Easy Halloween Ideas From Our Shop

My Ideal Halloween

My ideal Halloween is playfully spooky, crafty, and (above all) easy, and there’s no such thing as too many easy Halloween ideas. If you’re looking for a fun, simple way to celebrate the season without turning your home into a Spirit Halloween storefront, read on for easy Halloween ideas!

Easy Halloween Decorations

This Haunted House makes a perfect Halloween centerpiece and conversation starter. You’ll make it from recycled cardboard boxes, which is a win for Planet Earth, and it’s beautiful enough to come back year after year, which is a win for you! Check out our blog post on it here.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

Garlands are another classic when it comes to Halloween decor. Try this fun new Halloween garland featuring the Halloween shapes you’ve been missing. If you love the spooky aspect of Halloween, check out this Vampire Teeth Garland. It’s creepy without being too macabre, and oh so easy.

DIY vampire teeth garland

Another slightly spooky and impeccably easy decor idea is this wooden transfer plaque template! I’m all for riding the line between pretty and creepy at Halloween, and these really fit the bill. Find the tutorial here.

wooden cross sections of branches with spiders and bugs transferred onto them hanging from maroon ribbons.

This painted pumpkin face template makes for such a fun, easy DIY! Give your porch some whimsy this Halloween by painting these sweet characters on your pumpkins. Read the tutorial here and get painting!

painted pastel pumpkin faces against a pink background

How many times can you say “pretty paper pumpkin project?” Whatever your answer, you should check out this template for rainbow paper pumpkins, along with this tutorial blog post. These make a beautiful, refined, seasonal table setting, they’ll look great for all of Autumn, not jus Halloween. A Thanksgiving comeback, anyone?

orange, gold, and yellow paper pumpkins on a table setting.

If you’re in a pinch and looking for quick decorations, don’t forget this post about last minute Halloween decor!

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

There’s something to be said for a super intricate, detailed costume for sure. But even if you don’t have the time and energy to become a perfectly accurate storm trooper, dressing up doesn’t have to be out of your reach. Lots of our costume templates just require some simple clothing, some paper, and a prop or two. No professional costuming degree necessary!

Our Ruth Bader Ginsberg collar is maybe our simplest costume for adults. Just cut it out (a cricut or other cutting machine is helpful here), put it over a dark dress, and pull your hair back. Voilà! You’re ready to advocate for your sisters.

A white paper lace collar on a black background.

If you’ve been a Lars reader for more than about a minute you’ll know that I love flowers. So of course I wanted to dress up as a bouquet! Ha! Practice making some paper flowers for this Sweet Pea Paper Flower Bouquet costume (and read the tutorial here).

Brittany wearing a bouquet costume with paper flowers and a white paper wrapper against a green backdrop

Group costumes are always so fun, so pair your bouquet costume with greenhouse garb for a friend! This greenhouse costume uses cardboard and iron-on flowers, and is sure to turn heads. You can find the tutorial here. Speaking of group costumes, you really don’t want to miss our Andy Warhol Campbell’s soup can team costumes, or our Wild Things costumes. They’re some of my favorites, and they’re great for any size group!

a white woman with brown hair wears a green dress with iron on flowers, a greenhouse hat, and yellow clogs. She's holding flowers and a watering can.

Family Costume

Another cute Halloween costume for a pair of friends would be our beehive and picnic costumes. Both use an iron-on technique to make easy halloween costumes that are as cute as a bug. Find the tutorials here.

Brittany wears a gingham red dress with ants ironed onto it and holds a rattan picnic bag. a white woman wearing a yellow dress with iron-on bees, black gloves, a bee headband, and black shoes stands in front of a blue background.

This constellation costume with iron-on stars is absolutely dazzling. Honestly, you might as well break it out all year round because it’s that beautiful.

a blonde woman wearing an off-the-shoulder black jumpsuit with silvers stars all over it, sparkly makeup, and a spangled headband against a periwinkle background

For a subtle Halloween look, just print off our Pumpkin Crown and wear warm autumn tones.

