I was getting an itch to do another concrete project, so I made a little something for July 4th…star shaped candle votives and paperweights.
You can use these all summer long, or give them as a hostess gift if you’re headed out to any Fourth of July BBQs this weekend.
star shaped kraft boxes (mine are from Amazon) // rapid setting concrete mix // tea light candles // cooking spray // bucket (that is okay to get messed up) // water // trowel or large spoon for mixing (that is okay to get messed up)
1. Remove the lids from each star box and spray the inside of the both parts (lid and bottom) with cooking spray. This may sound a little strange, but I’ve found that it makes the concrete 100 times easier to remove from the box when it’s hardened. So don’t skip this step.
2. Add four parts concrete mix to one part water into a bucket and stir. The amount of concrete mix you’ll need will vary based on how many star containers you plan to fill.
3. Quickly pour the concrete into each box and lid. Do not fill the concrete to the top.
4. Give the concrete a minute or two to setup slightly. Then, place a votive candle in the center and push down into the concrete. You may need to give the star box a couple of taps on a flat surface after you place the votive, to smooth out the surface again. Repeat this process for all of the star shapes that you want to make into votives. Leave a few untouched if you want any paperweights that don’t have a tea light in them.
5. Wait for the concrete to harden. If you’re using a rapid setting concrete, like I did, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc). Then, rip the container away to reveal the finished star shaped votives and paperweights.
(optional) If you want to get extra fancy, you can paint the sides and top of the concrete or even use a gold foil for extra sparkle. I used a liquid gold leaf on a few of the pieces and it worked like a charm.
Here’s how the finished project turned out…
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. If the food in these pics is making you hungry, I’ll be sharing that summer salad recipe tomorrow…It’s really good!
What are your Fourth of July plans? Anything exciting going on?
Like this project? More concrete DIY projects like this one.
So this might just be the strangest food holiday to date, but ‘creative ice cream flavor day’ is tomorrow. And I couldn’t let it pass me by without sharing some of my favorite ice cream concoctions that have been dreamed up from around the web.
Some of these flavors may be a little strange, but they ALL sound completely delicious. And definitely sit into the ‘creative’ category.
There’s plenty of time to make a batch or two before July 4th, if you’re feeling motivated too. Ready to play? Here we go…
1. (above) syrup and waffles ice cream recipe
2. earl grey ice cream (with honey toast) from Sugar and Charm
3. funfetti golden oreo ice cream from Blahnik Baker
4. blueberry buttermilk ice cream from A Calculated Whisk
5. graham cracker ice cream from Dessert for Two
6. no-churn blackberry chip ice cream from How Sweet Eats
7. apple crisp ice cream recipe from Fabtastic Eats
8. strawberry angel food ice cream from A Beautiful Mess
9. homemade macaron ice cream from Sugar & Cloth
10. peanut butter cayenne ice cream via A Beautiful Mess
11. coconut milk ice cream with pistachio crumbs from Top with Cinnamon
12. peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffle sundae from The Sweetest Occasion
13. sweet corn peach ice cream from Heart Beet Kitchen
15. no-churn pistachio mint olive oil fudge brownie ice cream from Top with Cinnamon
What’s your favorite unique / unusual ice cream flavor? One of my fave (store bought) varieties is Jeni’s sun popped corn. And my favorite homemade option is the syrup and waffles combo (#1 on the list). You have to try it!
I’ve been in kind of a citrusy mood lately, which I’m guessing has something to do with summer. So, today I have a citrus-inspired french fry seasoning recipe that you can use all summer long.
Cut your own french fries, if you’re feeling extra fancy or use this simple seasoning on any store-bought variety to make your fries taste super fresh. It really adds a lot of flavor too. Perfect for Fourth of July weekend, to serve with cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Yum!
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1 clove finely minced garlic
- 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- zest of one lemon
- salt and pepper to taste (we used 1/2 tsp of each)
1. Toss everything in a bowl and combine.
2. Then, when the fries are done baking, sprinkle the mixture on top, while the fries are still hot, and enjoy!
You can use this lemon and herb mix for nearly any summer item your can think of… grilled corn on the cob (which I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks), roasted chicken, smashed potatoes, etc.
Also… DIY newspaper cones are a fun way to contain your fries on the go. They’re super easy to wrap up and tape off. Just tighten the bottom part of the cone as you roll it up and keep the top loose. Then, tape off the end to secure. Easy peasy. Add a layer of wax paper to the inside if you don’t want your fries to touch the newsprint.
Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Curious to know… What’s your favorite Fourth of July meal? Clearly, mine involves french fries. But I’m curious to know how you celebrate.