Tag Archive | Christmas decorations

DIY Gifts for Pilots: Candy Airplanes

IMG_3760My husband got his pilot’s license about 2 years ago and loves to fly when he’s not tied down to a home remodeling project. So, this Valentine’s Day after seeing a friend’s Facebook post, I decided to make him a little “sweet fleet” of planes complete with a sparkly runway, of course (my jewelry biz is called A Touch of Sparkle by Monica after all)!

There are many ways to make these with Smarties, Lifesavers and gum, however, I opted to use up some leftover candy canes (from my 1st pink and blue Christmas Tree), Valentine Sixlets, gum, Dum-Dum lollipops (from one of my many candy bouquet projects) and “lumps of coal” Christmas chocolates.

Airplane label

You’re open to design these little planes with whatever you have on hand as long as you can secure them together to look like a plane. Since I used glue for my planes, I would not suggest allowing these as edible gifts for kids, but just as show treats. For edible gifts to take to school or for kids to dismantle and eat, please opt for a no glue method such as The Frugal Female’s linked blog post above using Smarties.

To see how I assembled the blue candy cane plane, please watch my video tutorial. The Sixlet plane is verbally explained in the vlog as well.

In addition to making the planes, I made an airplane themed Valentine card using Microsoft Publisher (is usually cheaper and included in an Office Suite) and a small sparkly runway out of brown card stock paper, a metallic silver Sharpie, some rhinestone heart stickers bought at the Dollar Tree, heart themed pink washi tape and double stick tape. I also created a “couple” of pilot owls from felt stickers purchased at Michaels, folded brown card stock and pink washi tape scraps.

Card and Runway collage

Very easy and cute project for kids and adults. Pilots will fall in love with this Valentine idea as well. Use up some left over candy to make a sweet gift for the pilot of your heart! Be sure to tag me #SparkleByMonica on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram if you make these so I can see your crafty planes!



How to Make a Puffy Gift Bow for Any Occasion

I made a previous video tutorial on this topic, however, since the video angle was done at a time when I was still figuring out how to make YouTube videos…I thought I’d update with this colorful closeup version.

Most of my ribbon came from Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Michaels, but I have tons in my stash. lol.

Previous bow tutorial:

I made several decorations in a pink and blue theme to match my handmade jewelry business theme this year. One of my ornaments was a blue gift box with a puffy snowflake bow in coordinating colors. It looks beautiful tucked into my Pretty in Pink Christmas tree from Treetopia. Although this is a strange color scheme for Christmas, it makes sense for my brand. Also, I can use the pink tree for other events if I desire, such as Valentine’s, Easter and baby showers.

Go check out my bow tutorial and please give me a thumb’s up at my YouTube channel if you like it, as that helps my revenue through Google Adsense. Many thanks and have a sparkly Christmas, y’all!

Meowy Christmas Cat collage

Handmade Christmas Decorations in Pink and Blue

cover_648x360Around Thanksgiving I put up our first Christmas tree since the move from AZ to TX. I never got to use the brand new tree I purchased before the move last year. So I decided this year would be a pink Christmas. Since my handmade jewelry business brand colors are pink and blue, I’d originally purchased the Pretty in Pink pre-lit Christmas tree from Treetopia with the intention of placing it in my new bead store. Alas, the shop has not come to fruition and 2015 has been a rough one for little progress in my sparkle biz.


With help from The Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and my very own overflowing craft closet…I decorated my new tree, updated my vine wreathe and made some floral arrangements. So fun to create frugal handmade decorations that pull together a specific theme. This year’s decor, although not the traditional Christmas red and green, is still quite sparkle-tastic. The only drawback is that the lights do not twinkle on the pre-lit tree.

This tutorial gives a few tips on ornaments such as a handmade gift package with puffy bow, glass ornaments filled with coordinating ribbon bits, tree topper and wreathe. Separate videos will explain more in depth about the glass ornaments and wreathe updates.


IMG_1955Stick around to the very end of the video for the blooper reel along with some Christmas carol twists and exciting jewelry website news. Have a very sparkle-riffic Christmas, everyone!

Meowy Christmas Cat collage

Pink & Blue Christmas Decorations with Sparkly Announcements

Here’s a little preview of a video tutorial I’m feverishly working to upload by Christmas Eve. Some exciting news is included concerning my website, so please give it a look see. This little elf got a tad behind, so I’m spreading some sparkles in the hopes it gets posted before Santa flies out of El Paso.

Merry Sparkly Christmas, y’all.