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DIY Unique Christmas Ornaments

This is the season for gathering around the tree! Buying your Christmas decorations might be convenient, but when it comes to decorating the most festive Christmas tree for your home, everyone knows that homemade Christmas ornaments are the best way to ensure a tree full of holiday cheer. Getting crafty by creating homemade Christmas ornaments is a fun project that the whole family can do together - even little kids can be included in the project. And don't be afraid to put your own spin on these handmade Christmas ornaments, the more personalized they are, the better. Soon enough, they will become some of your family's favorite pieces to put on the tree each year.
  

Styrofoam Ball Cupcakes

These beautiful Styrofoam Ball Cupcakes also make thoughtful DIY Christmas gifts if you require a few. Plus, you don’t need to be a pastry chef to whip up a batch of these tempting treats for the eyes. The best part? They are 100% calorie-free, so you can indulge to your heart’s content.

Things you need:

  • 2 1/2″ Styrofoam Balls
  • Heavy-duty foil cupcake liners
  • Iridescent White Soft Snowflakes
  • Berry Spray (color of your choice)
  • Craft Glue
  • Paint Brush or Foam Sponge Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or decorative string for hanging
  • Skewers or Dowel Rods

Things to do:

Step 1: Press a dowel rod into each Styrofoam ball, and coat a little more than half of the top of the ball with a generous layer of craft glue.

Step 2: Roll the glue-coated Styrofoam ball in a shallow pan filled with artificial snowflakes, then use your fingers to press the flakes securely to the surface. Tap gently to remove excess flakes, and prop in a coffee can or mug to dry. Try to wait patiently because if you try to glue liners on before the styrofoam balls dry, the sides won’t stick. If you are having little hands help you with this project… they will LOVE this step!

Step 3: After glue sets and dries, add a generous dollop of hot glue to the bottom and the top inside of each foil cupcake liner and press the Styrofoam ball in firmly. Be sure to carefully press the sides of the foil - so the liner is tightly glued on. Also, keep in mind that you may not want to push the styrofoam ball down too far, or the bottom will curve, and your cupcake will not sit flat (not a big deal if you are planning on hanging them though). If you are having little hands help you with this project… be sure to only have big-kids or adults handle the hot glue step.

Step 4: Snip the berries from the branch, leaving about an inch of stem, and cut lengths of ribbon or decorative thread for hanging. Add a dollop of hot glue to the top of each Styrofoam ball, pressing the tails of the ribbon (if you are wanting to hang your cup and berry into the Styrofoam. You can also flip your cherry around with the step showing upwards to make it look like a cherry stem! Allow drying thoroughly before displaying.

 

These Styrofoam Ball Cupcakes are also perfect for adding a unique, super adorable, and sweet decorative touch to the wedding reception, birthday party, baby shower, or bridal bash. You can create a mouth-watering centerpiece by dangling these sweet decorations from a tabletop ornament tree, or make a sweet bouquet by inserting dowel rods into the bottom and displaying them in a festive vase. While you are at it, be sure to make an extra baker’s dozen to share with family and friends.

Aren’t these DIY Christmas Ornaments fun!? Do they get you in a festive mood? I hope you love making them!
 
 

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DIY Super Cute Easter Candy Centerpiece

If you are planning an Easter Sunday dinner – or even if you’re not – you may be thinking about a centerpiece. Instead of paying a small fortune for a store-bought piece, why not consider making one yourself.

This Super Cute Easter Candy Centerpiece will be everyone’s favorite Easter decoration and will make your Sunday dinner so much prettier– so fun and so easy to make.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket! Instead, turn them into an elegant centerpiece arrangement using our cube vases and bamboo leaf cones. The bamboo leaf cones resemble a nest and look adorable filled with colored candy eggs. Your guests will love your edible centerpieces, and you'll appreciate how easy this DIY Easter candy centerpiece is to create!

Everything you need for an Easter candy centerpiece: 

  • Cube vase
  • Green Easter grass
  • Egg-shaped candy
  • Mini bamboo leaf cones
  • Grosgrain ribbon

 

How to make Easter Candy Centerpiece - Step by step

Step 1: Fill the bottom of the vase with grass and place three cones inside.
Step 2: Put candy eggs inside each cone. 
Step 3: Cut about 32 inches of ribbon and tie around the vase in a bow. 
Step 4: Place centerpiece on the table at you're next spring soiree! 
DIY Easter Candy Centerpiece | Smarty Had A Party

Complementary Smarty products:

 

Clear Round Starburst Plastic Pastry Plates

Luscious Lavender Paper Dinner Napkins

9 oz. Clear Plastic Rocks Glasses

Silhouette Palm Leaf Eco Friendly Dinner Forks

108" White Round Polyester Tablecloths

12.75" x 9" Spring Mix Bunny Platter Pleasers

Green Tiny Temptations Plastic Disposable Cubes

9" Clear 12-Slot Plastic Egg Trays with Flat Lids

 

For more Easter tablescape ideas check out our Spring Events board on Pinterest! Much Party Love, Smarties! Smarty had a party!