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DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

 Catch these DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas LIVE on KOMO TV Monday June 24th at 4pm

4th of July Party Ideas 

DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

Are you having family or friends over to celebrate the 4th of July? Give you party a boost with some simple, no-fuss DIY ideas to make your celebration a cinch!

4th of July Party Ideas1. New-Sew Banner

A banner can set the stage for a soiree… but who has time to stitch one up? This festive fabric banner doesn’t require any sewing!

Supplies: Fabric, Craf-Tex Fusible Coasters, Fabric, ribbon, self-adhesive red felt letters, scissors, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue and Darice Felties Star Stickers. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Following package instructions, iron fabric on to the round coaster, using a press cloth.

-After it cools down, cut around circle shape with scissors. Repeat 6 times.

-Add  self-adhesive letters– we did “4th Of July.”

-Add self-adhesive stars

-Use craft glue to add ribbon for hanging

DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

2. Reversible Placemat

What’s the best kind of placemat to use at a BBQ? The kind that it’s easy to clean. This reversible placemat gives you two looks and easily wipes clean.

Supplies: Heat n Bond Iron On Vinyl, 2 coordinating Fat Quarters of fabric (18″ x 22″ inches each), an iron and ironing board. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond


-Trim each piece of fabric to 18″ x 14,” standard placemat size

-Preheat iron to medium heat, no steam

-Peel vinyl from protective paper and place sticky side down on top of material, leaving at least a 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout. Place the protective paper on top of vinyl.

-Press and hold for 8 seconds and repeat until surface is laminated.

-Flip over and do on opposite side.

-Trim and enjoy

4th of July Party Ideas

3. Decorated Cups

You’ve been using plastic party cups for years– why not offer your guests the sturdier version that they can personalize? An added bonus is that they are dishwasher safe.

Supplies: Sturdy red plastic cups from One Hundred 80 Degrees, Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers, Darice Finishing Accents (gems), Trendy Tape in blue and red. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Personalize with Chalk Marker, Trendy Tape and gems! If you do personalize, carefully hand wash.

4th of July Party Ideas

4. Yarn Wrapped Candles and Coasters

Upgrade some inexpensive decor with yarn. It can give ordinary items a fresh look.

Supplies: Ella Mae (Cotton) Yarn, Glass Candleholder, Darice Cork Collection Coasters, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, scissors, patriotic metal star. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions for Candle Holder:

-Put a thin line of glue on top of glass candle holder, add yarn, continue process, wrapping around candle until candle is covered in yarn. Add star for decoration.

Directions for Coasters:

-Put  dab of glue in the center of cork coaster, continue adding glue and wrapping yarn in a circular shape until coaster is covered. Continue until all four coasters are done.

4th of July Party Ideas

5. Tic Tac Toe Set

Keep young guests occupied with this easy-peasy portable Tic Tac Toe set.

Supplies: Magnetic Board, ribbon, glass drops, circle punch, 2 sheets of patterned red, white and blue scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, magnets and Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Punch out 5 circles in each piece of patterned paper

-Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to top of paper, place glass drop on top.

-Create a grid on the magnetic board using ribbon and adhering with craft glue

-When paper has dried, add a magnet on back with a dab on craft glue.

Have a fun and festive 4th!









FREE 4th of July Printables: Patriotic Party Package

FREE 4th of July Printables

Hello! I am so excited to be able to share this AMAZING 4th of July Printable Patriotic Party Package (that’s a lot of P’s) with you. It’s designed by Keren of Free Pretty Things for You.

I know I always talk about Keren and how talented and generous and wonderful she is. It’s all true, so I have to say it again… Keren is THE BEST and on top of that, she’s a lovely friend.Free 4th of July Printables

Included in this FREE Patriotic Party Package are:

- A fun banner

- 8 1/2 x 11 “Let Freedom Ring” Printable Art

- Bag Toppers

- Party Circles

- Straw Flags

Simple Download Instructions

1. Click this link for the  Patriotic 4th of July Printables

 2. Click actions, then view all sizes, then select “original,” save to your computer and print.


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Make it Monday: Patriotic Pennant Tutorial

Patriotic Pennant 

Patriotic Pennant
This is a fun project + a great way to use up random embellishments, fabric scraps and old denim jeans (yours or your husband’s LOL).

Supplies:  Denim Jeans you’d like to upcycle, Canvas, Red + Navy Ticking (although you can use whatever!), Fabric/T-Shirt Transfer Paper, Victorian Fourth of July One by Piddix.  Sewing Machine or hand needle and thread, Fabric Tac, Wide Bias Tape, Embroidery Thread, Random Embellishments.  Pinking Shears (optional) or scissors.  Iron + Ironing Board.

Make yourself a template out of cardstock (mine is 5″ by 8″ by 8″).  Cut 6 triangles out of the jeans, 6 out of the Red Ticking and 6 from the Navy Ticking.

Sew your triangles into pennants.  I made a 1/2 border around the two long sides.

IMG_4353When you get to the edge of the pennant, to make a angle, leave your needle in, lift the foot, and pivot the fabric.

Download your graphics from Piddix and print on the T-Shirt Transfer paper (follow package instructions).  I cut the individual images out before transferring them to canvas.

IMG_4348This is when I figured out my images were backwards and than meant the writing was too!  I’m sure there’s a way to remedy this but I decided to dig into my embellishments stash.  You could also just print the images onto cardstock and sew or adhere them to your pennants.

Edited:  From Piddix on flipping images– For reverse printing, many printers have an option under layout for “flip horizontally.” 

I chose my four favorite images, cut them out with pinking shears and decided where to put them.

IMG_4351My pattern was red ticking/denim/navy ticking.


I embellished the images before sewing so I could see “where to sew” but you could sew the canvas to the pennants first.

I measured my mantle (ok when I say “measured” I mean I stretched my bias tape out on to figure out how long the project needed to be).  Then I pinned and sewed the pennants to the bias tape.  I also went over the project with my Fabri-Tac in hand to secure any loose spots.

That’s it!  I’m using this to decorate the house for Memorial Day and again for Fourth of July.

Patriotic Pennant