4th of July Decor DIY

Hello Crafters! Elly here.

It’s 4th of July, guests are on their way and you don’t have that epic entrance to wow them. What do you do? Introducing..

You’re probably wondering, “how on earth will I EVER do that?” Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s really not as complicated as it seems.

Things that you need: 4th of July leis 12159-RWB + LED String lights 11950-WT and the usual DIY kit: scissors and glue.

  

Step 1. You have to cut and wrap the leis around the String lights. Make sure the ends of the leis are secured so that the flowers don’t fall off! They should look something like this:

Beauty! At first, we wanted to decorate the table but realized it’d make a beautiful backdrop + entryway for all our guests! We simply taped the string lights around the door and ta-da! spontaneity at its finest.

  

Not done yet! With all the leftover leis, we decided to tape them up on the top of the door frame to create a beautiful drop for the entry. Looks something like this…

It doesn’t only make a great entryway for your guests but an awesome photo wall! Got two birds with one stone! Check out a few of our test shots below!

  

Check out how to make the other wall HERE. Love to see some of YOUR creative ideas! Tag us at @Flashingblinkylights to show us YOUR creations!

Happy 4th of July! ELLY OUT.

DIY: LED “BIKE” Strip Lights

Hello FBL crafters! Summer’s here and it’s time to cruise around with the gang. Remember our bike lights? They were a HIT with all our biker crew and other cruisers felt left out on all the love. So here we are to spark some creative DIY ideas for everyone in your gang.

This picture represents what we originally intended for the product. An elegant and fun bike décor that doubles as safety lights – I’m talking about those nighttime riders out there, stay seen. But we never imagined what our creative clients would come up with, turning our standard bike lights into…

A light decor for your skateboard and longboard! S-i-i-i-i-i-i-ck!

What are you waiting for? Grab your board and try it out for yourself!

Follow these three simple steps and be the coolest on the streets.

  1. Grab your Skateboard or a longboard.
  2. Get one or two LED Strip Lights for Bike frame; comes in blue or red.
  3. Pick your spot and use scissors/tape to secure them on. (For a permanent fixture, use a hot glue gun. Just make sure the battery housing is facing outward for easy battery replacement.)

And ta-da!

Stay safe and don’t forget a helmet! Happy cruising! ELLY OUT.

Our 10 Best Selling Reception Decor

Hey, Elly here.

It’s only Spring but I feel like I’ve been to at least 10 wedding ceremonies and receptions. Each one unique with different themes, color palette, and vibes and although they all shared different attributes, they all had one thing in common: LIGHTS!

It’s definitely hard planning an event, especially one as important as a wedding reception. But like I always say, FBL is here to make your night one of your most treasured memories.

So I got inspired, looked through our database, and found FBLs’ top 10 best-selling reception decoration of 2018! If you are struggling with your décor, look no further!

Number 10! Don’t let the picture fool you, this marquee box comes with over 80+ letters and symbols to write personalized messages for the world to see. It’s a classic and, simultaneously, a new-age way to say  ‘Congratulations’, ‘I love you’ or ‘Happy birthday’. The possibilities are endless.

Number 9! These floating LED roses are the most magical flowers you’ve seen. Flowers are a must for weddings and bridal showers so why not get something that will last?

Number 8! If you’re like me and LOVE to arts and craft, then this is the perfect product for you. With an array of different colors to choose from, you can let your creativity run wild. Whatever you decide to make, it’ll be a meaningful and personal touch to your event.

Number 7! One of my favorite things about receptions is the afterparty. What better way to get one started than with our light projector? Turn any empty room into a dance party that everyone can enjoy.

Number 6! Have you ever wanted to change the lights to fit the mood when that one song comes on, or halfway through that emotional speech you are pouring your heart into? Yeah, me too.

It’s possible with our remote LED submersible! Keep your guests entertained and never let your centerpieces be boring again.

