Light up Your Birthday Party

Some Holidays aren’t for everyone… But we know everyone celebrates birthdays! ✨🎉 Light up the birthday party with the perfect table decor and fun birthday party favors with Flashing Blinky Lights!

Let’s Light up the Party!

  • Starting off with our NEWEST centerpiece, the Light up Deco Star! This centerpiece is the perfect decoration for any occasion. It’s also sharpie friendly so you’re free to write on it, draw on it and get creative with it.
  • Our hottest centerpiece yet! The 5.5″ light up Mini Centerpieces dazzle table tops at parties, receptions, showers, or ANY festive celebration. It adds a fun splash that your guests will definitely enjoy.
  • A personal favorite because it’s just perfect for DIYs: Fairy String lights with 20 LED, 80″ long. Wrap it around, hang it, tape it to create the magical fairy light effect!

Here’s a few more party tips! Use our Mini Marquee cinema box for the cute additional decor if you’re not confident with DIY signs. It comes with the light box and letters for easy assembly! Getting the party floor is easier than you thought! Use our party projector to light up the whole room; turning it into a dance floor within seconds. Last but not least, our classic Disco light set with spotlight AND motor included is guaranteed to bring your party to the next level! Make it a party to remember!

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.

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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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:

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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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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…

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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  Christmas Tree Wand! Love the slow color change Acrylic Snowflake Ornaments as well.  Above & beyond, this one.

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When 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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NERD ALERT: FBL Geek Gifts Live Long & Prosper

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FACT:  Nerds love lights.  They’re the dynamic duo.  They go together like peas & carrots -nay- SciFi & Fantasy!  And FBL’s got surprisingly affordable Geek Gifts, so what a perfect partnership we’ve found in Club Cosplay.  They throw grandiose costume parties (for adults!!), immersed in pop culture & geeky goodness, plus they’re really branchin’ out from L.A. & coming to a city near you.  We sent our Cosplay buds some geek gifts in the form of LED Cheer Sticks, and photographer Jennifer Stockert captured the magic:

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Do these nerds know how to party or what?!  Our lights looked like mini sabers bouncing around the dance floor – ’tis a gorgeous sight.  And it was THEE coolest seeing handcrafted LED light costumes all about – this creative crowd knows what’s up.  Thanks to CC, we’ve been able to connect with even more families in need of geek gifts regularly, be it costume accessories for Comic Con, or party favors for their kids’ birthday parties, the next generation:

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Kid tested, party approved.  WELL done, parents.  Check out our latest geek treat:  The Pink Saber.  Pretty unique color, right?  It’s my new favorite.  This bargain-priced slim saber comes in classic colors blue, red and green too.

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MORE geek gifts you say?!  Why SURE!  We got that.  Here, follow me, let’s take a tour of the FBL classics:

futureshadesLED Futuristic Shades.  They boldly go where no shades have gone before.  Folks are gonna wonder if you can beam them up, or if they can take you to their leader.  So be prepared for the inquisitions, earthling.  Special thanks to Andrew & Jessie here for the customer action shot.  If memory serves me right, they were at a Devo concert.  Excellent use of your Light-Ups, guys!

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Next is our original & best selling LED Novelty Saber.  It’s got that “realistic” look going for it, plus way under 5 bucks a piece if you’re buying wholesale, and that cannot be beat.  Saber favors for the entire party without breaking the bank – everyone wins!!  Ya get color choices with this LED saber:  change its glowing steady light from blue to red to green, plus a separate button controls motion activated space battle sound effects.  RAD.

Connecting_Swords_bothDouble Sabers are legit.  Whether on the darker or lighter side of life, we’ve gotcha covered.  And BONUS:  these can be detached in the center.  Split ’em up for money savin’ purposes, or if your mini jedi-in-training is not yet tall enough for the almighty double saber.  Space sound effects go off all the while LED lights are powered on – so no separate button for sound on this one, OK parents?  The kids love it.

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For y’all action stars who seriously BATTLE, you should go with our Expanding Sabers.  This compact light sword comes in traditional blue & red, however multicolor rules MY world because of its warp-speed flash function that makes trippy trails as you wave it in the air, and its mystical magical slow color change – oh it is just dreamy.  So what’s its secret to withstanding the hits of play battles?  The answer lies in this informative special report.

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Now we mustn’t forget Space Blasters.  We’ve got lots of shiny sleek styles, all with spacey ray gun sound effects because that’s what our customers want. Some have spinning lights that hypnotize and mesmerize, some strictly blink & beep & boop & bop.  What’s unanimous here is they are SAFE and FUN. That’s the FBL way!

Well space folk, I hope you enjoyed my tour de jour of FBL geek gifts – this is just the beginning.  Special thanks to Club Cosplay and Jennifer Stockert – we send you light years of gratitude.  ‘Til next time…

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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FBL & Festivals: We Go WAY Back…

Y’all ready for Festival Season and LIGHT SHOWS?  Ay, we were born ready.  Bring on the light orders AND the savings!  As another glorious celebration takes shape, let’s get in the mood by taking a trip down Harmonic Light lane. While picking up annual lights for their festival last year, photographer Reid Godshaw was kind enough to shoot some of the FBL staff.  But this was no ordinary photo shoot…

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Wooooow, so magical, this rainbow light art gives unicorns a run for their money!  Reid really captures the essence and aura of his subjects, doesn’t he?  Totally inspires me to GET CREATIVE with my LED lights.  Check out Reid’s growing collection of photo albums over at the Harmonic Light Facebook page, where he featured another recent shoot that used our products – thanks, dude!

That’s all for today – must continue prep for Festival season already and underway. Be sure to CALL AHEAD, Ravers, so we can input your order over the phone, then your light goods will be ready to go when you arrive for pick-up.  1-888-755-9449, at your service.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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FBL Lights Up The Official Dancing Man Celebration!

FlashingBlinkyLights.com is a proud & grateful sponsor of “Dancing Man” Sean O’Brien.  Can you believe what a difference he and his supporters have made in the blink of an eye?  It’s a movement to put an end to cyber bullying and JUST DANCE.  Heck yes, these are my peeps.  Let’s keep the viral movement going, kind party people, never forget!  For those who need the backstory on Dancing Man, check this out:

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Yes yes, y’all, kindness counts, and the official Dancing Man party we got to attend was just the beginning of something very special that continues to resonate with…well…the world!  To feel free on the dance floor is truly one of the best feelings one can experience, am I right?  Makes ya feel beautiful inside & out.  Our LED Light Up Cheer Sticks were the perfect accessory for this celebration.  Let’s get this party STARTED:

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^ Lady In Red, you are my hero. ^

And here’s Sean getting that well-deserved dance party of a lifetime!

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Must give cred and big thanks to the Dance Free Movement, Club Avalon in Hollywood, and Kristeen LaBrot Events.  This one’s for you, Kristeen!  Unicorn Sisters UNITE:

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My bodacious dance partner for the evening made quite the impression on the dance floor:

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Feelin’ the beat or admiring our logo?  Most likely both:

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Havin’ the time of our lives!

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Bonus: Moby DJ’ed!  He’s been a big supporter of Dancing Man since day one – good on him.  He gets the unicorn stamp of approval.

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OH what a night!  ‘Til next time…

Be kind and keep on dancin’, light loves.

~ 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