Tuesday, July 2, 2013

4th of July Pool Noodle Firecrackers

If you haven't decorated for the 4th of July yet there is still time and I have another easy and quick idea.  I saw this on pinterest and had to try it - Pool Noodle Firecrackers.

Supplies Needed:
A pool noodle
Scrapbook Paper
Firecracker Picks
Tacky Glue
Serrated Knife

First, take the pool noodle and cut into pieces.  I cut mine into 3 pieces 7", 10" , and 12".   The pool noodle cuts really easily with just a serrated kitchen knife.

Next, cut 3 coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper to the lengths of the cut pieces and wide enough to wrap around and overlap about a quarter inch.  Next, I traced the end of the pool noodle on the scrapbook paper.  Repeat for all cut pieces.  Cut out the three circles. 
Then put tacky glue on the large scrapbook paper pieces and wrap the paper around the pool noodle.  You will need to hold it for a few minutes to get it to adhere.  Then put glue on the circle piece and adhere to the top.  Repeat for all 3 cut noodle pieces.  Then let the pieces dry. 
Once they are dry take a coordinating firecracker pick and poke through the paper on the top of the pool noodles. 

The project cost under five dollars and took less than fifteen minutes to complete (not including glue dry time).   So you still have time to put some decorations up before the 4th!    

Tip Tuesday - Candle Decoration

I love to decorate for all the holidays and I love candles but it can get expensive to buy colors and scents for all the holidays and places I put candles.  So whenever I find a good deal on plain white CHEAP candles I stock up. 

But, as you can see, it looks boring.  So what I do is take a strip of ribbon that coordinates in color and/or theme and dress them up.   Cut the ribbon a little bit longer than it would take to wrap around the candle.  Then I take some double stick tape and use that to hold the ribbon to the candle.  I ONLY do this on candles that I DO NOT  BURN.  If you are going to burn the candles please remove the ribbons before burning.  

This is an easy way to dress up plain candles and add some holiday sparkle!