DIY Sia Costume



Everyone wants to be a celebrity! And when a celebrity basically doesn’t have a face, it turns out you can replicate their look pretty much to a tee.

Photo Credit: The Getty
Photo Credit: The Getty

Sia is the mysterious pop artist behind “Chandelier”, “Elastic Heart”, and the more recent hit “Cheap Thrills”. Her iconic look is based around a collection of wigs with long bangs that cover her eyes. Trying out her look turned out to be a ton of fun, even though I was definitely peeking through the bangs every once in a while in order to not trip on things! Being Sia is the best because:

  1. The only makeup involved is a red lip.
  2. No hair issues either since you just throw on a wig.
  3. The clothes can be any Sia outfit you want! So cheap, y’all.


I bought this black and white wig on Amazon and then purchased a bit of black fabric to make a big bow headband. The rest of the outfit I already had, so this entire costume only cost about $15!


Check out the full DIY below for how to make a Sia oversized bow to finish off your look!

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Gold Circle Artwork DIY


Artwork is something that I don’t think you need to stop acquiring. This is something I learned from my parents growing up, as they would buy one new piece of art for every anniversary. If a room needed refreshing, they would take one piece down and grab another out of storage. Though I love my herringbone brick artwork, I stumbled upon a piece of art that I REALLY wanted for my living room.


This giant, gold circle art piece from High Fashion Home grabbed my attention the moment I saw it. I was completely in love, but I held back from buying it since a $959 price tag wasn’t really in my budget. What I loved about it was it’s size, texture, and simplicity. Attention grabbing, yet subtle and unobtrusive.


I went to Michael’s for some other item, as I usually do, and that day ended up being one of their big canvas sales. I scored a 30″ x 40″ canvas for only $13 and bought a big bottle of acrylic paint to work on recreating my treasured art piece! Looking back, an oil paint would have held its shape more and given the painting even more texture, but using acrylic paint was very cheap and also allowed me to get the same color gold on the frame as on the painting.

To make the painting, I covered the entire thing in white paint. Then, I located the center of the canvas and started painting various shaped dots in a circular pattern, making sure to use plenty of paint to add dimension. To finish off the artwork, I made one of my easy $10 picture frames, bringing the total cost of this project to about $30. At approximately 1/30th of the cost, I think it’s a winner!


Click below for the full DIY for this gold circle artwork.

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Pumpkin Pie Cocktail Recipe




Thanks so much to Oh La La Ali and Degustabox for supporting Bunny Baubles and sponsoring this post. All recipe ideas and opinions about the products are my own.

I’m going to be honest with y’all – I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. I KNOW! AM I EVEN ENJOYING THE FALL SEASON? I guess it’s probably because I make most of my tea and coffee at home, so I’ve never made my way out to Starbucks to try one.

Not to worry though, I am always stuffing myself with pumpkin breads, cupcakes, and any other baked good that can be packed with pumpkin throughout the months of October and November. I think it’s time, however, to introduce a new pumpkin family member to the bunch. The pumpkin pie cocktail.


Pumpkin-y, spiced, fizzy goodness that will warm you up from the inside. I used the Jones Pumpkin Pie Soda from this month’s Degustabox to make this festive, orange drink that get’s a refreshing twist from a bit of lemon juice and a boozy kick from bourbon. It’s even topped with whipped cream, just like pumpkin pie should be! Oh, and for the kids? Pour them a soda straight up with whipped cream so they don’t have to miss out on all the fun.


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Oh, and I got a little help decorating this year from Ali at Oh La La Ali who totally helped me get into the Halloween spirit! She introduced me to her adorable Etsy shop filled with banners and coozies that were right up my alley. Halloween items that include puns? I’d be ghoulish not to spend the mummy and just have her do the dec-gore-ating…

Click below for the simple recipe for pumpkin pie cocktails.

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DIY Oktoberfest Dirndl Costume




October is here which means it is COSTUME TIME! I actually made this for my  Oktoberfest themed birthday party, but it works just as well as a Halloween costume for the upcoming festivities. Really, you can get two events worth of costumes out of this, does it get any better than that?

A dirndl is the traditional outfit that women wear in Germany during Oktoberfest. It consists of a skirt, apron, white peasant top, and a lace up vest. These beautiful outfits are not cheap, however, but there was no way I wasn’t dressing up for a themed occasion. Instead of buying a costume, I decided to make a DIY version for around $30!


I whipped up two skirts for Megan and I during the week before my party. I ended up adding a second layer to the skirt design I had planned to give it a little more volume and character. The apron and peasant shirt were very simple items since the apron is just one piece of floral fabric that is gathered and then sewn to a long, rectangular tie around piece, and the shirt was made with just elastic and a men’s tee shirt! Though the vest looks tricky, I promise it’s not as hard to make as it looks. Grommets, contrary to my belief, are SO EASY to add to a garment. Finishing it off with some frilly lace and colorful ribbons pulls the entire look together and gives it that German charm.

The instructions for every piece are shown below.


For more details on how to make each piece, check out the written tutorial below for my DIY Oktoberfest dirndl costume!

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The Best of Bunny Baubles September 2016

October is HERE! October is one of the best months of the year in Houston. The weather is heavenly, and I’ll be spending every moment I can at outdoor cafes and reading on my porch. Oh, and prepping for Halloween, obviously! Costumes are coming…

September was not without its highlights, though. I had an incredible time celebrating Oktoberfest for my 26th birthday, and I started making comfort food to prep for the Fall season. I’m so thankful for having a whirlwind of a month with a ton of good friends and family.

Check out my September favorites to make sure you didn’t miss anything!

What We Sewed

lace-trimmed-swing-dress-by-bunny-baubles-4 DIY Painted Pun Shirt by Bunny Baubles 5

Embroidered Pillow Case DIY by Bunny Baubles 6

Lace Trimmed Swing Dress || Painted Pun Tee Shirt || Embroidered Tassel Pillow Case

What We Ate

Mushroom Toast Copycat Tout Suite by Bunny Baubles 4

grandpas-herb-roasted-chicken-by-bunny-baubles-4 oktoberfest-cookie-cake-by-bunny-baubles-3


Mushroom Toast || Herb Roasted Chicken || Oktoberfest Cookie Cake || Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

What We Drank


Beer Brewing in a Small Space

How We Partied


How to Throw an Oktoberfest Party

DIY Oktoberfest Heart Cookie Cake


During Oktoberfest, one of the most loved traditions is to buy and take home a lebkuchen, or gingerbread heart cookie, with a special phrase on it. These cookies are strung with ribbons as souvenirs and can be worn around the neck or given to your favorite loved one.

Since I was having an Oktoberfest themed birthday, I knew I needed to include these cute cookies in some fashion, but I really wasn’t too keen on gingerbread. Instead, since it was a birthday and all, I decided to make a heart shaped cake in the form of a lebkuchen!

Using a square pan and a circle pan, you can cut the circle in half and easily make a heart shaped cake. Any cake will do, though I tend to be partial to a yellow, butter cake for birthdays. A chocolate frosting covers the top to look like gingerbread, and piped decorations make the lacy pattern and cute phrase!


To make an Oktoberfest heart cookie cake, follow my instructions below. I’ve also included links the recipe I used for a yellow butter cake with chocolate fudge frosting from Tessa’s Layered cookbook (seriously SO AMAZING).

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How to Throw an Oktoberfest Themed Party






If you’ve been a loyal reader from the start, you will know that we like a good themed party here at Bunny Baubles. After cycling through some of our favorite decades (20s, 60s, and 80s party themes from previous birthdays), Megan and I decided it was time to visit a world-famous festival for some new party inspiration. Willkommen to Oktoberfest!

I visited Germany for the first time about three years ago and fell completely in love with it. The incredible food, welcoming culture, and gingerbread cities drew me in and left me wanting to go back immediately. One thing we made sure to visit while we were there were the beer gardens. Though it wasn’t Oktoberfest when we visited, you could get an idea. Beer being slammed down on to tables in huge mugs (one size only), piles of hot pretzels in baskets, people from all over the world crammed into long tables conversing in a multitude of languages, and blue and white covering every surface imaginable.

Oktoberfest, being a party in definition, makes for the easiest theme! For my 26th birthday this year, I held my own Oktoberfest party complete with food, drink, decor, and traditional games. Check out my party tips below to throw your own celebration. Invite over as many friends as your space can hold, don the tables in blue and white, boil up some wursts, and load up on beer, because it’s the perfect time to throw a party!

Oh, and thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my birthday this year! I am so thankful for having incredible friends and followers who wished me happy birthday.

Oktoberfest Decorations





When it comes to Oktoberfest, blue and white are king. Get long tables with benches or lawn chairs and lay out blue and white tablecloths. Decorate the table with Fall items like pumpkins and leaves, and put out pitchers of pretzels to snack on. I got my tableclothes, German flag banner, plates, napkins, pitchers, etc. at Party City.

Hang up a backdrop and make cute props for your guests to snap a photo with. We went with a beer stein, mustache, German flag, green hat, and some other adorable items.

Blue and white checkered banners or German flags are also traditional, and can be strung above your table or along the walls.

Oktoberfest Food


Overall, a German feast really isn’t that hard to put together and allow your guests to self serve. Boil up bratwursts ahead of time so they are fully cooked, then throw them into a chafing dish to keep them hot all afternoon. Traditional sides like red saurkraut (I made 4 batches for 30 people) and German potato salad (I made 2 batches) can be prepped and then placed into chafing dishes to keep them hot. The recipes I used are linked above and were AWESOME. Make sure to also serve soft pretzels and grain mustard!

For dessert, gingerbread cookies in the shape of hearts are usually strung on strings and hung throughout the beer halls. Instead of cookies (since I’m not a huge gingerbread fan and this was a birthday), I made this cute Oktoberfest Cookie Shaped Cake (tutorial to come!).

Oh, and beer. Lots of beer.

Oktoberfest Games





Most Oktoberfest games are centered around beer and drinking beer, no surprise there. In order to keep the party from getting TOO rowdy, I liked to have a few games that weren’t so focused on the drinking part. I had planned to have the party outside and play corn hole and hammerschlagen, but the weather didn’t cooperate so I hosted a stein holding contest in the kitchen. To play any of these games, see the rules below:

Corn Hole
You set up two corn hole boards (rectangular boards with holes in them) across from each other about 27 feet apart. One player stands behind one board, and the other behind the opposite board. Players take turns throwing four bean bags across the court, trying to get them either on to the board (1 point) or in to the hole (3 points). The first player to 21 wins. The game can also be played with 4 players where teammates stand across from one another and the players on the same side take turns throughout the round throwing their bean bags. Drinking rules: Take a sip of beer every time the other team makes a point. Finish your beer if you lose.

A stump from a tree about 2 feet high is placed in the center of a ring of people. Everyone hammers a nail slightly into the stump and remembers where they placed it. Players take turns flipping a hammer, catching it, and then hitting at the other players’ nails as the hammer comes down from the flip. (Safety glasses are encouraged.) The aim of the game is to hammer everyone else’s nails in so the top of the nail is flush with the stump. The last player with a nail up wins. If a nail falls over the side of the stump, it can be counted “out” if the head of the nail is below the side of the stump. Drinking rules: You must drink a sip of beer every time someone touches your nail. Finish your beer if you get out.

Stein Holding Contest
Two or more large beer steins are filled with beer or water and handed to the contestants. The contestants raise their arms out in front of them parallel to the ground and hold the beer up as long as they can. Your thumb cannot be on top of the handle. The first person to drop their arm loses.

Oktoberfest Outfits



The traditional garb of Germany for Oktoberfest is dirndl for the ladies and lederhosen for the men. Men can get off pretty easy with a pair of brown shorts, a button up shirt, and some suspenders with a piece of paper as a connection point in the front. The ladies have a bit more to do since their outfit consists of a skirt, apron, white peasant shirt, and a laced up vest. I made myself a complete outfit from scratch for pretty cheap (most dirndl’s are pretty pricey!) without spending a whole lot of time. I will be posting a tutorial soon!