DIY 4th of July Sparkler Cupcake Toppers

I love the 4th of July. It’s probably my third favorite holiday, and definitely my favorite summer holiday. I love everything about it.I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than eating hamburgers and blowing things up in the street. It’s just so…American.

The main requirement of Independence Day is that you use as much red, white, and blue themed things as possible. Even foods must be adorned with American flags or patriotic flair or you are doing it wrong. Here’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive little embellishment for your food flair needs.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake ToppersAll you need are a few dollar store items:

White, white, or blue tinsel garland
Double stick tape
Skewers or toothpicks

All you have to do is cut a piece of tape and wrap it around one end of your skewer or toothpick. Then cut 2 inch piece of garland and wrap it around the taped end. July 4th Cupcake Toppers DIYFluff it up so it looks like a firework or a sparkler! (Except this one doesn’t result in 2nd degree burns.)

DIY July 4th Cupcake ToppersStick it on a cupcake or something equally as delicious for ultra Americana cuteness.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

 

 

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DIY: How To Make Your Own Decorative Halloween Candles

It’s almost time to break out the Halloween goodies! If you like DIYing your way throughout the holidays, this is the craft for you.
DIY Halloween Candles

I’m pretty into candles. They make great decorations, they add pretty light to a room, and sometimes they smell pretty good. Have you seen some of the prices on decorative candles though? Oof. Just get crafty and make your own.

You need the following things:

Candles
Wax Paper
Tissue Paper
Rubber Stamps or InkJet Printer
Colored Pencils and Pens
Heat/Embossing Tool or (very hot) Blowdryer

First, you start with tissue paper. Place your image on the shiny, smooth side of the paper. You can use a rubber stamp, draw your own image, or use a printer to create your images. Then cut them out as close to the edge as possible.

DIY Stamped Halloween Candles

If you’re not a rubber stamp collector or a particularly great drawer and prefer to print your images like I did, just tape a piece of tissue paper to a piece of standard printer paper and feed it through. You can find images and clipart to download all over the internet. Resize them in a photo editing program to fit your candle size.

DIY Halloween Candles

Color them in with pencils and add additional details with a ballpoint pen if you want.

DIY Halloween Candles

Once you’re done with that it’s time to adhere the images to the candle. Use a little bit of glue stick to stick your tissue paper to the candle.

DIY Halloween CandlesDIY Halloween Candles

Then wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle and over your tissue paper cut-out. Use your heat tool to melt the wax paper. You’ll know when it’s melted because the image will get clearer and you won’t be able to see the edges of the tissue paper cut-out anymore. I used a heat gun but a very hot blowdryer will work as well. Using your blowdryer’s concentrator nozzle attachment is a good idea. Don’t over do it! You don’t want to warp the candle. DIY Halloween CandlesDIY Halloween Candles

Once you peel off the wax paper you’ll see that the tissue paper cut-outs are embedded and sealed in a new later of wax. Make sure you use a fresh piece of wax paper for each candle to get a clean, smooth finish.
DIY  Halloween CandlesDone! Simple custom DIY printed decorative Halloween candles.

DIY  Halloween Candles

Christmas 2011 | Christmas Trees | Real vs. Fake | Decorations

We’re trying to do a little Christmas decorating amidst the other projects I have taking over the living room right now. But, we still managed to put up our tree that we got from the wonderful Lopez Ranch Tree Lot on La Brea and Melrose in LA. It looks fantastic! Smells great too. $60 with the stand and it’s huge and fluffy. We also picked up one of their handmade wreaths for the front door! I haven’t had a chance to take a good photo but I had to share this Instagram photo that I took.

Why do we choose real Christmas trees over faux?

– Trees are a renewable resource. Most Christmas tree farms plant 2 saplings in place of one cut tree. Faux trees eventually end up in landfills.

–  Christmas tree farms provide habitat for animals and give off oxygen that help clean our air.

-Supports local businesses. Most tree lots are run by local businesses or non-profit organizations. Both are worth supporting, especially around the holiday season.

-And of course I like the idea of a traditional Christmas. Real tree, putting it up, putting the lights on, decorating it, and sitting back to watch the glow and smell the scent of evergreen.

Some tips:

-Ask your lot to put your stand on for you or go to a lot that includes the stands.

-Also ask them if they offer disposal bags. That helps keep the mess at a minimum!

-Water your tree daily and invest in floral food. It’ll keep it fresh all season.

Some Christmas crafts I have coming up include making paper trees out of recycled magazines and snow covered pine cones using the ones that I collected from a recent trip to Big Bear Mountain!