Number 5! Recycling has never been better! The cork shaped battery pack fits in most bottles for an easy DIY. Don’t lie, we know you’ll have plenty of empty bottles. *wink wink*

Number 4! If you are feeling chic, modern and want something that screams new-age, then think LED Cubes! With multicolor changing or steady lighting, these are great for any color scheme or theme.

Number 3! Because what’s cooler than a square? A circle! So throw a ball… just not this one. Our mid-size Deco Balls are the perfect size for the center of reception tables, plus dress it up by surrounding with flowers or other festive decors – get creative with it!

Number 2! You can’t judge til you’ve seen them in action! The disco ball sets the perfect groovy vibe that will keep your guests getting funky with it all night long.

Number 1! Our most searched product for reception is.. you guessed it, Light up centerpieces! It’s the perfect finishing touch to your table for your perfect night, it’s no wonder that they’re number 1 on our reception decor.

We know how stressful planning an event could be, but it’s all worth it when you see those happy faces of friends, family, and loved ones. If none of the products above float your boat then feel free to check out our 100+ reception decor products HERE.

Happy planning! ELLY OUT.

Our Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Favorites!

Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo?

It’s time to fiesta like there’s no mañana!

Don’t settle for just a plain old dinner gathering this year, make it a fiesta to remember with these helpful tips from FBL. It’s always a tedious endeavor picking out the essentials for your party and can sometimes be overwhelming, that’s why we are here to help. We gathered the data and counted the votes so you can sit back, relax and shop with ease of mind. So, take a look at the TOP 5 fiesta favorites that will take your Cinco de Mayo party from bueno to excelente!

With number 5: Our infamous Red Chili Peppers light up necklace! Feeling spicy and need a way to show it? Are your dance moves being hidden in the dark? Throw on LED Chili Pepper necklace and add a little more spice to your dance moves.

Number 4: For those that don’t have the hottest moves, our Light Up Maracas are the perfect dance partner; which is why we believe our Light up Maracas are number 4 on our top 5. You can steal the spotlight on any dance floor, just imagine what Light up Maracas can do for you! Light it up and shake away!

Number 3: Red LED Flower Crown is just right to stay bonita all night long. Everyone has those guests that rather sit around and look pretty instead of dancing, why should they be left out? Give them Light Up Floral Crowns so they can at least look stylish while politely refusing to grace us with their dance moves. Who says lights are only for fun and games? It can be used for fashion too!  Complete your perfect party outfit with this beautiful headwear.

Almost there… number 2! Make your guests feel less guilty for that huge drink in their hand. When it’s Cinco de Mayo, you don’t need any other reason to party. The beads are affordable, fun to pass around and is the second HOTTEST party favor for Cinco de Mayo.

Last but not least… Numero Uno: Light up Margarita Glass! Because your seniorita needs a light up Margarita. It’s not a Cinco de Mayo party without its’ trademark margaritas. Plus, you can light up your drink for double the fun! It’s been scientifically proven by some of the world’s top partygoers that light up drinks taste better than non-light up ones. 100% true.

That’s our top 5 Cinco de Mayo party favors! Nothing fit for your party? No worries! We have over 100+ more party favors to choose from. We hope you have a GREAT Cinco de Mayo! FBL OUT.

Light Up Your Summer Crafts With FBLs!

Aloha, crafters.  With warmer weather comes Summer Crafts.  Adding FBL lights to summer crafts makes for super cool party decor, whether having a couple friends over for a chill patio hang, or a bunch of party animals over for a night swim and dance party.  As one enters said party, imagine being greeted by THIS groovy front door wreath:wreath_front3

Neat-o, huh.  Summer Crafts done with paper cocktail umbrellas are my favorite.  Love that tiki retro vibe, plus with LED lights now readily available & for cheap, it’s a magical match I tell you.  Here are the essential ingredients for your own summer crafts:

  1. FBL battery powered LED String Lights, naturally.
  2. Many colorful paper cocktail umbrellas.  Find ’em in bulk on Amazon.
  3. 1 styrofoam ring found at craft stores.  A twig wreath could work well too.
  4. 1 hot glue gun + sticks!  Aw, my best friend.  Never leave home without my glue gun.