Printable Pumpkin Crown

Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids

Brand new this year are our classic Halloween costumes for kids! We give you options for a witch, bat, and pumpkin. Not only are they simple to make in a pinch, they’re adorable and you’ll be glad you tried them out. One of our most glamorous costumes with templates in the shop is our sun, cloud and rainbow set. This makes a great baby and mom costume, because you can add sun rays to a baby bonnet. I love how our model matched the baby’s outfit to her sling! With this costume you can invest as much or as little as you want. Just want the Sun and Rainbow headpiece? No problem. What about the Cloud Bag and Cloud Earrings? Done. Just want a sunny baby bonnet pattern? Your wish is our command. Make the costume just how you like it with this tutorial.

Rainbow costumeRainbow and sun mommy and me costume

This Giving Tree costume is another easy Halloween idea that you could make in a flash. And who doesn’t want to reference a classic children’s book in their costume? Find the tutorial here.

A mom wearing a green outfit with leaves and holding a felt apple bag stands next to her child in red overalls. They're dressed as the Giving Tree.

If you have a gaggle of children to costume, consider our Three Blind Mice baby costume pattern or our Crayon Hat template. Both are simple to put together and oh so sweet. For more kids costume ideas, see this post!

3 blind mice diy costume for kidsFour kids wearing crayon halloween costumes in orange, red, blue, and green.

Halloween Party Supplies

Even though gathering in big groups for Halloween parties is starting to look less and less likely (again 😔), you can still throw a Halloween party for your family, roommates, or pod! This Halloween Party Suite includes printable invitations, placemats, party tags, and place cards. Talk about easy Halloween ideas!

Halloween themed place cards.

Paper party goods with a halloween theme on a black background. They're orange, yellow, black, white, navy, and peach.

And for a party favor, try these printable poppers or printable Halloween candy gift boxes.

Halloween party poppersPrintable Halloween Candy Gift Box

These Halloween coupons make a fun halloween activity for your family. They’re a great way for parents to get their kids to relinquish some candy in return for fun activities.

halloween coupons in pink, red, blue, and black.

These illustrated Halloween cards are another great party favor because you can attach them to treat bags, trade them, send them as cards, or just hang them up.

Printable Halloween Cards

If your party is more freaky than funky, you might like this elegant invitation and Halloween dinner menu.

black and white illustrated halloween party invitation in a black decorative hadn surrounded by foliage and fruitsBlack and floral printable halloween menu

Party Food

Real talk here: what’s a party without cake? Use these printables and templates to make your Halloween cake extra fancy. The Spooky Town printable cake topper set is quaint and just a bit creepy, while this Black Birds cake topper is decidedly Hitchcock-approved. Red velvet cake makes it even more dramatic!

a colorful, cute printable cake topper set on a cake."The Birds" Cake Topper

If your fall party isn’t so Halloween-specific (or even if it is!) this Fall Leaf cake topper will add elegance and fun to the celebration.

DIY fall leaf cake topper

More Inspiration

Looking for more cards, costumes, and decor? Search for Halloween on our blog! You’ll be blown away by the years of great, easy Halloween ideas and DIYs. If you’re interested in many of these ideas (who wouldn’t be!?), you can check out our E-Book, The Halloween that Lars Made. It’s a one-stop shop for easy Halloween ideas, DIYs, and projects. Also, for more festive ideas check out this post on how to get into the Halloween spirit this year!

Halloween Garland

Paper Halloween Garland

When it comes to holiday decorations, garlands are one of my favorites. In my opinion, there’s no holiday that couldn’t use a simple garland to spice things up. Especially Halloween! Which is why this Halloween garland is a new favorite of mine. It’s equal parts spooky and cute, which is just what I need from my Halloween decor. Based on our Friendsgiving and Valentine’s Day garlands, this one brings a spooktacular twist to make you feel like Halloween is already in the air. All you need to make this simple project is a Cricut Maker or other die cut machine, some paper, and string/sewing machine thread.

