Happy summer! I hope the solstice weekend was good to you. I had a productive and relaxing weekend. I got a lot of work done, but was still able to enjoy myself. June is coming to a close very quick! The 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays, will be here very soon. I spent some time on a few 4th of July projects to share throughout this week and I am excited to introduce the first one!
Chad and I love having backyard BBQs and parties, so we keep working on beautifying and making the backyard our space. When the last homeowners moved out, they left a small shed that was perfect for storing gardening tools and other odds and ends. The problem was, it was an eyesore in a highly visible area. This summer I ordered a potting bench to store my tools and have extra workspace. It has also come in hand as a serving station for outdoor soirées. Over the weekend I used the bench to set up a 4th of July party!
Today I’ll be showing you how to make decorative patriotic glitter pops!
These over-sized red, white and blue popsicles are fun to make and are great decor for an Independence Day party. To make your own, you will need:
Styrofoam sheet (located in the floral area)
Box cutter or X-Acto knife
Acrylic paint in red, white and blue
Glitter in red, white and blue
Painters tape or washi tape
The first step to making glittery popsicles is determining the treat shape and cutting it out of the styrofoam carefully with an X-Acto or box cutter. I highly recommend sketching the popsicle out before cutting. Chad created this quick template for our popsicles if you are looking for some inspiration. I lightly sanded the edges of the pop to get any stray pieces of foam off.
Once your popsicle is cut out, it is time to start painting. I started at the top and worked my way down. I added a strip of painter’s tape to mark off where I wanted my first section to end. Once the section was covered in paint, I sprinkled it heavily with glitter until the whole section was fully covered. Repeat the same steps after letting the previous color dry for a full hour before beginning on the others. (Don’t forget to remove the painter’s tape before you move on to your next section.) Lastly, using a hot glue gun, mount the popsicles sticks on the back of the pop. When your glitter popsicle has dried completely, you can hang it anywhere to create a more festive mood.
I love how simple and inexpensive this project is, yet it makes a big impact for the 4th of July. I won’t be at home to enjoy my glitter pops this 4th of July, but I have hang them in a few other spots around the house so I can enjoy in advance.
See you on Wednesday for a tasty berry lemonade popsicle recipe!