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5 Easy DIY Crafts for Mardi Gras

I can get behind any holiday that's celebrated with parties, parades, and tons of food. That pretty sums up Mardi Gras season, so I'll take it!

Historically, these days of decadence are in anticipation of Lent, but anyone can get in on the fun, whether or not you're fasting. And what's a holiday without crafts? So in the spirit of Mardi Gras, try one of these easy DIY projects for your Fat Tuesday festivities.

1. Candy Favors

Purple, green, and gold are the colors for Mardi Gras, and luckily you can find candy in all of those colors. By color, fill up glass jars and test tubes for an instant colorful favor. Dinah Wulf, a blogger at DIY Inspired, made these and she even put up the PDF for you to download and use for your own party.

Print out her designs, glue them to cardstock, and they'll dress up pretty much anything. Hint: They'd make cute cupcake toppers, too.

Get the PDF: Mardi Gras Printable at DIY Inspired

2. Tissue Paper Wreath

Wreaths aren't just for Christmas. Just ask blogger Sharon Currier, of Crafts 'n Coffee, who whipped up this easy Mardi Gras design for her door in just one hour. All you need to recreate this project is a styrofoam wreath form, tissue paper, scissors, pins, and a bit of ribbon.

In a nutshell, you create fringed strips of tissue, then pin them to the wreath form in an alternating-color pattern until fully covered. Use a piece of ribbon to hang the wreath, and you're good to go.

Get the full tutorial: DIY a fast, fun and festive Mardi Gras Wreath at Crafts 'n Coffee

3. Confetti Candles

Confetti and candles typically don't mix — at least when there's an open flame involved — but these these Mardi Gras votives from Jessica Huizenga, a contributor at Best Friends for Frosting, are completely flameless so you don't have to worry about fires.

Simply cover battery-operated LED tea lights with glue, dip them in glitter, and then put them in a glass votive filled with gold, green, and purple confetti. Jessica used smaller candles, which you could cluster for a centerpiece. You could also try this project with bigger flameless pillars and larger hurricanes to make a bigger impact.

See more pics: Flameless Glitter Votives in Mardi Gras Colors at Best Friends for Frosting

4. Paper Garland

This garland, from crafter and blogger Vicky Barone, looks festive enough but errs on the side of simple. She cut circles out of scrapbook paper (she totally cheated and traced something round, which is a good idea!) and connected the pieces with a sewing machine, but you can just use glue and string.

See her sewing-machine trick: DIY Mardi Gras Garland at Vicky Barone

5. Beaded Coasters

If you've celebrated Mardi Gras before, you probably have some leftover beads lying around. (I won't ask how you got them!) Do what Michelle DuPuis, the blogger behind Rust & Sunshine, did and turn them into coasters. She used fabric glue to attach the beads to a piece of felt and that was basically it!

See the steps: Mardi Gras Coasters at Rust & Sunshine