By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistants Candace Brower, Anthony Lunsmann
Throwing a Valentine’s Day party in the woods, I needed to create a moment as soon as my guest (yes, only one) arrived. Check out these two super affordable and absolutely stunning party decorations!
With a big space and a small budget paper lanterns from a Chinese New Year installation were repurposed to set the scene! TWO: My entire team was OBSESSED with this heart curtain that was the entryway to the party. What you need:
String (I used butcher’s twine)
Glue stick (not hot glue)
A tall ladder to hang
What to do:
1. Cut (3 to 4-inch) hearts out of white paper doilies (you can cut a bunch at once). The curtain pictured took approximately 600 paper hearts.
2. Working one piece at a time, cut a piece of twine and lay on a long table.
3. Place one heart on one side of a length of sting, glue another heart on top sandwiching the string in between. Keep moving up the string not worrying about distance between. The less perfect the more perfect. Continue until you do enough strings to create a curtain (I used 20 lengths for this installation).
To Install: Tie a string between two trees and tie your lengths of heart string from them.
This started out as a Chinese New Year Party decoration and quickly turned into an anytime party decoration! Get the step by step DIY below! DIY Lantern Making makes 1 fun recycled party decoration
What you need:
2 pieces of colorful wrapping paper, about 24″x 36″ (adjust the size according to the size you want to make the lanterns…it’s fun to make them in all different sizes and colors of paper for a grander effect)
1 pair scissors
Colorful painter’s tape
2 12″ bamboo skewers
1 12″ latex ballon
Colorful Ribbon (I used purple to hang and gold curly ribbon to “garnish” the bottom)
What to do:
Gather your ingredients
STEP TWO Roll out two sheets of wrapping paper back to back and cut. Make sure to cut one sheet a slight bit larger.
STEP THREE Use the roll of tape to tape together all four sides of both sheets.
STEP FOUR Fold the papers in half down the middle, then fold the each side again.
STEP FIVE Open your paper to the first fold so that you can see a crease where the second fold is. Next with your scissors, cut equal lines from the middle fold to the crease. You will cut off the final line with tape on one side.
Unfold your paper and tape the two ends together creating a cylinder-like shape.
Poke a skewer through each end of your lantern.
From inside the lantern, blow up your ballon 12″. Attach long ribbon to the skewer at one end.
Finish off your lantern by attaching ribbon onto the skewer at the top end and hang.
It’s winter in Savannah, GA and that means beautiful citrus trees are heavy with fruit. Yellow grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes ripening all around me. From my window as I write this, I can see two orange trees and one particular clementine tree where a militant orange tabby cat stands guard daily.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at an orange candle for awhile. Basically, I didn’t believe the flame would burn for 5-6 hours like I had read. And I wanted to see if it had wonderful citrus scent as it burned. So I put on an orange shirt to get in the mood and made 6. I made a little video too.
How To Make a Candle From An Orange makes 2 candles
Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Grapefruit spoon (0ptional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange
Use the knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Use your fingers or a grapefruit knife to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Pouring over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
FIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes. Think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.