How to Make Your Own Halloween Garland

To make your own Halloween garland, follow these simple instructions:

  1. First, download the Halloween garland template found here.
  2. Next, upload the SVG file into the cricut design space. 
  3. Now use your Cricut Maker to cut out each of the shapes provided in the template. We cut roughly 50-80 of each shape. For color palette inspo, see our Halloween garland photos (we used shades of orange, pink, and a little pop of black).
  4. Once your shapes are cut out, you can sew them together into a long strand with your sewing machine! If you don’t have a sewing machine handy, you can also use an embroidery needle and thread some string through by hand. Make one strand per shape (or more, if desired!)
  5. When you’re done making each strand, hang them up and admire! Done!

You can hang this garland pretty much anywhere and it will look amazing. My personal favorite is over a tablescape for some show stopping party decor. I also love a good mantle garland. But the options don’t end there! Try hanging it along the banister, draping it over archways or doorways, or around windows. 

What are you going to do with your Halloween garland? Drop your ideas below!

More Inspiration

What did you think of our Halloween garland? Let us know in the comments! If you loved this garland, chances are you might be interested in some of our other Halloween garlands, like this DIY vampire teeth garland and DIY toilet paper roll candy garland. You might be interested in our paper garlands for other holidays, too, like our Friendsgiving or Valentine’s Day garlands. Also, check out the options in our Halloween shop!

Mommy and Me Halloween Costumes

Mommy and Me Halloween Costumes

It turns out we have quite a few mommy and me Halloween costumes we’ve made over the years. Here are some of my favorites:

Rainbow and sun mommy and me costume

Picasso and Painting

Russian nesting doll mommy and baby costumeArtist and palette mommy and baby costume

Mushroom and garden gnome baby and mommy costume

Stork and package mommy and baby costume

Other Parent/Child Costumes

While these aren’t strictly mommy and me Halloween costumes, they definitely could be. Also make them into daddy and me, siblings or just whole family costumes! I love that the following costumes are all based off of books, too! What’s your child’s favorite book? Use your imagination and make your own costume based off of one of their favs. 

A mom wearing a paper flower costume and a daughter dressed as a mouse pose in their costumes

A mom wearing a green outfit with leaves and holding a felt apple bag stands next to her child in red overalls. They're dressed as the Giving Tree.

Group Costumes

These group costumes work great for friends, family, siblings, grandparents, you name it. Do you need multiple matching costumes? Here are our favorites.

family costume where the wild things are

Family Costume

Baby/Kid Costumes

Sometimes mommy and me Halloween costumes are more accurately just baby/kid costumes with mommy tagging along. If you’re more interested in dressing up your little one than yourself this year, we’ve got you covered. Because we all know there’s nothing cuter and more hilarious than your kid dressed up as, say…Jared Leto and his head or a viking. Sometimes those costumes just stand alone.

Oscar Tribute baby costumes

More Inspiration

Loved this mommy and me Halloween costumes post and want more? For more costume inspiration, check out this list of our top 15 favorite costumes! Also see influential women costumes, these costumes made from everyday supplies, and these paper costumes. Short on time? Check out these three last minute Halloween costumes! Looking for a real showstopper? Don’t miss our Tortured Artists, Frida Kahlo, or Medusa costumes.

“The Birds” Halloween Wall Decor

A Halloween Party To Remember

The best thing about “The Birds” Halloween wall decor is that it’s quick and easy but still a showstopper! So if you’re short on time and want something people will remember, this project is for you. All you need is a Cricut maker, our template, and some black paper and you’re all set to make the birds a reality. Trust us, it’s worth it. People aren’t going to forget this in a hurry.

While our “The Birds” cake topper was originally inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller, we couldn’t help but think of Moira Rose’s amazing performance in “The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening” (if you’re not a Schitt’s Creek fan, you will be after watching this). Needless to say, donning my own crow outfit and joining the birds seemed only natural.

How To Make “The Birds” Halloween Wall Decor

  1. First, download the template found here.
  2. Next, using a Cricut Maker or scissors, cut out as many birds as you want for your wall decor.
  3. Now use poster putty to put your birds up on the wall. If you’re not sure of the configuration you want, you can reference our photos for ideas.
  4. Done! 

Tip: we’d highly recommend pairing this amazing wall decor with “The Birds” cake topper. Even better, make a whole night of it and watch The Birds! It’s a classic, after all. And if you’re in the mood for humor rather than horror, Schitt’s Creek is probably more up your alley.

