The 4th of July is just days away. Many of you, who are here in the U.S., will be celebrating Independence Day by attending parades, having backyard cookouts, and watching firework displays. In case you are in need of a little inspiration this week while planning your celebration, I thought it would be fun to host a linky party and invite all of our blogging friends to share their 4th of July recipes and crafts. First check out these oh-so adorable Sparkler Cupcakes!
• 1 boxed cake mix, any flavor
• 1 recipe buttercream frosting (recipe follows)
• 1 package of Pull ‘N’ Peel Twizzlers
• Gold Sprinkles
Prepare cake mix following the recipe on box for cupcakes. Bake as directed and cool completely.
Fit a frosting bag with a star tip and fill with buttercream frosting. Frost the cupcakes, beginning at an outer point and spiral inward.
Cut the twizzlers into 3 inch sections. Pour the sprinkles into a small dish. Gently pull apart the top half of a twizzler section and moisten the ends with water. Dip the ends in the sprinkles. Push the other end into the center of a cupcake and gently arrange the ‘sparklers’.
Beat butter and powdered sugar together with hand or stand mixer. Mix in vanilla. Add whipping cream 1 TBS at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency.
DIY Star Frame
Show off your Patriotism with this cute DIY Star Frame! This simple but adorable Star Frame can be made for about $2 with supplies from your local Walmart or other discount store.
You will need:
• 3 Wooden Stars
• 1 Wooden Frame
• 10-15 Drops Blue Food Coloring
• 1 Tea Bag
• 1 TBS White Vinegar
• Hot Glue
Fill small dish with enough cold water to cover the wooden stars. Add food coloring and vinegar, stir. Place the stars in the dish and let sit for 6-8 hours, or until they reach desired color. Remove from water and allow to dry on a stack of paper towels.
Soak the tea bag in warm water. Use the tea bag to ‘paint’ the stain onto the frame. Keep this very wet so the color can absorb. Allow to dry thoroughly on a stack of paper towels. If you would like a darker frame, repeat this process until the desired color is reached.
When everything is dry, use the hot glue gun to glue the stars across the top of the frame.
Link up your best 4th of July and Patriotic recipes and crafts, then hop around and check out all the others! I can’t wait to see all of your great ideas. Happy Independence Day!