How to Make a Fourth of July Wreath


Oh, the wonderful holiday known as 4th of July! This includes cookouts, bonfires, family time, and loud (but beautiful) fireworks. But of course, the decorating for that cookout. Every barbecue needs a jaw-dropping centerpiece, and making one is easier than you think.

Have some extra Christmas ornaments laying around?  Then you’ve got yourself Fourth of July decor!  How?  Let’s find out.

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How to Make Personalized Sharpie Mugs
Your home is an expression of yourself, shouldn’t your drink-ware be too?
No matter the occasion — birthday, wedding, holiday, or even the time it takes to sip your morning coffee — a personalized mug brightens and delights every time.  Can’t find the perfect cup for a Christmas get-together or an Easter party? Make your own![[MORE]]
Step One:Grab your tools: a plain mug (any size or color will do), a Sharpie, tape, and a stencil that you either bought or made.  If you are going to be adventurous and draw free hand, skip down to Step Five. Although, feel free to check out the stencil tips along the way for future reference.
As a side note: this is might be one of the easier and least material heavy DIYs that turns out just as neat as the next!
Step Two:If you’re like me and have decided to save your daredevil attitude for another time and create your own stencil, first, print out the desired design, then trace it with an X-Acto knife.
Step Three:Tape the stencil to the mug, making sure the design is flush with the cup.Tape the first side while holding the other side firmly. Be careful not to rip the stencil in the process — ripped stencils just put a damper on my day. Now tape the next side, adjusting the stencil as you go so that it is as smooth as possible.
Step Four:Begin filling in your stencil with the Sharpie. Beautify that mug! Hold down the parts of the design template that stick up to ensure the best results. To make your life easier, especially if you have a complicated (and unruly) stencil, you can fill in only the border of the stencil. Look at that, it’s like making a stencil of a stencil! Remove the stencil and color in your outline. I used a black Sharpie, but feel free to jazz it up with the ever jaw-dropping range of colors Sharpie has to offer. Step Five:After the outline is sufficiently Sharpied, let it sit for a few minutes to dry.  It’s not going to dry completely that way, so try not to touch the design with your fingers or it will smudge.Step Six:Here’s where the magic begins.  Bake the mugs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. No, I’m just kidding about the golden brown thing. No one’s going to eat the mug!
Step Seven:Start sippin’! With a mug, a Sharpie, and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. Make a cute holiday gift for your significant other, friend or family member; use it as a weekend project for you and the kids; or even spruce up your bare mugs with some kooky inspiration. Remember: each mug is an expression of limitless creativity!

How to Make Personalized Sharpie Mugs

Your home is an expression of yourself, shouldn’t your drink-ware be too?

No matter the occasion — birthday, wedding, holiday, or even the time it takes to sip your morning coffee — a personalized mug brightens and delights every time.  Can’t find the perfect cup for a Christmas get-together or an Easter party? Make your own!

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How to Make a Keepsake/Jewelry Holder

Do you need a gift for a college-bound child? Need a pick-me up for a back-to-school wary kiddie? Here’s the perfect idea for you: repurpose an old picture frame into an elegant holder for jewelry, little encouraging notes or homework reminders.

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How to Decorate a Dorm on a Budget
Every college-goer has their own personal style that should be reflected in their decor, whether fresh-faced freshman or hardened-upperclassman veteran.  But, how do you decorate without breaking the bank?
It’s easy, I swear!
Check out these nine items and ideas that will make any back-to-schooler wish classes started earlier:[[MORE]]
Organizer: Make sure your study place is clutter-free with containers for pens and pencils. Or, if feeling adventurous, glitz up some mason jars for a glamorous appeal.Lights: Attach rope lights to the wall in fancy patterns (or if you’ve ever wanted to have your name in lights, here’s your chance!) Maybe even spruce up a standard-issue desk or bed frame by outlining it in string lights. Make sure they are LED though, you don’t want the bulbs to get too hot!Pictures: Tape or hang up favorite captured memories to add flair to any bland dorm room wall. Feel free to arrange them in a funky style — whether in a block or staggered throughout the wall.Sports Paraphernalia: Represent a favorite sports team or alma mater with a rockin’ pennant or flag.  This creates a homey atmosphere and even works to spark a friendship with a fellow fan!Note Board / Keepsake Holder: This is great for reminders about term papers or to display love notes from home. Inexpensive or homemade, a note board or keepsake holder is a must-have!Rug or blanket: The great thing about a rug or a blanket is its versatility.  Place it under the bed for a soft morning landing or hang it on the wall for great sound insulation from partying neighbors.  Also, it makes for a comfy cushion on the back of any chair.Chair: Most times a college dorm may come with a desk chair, but why not make the room more personalized? Bring a chair from home or buy a new one that fits the style of the new place.Drinkware: Geek out with some Star Trek glasses or express yourself with some mugs made all your own. Side note: these make a great conversation piece for those dorm ice breakers.Personalized Accents: It’s your dorm, go wild! Bring anything from home that you’ve made — from a string-covered glass bottle to a drawing you’re particularly proud of — that you think will jazz up the room.
Remember: back-to-school is supposed to be an exciting time, a time of new beginnings, and a chance to learn more about yourself.  Let your dorm be an expression of you!

How to Decorate a Dorm on a Budget


Every college-goer has their own personal style that should be reflected in their decor, whether fresh-faced freshman or hardened-upperclassman veteran.  But, how do you decorate without breaking the bank?

It’s easy, I swear!

Check out these nine items and ideas that will make any back-to-schooler wish classes started earlier:

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How to Make Flowery String Lights
Who said string lights could only be used during the holiday season? “Not I,” said the blogger.  Either way, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and create flower decorations made from cupcake wrappers! So simple, fun and absolutely adorable and affordable!  Oh, alliteration, how I love you.Let’s make some light magic.[[MORE]]
Step 1:Start with the material list: a single hole puncher, razor blade or X-Acto knife, scissors, and any color cupcake wrappers. As a side note: I mainly used the scissors to cut my flower designs but, if you wanted more intricate shapes, the X-Acto knife would help you be more precise.
Step 2:Begin the pre-design process with some cupcake wrapper folding. Fold the wrapper in half. If you fold the wrapper in half four times, as shown above,  the flower will have eight petals. The less times you fold it, the less petals there will be. 
Step Three:Time to start the actual design process now that the wrapper origami is done.Cut the top edge of the cupcake wrapper into any shape or pattern your little heart desires.  A flower petal design seems cool, let’s do that.Step Four:Here begins the engineering part. Don’t worry —  there won’t be any math involved. Phew! Carefully open the flower you’ve so beautifully crafted.  Let it bloom! Roll the petals inward, and make sure to hole punch the center of the flower.  Now wiggle the flower all the way through the string light-bulb. Just be gentle as not to rip your wonderfully crafted, well, craft.
Step Five:Repeat steps two through four as many times as you have lights that need flowers.Step Six:Hang up the festive creation for all to enjoy! These flower string lights are perfect for any spring or early summer party — indoors or outdoors. In this version, I layered two different shaped wrappers to create one flower, that way the petals have more dimension. Feel free to experiment with different size cupcake wrappers, and petal designs. It’s all up to your imagination!

How to Make Flowery String Lights

Who said string lights could only be used during the holiday season? “Not I,” said the blogger.  Either way, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and create flower decorations made from cupcake wrappers! So simple, fun and absolutely adorable and affordable!  Oh, alliteration, how I love you.

Let’s make some light magic.

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