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.

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.

Start by attaching your bendy wire string lights. White LED String lights 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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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…

*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

Frozen Party Crafts Let It GLOW! PART 2

Let’s talk Winter.  FBL’s been in the mood since Summer when we debuted Frozen Party supplies, and from here on out, it’s SNOWFLAKES GALORE, leading to inspired ideas perfect for a Frozen party.  If it’s unique party treats you seek, look no further.  Light-Ups are a delight, whether placed in goody bags alone, or add a little DIY flair to ’em.  Look how I accentuated our already-awesome Fiber Optic Hair Clips:

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To get our year-round Frozen Party started, FBL went to the craft store.  Got some feathers in Frozen party colors, plus glitter snowflake appliques.  Next with a 12-pack of Fiber Optic Hair Lights, I simply started gluing.  Line up the feathers, spread them out like fan, glue into place, then tack on a snowflake decal to top it off.  Repeat until you have enough decorated hair clips for all your RSVP’ed party guests and prepare to impress.

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* Our last light craft shows off the light sparkles quite nicely – check that out.)

Another Frozen party favor must is our Sparkling LED Snowflake Wand!  We’ve worked hard at FBL to keep its quality excellent, and its cost super affordable, so we’re proud to say this is an awesome product.  I plan to tie some shiny curled ribbon to the tops of mine for extra flair as it’s swished around, ya know, as snow queens do…

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Catch My Party knows all about lighting up party favors – how cute are these goody boxes?  To recreate the soft winter glow they’ve got goin’ on, I recommend Color Change LED Ice Cubes, OMG, so totally Frozen:

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We used the those same LED Cubes as cupcake toppers too – love!

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Here are more of my favorite DIY Frozen party ideas:

A Girl & A Boy made pipe cleaner snowflakes – how perfectly simple.  Kids love pipe cleaners ’cause they’re easy to manipulate, and parents love pipe cleaners because NO MESS.  This is a great D.I.T. project at a party (do-it-together, y’all), plus accentuate your ‘flakes further by using sparkly pipe cleaners!  I just can’t get enough sparkles.

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Magically Made crafted DIY snowball strands.  I so wanna make these!  Simply put:  “Thread cotton balls on clear plastic twine, spacing them a few inches apart, and secure each with a knot on either side as you string.”  Aye aye, captain.  Wouldn’t this make a great backdrop for a DIY photo booth?  A party just ain’t a party without a decorated spot for photo opps.

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If cotton ball snow decor is not enough, consider adding disco balls at various lengths and let natural light do it’s thing, reflecting and dancing all around you!  This makes me so happy, I can’t even put it into words…  Cheers, Victoria Elizabeth Barnes!

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My Texas Nest constructed icy cool front door decor to greet party guests.  This would look awesome with some color changing Light Up Snowflakes in the mix.

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The Crafted Sparrow created a rustic dainty snowflake display.  I’d love to make a hanging mobile like this.  Or expand its size and make it a doorway curtain to walk through, whoa, YES…

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Well that was fun.  Any fellow crafty Frozen fans in the house, care to share more unique ideas?  Tell us in the comments below – we love keeping in touch with the crafty community.  ‘Til next time!

DIY & TCB ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

Dress Up Ugly Christmas Sweaters with Clip-On LEDs!

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Deck the halls with tacky sweaters!  Also known as Ugly Christmas Sweaters, but gosh, isn’t that a bit harsh?  Ugly Christmas Sweaters nowadays are less tacky, more funny and can get quite fashionable, plus they’re pretty simple and inexpensive to create on your own.  Viva DIY!  Last year I needed one in a jiffy, but scoured thrift stores too close to the holiday, found nothin’ but plain sweaters.  No biggee!  Took matters into my own hands:

Eat your heart out, Ugly Christmas Sweaters.  A plain sweater will do just fine when matched with creativity.  Needle & thread is all ya need to attach Christmas garland around collar, bottom hem & sleeve ends.  Or if you’re in a super hurry, consider safety pins.  For the final touch, clip-on LED blinkies and prepare to party.  I reinforced each LED clip with a dab of hot glue in the garland since I knew there’d be dancing at some point.  Can’t have my lights falling off mid-Running Man.  If flash is not your thing, consider our chilled-out Candy Lites with steady lighting – an Ugly Christmas Sweater favorite.

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A LIL’ BACKSTORY for those new to the U.C.S. phenomenon:  these things were seriously popular in the ’80s & ’90s.  No…seriously.  Without lights unfortunately.  Then as time progressed and senses of humor ripened, a massive second wind has taken over the nation, and this kitschy fad is here to stay.  It doesn’t get much nerdier than this.  And nowadays nerdy is way cool.  Right, Matt Damon?

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 Let’s check out more fab Christmas Sweater creations.  TGFL!  (Thank goodness for lights…they really do take this trend next level…)

Wellsphere put together an easy-to-follow tutorial.  Hey, I recognize that nose!

