DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

I love this project I love it I love it! Once upon a time I saw this really great tropical plant wedding backdrop and fell in love. I love the…

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

I love this project I love it I love it! Once upon a time I saw this really great tropical plant wedding backdrop and fell in love. I love the shape and the size but I kept wondering if it would look just as cool if it was on a smaller scale.  And for the longest time I wondered how it would even work and whether it would be really hard or really expensive and I wanted to figure it out so that it was neither of those things. And I think we did it! This little photo backdrop goes up in about 30 minutes, you can put it up days in advance, and you can reuse it over and over because the plants are totally faux. That also eliminates the problem of not being able to find tropical plants during the wrong season (or if you don’t necessarily have a huge budget/amazing flower shop nearby). Also, it’s great for baby bump photos. 😉

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

Step 1: Prep your plants by pulling the individual leaves apart if they are grouped. Lots of plants will pull apart easily; some of the larger ones may need wire cutters to snip off individual leaves.

Step 2: On your blank wall, envision the pattern you’d like to make. Go geometric and organized or more natural and free-form. It’s up to you!

Step 3: Start with your largest plants. For the large, heavy items, place a Command hook on the wall according to packaging instructions and hang the leaves from a hole if they have it. If not, make a small slit in the center of the leaf where the hook can slip through.

Step 4: Start filling in your smaller pieces. For smaller and lighter leaves, we found that 2-3 Glue Dots per leaf held beautifully. If you place a leaf on the wall and want to remove it to adjust, you may need to add a new Glue Dot.

Step 5: Continue filling the wall until you’re happy with your backdrop! This one is about 6″ across and about 4″ high and is great for horizontal shots from the waist up.

That’s it! If you ever want to remove or reuse the backdrop, just pull off the leaves and the Glue Dots, move locations, add some new dots and put it back up. It’ll last forever and you can use it over and over. Happy making! xoxo

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

DIY Mancala Game

I had never actually played mancala before I decided to make a DIY version, but now I have to say I’m hooked! It’s simple enough to play but really makes…

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

I had never actually played mancala before I decided to make a DIY version, but now I have to say I’m hooked! It’s simple enough to play but really makes you think ahead and get a strategy going, which is probably why Ryan trounces me every time. Whatever. As long as I get to shuffle sparkly rhinestones around the board, I’m happy. This is also one of our easier and quicker DIY games, so let’s get on it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game

Step 1: Take the lids off of all your boxes to use for the game. Set the lower portion of the boxes aside for later, because we’ll have a DIY coming up soon that will use those!

Step 2: Start glueing together the hexagonal box lids to form the mancala board. I suggest glueing together 3 hexagons at a time; apply a thin strip of E6000 to one flat side of a box lid, and place the flat side of another lid against it. Secure with a clothespin while the glue is drying. Make four sets of three lids each.

Step 3: Once the glue is slightly tacky, take two sets of three lids and glue them together at the points with a dot of glue. Then take a rectangular lid and glue one long side to the end of the two sets of hexagons.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 with your remaining materials.

Step 5: Glue the two pieces together in the center, creating a full game board. Allow the glue to dry.

Step 6: In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your board. We created an ombre effect by painting one half of the board a dark color, then painting the other half a lighter color. While you’re applying the lighter color, move your paint can away from the board as you near the center to help get the ombre look.

That’s all! Let the paint dry, gather up your rhinestones, and don’t forget the rules! This one is so pretty it’s a shame to hide it away in a drawer, so be sure to leave it out on display on your coffee table. It would even be pretty on a table at a party, and give your guests a little ice breaker while they’re playing. Stay tuned for a few more DIY game projects, coming up soon! xoxo

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

DIY Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to…

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to do Chutes and Ladders games based in various cities but I didn’t really know how to tackle it. Turns out all you need is a really amazing illustrator and graphic designer, which is where Hailey Nowak comes in. We teamed with her to make a Los Angeles-based Chutes and Ladders game for you to play on your next game night! I am so, so pumped today and I hope you absolutely love this one.

Materials

Make Time: About 5 Minutes (See Below!)

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

We’re taking a bit of a different approach to “making” this game because we found a totally rad site online that lets you print out your own board games! So I admit it, we cheated. But the quality of the printed game board is really fantastic for the price (about $12 before shipping), and I didn’t think that we could DIY it any better or cheaper. So here’s how you do it!

First, download our file. (Note: The colors will look a little weird on the download page but after you save the file they’ll be just right.) Then head over to Print Play Games and select an 18″x18″ Deluxe Board from the dropdown menu. Upload the Chutes and Ladders file on the same page and add it to your cart. We also bought a couple of little men to move around the board (they’re just a few cents each, and the site has a minimum of $12 for an order so that should bring you up to the right price). Then just check out and your game will arrive in a few days! (FYI, Print Play Games isn’t a sponsor for the post, they just happen to be a perfect solution for our little project.) By the way, the dice from our DIY Yahtzee Game are perfect for rolling on this game too. Just use one to roll for your turn and move the correct number of spaces.

Now, a few things! I have big dreams of making a series of Chutes and Ladders games in different cities, so I have to know — which other cities would you like to see?! And within those cities, what are some of the things you’d have happen in the game? I’d love to do NYC and have a subway breakdown send you all the way back to start, because that happened to us way too many times.

Leave a comment and let us know! And if you download and make the game, be sure to share a photo on social with #TheLovelySquad! xoxo

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

DIY Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

Baby Girl is coming and even though we have lots of baby gear already, I just can’t help but make her a few special things of her own. Knowing that…

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle BlanketBaby Girl is coming and even though we have lots of baby gear already, I just can’t help but make her a few special things of her own. Knowing that last time we used our muslin swaddle blankets until they were practically threadbare, I decided to grab a few blank ones and make her some custom blankies to get wrapped up in. (Swaddling, by the way, was our savior last time around when it came to getting Hank calm and asleep.) I found some really fun fabric paints that act a little like watercolor on a muslin blanket, so I fiddled around until I came up with this painted pineapple pattern, which is suuuuper easy to make.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Washing Time)

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

Step 1: Decide how often you’d like your pineapple pattern to repeat. I was able to fit 5 pineapples across the blanket, and stagger the rows. These pineapples are about 5″ tall and 2.5″ wide.

Step 2: Place a piece of cardboard behind your blanket and spread it out. Start painting the oval bodies of your pineapples. To get the watercolor look, squeeze some yellow paint out on a palette, and dip your flat brush in water, soaking it. Mix the water into the paint; keep mixing until you have a pretty soupy consistency. Load your brush with paint and paint a messy oval onto the blanket. Sometimes I wouldn’t re-dip in paint to fill in the oval, but instead dip into water and keep painting. That creates a layered, watercolor look.

Step 3: Dip your brush in water and squeeze a bit of russet-colored paint onto your palette. Load the tip of the brush with a tiny bit of color and create criss-cross lines on the yellow oval. Use a very light touch to create fine lines. Tip: You might want to test this part out on a piece of paper first to get the feel of painting the lines.

Step 4: Squeeze out some green paint; add a bit of white to brighten if you desire. Dip your fan brush in water until saturated. Mix the green and white paints, load your brush, and create downward strokes starting about 2″ above the oval, drawing them down toward the oval. This will make the green crown of the pineapple.

Step 5: Continue making pineapples until your blanket is full!

Step 6: If you like, let a few watery drips of color drop across your blanket at random. I spattered a few drops here and there and liked the effect of the random dots of color.

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

We wanted to be sure the color would hold so we did a test wash and it came out beautifully! I recommend washing in cold water and tumbling dry on low for the first wash, then you can follow the directions on your blanket for all subsequent washes. The paint comes out super soft; you can actually barely feel it on the blanket. These little blankies are so cute, and if you’re not expecting you can always make it as a sweet custom gift for a baby shower. Orrrrr just make one for yourself because they’re so soft I can barely stand it. 😉 xoxo

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this…

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this summer and I can barely restrain myself from telling you about all of the fun stuff that’s coming up! But let’s just start with this old chestnut — DIY Yahtzee! I cannot tell you how many summers I spent with my Grandma, laying on the floor playing rounds and rounds of it. We had this special banshee yell that we would do when one of us rolled a Yahtzee that I still do to this day any time I get five of a kind. Ohhhhh man, I love this game. Let’s make our own DIY Yahtzee game!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Paint Drying Time)

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Step 1: Download and print our Yahtzee Score Card template (how ’bout those pretty colors, huh?!). Trim around the edges; each player gets one score card.

Step 2: Paint your dice in the shades that you wish. I love different colors for each one! Allow paint to dry fully.

Step 3: Using the wrong end of a small paintbrush, add the dots to your dice. Dip the end of the brush lightly in paint and carefully make dots by setting the end of the brush directly down on the wood block. Be careful not to come at it at an angle; place the tip directly down to get nice round dots. There’s good info right here about which numbers go on which sides of each die. Paint all of your dots and let them dry thoroughly.

Step 4: You can always roll the dice with your hands, but if you’d like to make a cup for rolling follow steps 4-6. Cut your bentwood box down so that it’s about 3-4 inches high, according to your preference. Trace an even line around where you’d like the top of the cup and you should be able to cut the thin wood with scissors.

Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to sand down the top edge of the cup, removing any sharp areas.

Step 6: Cut a piece of leather to the correct size to cover the outside of your cup. Spray the wrong side of the leather with spray adhesive and place the leather carefully around the cup, smoothing as you go. Trim any excess along the top edge.

Now let’s play! I confess: I forced Ryan into a Yahtzee tournament one night after Henry went to bed and got waaaayyyy too competitive about it. I guess my Grandma trained me a little too well. 😉 Stay tuned for more fun DIY games, coming at you for the next 5 weeks! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past DIY games right here.

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch + GIVEAWAY!

When we were living and working in China a few years ago, I fell deeply in love with this certain candy from Japan that I had never seen in the…

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

When we were living and working in China a few years ago, I fell deeply in love with this certain candy from Japan that I had never seen in the states. Being a total candy junkie (no pun intended), I was having a ball trying out lots of different crazy things we found and when I tried these I was like where have you been all my life?! We came back to the states and slowly but surely I started seeing them pop up here and there, and now you can find them all over the place! This magical candy I’m talking about? HI-CHEW.

I kid you not, these are my favorite. Soft, chewy, fruity, the perfect amount of sweet. So when HI-CHEW contacted me to see if we might want to team up for a summery project it was pretty much like Beyonce herself had sent me an email. I actually ran into the other room to tell Ryan. ANYWAY! Enough babbling. Let’s talk summer. We’ve been road tripping so hard this summer and on every trip we take, I’m always wishing I had a little pouch in the car of my essentials — I’m always carrying stuff for everyone else so my own things get scattered and tossed around. But no more! We put together this juicy little no-sew foldover pouch so I can take it on all of our summer adventures (and obviously stash some candy inside, too). (Pssst — be sure to scroll all the way down for a juicy giveaway!)

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

Step 1: Cut out your felt pieces. We freehanded ours but here are the general measurements: one dark orange oval (11.5″ x 9″), one light orange half oval (5.5″ x 9″), one white half oval (5″ x 8.5″), and five light orange wedge pieces that fit inside your white half oval like orange slices.

Step 2: Spread a line of E6000 around the arched edge of the half oval, leaving no glue along the flat edge. Place this piece over the lower half of the large oval, aligning the arched edges. Press down the glued area to make sure it adheres.

Step 3: Fold the top of the large oval down like a flap. Spread glue along the entire back of the white piece, and glue this down onto the front of the folded over flap.

Step 4: Glue down each of your wedge pieces onto the white piece.

Step 5: Place a velcro dot on the inside bottom of the pouch; place the corresponding piece on the inside top of the pouch and make sure that the two align.

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

That’s it! Let all the glue dry, fill it up, and take it on your adventures! And speaking of adventures, how’s your summer going? We’ve been having a blast seeing lots of California (since I’m so far along we can’t really fly any more) on road trips and having a whole bunch of #flavorfulmoments. We still have a few adventures left, though — this fruity little pouch will be coming with us to Santa Cruz, to our family’s cabin, and possibly to the state fair before it closes! And luckily, I’ve got enough HI-CHEW now that I can take it along and share with Ryan and not have to hoard it like I usually do. Sigh. I love summer. 🙂

Now — who wants to win a fruity little prize pack full of HI-CHEW goodies?! We’re having a simple, fun giveaway so you can test out all of my favorite HI-CHEW flavors and they’ll show up right on your doorstep. The prize pack will include t-shirts, a pop socket for your phone, a tote, and more candy than you can shake a stick at. All you have to do to enter is comment below and share a #flavorfulmoment from your summer! It can be something you’re planning on doing or something you’ve already done. Giveaway will be open until 12am PST on July 17th and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Leave us a comment so we can send you something sweet! xoxo

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

This post is sponsored by HI-CHEW. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Refresh

We’ve had this metal rolling cart kicking around in our backyard ever since we moved into the new house a couple of years ago. Initially we found it at a…

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

We’ve had this metal rolling cart kicking around in our backyard ever since we moved into the new house a couple of years ago. Initially we found it at a yard sale and Mr. Lovely took it on as a little furniture update project, and it turned out great! We used it as a bar cart for a while. When we moved in I put some plants on it and set it outside and it just sort of stayed there, forgotten. Needless to say time and the weather took their toll and it was looking a little less than chipper. (And by less than chipper, I mean totally grimy, faded, scratched up, and basically a mess.) So we teamed with method, who’s encouraging us all to #fearnomess and get our hands a little dirty while we’re being creative! We cleaned it up and gave it a new life. If you have a similar piece of furniture that needs an update, this might just do the trick!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Paint Drying Time)

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

Step 1: Take your cart outside and wipe it down of any major dust or debris. If necessary, use a stiff brush to brush away any paint flakes or caked-on gunk.

Step 2: If your cart has any wheels or hardware, remove it and set it aside.

Step 3: Spray all over with a cleaning spray like method’s all-purpose cleaner (which, by the way smells like lovely clementines!). Spritz lightly with water and wipe with your rags to clean every inch of that baby.

Step 4: Once completely dry, cover with a first coat of spray paint. This is the part that will take patience — you may need a few even coats of spray paint to get your desired effect. We were going from navy to bright yellow and I didn’t prime it, so we used 4 coats of paint.

Step 5: Between coats, once each coat is dry, spritz lightly with your all-purpose cleaner and wipe gently with a rag. This will ensure that any dust or debris that settled while the previous coat was drying gets removed. A gentle, non-toxic formula like method’s is ideal here so that it doesn’t eat away at the paint as you’re working on adding coats.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your cart has complete color coverage.

Step 7: Clean all your hardware with the all-purpose cleaner and a rag. Allow it to dry thoroughly and then reattach it to the cart.

Yessss! I love this little refresh! The bright yellow is so fun and it’s a great spot to hold a few odds and ends around the new studio. I’ve been rolling it around here and there until I find the perfect spot. Have you ever updated a piece of furniture? If you’re new to the game, I’d highly recommend a project like this one to get you into the swing of things. It’s so exciting what you can create when you #fearnomess! xoxo

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

This post is sponsored by method. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

A Five Minute Weekend DIY // Customized Clipboards

I’m loving all of the trends in DIY right now! Pineapples, pompoms, watercolor, macrame — I think it’s all so fun. But the one that I just can’t quit is…

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

I’m loving all of the trends in DIY right now! Pineapples, pompoms, watercolor, macrame — I think it’s all so fun. But the one that I just can’t quit is gold. Come on, you know me. In fact, there were actually a couple people who responded to our survey with feedback that they were kind of over the gold trend. Hey, to each his own! It’s just that when I saw these clipboards with gold clips at Michaels I couldn’t physically restrain myself from putting them in my shopping cart and finding a way to dress them up a little bit. I do have a new nursery to decorate, after all…

Materials

  • clipboards
  • adhesive-backed vinyl
  • scissors
  • craft knife

Make Time: 5 Minutes

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

Step 1: Cut a piece of vinyl slightly wider than the base of your clipboard, anywhere from 3-6 inches tall (depending on how much color you’d like at the bottom of your board).

Step 2: Cut a wavy edge on the top edge of the vinyl (or get creative and cut at an angle, zig zags, etc).

Step 3: Adhere vinyl to the bottom of the clipboard so that it hangs over the bottom and two sides just slightly.

Step 4: Use a craft knife to trim around the edges of the board so that the vinyl and the board are even.

That’s it! I’m planning on using these in Baby Girl’s nursery to hang up and switch out photos or art prints when we want something new. If you’re looking for more fun DIY trends to try over the weekend, check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are making right here. xoxo

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize Your Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got…

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got a Crosley portable turntable for Christmas to keep in the studio, and we spin records in there while we work when we get sick of our playlists. But I got bored with it one day and decided that it would look way better with a little pop of pattern and color on the inside, so we experimented and I’m loving the way it turned out!

Materials

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the inside of the record player lid. You’ll need measurements for the large back side, and all four small rectangular adjacent sides.

Step 2: Measure out and mark these dimensions on your white vinyl. Cut out the pieces and adhere them to the corresponding areas of the inside of the lid. The white vinyl will help make the patterned paper appear more smooth, and also make it so that you can easily remove the paper should you ever wish.

Step 3: Measure out and mark the dimensions of the large back side of the lid on your patterned paper. Tip: If you’re marking with pencil, make the marks on the back side of the paper to avoid smudging.

Step 4: Cut out this piece and line the back side with double stick tape. Place this down over the white vinyl and smooth it down on all edges.

Yay! The zebras are pretty happy in there listening to their music all day. And I love that with this project nothing is permanent — the record player is protected from damage and you can always switch out the paper or take it off completely if you want to. So if pops of color and zebras ever go out of style (are you KIDDING ME?! 😉 ) you’ll be good to go. xoxo

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Craft assistance by Shari Stamps

 

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Fourth of July Spiked Jello Stars

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though…

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though I’m abstaining these days, it’s not stopping us from hosting a shindig here and there so I decided to test out a recipe for the Fourth of July — booze-spiked Jello stars! It’s like the Jello jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make if you’ve got the right molds and you can make a whole bunch of them at a time. And if your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well! xoxo

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Materials

  • silicone star mold
  • Jello packages in red and blue (6 oz packages)
  • cooking spray
  • water
  • alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
  • measuring cups
  • pot

Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep; 2-3 Hours Chilling Time

Step 1: Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.

Step 2: Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.

Step 4: Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches.

Step 5: Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

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8 Ways to Make your 4th of July Extra Festive

I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it…

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I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it all — the dawn’s early light and all that jazz. I’ve been collecting a few of my favorite ideas from friends around the web who know how to celebrate in major style! Try a couple or try them all and you’ve got a 4th of July that’s bound to be extra festive. xoxo

8 Ways to Make 4th of July Extra Festive

A firecracker garland that you can make in a snap!

Bomb pop granita shots. Do we even need to go on?

A tie-dye mani that you can do yourself!

Sign me up for two of these Pop Rocks ice cream sandwiches.

Get refreshed with some spiked watermelon rosemary punch!

Loving the old-school festive vibe from these red, white, and blue streamers.

Hand out sparklers to your guests in style.

Deck your phone out too!