A crafty bachelorette party

What's a crafty bachelorette party? Well it's kind of like a regular crafty get together except the craft is folding paper penises. Add in paper flower craft and you can create bouquets, crowns, or corsages for the bride to be. And when you're crafting "origami penises" there's bound to be some laughter.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting the crafty bachelorette party pictured in this post for two of my gal pals with upcoming weddings. This was a pre-party on a Saturday afternoon to make bouquets that they can take out on the town during their individual celebrations. 

None of the gals in attendance had ever made paper flowers so I gave a little tutorial. Everyone did great! Each guest folded a penis and made a flower to contribute. Some opted to embellish their paper penis with tattoos and piercings. Scroll through the pics to see all their fabulous creations. 

At the end of this post is everything you need to know about hosting your own crafty bachelorette.

  Decorate, cut, fold, and glue.

Decorate, cut, fold, and glue.

  Making flowers.

Making flowers.

  The brides holding their crafty creations.

The brides holding their crafty creations.

  Paper penises in all their glory, drawn on, taped, decoupaged, and pierced!

Paper penises in all their glory, drawn on, taped, decoupaged, and pierced!

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  I finished off the bouquets by wrapping the stems with ribbon.

I finished off the bouquets by wrapping the stems with ribbon.

Want to have a party of your own? You're gonna need some templates! (Includes instructions).

You can incorporate paper penis craft into your party in a number of ways and I lay out some options below. Also an FYI; there were 10 girls at the party I hosted and we created enough paper penis's and flowers for two bouquets. You can get a lot done with crafty team work.

Basic activity
Have the crafting be one component of an evening/day/weekend of fun. As a game alternative have everyone decorate and fold a paper penis. Hole punch and attach a pipe cleaner stem. Pair the penises with pre-bought fake or real flowers to create your bouquet. Tie the bouquet together with a ribbon. (Allow for 1 hour of crafty fun. You can especially keep this activity to an hour if there is some prep work done ahead of time to cut out the parts).

  Glue a paper flower center inside the paper penis or use a hole punch and pipe cleaners to create stems.

Glue a paper flower center inside the paper penis or use a hole punch and pipe cleaners to create stems.

Advanced
The full shebang. Make the whole party about dirty crafts and spend an evening or afternoon folding paper penises and making flower craft. Instead of pipe cleaners use the floral wire technique in the above picture.

Paper flower craft resources
— Check out the post I wrote about the book Paper to Petal. It's full of options and flower petal templates.
— You could make a flower and penis crown instead of a bouquet. Honestly WTF has this great tutorial that could be modified. She demos several types of flowers. Note that she uses glued crepe to secure her flowers and stems instead of floral tape. For a beginner using floral tape will be easier.
— If you really want to customize your color palette you can dye your crepe paper!

Paper penis materials
Templates!
— Scissors (if you don't own a ton like me ask guests to bring there own)
Glue sticks OR a tub of Yes! Glue. Perfect for paper crafts. Apply with q-tips or craft sticks.
— Things to decorate with (Markers, colored pencils, stickers, washi tape, etc.)
— Hole punch
— Green pipe cleaners for stems
— Ribbon to tie the bouquet together

Optional materials
— Some of my friends were more comfortable with x-actos, rulers, and cutting matte 
— Flower craft supplies (crepe paper, tissue paper, floral tape, floral wire, pips, cotton balls)

Bonus tips and tricks
— It's likely not all the guests will have the same crafty skills. Prep some penises ahead of time so there are options for all skill levels.
— If you make paper flowers I recommend choosing the paper in a limited color palette so everything coordinates.
— During the opening of gifts save all the ribbons and notions so you can incorporate them into the Penis bouquet. 
— At the party I hosted I served fondue along with phallic vegetables because it seemed like the most crafty food one could serve. Well, let's just say there were lots of giggles and wincing when we pulled our vegetables from the cheese. I've got tons of pics here of penises but the fondue photos make me blush so I'm going to spare you. It was however hilarious.

Lastly if you love the idea of the paper penises but aren't throwing a bachelorette party I also sell them as individual cards.

Monster mash, baby bash!

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Over the weekend I was one of three hosts for a close friends baby shower. My responsibility was of course decorations. The shower was Halloween themed. I loved thinking of baby girl twists on traditional icons. Check out all the decorating challenges and triumphs below.

In case you ever want to create similar decorations I'll share some details on what they're made out of and level of time commitment.

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The event took place in the UCSF Mission Bay campus housing community room. When thinking about decorations I knew my main challenge would be filling a large space that was mainly a blank canvas but also slightly institutional feeling. I wanted to make sure the decorations would enliven the space.  

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This bunting was a simple solution for creating a low-cost decoration that could be created en masse. I designed the jack-o-lantern faces and laser printed them on orange 8.5 x 11 paper. When I first conceived of using a pacifier mouth I imagined it would look cute. Turns out it looks creepy.

The other image is a bat. It was a challenge to be a host and photographer so I didn't get a good shot of those. I am less excited with how they turned out as it was a last minute idea to have bats hanging from the ceiling.

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I also created ghost garland with tissue and crepe paper. This project was fairly simple but much more time consuming than the bunting.

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The crepe paper bunches are looped and twisted at the top. They're secured with floral tape. The ghosts are tied at the neck with string and accented with a small crepe paper bow. The eyes are made from hole punched paper amd secured with glue.