11886_WT_stars_string_lightsStart by attaching your bendy wire string lights.  White LED Stars are the brightest, they rule.  That battery house is simple to conceal behind the wreath, just hot glue it down.  Next zig zag the wire string along the foam ring, bending it as you wish (spread those lights out evenly!), and add dabs of glue along the way to hold in place.  This completes the “skeleton” of your summer craft wreath.  Just pop open those umbrellas & get to piercing them all over the styrofoam!  Easy, right?

wreath_backCheck out the back. NOT a big deal if the glue gets messy, or if toothpicks poke through.  That’ll be our little secret once it’s hung up & on display.  TIP 4 YOU: should you find yourself with a small wreath, break off half of each toothpick to fit the umbrellas nice & snug. ANOTHER ESSENTIAL TIP: overlap the umbrellas to your heart’s content.  The beauty of this part is you can re-pierce each umbrella if you’re not happy with the placement.  Try & try again!  Ya can’t really “mess up”.

For more tiki inspired fun, take a trip down memory lane & have a look at the LED Pineapple Lamp Lights I made a couple summers ago.  *Ooo* they’re gonna look SO lovely next to my new LED Tiki Wreath.  Mahalo, my friends!  Happy Summer, craft it up.pineapples

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Hoppy Days Are Here Again With LED Easter DECOrations!

Weather’s warmin’ up, the sun’s setting later, and FBL Easter Decorations are a delight on spring nights.  Of course we’ve got those cute lil’ low cost novelties you fill Easter baskets with, but did you know we’ve got large-and-in-charge Light Decor that looks cool all season long?  Prepare for more outdoor hangouts when you party with glowing Easter decorations and “Deco” lights!

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Yes sirree, time to break out the FBL “Deco” products.  They are Easter Decoration perfection, with their smooth white shells and ambient color change lights.  The 3″ perfect circles seen above float in water and look nice planted in grass.  Line a walkway with those babies before a party and watch your guests freak out!  In a great way.  We’ve also got oval shaped “decos” to hide in the garden for an Easter egg hunt at dusk.  Words cannot describe just how much kids looooove an event planned with LED Deco Eggs.  Check out how they accentuate an Easter Basket:

easterdecorationslightupeggsMAGIC.  They sell out every year, so act fast, Easter enthusiasts…

Here’s the queen of all Decos:  our jumbo Glowing Orb of Enchantment, measures 10″ in diameter.  This beauty’s absolutely worth its price because it recharges nightly, so no money spent on batteries, it changes color by remote control, and it floats in pools & ponds once removed from charging dock – just dry it off between uses.

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I bought my own rechargeable jumbo Deco Ball when it was new here at FBL, so we’re talkin’ many years ago, and I’m still using it I am proud to say.  We made a great product!  My magical orb lamp brings me a lot of joy at home, and new house guests always “ooo” and “ahh” at it.  Even my grumpy cat enjoys it!  What a sassy sphinx.

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Why yes ^that^ is a true white setting, in addition to the multitudes of rainbow colors I can choose from.  I hear party planners and production coordinators really need that bright white, so we’re pleased to offer it in our recharging Deco Ball.  The customer speaks, and we listen!

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^^^ Also great for Halloween…

Speaking of that essential customer feedback, got any for me?  The comment field below is the perfect way to quickly let us know what you need.  If you’ve got a cool new light craft idea, or are searching for an LED product but just keep striking out, I can help!  Let’s stay in touch, honey bunnies.  Cheers, mates, enjoy your Easter!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Adorable Affordable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Ready to spoil the sweethearts in your life?  It won’t take much money.  Fresh unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day used to be hard to come by, but now that we live in the age of LED party supplies, the decision is simple:  light up your love life!

