4th of July Tissue Paper Craft for Kids

When I think of Summer, I think of all things red, white, and blue. With the 4th of July coming up I thought it would be great to make some decorations for the house that are perfect for the patriotic Summer holiday! Today, I bring you a fun and easy craft that can keep kids of all ages entertained for quite some time. Surprisingly, it held the attention of my 5 and 7 year old kids, as well as my 12 year old son. With only a few supplies you will have a piece of art that can hang anywhere in your home that needs a touch of patriotism. First, gather your supplies. You'll need: white school glue red, white, and blue tissue paper {cut in to 3x3 inch squares} scissors white cardboard a ruler a pencil Next, make your template. You could eyeball it as you go along, but since … [Read more...]

Easy Fourth of July Crafts for the Entire Family

In most areas around the country school is out for summer. For me, when school is out I need lots of activities to keep the idle hands of my little ones busy. What better way to do that than to decorate your home with red, white and blue!? After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner! Today you'll find a craft for all ages. And ALL in preparation for our nation's Independence Day! /1/ Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops - Pop Rocks were such a fun candy when I was a kid! Who am I kidding? I still love them! Combining Pop Rocks and marshmallows just seems genius. See for yourself! /2/ Hidden Flag Cake - Don't be intimidated by it's complicated appearance. This Flag Cake is really simple. What's more? Ice this cake with plain white icing, light some sparklers on top {like … [Read more...]

Must-Have Fourth of July Party Supplies

It's not too early to begin gathering supplies for your Fourth of July shindig. {shin-dig, noun: a usually large or lavish party} Today I have a list of both food and decorations. You know I had to also throw in an art project that you AND the kiddos will be proud of. Let's waste no more time...it's almost time to party!!! /1/ Create a Lovely Patriotic Tablescape - Everything about this table is simply beautiful. From the bold stars on the tablecloth {that can be easily re-created with fabric purchased from your local fabric retailer} to the Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling {I've seen these at my local craft store} this tablescape is going to WOW your guests. /2/ Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa - Here's a sweet alternative to your traditional tomato salsa. Don't … [Read more...]

Easy Patriotic Wreath {a tutorial}

Summertime is easily my most favorite time of year to decorate.  The color combination of red, white and blue are so festive...and make me so proud to be an American!  Of course, it only makes sense to start decorating from the outside so our guests feel welcomed before they even ring the doorbell.  This Easy Patriotic Wreath is going to look great on your front door! {Did I mention it's easy?} A couple of months ago I shared with you a Simple Spring Wreath tutorial. Do you remember that we used no hot glue? There was actually no glue whatsoever. All of our tulle was secured with straight pins. So, go ahead, go grab that old Spring Wreath off of your front door, remove all of the chevron tulle and flowers and let's reuse the wreath form and burlap ribbon. That's right! We can eliminate … [Read more...]

4th of July Party Ideas

If you're wanting to add some extra red, white, and blue to your entertaining this 4th of July, this post is for you.  Here are a few patriotic party ideas that will spice up your BBQ. I found this idea of tying a tin star around your napkin over on The Party Dress. Entertaining with Style suggests that you garnish your drinks with fresh fruit. Eleah has hooked us up with a tutorial on how to make these adorable 4th of July BBQ cups. Social Couture Table Talk has instructions on how to make these amazing 4th of July sand centerpieces. I've always thought it would be fun to organize a neighborhood parade.  Cindy has several crazy amazing 4th of July parade float ideas you could use. Kimberly has planned several activities to do with her kiddos: … [Read more...]