Clay Letter and Number Cake ToppersIt's never been easier to customize a message just as unique as the person you're celebrating! Whether it's a wedding cake for your funniest friend or a dozen cupcakes for your favorite coworker, you can easily make their day more memorable with a custom inside joke or catchphrase. Add them to a floral arrangement or layer up over a simple naked cake—either way your friends are going to know they're pretty special.

Customize every occassion with this clay cake topper DIY. Get the simple steps at www.aBeautifulMess.comjpgSuppliesSupplies
-oven bake clay—I prefer to use Sculpey as it's the easiest to work with.
-alphabet and number cookie cutters—I found these at a big box craft store, but you can also find something similar on Amazon.
-rolling pin
-parchment paper
-bamboo skewers
-acrylic paint and paintbrush
-hot glue or super glue (not shown)

Step1Turn your oven on and set it according to your oven bake clay manufacturer's instructions. Then roll out your clay between two sheets of parchment paper until it's about 1/4" thick or more. The trick to the best looking letters is an even clay surface.

Step2Punch out your letters and numbers and place them on a piece of parchment paper. Put that on top of a cookie rack before placing them in the oven according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step3Once they're ready, remove from oven and let cool. Paint with your favorite colors and then glue the bamboo skewers to the back. 

OMGclaylettersClay Cake Toppers DIYClay cake toppers let you customize any occassion. Get the full tutorial on www.aBeautifulMess.comI love the idea of layering words in a phrase from highest to lowest. No matter what you spell out with these, add it to your list of must-make decor the next time it's your turn to host a party. -Rachel

Credits// Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Beaded iPhone Cases DIYHey, guys—it's Katie here! I'm forever on the lookout for adorable phone cases. Maybe it's because my phone lives a pretty hard life in and out (and in and out) of the ol' purse, but I'm constantly roughing up my cases and switching them out. I came across a beaded case recently that was really cute but out of my price range, so what better time for a DIY?

When I was first planning, my main concern was making sure the beads wouldn't be popping off all over the place while I'm out and about. After mulling this over for a bit, my solution was stringing them up with a needle and thread to help them stay put! Spoiler: they totally do stay where they're supposed to!

-glass beads in whatever color you choose
-blank phone case (I got mine here)
-E6000 glue
-small needle and thread

Step 1- thread the beadsStep One: Plan out what kind of design you'd like. I decided a shimmery/stripey case was right up my alley and pretty straightforward for my first attempt. Start stringing your beads on your needle and thread.

Step 2- begin gluing rowsStep Two: Once you have a good little run of beads, open up your E6000 glue and apply three or four generous rows along the bottom of the case.

Step 3- use pliers or a toothpick to arrange the beadsStep Three: Use a pair of needle nose pliers or a couple of toothpicks to help you line your beaded rows. My stripes were seven rows deep and then I would change colors, but obviously feel free to switch this up however you'd like.

Step 4- continue gluing beadsStep Four: Continue threading and gluing toward the top. To make sure the beads are as secure as possible, use plenty of glue! When you reach the top, snip your extra little bits of string.

Make your own beaded iPhone casesAs you can see, the only slightly tricky part of this tutorial was beading around the camera hole, but as long as you take it slow, it's really no trouble.

Customize your iPhone case-- click through for tutorial DIY Beaded iPhone Cases Make a custom iPhone case!I decided to buy a multi-pack of blank phone cases so the gals and I can have a crafting night soon! I've been scheming my next designs, and I think my case will feature a heart...or maybe a slice of pizza...or possibly a cat? Okay, so I haven't totally decided, but I know it's going to be cute! Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie

At Home with Annie ButlerAt Home withToday we are welcoming Annie Butler to the blog as she shares her cute (450 square ft.!) space with us.

Living room"I live in a studio apartment. It's 450 square feet and I love it with all my heart. I knew the very second I walked in that it was the space for me. The high beams in the ceilings, the white brick and yellow walls, the fireplace and airy windows—it felt less like an apartment and more like something I had built in a daydream. It's in my favorite neighborhood of Cincinnati.

But first coffee"My apartment is so small I really love every part of it. It's hard to distinguish a single space. Out of necessity, I'd have to say my favorite area is probably my coffee corner. I French press every morning, first thing. The sun rises right in front of my windows and streams in directly to my coffee cart. It's so pretty and peaceful. All my coffee equipment was gifted (my friends and family know my love of coffee runs deep). But the cart itself is a thrifted score. One of my favorites. 

Annie ButlerStanding deskPhoto magnets"I realized pretty early on, with limited floor space, I'd have to move up on the walls. And because it is a rented space, any changes I made had to be temporary. My pictures turned into magnets on the fridge. My pots and pans went into the air. I didn't have room for a kitchen table, so I built a wrap around coffee bar for the walls (inspired by Emma's standing desk, actually!). I have hanging mason jars in the bathroom and wire file storage hanging by my desk. To make the room look bigger, I took the doors off my closet and pushed my dresser inside. 

Love this floor!White brickPerfect workspace"My studio is the first place I've ever lived in by myself. No siblings, no roommates...just me. I've only been here a year, but I can't tell you how much I've learned already. Like how if for three straight weeks in the winter all the outlets in your apartment mysteriously die, you'll figure it out. And also, even if you don't believe it, you are capable of building things on the wall that will actually support dinner plates. I'm figuring out how to be an adult here. I think that's why I love my apartment so much. It's this tiny perfect, comfortable, space where I can be myself."

Thank you so much for sharing, Annie! You can find more of Annie on her blog and on Instagram. xo

Credits// Author: Annie Butler. Photography: Lydia Phillips and Annie Butler.

Happy 4th of JulyTo all our American readers out there—Happy 4th of July! Hope you are celebrating this great nation of ours with loved ones and lots of yummy food. :)

We're off celebrating today, but to everyone still checking in, we thought we'd share our top five favorite 4th of July related posts. :) First up is how to make your own (non-toxic) colored powder. This is a super fun prop to have on hand for photos—we love it!

Bomb pop shotLove the festive colors of these Bomb Pop Shots (plus we show you how to create tiered colors). 

How to spell things with sparklersIf you plan to play with sparklers this year, might we suggest you check out our tutorial for how to easily adjust your shutter speed to create a light painting effect. 

Backyard partyLooking for some unique hot dog toppings or easy ways to dress up your s'mores plate? Check here.

Snowcone cupcakesAnd last, we love these colorful cupcakes masquerading as snow cones—too fun! 

Be safe and have fun this weekend! xo. The ABM Team

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