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Star Spangled Candles

Word of the Week

Spangle (sp-angle): A small, thin piece of shiny/glittery material usually sewn on clothing. A fancy word for sequin. It comes the Old English word spang meaning glittering ornament. The Star-Spangled Banner makes more sense now, right?

Hello, all!

Are you prepared to see a lot of red, white, and blue this weekend? A very patriotic holiday is fast approaching. Sunday, July 4th is Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July.

It's a day we celebrate our country and the day the United States became free from British rule. Basically, we are celebrating America's 245th birthday. You don't need to ask me to celebrate twice.

This holiday is the perfect excuse to kick back, and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Not to mention an even better excuse to eat some delicious foods.

One of my absolute favorite things to do is decorate! It has a way of getting everyone excited to celebrate, whether it's for Christmas or Halloween or Independence Day! So, get creative and let's see all the red, white, and blue masterpieces you come up with.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Make a tablecloth or table runner by attaching red, white, and blue bandanas.

  • Put out your flags!

  • Cut some red/white/blue flowers (why not put them in a blue or red vase?)

  • Make food to match the color theme. . .I'm thinking layered jello.

  • Try this really fun craft below! Best part? You can easily change out the theme to fit any celebration.

Confetti Candles

What you need:

  • Glass containers (I like to use three that are different heights)

  • Packet of metallic or foiled confetti (they come in all shapes and sizes)

  • Floating candles (one per container)

  • 1 Tablespoon of floral crystals

  • 6-12 cups of water


  1. Mix the floral crystals and 6-12 cups of water in a large bowl. Allow them to sit for several hours. As they absorb the water they expand. The directions may call for 6 cups of water only, but in order to see your confetti clearly, you'll probably want to add more.

  2. Stir in confetti. The sky's the limit!

  3. Scoop into your glass containers.

  4. Top with floating candles.

NOTE: Be very careful when disposing your crystal mixture. It cannot go down the drain.

Enjoy the holiday and celebrations! Keep an eye on our future posts. You may see the confetti candles again in a whole, new way!


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