DIY New Year's decorations and cupcakes

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by Debbie Hernandez, The Home Depot / Special to azfamily.com

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Posted on December 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 11:48 AM

PHOENIX -- It's almost New Year's Eve and, if you're entertaining guests, you might be wondering how to decorate your home for the occasion.

Here are some fun, easy and inexpensive craft ideas to spruce up your home.

Gold and Silver Rocks

They can be placed anywhere you would place decorative marbles, like in a glass jar or a vase with a candlestick.

Materials:

-Mini river rocks (garden department)
-Gold and/or silver spray paint
-Large paper plates
-Clear glass jar, glass or vase
-Taper or pillar candles

Instructions:

-Pour some river rocks into paper plates
-Take rocks outside and spray, shaking plate back and forth (like you're panning for gold) until rocks are covered
-Let dry. Add more paint if needed.
-If the rocks stick to the plate, loosen them with a plastic knife
-Pour into glass reservoir, add LED or wax candles, and enjoy

New Year's Centerpiece


Materials:

-Silver or gold light up wreath (can spray paint any wreath gold or silver)
-Sequin cone trees, and anything tall that's gold or silver and will stand up in the center of the wreath
-Strand of battery-operated lights, if you're creating your own wreath

Instructions:
-Place the wreath in the center of table
-Add lights to the wreath (if desired)
-Place cones, trees and any other tall silver and gold objects in the center of the wreath. Enjoy.

Tuxedo Terra Cotta Pots

-Paint a "V" shape in the front center area of the pot with white paint
-Also paint the rim of the pot in white. Let dry.
-Paint the rest of the pot base with black Painters Touch Paint. Let dry.
-Using a black Sharpie paint pen, draw dots down the front of the white "V" to create buttons
-Write "Happy New Year 2014" on the rim with a silver or gold Sharpie paint pen
-Add a bow tie made out of 5/8-inch red ribbon tied into a bow. Use hot glue to attach the bow just under the rim on the shirt area.
-Use for serving treats, party favors or anything you want.

Clock Plates


Materials:

-Black paper or real plates
-Clear plastic plates
-Clock printouts with the time at midnight
-Tape measure and scissors

Instructions:

-Google images of clocks at midnight
-Measure the inside of the rim of the plates you are using
-Alter the image of the clock to desired size (print only one first to make sure it's the correct size)
-Print as many clocks as needed and cut them out
-Place on the base plate and place the clear plate over it

Clock Cupcakes

Materials:

-Cake mix, vanilla frosting, and chocolate chips or gold and silver sprinkles
-Oreos
-Chocolate sprinkles
-Tweezer
-Toothpicks

Instructions:

-Make cupcakes, let them cool
-Open the Oreos and use the side with the cream on it
-Add a thin layer of frosting on top of the cream. This will hold the sprinkles to create the clock.
-Using a tweezer and place a sprinkle at every number position. Add a long sprinkle from the middle to the top to show a time of midnight.
-Frost the cupcake, one at a time, with vanilla frosting
-Place a toothpick in the center of the cupcake to help brace the Oreo clock
-Place the Oreo clock at an angle in the center of the cupcake, using the toothpick for support.
-Place them on a platter and enjoy

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