Blend watermelon, strawberries, lime juice and sugar in a blender. Pour into dixie cups and allow to partially freeze. Insert popsicle stick and pour another few drops of mixture around the hole made by the stick. Allow to freeze overnight before serving.
I had to cut little round circles of parchment paper for the bottom of the dixie cups because a trial popsicle run made with water came out with a piece of dixie-cup-paper stuck to the bottom so the parchment helped to keep everything non-stick. Also, taste your blend of watermelon and strawberry after each tablespoon addition of lime juice as well as sugar–too much lime juice will make it too sour depending on how your fruit tastes, and too much sugar will make it sicky-sweet. I made about three batches of this and got about thirty Dixie cups total and they were absolutely delicious, refreshing, and (besides the teensy bit of sugar) completely healthy. The dixie cups are a little more difficult to work with than the plastic popsicle molds you can buy, but the shape is so much more rustic and vintage looking, it’s worth it. Besides, nothing says summer like sticky fingers and fruit on a stick. I made these guys for my 108 degree Fourth of July and they were quite the hit amongst that temperature-misery.
I had the best, best, besttt time on my trip. So many good times they’ve bled into Monday and I haven’t had a chance to unpack my camera so those pics are coming just as soon as I get adjusted back to real life…whew it’s hard! Happy new week everyone!
Cut out a paper rectangle and fold accordion style along the longest side of the rectangle. Hold the folded accordion strip and staple through the accordion in the center of the strip. It will look kind of like a bow-tie. Fold open the two sides you created with the staple to create a wheel (you may need a little tape to keep the wheel together). Cut out paper stars and glue one to each side of one end of the craft wire. Curl the other end of the wire and wind around skewer. Hot-glue the pinwheel to a skewer and push into sand-filled jars.
Two days before the Fourth and centerpiece-less? Eh, not a problem: Those silver pinwheels? made from an old Christmas bag. Those skewers? left-over kabob sticks. Containers? a few empty mason jars. The point? This centerpiece is so, so adorable and can be pulled together in an afternoon with pretty much scraps around your house. This year I seem to be runnin’ with a sparkler theme and it’s definitely working for me!
Vintage Harper’s Bazaar cover || How come major mag’s don’t have these fantastic illustrations on their covers anymore? Graphic designers are so much more impressive than a celebrity’s face photo-shopped and professionally coiffed to perfection
Cut different sized lengths of wire and attach to hoop by twisting one end to the hoop.
String with beads. (the larger the beads, the heavier it will make your wire so don’t use too big of beads otherwise your “sparkler” wires will get floppy instead of standing up straight. I mostly used seed beads, especially for the ones pointing up.)
Cut out a bunch of different sized feather-like shapes in three different shades of red. I needed three, 12×12 sheets of cardstock to make three layers of feathers for a 5 inch embroidery hoop.
Glue them on with hot glue one at a time.
Make three circles or layers of the red “feathers,” each circle using smaller pieces of paper.
Fill in the center of the sparkler with feathered circles.
For the sparkler tips, I cut out two, four-pointed star shapes and then overlapped them on an angle.
Glue the two together and then to the end of each bead strand to hide the wire.
Add one last wire to the back of the hoop for hanging and you’re done!
I debated for awhile about adding a stick to the bottom of the wreath to make it look more like a sparkler but decided against it because I didn’t want it to start looking too pin-wheel-y. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, my monthly wreath collection was lacking something worthy of July and I think this guy fits in just right. Plus, it’s ridiculously cheap: a $2.00 hoop, a few pieces of $0.59 cent paper, wire, hot glue, and beads and that’s it! Of course if you’re in the humid south or if summer showers are a norm I’m not sure how stellar the cardstock would work out but for how cheap and quickly it goes together, even if it was a one-day wonder for the 4th it’d be worth it!
Most 4th of July wreaths looks pretty cheesy, there’s a strange 80’s vibe of overdone ribbon and dollar store tinsel among most of them–Google “fourth of July wreaths,” you’ll see what I mean–but this one I think is rather perfectly, vintage-ly modern.