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Macaroni & Cheesecake’s take on an “Ugly” Christmas Sweater.  Very manly, plus extra fast (see the safety pins?  Ain’t no shame!).  Very resourceful.  TCB in a flash.

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Cassie Stephens says forget the sweater!  Keep it dressy.  Good call, girl.  I am so lovin’ this and vow to try it myself – thanks for the inspiration.

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A Preppy State of Mind kept with the skirt idea.  Bows galore – stick ’em everywhere!  Ya really can’t mess this up, for the “tackier” the better.  I prefer to call it festive.  Gotta try this with our fancy Fiber Optic Gift Bows!

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Nestful of Love came up with a grand idea for a DIY photo booth.  The backdrop is taped-up wrapping paper, and the prop is a big ol’ thrift store frame wrapped with LED string lights.  It’s almost too easy.  And absolutely effective.  Note to self for FBL‘s company Christmas party…

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This is JUST the tip of the iceberg.  If you’ve got ideas in the works but are unsure where to start, cruise Pinterest or Google Images and get inspired!  The selection is immense, most of it DIY (proud of you, crafters), and so much of it can be done spur-of-the-moment.  Should you need help assembling your own, hit me up in the comments below – I’m always here to help.  ‘Til next time!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

Time To Get Cozy! Fall Decor Has Arrived.

leavesHalloween’s long gone, the month is flying by and we’ve moved onto Fall Decor fit for a Thanksgiving feast.  Leave those uncarved pumpkins out ’til December, add autumn leaves in warm shades of amber, orange & red, plus a touch of glitter – gotta have that glitz.  And the final touch for fall decor to make guests feel right at home?  Inviting lights are key.  Make sure it’s LED!

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Cozy and safe, now that’s Fall Decor perfection.  Candles have been a holiday staple since, like, the beginning of time.  But the times are a’changin’ and safety must come first.  Pretty sure your Thanksgiving party will pass out in the living room after copious amounts of tryptophan a.k.a. turkey magic…and don’t even get me started on them curious kiddos (and pets!) who go exploring when the adults aren’t looking.  So won’t it be a relief to trust your fall decor is chillin’ safely as you “party” Thanksgiving away?  When it comes to hot flames versus cool LED lighting, LED always wins.

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Well lookie there, I improved upon something that was already pretty to begin with!  FBL’s Amber LED String Lights are so simple to add, this seriously took me 1 minute.  Its safe copper wire string bends into place and keeps its shape, so it’s great for wreath crafts, Christmas garland, all that holiday jazz.  Now that you’re familiar with 2 of our seasonal favorites, let’s check out more fun ideas to put ’em to use.  Props to the craft blogs:

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Revel Blog turned colorful gourds into tea light candle holders.  Brilliant!fall_decor2

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Spark & Chemistry taught us that Mason Jars + Mod Podged leaves = DIY candle holders.  Rustic chic!fall_decor1

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Style Me Pretty beautifully captured tea lights hung from rustic branches.  How romantic!falldecor6

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Refinery29 put LED wire string lights inside hangable terrariums.  Love that angular shape!  Anything prism shaped is going to accentuate your lights’ shine like WHOA.

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Cheryl Style‘s crafty cool ice bucket has nada to do with candles, nor lights, but I sure am in love with the idea.  Note to self: recreate with your own LED Ice Cubes, missy, DO IT.fall_decor3

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French Basketeer made their very own stairway to Heaven.  Hellooooo lovely CHRISTMAS decor!  It’ll be here in the blink of an eye, don’t fight the feeling…falldecorstairway

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We’ll be back with more fab DIY light decor as we get into the Christmas season, so  SUBSCRIBE to the FBL blog (upper right corner *wink*) and get automatic updates when we post new crafty goodness.  Love to the regulars – FBL appreciates you!  Many thanks, guys & gals.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Turkey Crafts Are Back! LED Turkeys Light Up Thanksgiving

You don’t have to be a child to enjoy Turkey Crafts.  What better way to bond with the kiddos this fall! It’s an adorable tradition:  remember tracing your hand as a kid and turning each finger into a colorful feather?  Then doodle a face on the thumb, sketch a pilgrim hat on top and proudly displaying that masterpiece on the fridge. Well nowadays, things have changed. Turkey crafts get a makeover!

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Check out our new & improved feathered friend.  I do declare it thee most fabulous of all Turkey Crafts.  The body glows a fantastical magical color changing light, and the body parts were simple to make with foam glitter paper found at the craft store.  Kids will love to use their turkey crafts as seasonal night lights, plus make extras to use as thoughtful gifts when visiting someone’s home for a Thanksgiving feast.

