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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!









5 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

Father’s Day is next weekend and if the kids haven’t had a chance yet to create anything special to honor Dad… don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time! Here are five fun, easy and FAST craft ideas perfect for kids of all ages (with some grown-up supervision of course!)

Catch these Father’s Day Gift Ideas live on KOMO-TV (channel 4) at 4 pm on June 10th.

5 Father's Day Gifts

  Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

1. Bulletin Board Frame

Easy Father's Day Frame

 Dad will adore this very manly bulletin/board frame. He can adorn the walls of his man cave or decorate his desk with it. And it’s simple to change out photos as the kiddos grow.

Supplies: Large Frame (it already comes with burlap), Mini Jumbo Sticks, Americana Acrylic Paint in Leaf Green, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, small wooden letters, Therm-o-web 3D Foam Squares, Pebbles Party with Amy Locurto stickers, Paperhouse 3D Stickers (BBQ), double sided tape green cardstock and photos. Supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

 Bulletin Board Frame Instructions

1. Paint the Mini Jumbo Sticks green (I used 17).

2. Using double sided tape, adhere photos to cardstock and trim.

3. Glue the sticks to the bottom of the frame to make “grass.”

4. Using the 3-D Stickers, place mounted photos on board

5. After sticks dry, glue letters on top (spelling DAD)

5. Embellish with sun sticker from Pebbles sticker sheet and BBQ items from Paper House Sticker sheet.

 2. 3-D Jumbo MugFather's Day Gift MugThis mug would be a fun “brag” piece for Dad at work or at home.

 Supplies: Jumbo Mug, Americana 3D Opaque Gloss Enamels in Festive Green, True Blue and True Red. Pebeo Porcelaine China Paint in Anthracite Black and Marseille Yellow. Supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

3-D Jumbo Mug Instructions

1.Clean surface with rubbing alcohol

2. Draw sign with blue 3-D Gloss Enamel paint. 

3. Write “Dad” and message inside sign with black Porcelaine pen (follow instructions on pen)

3. Add heart with red 3-D Gloss Enamel Paint

4. Draw “grass” with green 3-D Gloss Enamel Paint

5. Create flowers with both Poreclaine Pens and 3-D Gloss Enamel Paint

6. Follow package instructions to dry and bake

3. Candy Jar

Father's Day Gift

Make this “sweet” gift to celebrate Dad.

Supplies: Large Glass Ball Jar, gold scrapbook paper, Jolee’s Boutique Dimensional Necktie Stickers, SandyLion Essentials Stickers, scissors, ruler, photo, double sided tape and candy. Supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Candy Jar Instructions

1. Measure a cute a piece of the gold paper 4″ x 5 1/2 “

2. Trim and add photo

3. Place Jolee’s Boutique Dimensional Necktie Stickers on photo

4. Place SandyLion Essentials Stickers (“Just Like My” and “Dad”) stickers on gold paper

5. Using double sided tape, adhere gold paper etc to jar

6. Fill with candy

4. Sailboat Frame

Father's Day Gift

Show Dad how much you L-O-V-E him with this thoughtful gift.

 Supplies: Chipboard Frame, Patterned Scrapbook Paper (Best Creation Inc Nautical Sailing), Mod Podge, Bottle Cap Inc Wood Alphabet Tiles,  Therm-o-web 3D Foam Squares, Darice Washi Masking Tape, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, X-Acto knife, scissors and photo. Supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

 Sailboat Frame Instructions

1. Brush Mod Podge on frame. Let it dry and cut around edges with the X-Acto knife. 

2. Add Darice Washi Masking Tape around the edge

3. Cut small compass out of scrapbook paper and adhere with Therm-o-web 3D Foam Square

4. Create works with small wood alphabet tiles and glue to frame with craft glue

5. Add photo

 5. Stepping Stone

DIY Stepping StoneDad will remember how much you care each time he sees this “awesome” stepping stone. 

Supplies: Milestones Premium Stepping Stone Mix, Milestones 8″ Stepping Stone Mold, Milestones Traditional Style Stone Stamps, Sierra Pacific Crafts Glass Gems, and a Puddy Knife. Supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

 Stepping Stone Instructions

1. Following package instructions, combine mix and water

2. Pour into mold and smooth with a puddy knife and jiggle from side to side to make mixture level

3. Embed gems, pushing objects halfway down

4. Use stone stamps to create message like “My Dad is Awesome”

5. Let the stone set for 24 hours and wait two weeks before walking on it

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Father’s Day!

