backdrops, Crafts, diy, paper flowers, Party decor, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Best Tips for DIY Paper Flowers.


Making paper flowers is an art, and you’ll realize this almost immediately. The first time you make a paper flower you will think, “wow, that was easy”. But it’s not until you master the skill when you’ll see the difference in your first flower, to the rest that follow. You’ll learn where to place the petals, how to attach the back for specific hanging methods (which is the hardest IMO). I’m hoping this will help you avoid mistakes and best of all, save you time.

  • Chose your petals accordingly, for example; heart-shaped petals are great for making roses, longer pointed petals make daisies.
  • Prep your petals. You will need to cut a slit on the bottom of the petal, and then glue one side on top of the other to create a crease. You will also need to curl the edges. Curling the edges is a very important step because it gives the flower texture and creates a more realistic look. Curling the edges requires a bit of care that you don’t rip the paper, and depending on your petal, you may need to use a thicker tool to curl the edges with. For example, you may curl smaller flower petals with a pencil but larger petals may need a thick poster marker as a curling tool.


  • A lot of tutorials that you find online will only use 3 layers of petals. You’ll have a small, medium, and large. If you add a 4th (even 5th) layer, your flower will look much fuller and so much better especially if you are going for a rose look. Don’t forget the center of the flower, which can either be a fringe ball or a mini flower in itself.
  • For a full flower you can plan on using up at least 15-20 sheets of 8.5”x11” paper per flower. It may be more if you want to add leaves/vines. Keep this in mind if you will be selling your creations (paper/supplies + time).


  •  Use a hexagon to best help center your petals, otherwise, they’ll end up crooked. Example: your row of small petals will be too far to the left. Also, make sure your hexagon is large enough to support the size of the flower you want.
  • Depending on where you will be hanging your flowers, you need to figure out which backing will work best for you. If you have a foam backdrop, pins do the job quite well. If you have a curtain, you may want safety pins. Floral wire is probably the most common because it easily bends and can be attached to various backdrops.


  • It’s best to attach your backing to your center before you assemble the flower and not after. As you glue the petals to your center, it will also adhere with the backing and create a sturdier bond for hanging.
  •  Don’t forget that the location of your backing makes a difference when hanging your flower. If you place your backing in the middle of the flower and don’t have a sturdy backdrop, such as a curtain, your flower may droop downward. In this case, try placing the backing toward the top of the hexagon center.
  •  Hot glue is definitely a time saver as opposed to regular school glue/tacky glue. Hot glue sets a lot faster and you won’t have to sit there waiting for the glue to dry in order to attach the next petal. Just be prepared for some minor burns.
  • If you will be displaying your flowers outdoors in hotter climates, your flowers may start to come apart due to high temperatures. You may want to invest in a heavy-duty glue that can withstand higher temperatures.


  •  Hanging and arranging the flowers is not as easy as it looks. A lot of times, the display looks too empty. In order to fix this problem, you need to make sure that you have different size flowers OR leaves/vines to fill in the gaps.


Hopefully these tips help you in your DIY journey of making paper flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!



Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Crafts, Organization, Party Supplies, Small Business

To Do List; Can’t Function Without It.

This past holiday weekend had me all over the place. The kids were out of school, the Man Hunk was off from work. That meant more cooking, cleaning, and yelling LOL! I wouldn’t have been able to get through the weekend without my “things to do” list.


This “things to do” list is the latest template I designed to go with the Monthly Content Planner and Blog Post Planner set. The set is designed to help keep you focused and on track.

For example, I used the Monthly Content Planner way ahead of time to organize all of my social media content so it will go along with the items I’ve been wanting to release. The project for this week was cake toppers.

Monthly Content Planner I knew that I would be busy with the production of the cake toppers, so on my Monthly Content Planner I had planned to post “sneak peeks” to my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook pages. It allowed me to have something quick and easy to post while not fully giving away all of the details.  