Now we want to know: What are you doing for Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on making “The Birds” Halloween wall decor? Right this way. Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our Halloween shop! Also, check out our blog archives for more awesome Halloween ideas, like this char-boo-terie Halloween snack board or some costume ideas. My personal favorite was the wild things family costume from last year. Also check out our Halloween e-book!

Best Cardboard Costumes

Cardboard Halloween Costumes

Cardboard is one of my favorite materials to use for Halloween costumes. It’s incredibly versatile, easy to use, cheap, and most people have loads of it on hand! I know I have way too many Amazon boxes lying around. Well, this is the perfect way to recycle those old boxes and give them a new life! Here are some of the best cardboard costumes from years past.

Where the Wild Things Are

We made our beloved Where the Wild Things Are family costume just last year. This costume was, arguably, my favorite costume yet. It’s amazing! It’s the perfect family costume for many different family sizes, too–just keep adding wild things and you’re all set whether there are three or ten of you when the wild rumpus starts.

family costume wild things

Jasper Viking Costume

This Jasper viking costume was one I will not be forgetting in a hurry. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see their two year old in full viking garb, ship included?

Campbell’s Soup Cans

Another one of my favorite cardboard costumes was our group costume from last year. Campbell’s soup cans! Not only is this one simple, it looks amazing when finished. Again, it’s great because it’s suitable for any size group.

Family Costume

DIY Hippie Costume

Feeling chill and wanting to channel those hippie vibes? Try this DIY Hippie Costume! It’s cute, simple and straightforward. Perfect if you don’t have a lot of time but want to look like you tried this Halloween.

Mommy and Me Sun Rainbow

Have a newborn this Halloween? You’ll probably love this Mommy and Me Sun Rainbow, especially if that little one is a little ray of sunshine like newborns tend to be. Enjoy the stage and take it to the next level with a costume to compliment it perfectly.

Rainbow and sun mommy and me costume

Picasso and Painting

I just got back from France, and while I was there I went to the Picasso museum. I learned so much! That said, this Picasso and Painting seems extra fitting! Plus, as a bonus, it’s full of color, which is a must for me.

Picasso and Painting

Greenhouse Costume

The greenhouse costume featured in our easy cricut costumes post is the perfect choice if you have a cricut maker and some spare cardboard lying around!

Green house Halloween costume

Jimmy Fallon Costumes

I have to say, I love these Jimmy Fallon costumes. They’re a great way to use up that extra cardboard. In my opinion they’re some of the best cardboard costumes you can choose from! Oh, and speaking of Jimmy Fallon, have you read “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada”? If so, you’ll love this costume.

Book Costumes

If you have kids, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these book costumes. They’re some of the best cardboard costumes for parents and children to wear together! Try If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, and Chrysanthemum (one of my personal favorites).

 

A mom wearing a paper flower costume and a daughter dressed as a mouse pose in their costumesCopenhagen Row House Costume

Last, but one of the best cardboard costumes out there is this Copenhagen Row House costume. It’s ideal because it’s made almost exclusively out of cardboard! So if simple is your jam, look no further. Transport yourself (and everyone around you) to Copenhagen, while you’re at it!

More Inspiration

We hope you enjoyed this post on some of our best cardboard costumes! Interested in more cardboard content? Try these eight crafts to do with leftover cardboard. Looking for more costume ideas? Check out this list we compiled last year! Oh, and don’t forget to peruse our shop for lots of easy Halloween ideas!

Paper Flower Gift Topper

 

Gift Wrapping with Flowers

You know me. I love gift wrap! Probably more so than the present itself. And even though my birthday is in June, it turns out plenty of people have fall birthdays, which means this paper flower gift topper will definitely come in handy. The best part is, since these flowers are paper, you can save them for plenty of birthdays and occasions for presents to come! I came up with this tissue paper flower gift topper as a fun way to add a dash of whimsy to a gift and it’s super easy. It’s based on paper poms, so if you know how to make those, you’re good to go!

tissue paper flower diyInstructions

  1. First, cut a piece of tissue paper 6″ wide and about 18″ long (depends on how large you’d like it)
  2. Next, cut another piece of tissue paper about 2″ wide and 18″ long. This will be the center of your flower.
  3. Now do an accordion fold up the tissue paper, about 3/4″ wide.
  4. After the accordion folds are done, fold the accordion-folded paper in half.
  5. Now staple the center of the fold.
  6. Once the paper is stapled, cut a point at each end of the paper.
  7. Next, glue the two ends of the paper together and fan out the blossom so that it spreads evenly around.
  8. Using the template, cut out leaves from the green paper and fold down the center. Use whatever size you prefer for your flowers!
  9. Glue the topper to the gift and glue the paper leaves underneath.