DIY Letter Decor Ideas

Catch these ideas live on KOMO TV Monday May 27th on the 4pm News!

What’s H-O-T in decor right now? Letters of course! DIY Letter Decor is simple to create and there are SO many options.

Letter Crafts

 Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color to your living room or some sparkle to a kid’s room, the possibilities are endless!

 Moss Covered Letters

Moss Covered Letters

 Bring some of the great outdoor inside with these fun moss covered letters.

DIY Moss Letter

Supplies: Cardboard letter(s), MossyMat (available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames) a ruler and craft knife or scissors.

Directions: Using a ruler measure the top (height and width) of letters. Flip the MossyMat over and use a pen to mark the same measurements on the MossyMat. Cut out with craft knife or scissors. Remove the backing from the MossyMat and stick moss onto letters. Do the same for the sides and top of letter.

 Giant Scrabble Tile Letter

 It’s so fun to make a giant scrabble tile. 

Scrabble Tile Decor

Supplies: A 10 x 10 artist’s canvas, a 12 x 12 piece of woodgrain paper, usually found in the scrapbook aisle. A large wooden letter of your choice, a small number (I lucked out and found one that was already painted  black), Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, America Acrylic Paint in Black, a paper cutter or scissors. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame.

Directions: Paint the large wooden letter black. It may take 2-3 coats to get full coverage. Let it completely dry. If you have a paper cutter, cut your wooden scrapbook paper to 10 x 10. If you don’t have a paper cutter, no problem. Flip your paper over so the wooden side is face down and use a ruler to measure 10 x10 inches. Cut it out.  Apply the Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue to the artist’s canvas. Carefully place the piece of wooden scrapbook paper on top. Use the glue to attach the large letter and small number and let it set.

 Giant Scrabble Tile

 Rhinestone Studded Letter

 When it comes to sparkly decor, rhinestones are a girl’s best friend!

How to make a Rhinestone Letter

Supplies: Cardboard letter, Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating, Americana Acrylic Paint in Ultra Blue Deep, Rhinestone Tacks and foam paintbrush. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame

Directions: Paint letter with acrylic paint letting it dry between coats (it may take a few). Spray with crystal clear coating (makes it shiny). Let it dry. Add rhinestone tacks.

Mow to make a Rhinestone Letter

Tissue Paper Covered Letter

Take a walk on the wild side… of tissue paper that is! Dressing up your letters with tissue paper is quick and easy.

DIY Tissue Paper Letter

 Supplies: Cardboard letter, Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage, Decopatch Tissue Paper, scissors and paintbrush. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame.

Directions: Cut squares or strips of tissue paper. Apply Fast Finish Decoupage to letter. Add square or strip of tissue paper then add another coat of decoupage on top. Continue until letter is covered.

DIY Tissue Paper Letter

Metallic Letter 

Create a letter that’s rich in color and texture with paint and upholstery tacks.

DIY Metallic Letter

 Supplies: Cardboard letter,Americana Acrylic Paint in Traditional Burnt Sienna, Decoart Dazzling Metallics Paint in Glorious Gold, Dritz Home Decorative Nails, paintbrush and sponge for painting. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame.

Directions: Paint letter with burnt sienna color (may take a full coats for full coverage). Using a sponge, apply gold acrylic paint and let dry. Add decorative nails.

DIY Metallic Letter

Glitter Letter 

Light up your kid’s room with a shimmery glitter letter.

DIY Glitter Letter

 Supplies: Cardboard letter, Mod Podge, Americana Acrylic Paint in Royal Fuchsia, Nicole Ultra Fine Premium Glitter, paintbrushes. All items available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame.

Directions: Paint cardboard letter fuchsia (make take a few coats) and let dry. Brush a think coat of Mod Podge on top and add glitter. Let it dry.

DIY Glitter Letter

Have fun creating your own custom letter or mix and match color and styles to spell a word. 