Talk about a feel-good moment.  You may get showered with hugs & kisses in return – you have been warned.  Here are more of my own personal favorite Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day:

Pink LED Light Beads.  Our deluxe style’s accentuated by shiny purple & silver beads throughout.  Or go with our lower cost 1-color version — got pink & red, plus even more colors for other holidays!  IT’S A HIT:Deluxe_LED_Beads

Glowing Red Roses.  Hand ’em out 1-by-1 to make many smile, or gather a bunch in a vase for a super cool bouquet your sweetheart will love:LED_red_rose

Color Change LED Deco Roses, and these ones safely float in water.  Ooo-lala!  Romance is alive & well when these babies are set adrift:color_change_LED_deco_floating_roses

Le Groovy Heart Ring.  Its lights flash like a heartbeat, so its a tiny yet mega-eye-catching lil’ treat, plus buying it in bulk is gonna be mega affordable.  Pop these in some party goodie bags along with candy and traditional Valentine cards, done & done:10403_groovy_heart_ring_600

Sparkling LED Acrylic Heart Necklace is the bee’s knees!  I mean, it’s got glitter in it.  How can one go wrong when there’s glitter involved?  It’s just not possible…10558_acrylic_heart_necklacev9_600

One year, I took those same glittery heart charms off their lanyard necklaces and attached each to my store-bought Valentine cards – ain’t that a cute idea? :gift_ideas_valentines_day

For those in the crafty spirit, check this cute/simple gift idea:

  • Get a silk flower from the craft store,
  • Chop off its back, making it flat as possible,
  • Adhere a clamp-like hair clip to the back (hot glue has always worked for me),
  • Then the best part:  glue a Slow Color Change LED in the flower’s center, pop it in your locks, and get ready to rock & roll:

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It’s almost TOO easy!  ‘Til next time, lovebirds.  Drop me a line in the comment field if you need help with your holiday light crafts – I am always here to help.  And don’t forget to visit our Pinterest too, chock full of cool ideas.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Tacky Christmas Sweaters: Still All The Rage.

Ahoy.sign_off_pic  Last we talked Tacky Christmas Sweaters, we explored how to improve an ordinary plain sweater with ever-enhancing LED lights.  Easy as pie.  Since then, Tacky Christmas Sweaters have taken off like a rocket ship.  There’s an insane amount of funny sweater designs out there, guys!  So it’s no longer a challenge to find something unique, and ya don’t have to break the bank to win that “Ugly” Sweater Contest.

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As FBL gears up for the annual company Christmas party, many of us are preparing our own Tacky Christmas Sweaters for a fierce competition.  We’re encouraging our team to GET WACKY with it, add lights & flare, there is really no other way!  OH there will be prizes & pictures!  Stay tuned for that magic…  In the meantime, check out this ol’ thrift store trophy I spruced up with Battery Powered Wire String Lights & old tree decorations.  BEHOLD the power of a glue gun and doo-dads!  Winner winner chicken dinner!  Someone’s going to feel very accomplished upon receiving this, lemme tell ya…

tacky_christmas_sweater2Here’s one of my faves from last year:  FBL customer service rep Awesome Adriana.  This kind-hearted woman took craftiness to a whole new level when she connected a stuffed animal to her Christmas Sweater for constant companionship.  Cute idea!  I spy even more ingredients needed for extra sass:  flower trim, sparkly ribbons and our LED lights for arts & crafts.  WELL done, girl, A+++.

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Here’s last year’s big winner, Vivacious Vero!  How’s that for team spirit?  She’s not only an essential part of our hard-workin’ custom print department, but she is a creative mastermind – just look at her use of our Magic Spin Christmas Tree Wand! Love the slow color change Acrylic Snowflake Ornaments as well.  Above & beyond, this one.

tacky_christmas_sweaters5When I’m party plannin’, it’s only right that I opt out of the contest.  But I can still get into it!  Check this light up tinsel garland boa I wove together in under 5 minutes, thanks to our LED String Lights – same product used on the trophy.  I kept the battery house in my pocket, simple. In addition to FBL Lights, I am also a huge fan of cats with laserbeam eyes.