Next, I used my “Things To Do” list to keep me on track for those couple of days that I was working on this project. It may not seem like it, but a lot goes into promoting these items. For example, here’s a glimpse at my process:

Planning (Content Planner/Project Planning)

Design Projects


Photograph and Edit

List Items in Etsy Shop

Promote on Social Media


This is a basic structure and there really is more to the list you see up above. Using my cake topper project again as an example, taking these pictures required me to bake and decorate an actual cake LOL! I literally had to tell my peeps not to touch the cake until after I was done taking the photo’s. Then I realized that my 3-year-old would not understand my struggle, so I baked two cakes just so they could dig in to one and leave my prop cake alone. Let’s not even talk about the set up. See my previous Flat Lay post for reference. But, here’s a behind the scenes look just for shits and giggles:


Once I was done listing these items to my Etsy shop and promoting the items on social media, I wanted to share a bit of this process and that’s when the “Blog Post Planner” came into play. As you can see, these items require a lot of planning and execution; without my templates I wouldn’t have been able to stick to my desired time frame. I’ve figured out a way to plan ahead and this works great for me. If you need help planning for your business check out my templates here:

Monthly Content Planner

Things to Do

Blog Post Planner

Thanks for stopping by, I will catch you all up on the next one!


Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards, Like a Boss!

I’ve officially released 2018’s lineup of Valentine’s Day cards on my Etsy shop: Jazelle86-Paper Designs.

Explicit Content, not for those easily offended.

Valentine’s day is around the corner. We expect flowers, chocolate, candy, gifts, blah blah blah. It’s literally the easiest day to not fuck up. Just stick to the protocol and all is well in the world.

After a couple years with the same valentine, you want to get creative. Or, what if your valentine decided to pull some dumbaserry the day before? What if you want to get your bff’s a little something too?

Well, check out my Etsy shop: Jazelle86-Paper Designs  for the solution to all of your V-day moods. There’s even a few bilingual cards that made the cut.


You may want to get more than one, just in case all of the shitheads that you love and adore in your life expect a little something.


Don’t forget a card for that one fucker too! You may never hear the end of it.


Those pendejos will be expecting a card as well. Can’t leave them out!


Just in case that bih shows up with your money, you should have a card on hand.


I’d say it would be wise to order a few of these, you never know might show up on V-day.

There’s always a back up, in case your valentine gets it together real quick and you want to be lovey dovey.

Check out the Etsy collection here: Jazelle86-Paper Designs

Leave a comment and let me know which card is your favorite!!

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Crafts, Party Supplies, Small Business

Benefits of my Etsy Shop: Jazelle86

I’ve had a great start to selling on Etsy (In my Opinion). Making sales has been the easiest on Etsy due to the no hassle transactions. Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced by selling on Etsy.


Prepaid Orders

When a customer wants my product, they simply order it, pay, and wait for it to arrive. I prefer to have the security of having a product paid for before I start making it, so Etsy is definitely my preferred sales platform. There’s nothing worse than to have a customer place an order and then cancel.


Easy Shipping/Delivery 

I work hard to make sure all orders go out in a timely manner. Most of my items ship within 1-3 days. Since the customer already paid for the shipping costs, it’s really easy for me to print the label at home and either hand deliver it to my mail person, or take it to the post office down the street. Scheduling meeting places/times is very inconvenient for both myself and my client. I’ve also had the misfortune of having a customer reschedule about 3 times and then not showing up….ever!!


Custom Order Request

Many of the listings on my Etsy shop started out as someone else’s item. For example, a friend ordered a Moana Birthday Theme  banner and it came out great, so I added the item to my Etsy shop in case someone else would like to purchase it. So far, I’ve sold about 6 more.

But what happens if the client wants to add a cake topper or photo props?

Etsy has a feature where the client can click on “request custom listing” button and you then start a conversation about what the client would like which may not have been listed on the shop. You can then create a custom listing for the client and they will receive the link and proceed to an easy checkout.

This feature has made it easy to create a quick custom listing for client’s who are either adding or changing details on already listed content.



Many customers check reviews before purchasing from your shop. It’s important that you ask for this feedback as well. When I ship out orders, I add a shipping label and I write a personal note as well as a request for the client to add a review. Not all customers will take the time to review your shop but some do and that’s what counts.


♥  Leave a comment with an item you would like to see on the shop!!!



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Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Going all out!