Voila! All done!

Tissue paper flower gift topperTissue paper flower gift topperPhotography by Trisha Zemp

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on our paper flower gift topper and need more ideas? We have plenty of gift toppers to choose from! See our popular bird gift topper here. Also check out these 3D paper flower gift toppers. Another classic is this prize ribbon gift topper. And call me premature, but prep early for the holidays with these classic paper holiday greenery gift toppers.

Painted Frames

Upgrading Your Frames

Frames are some of the most neutral pieces of home decor around. The default is almost always black, white, natural wood or metal of some kind. Well, as of late, we’ve been focusing on the need for color (see this post and this one). This easy DIY hack will upgrade your frames from sad to glad in an instant! 

How to Paint Your Frames

Here’s all you need to do to upgrade your neutral frames with some glorious color:

  1. Remove the glass and backing so all you have is your frame.
  2. Now sand down all the edges. This is important in order to avoid chipping paint later on!
  3. After you’re done sanding, take a dry cloth and wipe away the dust.
  4. Now you can pencil in your design. You can also get straight to the painting and pencil in the details after you’ve done one coat of paint.
  5. Note: if your frame was a darker color to begin with, you should consider priming your frame first.
  6. Once you’re done with your design, let it dry completely, then put the glass/plexi back and add a photo. Done!

Now we want to hear from you: what do you do for you grandparents on their special day? Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

Need more ideas for gifts for grandparents? Try these photo heirloom dolls (and check out our 2022 craft along, where we’ll be making photo heirloom ornaments every week and donating the proceeds to charity). Also, don’t forget to check out our shop for lots of great gift ideas!

Mixbook Wedding Book

Wedding Book Inspired by Blooms

As many of you know, we debuted our first Casetify collection last fall. Then, come spring, we came out with another new collection, Bloom. This one featured all things floral, and I thought the floral motifs couldn’t be a more perfect fit for my Mixbook wedding book. After all, my love affair with flowers is no secret. I especially love poppies, and Garet, our designer, did a beautiful job on the poppy design featured in our Bloom collection. 

My Mixbook Wedding Book

It was so fun to design this wedding book template with my team! Using our Bloom collection as a reference, we created a floral-inspired template with beautiful, painterly floral stickers and backgrounds. The best part about it is that it is fully customizable! Mix and match those floral stickers and backgrounds to your heart’s content. 

Discount Code for Lars Readers

Mixbook is also generous enough to offer a temporary discount code on their photo books to Lars readers! Use the code SOCIAL50 for 50% off your first photo book. The code expires on September 15, 2022, so get compiling your photos together!

Our Wedding and Engagement Photos

Then there were the wedding photos. Going back through all those old photos brought back so much nostalgia! If it’s been a minute since you’ve looked through your old wedding photos, you’ll know the feeling. Are you curious? Okay, fine, since you asked, here are some never before seen wedding photos. 

This was from our engagement session. I don’t think I’ve shared any from that session with Rachel Thurston at all! Maybe I’ll share more for our anniversary next month.

Ok, now these are from our actual wedding ceremony in Newport Beach, California. We got married at the LDS temple. It’s so fun to see our friends there!

These photos were taken by my cousin, Ali DeGraff. It was one of her first weddings and she absolutely nailed it. I still love them so much! 

My sister, Caitlin.

My sister painted us some signs that we held and had for navigating at the reception.

Really wish I hadn’t made that face.

My mom had the idea to do all bundt cakes. Really wish we had gotten to try them. Ha! Anyone else not get to taste the food?

