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Six Sparkly 4th of July Projects

See these patriotic ideas LIVE on KOMO-TV Monday June 30th at 4pm!

6 Sparkly 4th of July Projects

Sparkly 4th of July Decor

Simple Flag Sign

Sparkly 4th of July Decor

Fastest project ever! Just grab a 12 x 12 wooden box, patriotic paper (this is from Simple Stories), some bling, and bakery twine. Use double sided tape to adhere the paper and the add the bling and twine.

Star Decor

Sparkly 4th of July Decor

A few coats of paint, Mod Podge and glitter transform plain wooden stars into festive patriotic decor. Paint the stars. Add a layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter. Spray with a coat of Krylon Crystal Clear to set.

Patriotic Banner

Patriotic Pennant

Recycle old jeans into a pretty Patriotic Banner! Add gems to make it shine. Find full instructions here:

Patriotic Straw Wreath

Sparkly 4th of July Decor

You’ll need about 125 colored straws (I used red and blue for the 4th), cardboard, hot glue, ribbon and adhesive bling. Make a 6″ ring out of cardboard. Cut 50 straws to 6 1/2 inches, 50 straws to 5 1/2 inches and cut 25 straws in half. Start by hot glueing long straws around ring (blue). Then hot glue the medium size straws (red) between the blue straws. Finish up by gluing the small straws (red) between the medium straws. Add a red ribbon. Adhere bling on the ribbon to add some sparkle.

Mason Jar Candle Holders

Patriotic Mason Jar Candle Holders

Use masking tape to section off the top of a Mason Jar. Paint the bottom section with acrylic paint (3 coats). Then brush with Mod Podge and add glitter. Fill with beans and a candle. Tie a pretty ribbon around the rim of the jar.

Sparkly Glitter Jar

Sparkly 4th of July Decor

If you happen to have some “leftover” glitter… mix it together to brighten up a plain Mason Jar. Just paint Mod Podge on the jar and sprinkle red, white and blue glitter. Spray with a coat of Krylon Crystal Clear to set.


You can find TONS of 4th of July inspiration on Hometalk! Just use the hashhtag #fourthofjuly for hundreds of red, white and blue ideas.

Sharing at Uncommon Designs, Craft-o-Maniac, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, A Bowl Full of LemonsKathe with an EThe Girl CreativeDomestically SpeakingLive Laugh RoweThirty Handmade DaysCarolyn’s HomeworkTatertots and JelloShaken Together LifeFlamingo Toes and The Cards We Drew.

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!









Rustic Fourth of July: Jam Jar Lid Tic Tac Toe

Hi, I’ve been working on a few ideas for a cheap + chic Fourth of July.

Fourth of July Entertaining

One of my ideas involves jam jars– but what to do with the lids? Make them into tic tac toe pieces:

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Measure the jam jar lid to cover with paper. Glasses make great templates or use a circle cutter. This one is the Custom Cutting System from Creative Memories. I think it could probably be considered *vintage* but it still works great. You need two sheets of patterned paper. The polka dot paper is from Canvas Corp and the navy stars is from October Afternoon. The red and white gingham is from Martha Stewart. I made two sets of game pieces.

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Use Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the lid.

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Make a grid using washi tape (or duct tape would work well too).

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Use a dot of hot glue on the back of each lid to secure a magnet. Pop into the frame and you’re done.

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Patriotic Tic Tac Toe.

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Grab a snack and you’re set.

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Linking Up.


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