Monday, May 13, 2013

{Girly} Super Hero Decor

Some of you may know that my BFF and I co-founded an organization called BirthMom Buds that provides support to birthmothers and each year, the weekend before Mother's Day we host a retreat and celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina. I really enjoy the task of decorating for the retreat. Each year, we choose a theme each year for the retreat and try to carry it out through out the whole weekend. This being our 9th event, we are starting to get a little more creative and out of the box with our themes and chose this year's theme to be (girly) Super Heroes. Our colors were pink, yellow, lavender, green, and light teal and we created one table in each color.

My Silhouette machine makes creating decor SO easy. I seriously wonder how I ever did this before I had a Silhouette! ha! 

My BFF created some amazing buildings out of cardboard boxes by painting them black and adding and cutting out little windows. Those were the main part of the centerpiece and then I created other things to go around the buildings.

The clock tower is my favorite part of the building. So cute!

To go around the buildings, I created several thing. First up, is the candle holders below. I spray painted them black. The masks are fabric and were made using a simple mask shape from the Silhouette store.

I also took glass vases and spray painted them black. I filled them with beans for weight and then silver shred. I created super hero bubbles (using this shape from the Silhouette store) with different words like "pow," "wow," and "bam." I created a colored bubble and then a slightly larger black bubbled and sandwiched two of the bubbles in between a small dowel rod that I painted black. I applied the letters with pop dots to give it a small bit of dimension.

I think my favorite part of the tables was the girls popping out of the building. This same girl is in the retreat logo. I traced the logo in the Silhouette software and cut just the girl out. She is on a small black dowel and is secured inside the building using floral foam. The initials BMB were cut from black vinyl.

I also printed some super hero themed quotes on colored card stock, framed those in frames we used in a previous year's decor, and placed them around the buildings as well.

The last thing I created for the tables was some table scatter/confetti to sprinkle around the centerpieces. The bubbles are the same shape from the Silhouette store. I used the print and cut feature to create a lot of these easily. Sometimes, creating mass quantities of something using the print and cut feature can be a little tedious so my tip is to print everything all at once and then use two mats. While the Silhouette is cutting, you can be peeling off and getting the next page ready to go in.

Lastly I created a banner using the tag line for the retreat, "Super Birthmoms Unite." I found some printable comic book pages online, then turned them into black and white prints in my photo editing software. Then I cut out triangles and letters in solid block using the Silhouette.

And now, here are some more pictures:

The BFF and I were super pleased at how it turned out!
There we are rocking our super hero attire at our Friday Night Mixer.

(I'm "C Kent" and she's wonder woman!)

This post is part of a monthly Silhouette challenge created by Lauren at The Thinking Closet. Check out the links below for more projects by some talented crafty ladies using their Silhouette machines.
Spring Hoop Home Decor - Daily Dwelling
Girly Superhero Decor - Coley's Corner

Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  We'd love to have you.  Simply contact Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email.

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  1. I love this!!! The table decor looks amazing! I'm sure all the mothers there really appreciated your hard work in creating it.

  2. Wow, Coley! I know I had gotten a preview at some of the pics, but didn't realize the scope of all that you created until now. I'm so impressed! (You really put your Silhouette to work!) I really love the idea to include superhero quotes in the frames...and you and your BFF in costume look fantastic. What a blessing this retreat must have been to so many women. The themed decor just really takes it up a notch! Brava!

    The Thinking Closet

  3. Very Creative use of your Silhouette making for Terrific decor! ;-} (I'll have to read about your Group, as I am an Adoptive Mother - and so very Thankful for the Precious Gift I was given many years ago...!)


  4. Way cool. That looks like a fun party. You've been cutting up a storm there. I hope everyone appreciates all the work you put into this project.

  5. Coleybelle....YOU ROCK!!!! What an awesome theme & decor you created!! It seems you were made for SO MANY different things!! :) But how on Earth are you going to keep topping the year before if you keep setting the bar so high each time!!?? ha ha!! :) Thanks for all that you do, sweet lady! Can't wait to see all the cool pics...though there've been a FEW on FB so far from the retreat of these years coming up, I'm gonna make it there!! :)