Yes, You Can Make the Unicorn Lamp of Your Dreams
A couple months ago we stumbled upon a gold unicorn lamp from PBTeen, but we waited too long to buy it and now it’s out of stock. But no worries, because this lamp is totally DIYable! We purchased a $20 Barbie unicorn and a lamp kit to construct our dream lamp. What we love most about this DIY copycat is the hot pink hair. #hairgoals for sure <3
— lamp kit
— block of wood (8 x 3 inches)
— gold spray paint
— 1/2 inch drill bit
— hot glue gun
1. Place tape around the body of the plastic unicorn. Slowly drill into the unicorn, making sure you are perpendicular with the floor. Drill until you make it all the way through the unicorn body.
2. Thread the lamp cord through the pipe and then slide the unicorn onto the pipe. Follow the directions on the lamp kit, and slide the parts in the correct order onto the cord of the lamp.
3. Loosen the screws on the sides of the piece where the lightbulb sits and wrap the wire around. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and hold the wire in place.
4. Tighten all pieces and secure onto the lamp pole.
5. Hot glue the unicorn and pole to the wood block.
6. Tape over the unicorn’s mane and tail, as well as the lamp fixture that you just built, and spray paint gold.
7. Once dry, add the light bulb and lamp shade to finish off your unicorn lamp.
Alright, if you are making this for your child, I recommend not letting them watch you drill into their toy ;) Place tape around the body of the unicorn and then slowly drill through the center. You want to find a drill speed and pressure sweet spot that won’t make the plastic crack. Take your time and keeping drilling until you have gone all the way through the unicorn.
Slide the lamp cord through the pipe, then slide the pipe through the unicorn. Take a look at the instructions on your lamp packaging and place the appropriate pieces on the pipe in the correct order.
Loosen the screws on the sides of the piece where the light bulb sits and wrap the wire around. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and hold the wire in place. Make sure this part is done right, otherwise your lamp won’t turn on.
Place the base in the gold casing and then start screwing all the pieces together onto the pipe.
Attach your unicorn to a block of wood with hot glue. We used two craft blocks that measured four inches in length, but in total you’ll want a piece that is eight inches long and three inches wide.
Use hot glue to secure the lamp pipe and wire to the wooden base. This will help hide the seam if you’re attaching two pieces of wood.
Cover the mane, tail and light fixture with tape and get ready to watch this Barbie toy turn into a work of art.
Ahh, everything looks better in gold :)
Finish it off by removing the tape and topping it with a lampshade of your choice.
Gold unicorn — meet your friend gold French Bulldog.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com