I stopped by WBAL this morning to show how to make festive Preakness party ideas and decorations. Everyone was in full Preakness spirit wearing their pretty dresses, Preakness hats and Fascinators. Here are the projects I showed and some of them can be made with things you may already have around your house!
It is difficult to find fabric black-eyed Susans in the craft stores so I decided to create my own. These are made from plastic water bottles. I also printed out the Maryland flag and attached it to the front of a vase using double-sided tape.
It is always fun to have a festive sign for the occasion. I created this chalkboard from cardboard, chalkboard paper and wood scrapbooking paper. To learn how to easily make your own bistro style chalkboard, check out this video I made showing how - DIY Bistro Style Chalkboard
I made this Preakness trophy using things I already had – an old bottle, craft foam, ribbon , rocking horse accents, 3D fabric paint and silver spray paint. This is what it looked like before I painted it. It didn’t matter if everything was not silver, I used different ribbons for the texture. Once I painted it, you couldn’t tell that the ribbons were brown.
You can’t have a Preakness party without a lucky horseshoe. I made this horseshoe gift bag from craft foam and attached the horseshoe to a close pin to secure the bag. This is what it looked like before I painted it and added black-eyed Susans.
Since the Preakness is the second jewel in the triple crown, I decided to make one. I used craft foam, gems and 3D fabric paint. I also made the black-eyed Susan blanket from dollar store yellow flowers and glued pom poms to the center to make them look like black-eyed Susans. This is the crown in its early stages of development.
Here is an easy way to dress up your party. Cut the edges of a large yellow plate to look like petals and attach a smaller black plate on top with double-stick tape. Voila…you have a simple, easy to make black-eyed Susan plate.