How-To: Hogwarts Inspired Floating Candles & Witch Hats

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that my main decorating project for Halloween this year was hanging floating candles and witch hats in my entryway for a super magical, Harry Potter-esque effect. I absolutely loved the way it turned out and seemingly so did everyone else because I got a TON of questions asking how I did it, so I thought I’d share the how-to. Spoiler: It couldn’t be easier.

All you need is clear fishing line, a sewing needle, scissors, clear command strips if you’re renting (or staples if you own), witch hats, battery operated taper candles, and a ladder.

I started with the witch hats because they took up more space so I wanted to have their placement established before the candles. Cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the hats hang at different heights, and then use the sewing needle to thread a piece of fishing line through the top of each hat. You want to thread the line through the top of the hat in a perpendicular direction to the hat itself, so that it eventually hangs straight. Pull the line through so each end is even and then tie it off in a double knot. Choose where you want to place each hat and either apply a command strip in each location or use a staple gun to adhere the string to the ceiling.

Then move on to the candles. Put batteries in each candle (it’s a pain in the butt to do this after the fact.) Again, cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the candles also float at different heights. Tie the line around the taper candle – either you can wrap it around the lower half of the candle a few times or tie a knot around where the “flame” starts (I did the latter.) Tie off the string in a double knot and repeat the process of finding your preferred candle places & attaching them to the ceiling.

Viola! So simple, so magical, so much fun!

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

I sometimes get a bad rap in my family as the one with expensive taste. Sorry for knowing what I like, amiright?! I often get comments like “when your father and I were your age, we got our furniture from the trash on the street!” Cool, enjoy your bedbugs, peasants! (jk)

But also I like to set the record straight every now and then and showcase how I use creativity to get the look I want while still being frugal.


Since I was hosting Christmas this year, with my own real tree and everything, I knew I needed to decorate it accordingly. Luckily I had all the lights I needed, I was able to use gift cards to buy the stand and the star on top, and instead of buying a tree skirt that I didn’t love I just used a white blanket. When it came to ornaments, I decided that rush buying a bunch of ornaments that I didn’t love would just be a waste of money. I choose to accumulate them slowly, with each ornament having meaning to my life and being something I truly love.

But because I couldn’t just have an ornament-less tree, I decided to make some! It was so easy, a lot like baking sugar cookies (just less tedious) and SO cost effective. The whole project probably cost me…$2?! I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a pack of white acorns and clear spherical ornaments for future projects that I also added to the tree, but since those were 70% off, they cost under $5. So, you guys, I decorated my tree for $7.




Here’s what you do!

DIY Cornstarch Clay Ornaments


1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup water

ornament hooks

optional: acrylic paint, tree branches, lace, other materials for imprinting


combine all ingredients in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. stir constantly until a thick paste forms, so that it almost forms a ball by itself.

scrape the paste out onto a piece of parchment paper and form a ball (be careful, it will be hot!) let it rest and cool until luke-warm & comfortable enough to touch.

roll the dough out with a rolling pin, use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes, and set them on a cookie sheet with a fresh piece of parchment paper.

use a straw (preferably paper/cardboard so you can just trash it when you’re done) to punch out the ornament hook holes.

*if you want to imprint some branches/patterns on the ornaments, now is the time!

preheat oven to 175 F, and bake the ornaments for 1 hour, flipping them halfway through!

*once baked and cooled, you can paint on them if you choose!

add ornament hooks and hang on your tree!



I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

DIY Floral Wreath



It’s been a long time since I’ve done a DIY. Was it maybe even last Valentine’s Day!? That seems absurd but it’s entirely possible.

Anyway, comin’ atcha live today with a DIY floral wreath project. I love wreaths, the greenery and color add so much to a home.  But I figure I don’t really want to buy a million for every season (which I would 100% do if given the funds and storage space) so why not just make them?! I have enough creative direction for that, and I think it ends up being less expensive in the long run: you buy a few standard materials once and then you just buy different blooms as you go along.

Remember a while ago when I did a DIY floral arrangement? I mentioned I went to the Los Angeles Flower Market because you get good flowers for real cheap. I did that again. They upped the prices a little bit since it’s a big week for flowers, but it was still worth it. $30 for everything I used and I had enough left over for an arrangement for my coffee cart.

Everything else I bought on Amazon. THANK GOD FOR PRIME, Y’ALL.


Supplies Include: thiswreath frame, this wire, flowers, scissors, and ribbon.

Once we got home from the market I got right to work. My first step was adding the greenery to the wreath and making it look lush and full. I took things one stem at a time, used the wire to wrap around and secure the stem to the frame, and filled things in slowly as I went. Pretty simple!


Then I did the same thing with the big white flowers (ranunculus, one of my favorites!) I was pretty intentional here, dispersing the flowers evenly but making it visually interesting by adding a couple grouped close together and keeping a few more isolated.

Finally, I added in the roses. I cut the stems really short for these since things were getting crowded, and I just folded them in. Some I secured with wire. It was really just what my heart desired.



I knew I wanted the wreath to hang over our bedroom door. I just felt like there was less likelihood that it would get ruined that way (verses a front door). So I fastened a command strip to the back of the door facing upside down, and then measured some ribbon so it would go over the door and hang the wreath at my ideal height.

I only tied a knot at the end of the ribbon, and kept the wreath merely resting on the ribbon. No need to add extra stress to the blooms by tying a knot around them!



Once I hung it I felt instantly giddy. It added so much life to my door. And so much festive energy to the general space!


I’ve filled a spray bottle with some water and lavender essential oil to hopefully keep the flowers looking fresh for a bit longer (at least 5 more days, please!), but it’s so dry and hot here that I’m not too optimistic. Even if they die tomorrow, I’m happy with the result. It was such a fun, simple DIY project. And it’s really nice to know that I made the damn thing and didn’t waste money on a cheaply made fake wreath that’s just going to take up space in my apartment! I’ve been so against buying non-versatile, hard-to-store decorations lately. v adult of me, no?



Are y’all into DIY projects? I think they’re so much fun, especially when they’re holiday-themed. Comment if you’re making or crafting anything interesting for the occasion, I’d love to hear about it!