May 25, 2012

Pink Deco Mesh Wreath: Video Tutorial & Giveway Results

Video Tutorial: How to make a Deco Mesh Wreath | Baby Shower and Party Ideas by

The results of our first blog giveaway are in! Congratulations to Missy Smith who wins this fun pink and blue mesh wreath. Thank you to all of our readers who helped us reach one million views! We are looking forward to the future with lots of exciting things happening on the blog and at Mardi Gras

If you did not win, here is the video tutorial for creating this wreath on your own. All the supplies for this project are available at Click HERE for a complete list.

Video Tutorial: How to make a Deco Mesh Wreath | Baby Shower and Party Ideas by

Video Tutorial: How to make a Deco Mesh Wreath | Baby Shower and Party Ideas by

SUPPLIES  (To purchase these products from , either click on the  on individual product link or click HERE for a list of all products.)

The estimated total cost of supplies for this wreath is $35 with product left over.

Deco Mesh, work wreath forms, ribbon and glamour rope come in many colors, finishes and patterns, so be creative and change up the colors and supplies for this wreath to customize it for your occasion or holiday.
Video Tutorial: How to make a Deco Mesh Wreath | Baby Shower and Party Ideas by

Deco Poly Mesh is a versatile material that is perfect for making DIY wreaths or garlands. It is waterproof and holds its shape, and comes in many colors.  This pink and blue wreath works well for a baby shower or birthday.

For more deco mesh ideas and tutorials, see our past blog posts.

May 22, 2012

1 Million Views Wreath Giveaway!

Million Views Deco Mesh Wreath Giveaway |

We hit 1 million! Mardi Gras Outlet's Party Idea Blog has reached 1 million all time views! Thanks a million for staying tuned to our tutorials and crafting ideas. We are celebrating by giving away the deco mesh wreath shown above. Want it for free? Simply comment on this blog post, and we will pick a random lucky winner.

We will announce the winner later this week along with the video tutorial for creating this fun pink and blue mesh wreath. Good luck! 


Congratulations to Missy Smith who won this pink and blue deco mesh wreath!

CLICK HERE for our step-by-step video tutorial on how to make your own wreath.

May 14, 2012

Stars n' Stripes Snack Cups: Free Printable

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School is almost out for the summer! Celebrate the arrival of the lazy days of summer with a Memorial Day barbecue or backyard picnic. These patriotic Stars n' Stripes snack cups in red, white and blue are a cute, budget friendly party idea that will wow your guests. Easy DIY paper cups are convenient and portable containers for pretzels and other fun snack foods. Use the free download (available here) for these printable snack cups!

Click on the link above to download the printable free PDF template. You will need a PDF reader( available here for free). 

Print out as many as you need on your home printer onto 8.5"x11" copy paper or card-stock. You can  also save the file and have them copied on a color copy machine at your local copy center.

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Cut out the half-circle template, and then roll it into a cone shape. Make sure that the paper edges overlap by a few inches, and line-up at a red stripe. Staple or tape the cup together.

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Once you have made the cups, stack them up next to bowls of snacks on the table. And let your guests fill them up during your party.

Or have them filled with fun party snacks. We found these great vintage rustic wooden coke crates that held the snack cups perfectly. A pretty presentation and easy to grab snack on the go!

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Snacks with family and friends- Let the good times roll this summer! Enjoy!

May 8, 2012

DIY Patriotic Fireworks Centerpiece

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Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are just around the corner, so set the stage to celebrate with a crafty DIY fireworks centerpiece! This red, white and blue table decoration is an easy and safe way to add fireworks to an outdoor party or barbecue. To see how to make it, keep scrolling for our tutorial which uses deco flex tubing ribbon.

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To purchase these products from, click on the individual product link below or click HERE for a page listing of all products.


This centerpiece takes less than 1 hour to make. These products cost aproximately $30 with product left over to make additional centerpieces or decorations.

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STEP 1: Make the Base 
The clear plastic centerpiece base plate and column come separately, so you will have to insert the column into the base. Before filling the column, tape the underside of the base to keep the beads from falling out through the center hole.

With the red, white and blue Mardi Gras beads, layer in each color of beads to fill the centerpiece column. You may have to cut some strands to make the bead layer evenly. 

STEP 2: Make the Fireworks Puffs 
Gather the ends of the red, white and blue deco flex ribbon and hold in one hand.

Make a loop with all three colors at once and hold in the same hand. The loop should be about the same length as the loose ends of the ribbon. Form another loop with all three colors. Keep making loops, going back and forth about 8 to 10 times, holding them in one hand.

*This fireworks puff is about 4-inches wide, but we made a variety of sizes for the centerpiece, from only 2-inches wide to about 10-inches.

Now cut a short length of tubing and tie tightly around the center of the loops, where you have been holding. 

Cut the end of each loop you made on both sides.

It should look like this once you have cut all of the loops. Fluff out the puff to make it look rounder.

STEP 3: Attach Wire 
Cut a 12"-18" length of aluminum craft wire and twist one end around the fireworks puff.

Cut a piece of white deco flex tubing ribbon and insert the wire through the middle of the tube, to hide the wire. The ribbon should be about the same length as the wire.

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STEP 4: Make more puffs 
This centerpiece has 7 fireworks. Each puff has different color combinations and are different sizes to give variation to the centerpiece. 

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STEP 5: Insert into the centerpiece base 
Now you can stick the wire ends into the column. As you add each firework, turn the centerpiece to make sure it looks good from all angles.

For the two taller and larger fireworks, insert the wire into the sturdier plastic balloon sticks instead of the deco flex tubing.

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You could also use these fireworks individually. Fill a mason jar with sand, and insert one fireworks spray. Make several of these to decorate longer tables or dessert bars.

The same fireworks spray was used to make this red, white and blue wreath. Click here to see the tutorial on how to make the burlap ribbon wreath. 

We hope you have a safe and memorable
Memorial Day celebration!


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