4th of July


Pirate Party Table

I recently put together a quick and easy Nautical Party Tablescape using the Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items from Michaels. All the decorations came together in less than a half an hour, thanks to the convenience of the line. Now that’s a really big deal, cause you know the “party moms” out there? The ones who start planning birthday parties 6 months in advance and spend hours and hours creating and decorating for that party? Whelp, I’m not that mom. So the fact that this went together so quickly with so little effort is a really big deal! I’m all about the shortcuts!

Nautical Party

The cake topper was made with 2 skewers, a piece of bakers twine with flags from the line attached with glue dots.

Pirate Party

The same flags were attached to skewers to create these donut kabobs. I think the crumb donut holes look like they’re covered in sand

Quick Ideas for Nautical Party

The blue banner was create from a pack of patterned triangles that I attached to baker’s twine with mini clothespins

Quick Ideas for Nautical Party Nautical Party Tablescape Play Like a Pirate Party

Play Like a Pirate bottle wrappers add another fun and quick touch to this simple party.

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4th of July Jello Parfaits

 

4th of July Jello Parfaits

A quick little idea to share today!  We make these Blue and Red 4th of July Jello every year and wanted to share them with you today.

What you need:

1 large packet of jello (blue or red)

Cool Whip or you can make whipped cream

Raspberries or Strawberries or Blueberries:)

Plastic Clear cups

Prepare the jello following the instructions on the box.  Pour the jello liquid into the clear cups.  Allow the jello to set up overnight in your fridge.  The next morning, add whipped cream and berries to the top.

We add festive toppers to the parfaits.  We found these adorable Pinwheels last year.

The kids LOVE having their own mini parfait.  The perfect cool treat for a hot summer day!
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We also love to make blue cupcakes, with white frosting and star sprinkles.  What are your favorite treats to make for the 4th of July?

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Patriotic HedBanz

We love playing HedBanz!

It’s such a fun game that the whole family can get into.

I’ve created an American version to help you pass the time waiting for fireworks. The kids will have a great time playing Patriotic HedBanz, and can learn a few things about our country’s history and some of our symbols. Heck, the adults might even learn a thing or two.

America HedBanz USA HedBanz

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Other versions of HedBanz: Lucky HedBanz, Valentine’s HedBanz

 

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We’ve been having so much fun trying out the MINC machine from Heidi Swapp..and adding foil to fun projects.   This one is great for the 4th of July!  Festive Parade flags!
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I used Heidi Swapp’s patterned paper and added red and blue foil to the 12×12 paper.

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Then I cut each paper into 4 inch strips.  At the bottom I cut out a triangle to make a pennant shape.

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We glued these flags around wooden sticks and added silver sparkly stars!  My kids are excited to wave these cute festive flags on the 4th.  Happy Birthday USA!
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Looking for a fun 4th of July themed project you can easily make with your kids? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than these Paper Fireworks!

Print and color these Paper Fireworks with your kids! You'll be having fun within minutes! This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to assist in the maintenance of this site.

Paper Fireworks

Materials

  • Paper Fireworks Free Printable
  • Colors/Scissors/Tape
  • Streamers (I used a small strip of Oly-Fun)
  • Straw

Step One. Print out the Paper Fireworks Free Printable on regular printer paper. I made most of the designs somewhat generic just in case you want to make these all Summer long. Also included a blank one just in case any of your kids really want to customize it!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Worksheet Step Two. Have your kids color in the designs they want. As I mentioned above, I left the majority of the printable neutral enough to use year round!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Color Step Three. Cut a strip of Oly-Fun (or any other light material) into fringe and tape in place at the bottom of the paper firecracker.

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Streamers Step Four. Fold paper in half and tape edges shut. You’re going to want to make sure everything is pretty airtight or your firework might be a dud!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Done! Happy 4th of July!

All that’s left to do is slip the paper firecracker over a straw and blow! The paper will fly through the air to the sounds of glee from your kids! My boys had so much fun with these that they wanted to make a few custom ones to look like rockets. They were entertained for at least half an hour (which is a lifetime when it comes to little kids!) This would be a great project for a bored afternoon, rainy day inside, or even at a 4th of July party to entertain the kids. Hope you all enjoy!