  Closer detail of the baby girl ghost.

Closer detail of the baby girl ghost.

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Many of the tables were decorated with baby girl pumpkins and advise jars. The pumpkins were painted with acrylics and were a low-cost, low-time project so long as you already have the basic supplies. I've had the same tubes of acrylic paint for 14 years so highly recommend having some in a craft supply arsenal. 

 

  I'm getting pretty good at writing H and As. 

I'm getting pretty good at writing H and As. 

These toothpick cupcake toppers were one of the more tedious projects mainly because I wanted to make them two sided. There were two cutting steps and two glueing steps. A 1 inch circle punch would have simplified things. I need to add that to my tool kit. The cute pictorial fronts are a printable designed by Lia Griffith. She has lots of printables that can help simplify party decorating.

  Unfortunately I didn't get a pic before the majority of the cupcakes were eaten.

Unfortunately I didn't get a pic before the majority of the cupcakes were eaten.

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This last craft was another last minute inspiration that turned out to be the fastest craft to make (30 mins for 40 bags). I love how they turned out. It's not often I get to use my spider stamp. I added the web trail with a black drawing pen.

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I was in a Halloween craft marathon for the majority of this month. The end result was a successful baby bash. 

For the crafty bachelorette

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This is the story of how I've come to be selling paper penises on the internet.

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In the spring of 2012 I had a bachelorette party to attend. As you may have figured out I try to find ways to incorporate a hand crafted touch when gift giving. I'd been interested in paper toys and had recently bought a book to look at construction to eventually make my own. I never expected the first toy I would make would be of the adult variety but it was an easy decision to make my friend a paper penis for her party. 

  My first prototype was a gift topper that could convert into a wrist corsage for the evening.

My first prototype was a gift topper that could convert into a wrist corsage for the evening.

Notice anything missing in my first prototype? Yeah, that's right, balls. BALLS! is exactly what screamed in my head when I arrived to the party and was confronted with penis paraphernalia everywhere. The gals still thought it was hilarious though the guys on the town were a bit confused. 

  My original bouquet a little beat up after a night on the town.   

My original bouquet a little beat up after a night on the town.   

The summer brought another bachelorette party to attend. I'd had more time for prototyping and crafting so I gave my friend this lovely bouquet. She clutched it the whole night. The bride's fiancee made a surprise appearance to serenade her with a karaoke song and her parting words to him were "Did you see my bouquet?!" 

  My prototypes had some skin/hair illustrations that I did away with in the final piece for simplicity of printing and template construction. 

My prototypes had some skin/hair illustrations that I did away with in the final piece for simplicity of printing and template construction. 

The thing about bachelorette parties is they can be a bit over the top with condom adorned veils and blow up penis dolls. That kind of party isn't for every bride. Another friend of mine banned penises entirely from her party. How about something in the middle? On a more personal level I know someday for myself I'd want something more in the middle of the risque dial and you know I'll definitely be a crafty bachelorette.

I had enough positive feedback from my prototypes that I knew I wanted to fully flush out the idea and create something that could be given to brides and used with any tolerance level of a penis party. I've played a lot of party games at bachelorette parties but it seems what is also missing is some party crafts. 

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Keeping those couple things in mind I focused on creating a template that could be used as a full on party craft or given on it's own. Ready to be doodled on or bedazzled. I've paired the template with a greeting card for easy gift giving. Since it's not always possible to attend the bachelorette party it can be mailed to far away crafty brides. It's a fun way to contribute to the sentiments of a last hoorah. 

  It was important to me that I use a bright fun color that wasn't pink.

It was important to me that I use a bright fun color that wasn't pink.

  I'm wearing my serious printing face as it had been some time since I'd printed on a Vandercook. This job was a little to large to print on my personal press so I used the wonderful new facilities at San Francisco Center for the Book.

I'm wearing my serious printing face as it had been some time since I'd printed on a Vandercook. This job was a little to large to print on my personal press so I used the wonderful new facilities at San Francisco Center for the Book.

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I printed these at the end of April just in time to sell at my Arch pop-up shop and just over a year after my initial idea conception. My mom took the above printing pics. She assisted me in printing these cards which is never how I would have predicted this project would go. She and my dad also spent one evening folding penise to help me refine my template directions. Picture two almost sixty year olds and penis craft while drinking a glass of wine. It should be less painful for you to imagine since they're not your parents. 

  Gold!

Gold!

There are a few product variations for this card. It can be purchased as a single card or as a party pack of 6 or 10. The party packs come with ideas for incorporating into the bachelorette festivities. 

 Print Details
Card: French Paper Company; 100C Dur-o-Tone Steel Grey and 100C Pop-Tone Blu Raspberry.
Envelope:  French Paper Company; Pop-Tone Blu Raspberry.
Template: Mohawk Paper; 65C Skytone Natural and Brown Vellum
Inks: Gold and Silver

 

Drunk cat craft

This post is brought to you by my tipsy friends. I received a coloring book for my birthday and as a result I am now a strong advocate for drinking and crafting.

These last two are my sober colorings. I’d forgotten how relaxing coloring can be, especially coloring while laying in a patch of sun.

Colorist credits kept anonymous to protect the innocent and also because I don’t know who to thank for these beautiful creations.