Here’s what you’ll need, crafty mamas & papas:

  1. An LED orb light globe from FBL (has flattened base, like a desk lamp).
  2. Kid safe scissors if your little one is big enough to help cut.
  3. Craft glue, strong double stick tape, OR hot glue if an adult is 100% in charge.
  4. A pack of glitter paper found at craft stores, OR construction paper, OR white paper your kids can color in themselves like a coloring book!  Options.  Love that.

Click on this image   >>>>>> to see the FULL SIZE printable template for your LED turkey crafts.  Before you print, check that it takes up 1 full page.  That will ensure his lil’ body parts print out the perfect size for our light orb.  Also take note:  the shape used for his feet are also the shape used for his wings, so make 4 of those total.

And there you have it!  Happy crafting, my friends!  Should you need any further tips to perfect your light craft, leave a comment below.  I’m always here to help and answer fast. Plus SUBSCRIBE to the FBL blog so you don’t miss a thing, and stay tuned for more seasonal light crafts!  Oh boy do I have much more in store for you…

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Peace, Love and Bead Crafts!

beads3Bead Crafts knock my socks off. The low cost of wholesale Mardi Gras Beads keeps it cheap, while keepin’ it real with a whole lotta shine & bling.  Bead crafts can transform into seriously effective DIY party decor.  Remember beaded curtains?  Former flower children & alternative types know what I’m talkin’ about:  that sweet jingle jangle of plastic strands as you walk through a doorway.  There are a ton of New Orleans inspired bead creations on Pinterest, but this one reigns supreme, plus can be made to fit windows, neat-o.  I crafted my own magical doorway beaded curtain for Halloween using FBL glow beads – do you like?

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bead_crafts<<<  That’s right, amigos, I put that together from scratch with 3 things:  my trusty glue gun, a plank of wood, and a pile of beads.  That’s all you need for curtain bead crafts!  Oh, and patience, have plenty of that on hand, for it’s just repetitive motions once you have the materials gathered.  If you’re ready to dive into the world of bead crafts, get some strands from FBL to go all matchy-matchy like I did (took me 66 total bead necklaces), or go the more eclectic route and add old random beads from past Mardi Gras parades.

Let’s cut to the chase – here’s what ya do:

  • Cut each necklace so they’re now long un-connected strands,
  • Hot glue 2 pieces together to make an extra long strand,
  • Get a plank of wood to hot glue these stands to,
  • Repeat until your bead curtain is full enough to your liking, aaaand there ya have it.

Another one of my favorite bead crafts is archived in our blog from last Mardi Gras when I added our sparkly strands to the brim of a top hat.  Mardi Gras is year ’round for so many party people, so it’s never too early to re-visit this gem.  Special guest appearance by our cool copper wire LED string lights!  Battery powered for crafts, y’all.

DIYpartyhatBookmark us and join us NEXT TIME when we explore some easy DIY centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving table.  Don’t ya just love fall crafts!  We sure do…

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Frozen Party Ideas Let It Glow!

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Calling all snow queens, strong sisters & silly snowmen!  Frozen Party Ideas have taken FBL by storm.  Today’s craft is so cute & simple, plus we’ve got a few more coming up in future blog posts as we countdown to Christmas, so bookmark the FBL blog & stick with us!  We now carry official Frozen paper party goods to decorate & match our LED snowflake treats – how cool is that?  VERY, for we’re fans ourselves.  And we love to light craft, so let’s start exploring this vast winter wonderland of Frozen party ideas.

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Faith_1Here’s our pal Faith wearing one of the most popular Frozen Party Ideas ever ever, muy clever.  She used one of our blinky snowflake earrings to light up her DIY snow queen crown.  Creative kiddo!  The glitter foam crown we crafted thanks to this free template from My Sister’s Suitcase.  Little ladies love tiara crafts done together as a party activity, plus the joy they feel taking home their crafted creation, ahh, nothing compares when you’re young.  It’s a proud moment.  This Frozen party idea takes the cake.  Speaking of cake!!?!

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Jacob_1FBL Light Up Ice Cubes as cupcake toppers.  Perfect Frozen-inspired party flare, right?  Nothing short of fabulous.  I guarantee these will make your party guests “OOOooo” & “Aaaahhh”.

But I digress!  Back to the craft.  Faith’s brother Jacob became a fan of our Arts & Crafts Blinkies in a flash, plus he didn’t need much to make it pop.  I love how one simple LED light added to his reindeer antlers brightened his day.  Nice work, young man!  Excellent tribute to that furry dude with the shiny nose.  You would even say it *glows*…

Outtake LOLz!  Pretty sure the sugar rush is kickin’ in here.  Cupcakes were definitely consumed.  Also, DINOSAURS.  Important stuff, folks.Jacob_2

Stay tuned for our next snowflake themed episode where we explore a light craft ideal for parents making party favors or gifts in advance, plus fun to do with older kids; think adolescents, tweens & beyond…  Here’s a teaser:Craft_with_11650MLT

 ‘Til next time!  DIY & TCB ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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