Month: July 2014

Last Minute Fourth of July Ideas

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life to plan some weekend fun. This isn’t so bad of a crime, except when it just so happens to be a holiday weekend.   My family and I will be enjoying this Independence Day watching the World Cup games (insert tear here due to the USA team being disqualified) and then dedicate the evening to more festive activities. We’ll participate in the usual tradition of watching fireworks at the park during the nighttime, but I thought I’d round up my favorite Fourth of July ideas that are quick and simple and pick one to do later on in the afternoon. Each could easily be done at a last-minute basis, while still have the same Fourth of July effect as any other activity. Click on whichever title to get direction on how to execute each idea!

DIY Treats & Decor Ideas (plus outfit ideas!)

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YouTube’s Miss Glamorazzi does a fantastic job of simplifying a yummy DIY treat plus inspires us to go outside and enjoy the sun. All the ingredients in her DIY treat could easily be picked up at the market and don’t require any prep time.

Princess and The Frog + Firecracker Popcorn

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Can anybody think of a more fun movie to watch on Fourth of July? One that combines the magic of Disney AND the magic of New Orleans?! Yeah, me neither. The only thing that would make it any better would be this yummy Firecracker Popcorn.

Fourth of July Nails

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So I may not be the best at nail art, but even the simplest method could be used to give yourself a USA inspired manicure. I may just do the same colors as the ones in the picture above, but without the white star. Maybe add some glitter on one of the nails to give it that firework pop.

So, there you have it. Which of the three would you pick? Listing all three made me so excited I may pick more than one! Have any other last minute ideas for today?

 

Butterfly Dreams

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As if getting out of bed wasn’t difficult enough, these simple little butterflies are sure to keep you in just a bit longer. They add a little something extra to any bedroom (or nursery!) and are sure to make you want to keep dreaming. Getting them on your wall is simple and straightforward, but I’ve still included a step-by-step process.

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What your creative self will need:
1. Book (preferably one that you’ve already read and don’t mind parting with. You could also use magazine pages- I just prefer the texture from book pages)
2. Pencil
3. Scissors
4. Glue stick (better to use than liquid to avoid a mess)
5. Hammer
6. Nails

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Start by tracing out a stencil for your butterfly. It’s best to use the same one for all others to keep a consistent shape. I drew it freehand, but feel free to print out a butterfly shape.

Once you decide on that one stencil, cut it out and use it to trace all other butterflies.

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The number of butterflies you need is really dependent on what space you want them to fill, and how 3D-like you want their wings to appear. I decided on 21 butterflies total, each having around 4 cutouts. That’s a total of 82 (21*4) butterfly cutouts. I realize this seems like a lot, but it’s a more tedious rather than difficult task. Try binging on your favorite Netflix show during the process!

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Once you have all your cutouts, glue your butterflies down the center. Remember that you want your butterflies to appear to be flying, so leave the wings intact. Leave to dry for a few minutes.

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Fold the layers of butterfly cutouts. As you can probably guess, you want to fold the inner layer the most, gradually folding every layer after that one less, and leaving the outermost layer without a fold.

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Place a small nail in the center of each butterfly. Then decide on a layout for your butterflies. I decided I wanted to gradually spread them out (as seen below), so I did place them closer together in the beginning. After you’ve decided on a layout (gently!) nail each butterfly onto the wall. I didn’t need to check for wood first since these don’t need much support. There are alternative methods to stick them on the wall, but this was a hassle-free way (and a butterfly has yet to fly away fall off!).

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Ruffle each wing a bit to make butterflies appear less stiff.

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If you decide you’d like more variety, add different shapes, sizes, or number of butterfly cutouts. I decided to keep a consistent shape but added one larger and one smaller butterfly.

This has definitely added more character to my room, and at zero cost! I decided to place them right beside my bed, where they definitely enhance my bedroom’s dreamlike vibes.

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