Make it :: Gumball Necklaces

how to make candy necklaces

 

Ever wondered how to make candy necklaces? The good news is — it’s super simple. The bad news? Well, you’ll probably eat as much as you craft. But hey, we’ll call that a perk.

Gumball necklaces will put a smile on any child’s face − big or small. You can make them in a variety of color combos, making them perfect party favors or special holiday treats. They are simple enough to make with your kiddos and would make a fun birthday party activity. These rainbow gumball necklaces are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

how to make candy necklaces

 

You will need: Ribbon (thinner works better but texture and color will be fine), 5-6 gumballs, Scissors, Tape, Metal skewer

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Make it :: Housewarming Gift in a Jar

diy housewarming gift ideas

 

I am a firm believer that people come into (and out of) our lives for a reason. Our family is lucky enough to have some pretty awesome neighbors move in recently and we’re feeling super blessed.

After thinking about a thoughtful (yet simple) housewarming gift, I had the idea to put some of my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar. I love that everything is contained in a nice glass jar that the family can repurpose once they’ve opened up the gift.

best diy housewarming gift ideas

We added a welcome home tag (which we printed from our home computer), tied a piece of twine around the lid and voila! We’ve come up with a simple, yet thoughtful welcoming gift.

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Serve it :: Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

 What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.

I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

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Social Media :: On the Rocks Please

TS-ofSoicla Media tips for bloggers

In October I shared with you that I would be starting to publish more posts on business related topics in my Work It! column. Now that we’ve learned what not to do from Martha Stewart when it comes to social media, how about a few how-to tips that you can put to use today? Whether you are just jumping in on social, or are a seasoned user — I hope these simple tips will help you get started or provide a little refocus.

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DIY Confetti Straws

DIY Confetti Straws

I always seem to have a bunch of left-over striped, paper straws lying around after parties. I was looking for a way to repurpose them when the idea of a confetti straw came to mind. They are really easy to make and super fun for celebrating events of all sizes.

DIY Confetti

1. Gather a few paper straws you might have lying around.

2. Pinch one end so that it is creased and folds over. This will ensure your confetti remains in the straw once you begin to fill it.

3. Fill the non-creased end of the straw with small confetti. You can make your own DIY confetti with a small hole-puncher and some scrap paper.

4. Once filled, pinch and roll up the end of the straw so that the confetti stays inside and you have a look of a party blower. When you’re ready to celebrate, simple unroll the curled end, un-pinch the opposite end and blow into the straw to release all of the confetti!

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