. This is where the bobby pin will be fixed.

Securing the crown with a glue gun

 

Glue all the way down the ‘half point’ on the glitter side of the paper, and press together until set.

Glueing the crown together

You should now have something that looks like this;

Hen party crown tutorial

To fix the bobby pin in place you need to slide the straight side of the pin through the two holes you just made. Then glue into place. This bit is a little fiddly, try and keep the pin separated so that the glue doesnt stick to both sides of it.

 

Attaching the bobby pin

Once that is done it should look like this! If you found that tricky to follow I’ve made a video of the process so you can make it along with me.

If you want to personalise the crowns further you can always print off your hen party logo and stick them to the front. If you haven’t got a hen party logo yet you can find out how to get one here.

Gold crowns for hen parties with logos

Here we all are wearing our lovely crowns. I’ll tell you what, they’re also very handy to spot the people you’re with if you end up in a busy club or bar like we did! Just follow the crowns!

Hen party with crowns

If you do make yourself some crowns I’d love to see how they turn out, so feel free to hashtag #myhenthusiasm on social media so I can see them!

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back next week with another DIY!

The Henthusiast