SantasHelpersHere’s a bonus shot of a rockin’ FBL customer who sports more than Tacky Christmas Sweaters, and she gets creative with larger products; not just the micro lights. This Christmas skirt’s got our slow color change Mini Gift Ornaments inside & around the layers of tulle.  Nooooo way!  YES way.  Those Glowing Gift Ornaments come in a larger size too FYI.  Now if that’s not thinking outside the box, then I don’t know what is.  Pun intended.

***UPDATE*** since our last company Christmas party:  the big winner of our DIY Ugly Sweater Contest is FBL customer service rep & marketing extraordinaire ANDREW DODSON! (son) ((son)) (((dramatic echo)))  Congratulations, mate.  It is an honor to work with such a creative dude and good person.  D-Trump, eat your heart out – get a load of that sweater…

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‘Til next time, amigos!

Happy holidays from all of us at FBL.  Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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LED “Up-Lighting” Makes Jack-O-Lanterns Glow Safely

It’s been called a Centerpiece Light.  Some call it a Vase Base.  I call it easy breezy portable LED Up-Lighting.  You’ve seen such vibey lights at wedding receptions, high school reunions and swanky night events.  But have you ever thought to use Up-Lighting with your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns?  Oh yes, this is so great for parents with curious tiny humans running around.  No fire?  No problem:

Spooky cute!  Replacing candles with LED Up-Lighting is way too easy.  We just made sure to carve the pumpkin hole beneath its glowing grin.  That’s it!  Leave the top on your pumpkin this year- don’t carve up there, don’t even touch it, and let your LED Base work its magic from below.  Last Halloween, I paired this product with spooky bottles:

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 How ya like them poison apples?  I KNOW.  Too fab for words.  I’ve got some Tim-Burton-loving, DIY-haunted-house-constructing pals who are going to make use of this lighting effect year round — you’re welcome, friends.  And in case you weren’t sold already…

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MORE reasons why FBL Up Lighting rules:

No heat!  Fire is so last season, you guys, ditch those flames and never look back.

  • Pressure activated.  Unpackage, flip the switch, set your weighted decorative piece on top of your Light Base and *voila!*
  • Up-Lighting works wonders beneath bar bottles on display, ice sculptures, glass trophies, translucent works of art and so much more!  Creative types, I know you’re already brainstorming great ideas – do share in the comments below…
  • These LEDs are bright and long lasting thanks to 3 replaceable AAA Batteries.  Lights inside will shine like stars beyond the course of your event.
  • And check this out:  we’re open to your opinion about which solid colors to carry next.  What do you think, good-people-who-buy?  We’re pleased to offer Blue, WhiteMulticolor as you seen in the video, and now unique Purple for Glow Parties.

For dapper cadavers on a smaller scale, be sure to check out our LED Submersibles for an equally mesmerizing effect.  Tiny lights.  Big shine:

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Happy hauntings, light loves, have a wonderful holiday and STAY SAFE.

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TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

 

Easy Christmas Craft Idea: Make A Light Up Mistletoe Ball!

Pucker up, buttercup.  ‘Tis the season for a good ol’ fashioned Christmas Craft. Well, “old fashioned” not so much now that LED lights are readily available. And actually dare I say Christmas craft because I hear “kissing ball” ornaments are becoming a year round thing, did you know this??  News to me.  Thanks, Pinterest, I really am learning somethin’ new every day.  Here’s hoping I can teach Pinterest a thing or 2 — check out FBL’s own simple craft for the holidays.  Making DIY Light Up Mistletoe makes for a fun gift to give at holiday parties…

11886_WT_stars_string_lights*Ooo* la la!  This Christmas Craft can be done in a jiffy with our battery-powered LED string lights, available is many shapes. Above’s cute lil’ green trees, and my favorite to the left is steady white stars, dainty & magical. Wrap them around a mistletoe ball, or floral KISSING ball if you will, and *voila!* Hide the battery house within your Christmas craft, in the ball itself OR in a pocket should you use these babies on a tacky Christmas sweater – oh please do, you will not regret it!  More pics of that magic craft coming soon…

‘Til next time, light crafters!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki