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    We Love to Party — eucalyptus

    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

     I’m in love with eucalyptus and I’m not afraid to admit it. You’ve seen the greenery trend all over weddings and home décor, but today I’m showing you how to incorporate it into a birthday party. The inspiration behind these fun greenery covered hoops came from a family member who had ideas of a eucalyptus birthday for her one year old but couldn’t find the right accessories and décor to match her vision. One quick trip to Michaels and a few hours later I had these 5 hoops done and the party was half way decorated! Read on for the easy to follow tutorial and photos.


    Step One:

    • Assemble your supplies. You’ll need embroidery hoops (I bought these from Amazon), fake greenery (bought mine from Michaels), sharp scissors, floral tape, and a hot glue gun.

     supplies for greenery covered embroidery hoops tutorial blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Two:

    • Separate the greenery from the stems. You may need to cut them if they don’t pull off easily.

     eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Three:

    • Repeat until all the leaves are in a pile.

    pile of leaves for greenery hoop tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Four:

    • Arrange your greenery using varying sizes and types of leaves being sure to cover up the metal piece on the side of the hoop

     eucalyptus and greenery wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Five:

    • Using a combination of the tape and hot glue, secure the greens to the hoop in the design you decided on in the last step

     covering the hoop with leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeksback of the hoop covered in leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Tada! Here's all 5 of my completed hoops.


    all 5 finished hoops from eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    To hang:

    • I wanted these hoops to appear to be floating, so I used fishing wire and simply threaded the wire through the top blind then tied it in a knot around the hoop. You can also use twine for an even more dramatic look!

    embroidery hoops with fake leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks


    eucalyptus first birthday party ideas blog post by sweet chubby cheeks


    I think the final result was fantastic, and my friend was so happy with the entire look for her daughter's eucalyptus first birthday party. You can read more about it and see more photos in the blog post here.

    Happy Making!


    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    To say I’m in love with this minimalist, greenery birthday party doesn’t even come close to capturing how I feel about it. I’m, like, obsessed with how cute this theme is and I cannot wait to spam you with all the sweet photos of Peyton’s First Birthday!

    Peyton’s Mom came to me frustrated at the lack of decorations she could find for her daughter’s first birthday. She wanted a certain look with crisp white, silver, and green eucalyptus and could see it in her mind but wasn’t able to find it at a store. That’s where I stepped in! If you’ve ever worked with me before you know that’s my specialty! Handmade, one of a kind products that you can’t find anywhere else? Now that’s my cup of tea. 

    After we sent a few ideas back and forth and pictures of the event space, I knew 2 things were for sure happening. #1. I was putting up a giant balloon garland, and #2 I was making these greenery covered embroidery hoops to hang by the window. (If DIYing is your kind of thing head over to the blog post linked here to get a step by step tutorial on making the hoops, and the blog post here for a tutorial on the balloon garland!)

    eucalyptus and greenery birthday party by sweet chubby cheeks

    At the heart of this theme was eucalyptus, but she took it a step further in the invitations, cupcake toppers, and décor with more beautiful greenery. The table was lined with this gorgeous eucalyptus strand she picked up at Hobby Lobby, and the felt letter board hung out in the corner of the table. After we snapped a few photos this table became appetizer central and the backdrop of greenery hoops and balloon garland made it the perfect centerpiece of the party. You all know I’m a firm believer in just decorating one area of the party and this one was no different.

     greenery covered embroidery hoops hanging from window behind dessert table blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    greenery wreath or eucalyptus wreath cupcake toppers for first birthday by June and Dot

    letter board for happy birthday peyton sign at birthday party for girls first birthday blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    For Peyton’s cake smash at her high chair I made a garland of eucalyptus stems to hang from the front, and then layered it with our cardstock ONE banner. Look at that color combo with the wood highchair! It was exactly what Mom had in mind.

    greenery first birthday or eucalyptus first birthday high chair banner ideas by sweet chubby cheeks

    A few days after the party we hung them up and did a fun one year old photo session with another cake smash. It turned out pretty cute, too! Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

     modern minimalist first birthday photo session with banner by sweet chubby cheeks

    eucalyptus wreath by which goose for eucalyptus photo session of first birthday girl by sweet chubby cheeks

    The darling eucalyptus crown she’s wearing is from Which Goose on Etsy. You can shop it here. (affiliate link)

    silver one letter balloon set for a first birthday cake smash in wood highchair. blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Our silver ONE balloon set was hung on the wall behind the high chair and added the perfect amount of color to the photos.

    first birthday cake smash photo session for a minimalist eucalyptus birthday party theme by sweet chubby cheeks

    Check out that little spoon – Peyton wouldn’t dive in with her hands but once we gave her the spoon she was all about that cake!

     eucalyptus first birthday party ideas for girls by sweet chubby cheeks

    I hope you all loved the eucalyptus theme and found some good inspiration for your next party. Join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when a fun new blog post goes live!


    Xoxo, Megan