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A few years ago these wooden stars appeared in my Old Glory post and many people asked where they came from. Inspired by the upcoming 4th of July holiday and my latest read, Blueprints, about a mother-daughter carpenter pair, I decided to share a tutorial for them. My mom had made them for me many years ago and I didn’t have a pattern for them. But with the help of my math genius husband, it took a while to figure all of the angles out, we have the instructions for you today!

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You’ll need a length of 1×3″ pine to begin with. Using a compound miter saw cut them to the lengths and angles below. I drew a picture because I knew there was no way I could explain the lengths and angles just by using words.

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Use a brad nailer to nail them together.

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Here’s a tricky angle. Make sure you have the 30º ends together, with the long pieces under the short piece.

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Once you have all 5 points together, lay them out like so. We brought each leg in 1.5″ and then nailed them together.

 

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We were given a copy of Barbara Delinsky’s new book Blueprints. Blueprints brought my love of reading and of watching HGTV together in a story of a mom who is a carpenter and her daughter, an architect. They host a TV show called Gut It! It was like getting an inside look at my favorite television hosts. The mom, Caroline, get word the day after her 56th birthday that they want her daughter to replace her as host of the show. She is devastated. Things continue to change as their is a death, and ailing ex-father-in-law, and a mother daughter relationship that has to be worked through.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

BARBARA DELINSKY is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling books. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she’ll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.

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The book is fast moving and is a great summer read, especially if you enjoy watching house shows as much as I do!


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Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

To kick off our Patriotic Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Activities

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Cupcake Liner Fireworks from A Little Pinch of Perfect

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch from KIX

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Rocket Garland from Alpha Mom

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Fireworks in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Mosaic Flag from Cutting Tiny Bites

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Paper Lanterns from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Tips for fireworks photography from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Printables

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Don’t Eat My Star from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Coloring Pages from Kids Activities Blog

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

USA Map and Bingo from 30 Handmade Days

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Color by Number from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

God Bless the USA from Kiki and Company

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Happy Birthday America from Best Activities for Kids

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

Subway Art from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

USA Flag printable from Ink Happi

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

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Patriotic Popcorn Favors – homemade popcorn recipe served in red, white and blue containers.  Great for parties or just a movie night with the family.

Patriotic Popcorn Favors - homemade popcorn served in red, white and blue favors

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  I can’t believe we are already in the swing of summer!  Today I am sharing these adorable Patriotic Popcorn Favors.  I just love making my own popcorn at home.  The flavors are amazing and it is super simple to make.  Plus, homemade popcorn is much better for you.  Store bought popcorn often use unhealthy fat and is loaded with sodium.  This homemade popcorn has just three ingredients and you know exactly what is in the popcorn.  I thought it would be fun to put homemade popcorn into cute red, white and blue patriotic favors.  It’s a fun surprise for family and friends when they come over to celebrate the holidays and summertime.

Let’s make the favors first.

Fun red, white and blue party favor ideas

What you’ll need to make the favors:

  • Fry box
  • Washi tape
  • Star cork sticker

 To make the favors patriotic, you will need red, white and blue materials.  I bought all of the materials at my local craft store.

Easy DIY Patriotic Favors

First I started by wrapping a blue and white washi tape around a red fry box.  I really like the bright red fry box and the way the navy and white washi tape pops off of the red.  I like the flower pattern on the washi tape too.  It breaks up the solid bright red color of the fry box.  It’s starting to look patriotic!

DIY red, white and blue patriotic favors - great for parties

The second and final step to making the favors is adding a cork star sticker to the center of the washi tape.  I love the rustic look of the cork and it is nice to add a different color to the favors.  Making these patriotic popcorn favors are super simple.  Two steps and you are done.  And they look so cute!

Let’s make the homemade popcorn.

Easy to make homemade popcorn recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Salt to taste (I like using my Paprika Chili Pepper Salt for a nice mild heat flavor)

Directions:

  • Place popcorn kernels, coconut oil and salt into a paper bag and fold closed tightly.  I like using brown paper lunch bags.
  • Hit the popcorn button on your microwave, or heat for about 1:25.

The paper bag will get greasy, which is why serving the homemade popcorn in a favor is the perfect idea!

DIY Patriotic Popcorn Favors with homemade popcorn recipe

This homemade popcorn recipe should make enough to fill four of the patriotic favors.  These favors are soo cute, I can’t even.

Patriotic Popcorn Favors

  I hope I have inspired you to make your own Patriotic Popcorn Favors this summer.  Enjoy!



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