This past weekend I was thrilled to get a big order for babyshower decorations. This order included a floral backdrop, photo frame and photo props. 

This babyshower had a garden/tea party theme which included light pinks and beige with some gold. Initially we were going to go with a curtain backdrop to go with the flowers. 

Luckily, I had access to a roll of artificial grass and I wanted to go for the grass backdrop. It’s really easy to have all the visions and ideas 💡 but once you start putting it all together, it’s a lot of work. 

I purchased two 4’x8′ foam boards from The Home Depot (I ended up just using 1). I also purchased heavy duty adhesive to glue the artificial grass onto the foam board. Please be aware that most of these adhesives recommend a 24hr period to “cure”. Luckily I started early and I placed my foam board, with the adhesive and artificial grass, in the sun which cut down the time it took to “cure”. 


I used a frame made of PVC pipes and zip ties to hold the foam board. Also, I added bricks to the back legs of the frame for extra support. The curtains helped hide the piping and the edges of the foam board. 

After that, it was pretty easy to attach the paper flowers. I just used floral pins and it held together really well. 

I used some of the same colors for the photo props and the floral photo frame. They complimented the theme pretty well. 

I’m not surprised at all that I challenged myself to do this type of backdrop. However, I’m definitely not going to start building a backdrop the day before. Lol. I literally worked all day from morning to night on this thing. Thank God it came together as well as it did. 🙌🏼🙂

Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Mermaid Highchair Banner…


Mermaid themed birthday’s are in right now and I finally got around to making my version of a highchair banner. I grew up on Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and I knew that I wanted my mermaid to be the one and only Ariel for this project.


I started off with the blue and gold pennants using my Cameo Silhouette 3 cutting machine. Then I added the red cardstock to make Ariel and the letters for my seashell.


Everything on this banner was layered on. You can imagine how tedious it is to glue on those thin strips of gold glitter paper to the cardstock. I’m very careful not to leave any visible glue residue, I use a scraper to remove any glue that sticks out.


I’m working on my photography skills, so I really have to practice my staging. But, I think with more practice I’ll be getting there. Pretty soon I will be able to have content just as good as the best of them hahaha. Watch out world!!



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Crafts, Party Supplies

Minnie Mouse Highchair Banner


Aren’t first birthdays just extra special?? Of course they are. First of all, a birthday bash is costly and the host enjoys it the least! Because of this, many people (including myself) only throw big birthday parties for milestone birthdays…first birthdays included.


This banner is shorter than what I usually make because this is intended to be used on a highchair. It’s about 24” for the length of the pennants and has an additional 11” of ribbon on each side. All of the shapes were cutout using my Cameo Silhouette 3 machine.


The number can be customized to all ages, and the ribbon can be made longer for a larger hanging area. The colors go beautifully together and I really like using glitter paper because it pops out in photo’s.

This item is now available on my Etsy shop:

Thank you so much for stopping by. Follow me on Instagram for special sneak peeks at projects I don’t always post here: #Jazelle86.

Crafts, Godzilla, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Godzilla Birthday Theme…

IMG_6028 A few years ago, before I had my cutting machine, my son asked me for a Godzilla themed birthday party. I was like “sure, ok”. But I was really thinking “why can’t they pick a theme that’s easy to find at a local party supply shop”? Luckily a friend of mine, who has the Cricut, was able to help. She made a banner and a photo prop. It just adds that extra touch so everything comes together.

Since I got my Cameo Silhouette, I’ve been making all kinds of crafty messes in my living room. I recently had some spare time and started an Etsy store: I wanted to make a Godzilla birthday bundle because I know that there are other Mother’s out there who are looking for ideas on how to make this theme a reality.


I decided to go with a Godzilla silhouette. I think that the silhouette keeps the image and color scheme simple. In my bundle, I include the following:

  • Birthday Banner
  • (2) Pinwheels
  • (2) Circle Garlands
  • (24) Cupcake Toppers + (1) Godzilla Cupcake Topper for the birthday boy. (image not included).



I was pretty happy with the finished product. Hopefully there’s a child out there who will be able to enjoy this for his birthday in the future. What do you guys think?