I can’t believe so much time has passed. And I’m so happy to have a book in which to preserve those memories. 

Now I want to hear from you: Did you make a wedding book already? And what’s your favorite wedding memory? 

More Inspiration

Looking for more photo book inspiration? It turns out we’ve done more than a few projects with Mixbook in the past. Last Christmas we used Mixbook to make these team Christmas cards, and these ones from a few years ago. Also see these floral wedding invitations, our year in review, our Denmark trip documentation, and a compilation post of our Mixbook projects.

Summer Strawberry Party

Strawberry Party Suite

For our summer strawberry party, our designer, Garet, designed the most adorable strawberry party suite ever! I’m in love with all the little details, like the perfect color palette of those strawberries. Or those tiny ants?! Complete with invitations, strawberry toothpick toppers, and box wrappers, this suite will do the trick perfectly for all your strawberry party needs. The best part is that there are plenty of variations with this party suite. Not interested in the toothpick toppers being attached to toothpicks? Print them out on sticker paper instead and hand them out as party favors! 

Here’s what to do with our strawberry party suite:

  1. Download, print and cut out the files from our shop here.
  2. Next, fill in those invitations and send ‘em out! Then you can start prepping the other party details.
  3. Now hot glue them to one end of a toothpick.
  4. For the box wrappers, wrap them around the box and secure with hot glue.

Strawberry Surprise Garland

Oh, and don’t forget that amazing strawberry surprise garland–we altered our original strawberry surprise balls to make them into a garland that will make you want to make this strawberry party a tradition for years to come. Because what’s better than GIANT strawberry decorations?! They definitely make it feel more like a party.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been to parties and have been unsure where the party is (this is especially tough at parks where there are a million parties happening at the same time). Maybe it’s just me (though I have a feeling it’s not), but please, help a girl out and make your party eye-catching so it can be seen from afar. That was definitely the point with this garland; your guests won’t be left guessing when they arrive at the party–they’ll know exactly where to go. Plus, it’s just so fun.

How to make a strawberry surprise garland

  1. Download the garland template found here (it’s part of the strawberry party suite).
  2. To make the balls, follow the instructions found here. The only difference is that each strip is made up of two separate pieces, since it’s bigger. Glue them together and then follow the rest of the instructions!
  3. Lastly, to add the string, just thread it from one side to the other on the opposite side of the ball. Keep adding strawberries until it’s as full as you’d like!

Summer Strawberry Party Food

It wouldn’t be a party without food! Take this opportunity to go all in with the strawberry-themed foods. That means strawberries (duh!), cupcakes with strawberry frosting, mini pb & j’s (strawberry jam, of course!), etc. You know what to do! Those adorable little toothpick toppers are perfect to poke in the tops of the pb & j’s and cupcakes. You can also use them for those plain ‘ol strawberries–why not double up? There are so many strawberry foods that would be so cute. So just have fun.

Now tell us: what are you going to do for your summer strawberry party? 

More Inspiration

Want to make your summer strawberry party into a picnic? Try your hand at making one of these two simple quilt hacks! Also see this watermelon picnic blanket, duffle/picnic blanket, and autumn picnic blanket. And don’t forget to check out our shop for all your go-to party needs!

Bastille Day Roundup

History of Bastille Day

But do you know what Bastille Day is, or its significance? Well, long story short, it’s France’s national holiday, marked by the storming of the Bastille prison. It was a pivotal day in the French Revolution, one that changed the course of the French revolution and eventually transformed the republic. Since 1880, the French have been celebrating July 14th as their national holiday. And it is well worth celebrating! See this article for a full history of Bastille Day.

Here’s our Bastille Day roundup from years past:

Bastille Day Roundup

July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper and Print

The blog’s first mention of Bastille Day, here’s our July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper and Print! This was the year we celebrated with fun, whimsical illustrations featuring quirky berets. They reminded us too much of France not to use to celebrate Bastille Day!

July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

Printable Paris Crown and Invitations

These Printable Paris Crown and Invitations are another great blast from the past to celebrate Bastille Day! Who says you need to be in Paris to celebrate? Bring Paris into your own home and have a Bastille Day bash featuring these crowns and invitations.

Printable Parisian Placemats

What better excuse to eat a pile of delicious French pastries than Bastille Day? That’s where these Printable Parisian Placemats come in. They’re the perfect compliment if you’re in the mood for a few macarons or croissants. And really, does anyone not like those delicious pastries? The French knew how to do something else besides win revolutions: bake.

Printable Parisian Placemats

Paris-Inspired Design: A Bastille Day Bash

In 2020, we dedicated a blog post to tips on Paris-Inspired Design: A Bastille Day Bash. Because I’m not sure there’s a better day to talk about Paris-inspired design. Except really, isn’t every day a good day? Parisian design is that good.

Celebrating Bastille Day

Most recently, here are some tips on Celebrating Bastille Day

We’ve reached the end of our Bastille Day roundup! And now, we want to hear from you: what are you doing to celebrate Bastille Day? Drop your answers in the comments below!

Paper Cake Topper Fireworks for the Fourth

Fireworks and the Fourth

Can we all agree that the best part about the Fourth of July is fireworks? I am always mesmerized by amazing firework shows–the colors, the lights, the sparkle! I could do without the loud noise (not to mention stress of toddlers and babies around fire!) but there are pros and cons to everything. Well, if you’re like me and are not so crazy about mixing real fireworks with your kids and their all-too-eager hands, these paper cake topper fireworks are for you. It gives you a beautiful, festive display without the noise or the worry!

Perfect for your Fourth of July celebrations, these red, white and blue fireworks are a stunning scene when arranged atop a cake. All you’ll need to make the magic happen is colored paper and some skewers. Cut them on your cricut maker or by hand, these little beauties will be the stars (or should I say fireworks?) of the party this Fourth of July. 

How to Make Paper Cake Topper Fireworks

I love how easy these paper cake topper fireworks are to make. They’re the perfect solution for a last-minute craft that definitely doesn’t look it. Here’s how to make them:

  1. First, cut out the firework templates using scissors or a Cricut Maker. We use our trusty Cricut Maker for everything!
  2. Next, layer the larger fireworks to give them some dimension and glue together. To recreate our cake toppers, see the photos for reference!
  3. Now glue a skewer onto the back of each firework. Vary the heights of your skewers.
  4. Last, arrange atop your cake and enjoy the view!

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on how to make cake topper fireworks and interested in more Fourth of July crafts? Step right this way! Try this other variation of our cake topper fireworks for the Fourth! Need more decoration ideas? You won’t want to miss 3 bunting ideas or this brand new Fourth of July wreath! Also see this compilation of Fourth of July projects. Then head to our shop to check out our Fourth of July content!

Cake Topper Sparklers

Sparklers and Fireworks on the Fourth

You can’t get much more classic than sparklers and fireworks on the Fourth. And I happen to love that these cake topper sparklers, in addition to being adorable, are not a fire hazard. With two little kiddos, I don’t love the idea of sparklers and fireworks that could cause injuries and fires with a simple accident. Jasper has just enough energy that I’d rather err on the side of caution, know what I mean?

The other perk about these cake topper sparklers is that you can keep them for years to come! Make them a tradition and add them to cakes and cupcakes every Fourth of July. Don’t live in the U.S.? Not to fret! Use these sparklers to celebrate any occasion. And that goes for those in the U.S., too. Once the Fourth of July is over, keep using these pretty little sparklers to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions all year long.

How to Make Cake Topper Sparklers for the Fourth

Here’s how to make your own cake topper sparklers:

  1. First, cut three 12 inch by 5 inch strips of cellophane. We used red, silver, blue and pink. Gold, this iridescent option and this colorful set are all great options, though! You can also use ribbon or tissue paper.
  2. Now create a fringe effect with each strip by cutting parallel lines down the full strip, making sure never to cut all the way to the edge of your material.
  3. Once all 3 strips are fringed, take your dowel and begin gluing one strip on to the top of the dowel. Start on one side and twist it around the skewer, adding a dab of glue when needed to keep it in place.
  4. Do that for each strand creating 3 tiered layers at the top of the skewer.
  5. Last, simply add 1 thin piece of cellophane around the bottom of the 3 tiers for the finishing touch!

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