DIY Letter Decor Ideas

1. Spell out your child’s name

2. Create a favorite word or family motto

3.  Make your last name

4. Use paint and glitter on cardboard letters to spell out “Shine”

5. Assemble the word “Welcome” to greet guests

The ideas are limitless!

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Crafty Soiree #137: Fresh Crafting Ideas

 Fresh Crafting Ideas

I’ll get to featuring some fresh crafting ideas in a smidge. I am typing up this Crafty Soiree post  from my hotel room in San Diego. So far the family has visited Legoland, Sea World and old San Diego (to see a haunted house). The kids have spent some quality time with their cousin and had fun in the pool. We are having a great vacation! I hope you and your family are too.

OK you guys always delight and inspire me but this past week you really outdid yourselves. It was difficult to choose only five features (four crafts and a recipe):

Crafty Soiree Features

Transforming plain shoes into map shoes

 DIY Map Shoes by Viva la Vida

Creating a rosette bib necklace

Rosette Necklace by Life on Virginia Street

Blueberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe

No bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe by Dear Beautiful You

Crafting a ruler star

Rustic Ruler Star by Restyled Junk 

upcycled credit card bracelet

 Upcycled Credit Card Bracelet by Delightfully DIY

 I’d love to see what else you’re been working on…

Crafty Soiree Party Guidelines

1.  Link up to four of your creative projects (No Etsy stores or other linky parties pretty please).  

2.  Add your link to the specific posts not the main URL.

3.  Add a “Crafty Soiree” button to your blog or posts.

4.  Please comment on the post linked up in front of you.  All partygoers love meeting new friends… don’t just stop there…if you see something that catches your fancy– stop by and say hi!

5.  Your hostesses would love it if you’d follow us. You can find Katie here


Let’s get this party started!

Mini Heart Candles

Mini Heart Candles - #yesterdayontuesday #valentinesday #candles #modpodge

 There's still a day left to whip up a Valentine's Day gift! These mini heart candles make a perfect teacher's present.

Mini Heart Candles - #yesterdayontuesday #valentinesday #candles #modpodge

Punch hearts out of the tissue paper.

Mini Heart Candles - #yesterdayontuesday #valentinesday #candles #modpodge

Dab a little Mod Podge on the back.

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Gently press on to candle… and repeat.

Mini Heart Candles - #yesterdayontuesday #valentinesday #candles #modpodge

Tie some twine around the top for a little extra color.

Mini Heart Candles - #yesterdayontuesday #valentinesday #candles #modpodge

Have fun and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Pink + Aqua Christmas Wreath

Pink + Aqua Christmas Wreath

Hello Friends: I hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving! I guess it’s time to start thinking about (gulp) Christmas.

My two favorite colors are pink and aqua. For a little twist on the typical holiday decor, I went with those shades to create a Chrismas wreath.

Ice Cream Cone Wreath - Yesterday on Tuesday #christmas #wreath #modpodge

Supplies: Styrofoam wreath form, acrylic paint (Plaid), Modge Podge, 4 silver garlands, twine (The Twinery), 8 sugar cones, fine glitter, Epsom Salt for snow, pearlized sprinkles (Wilton), pom poms, hot glue.  
Ice Cream Cone Wreath - Yesterday on Tuesday #christmas #wreath #modpodge

1. Paint the outside of the cones

2. Paint the inside

3. Coat with Modge Podge

4. Sprinkle glitter on leaving room for “Snow” (Epsom Salt) on the bottom

Ice Cream Cone Wreath - Yesterday on Tuesday #christmas #wreath #modpodge

5. Twist garlands around wreath form 

6. Dab a drop of hot glue on top of “tree” and twist twine around

7. Another drop of glue and add a pom pom on top

8. Pearlized sprinkes (also a tiny drop of hot glue) become mini-ornaments

Ice Cream Cone Wreath - Yesterday on Tuesday #christmas #wreath #modpodge
Adhere “Trees” to wreath with hot glue.

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Vintage YoT: Patriotic Sparkler Party Favors

Yesterday on Tuesday-4th of July Sparkler Project

Hi There! I am working on some ideas for a "Rustic Fourth of July"… things that are inexpensive and easy to put together. Having a take away for your party guests is a festive touch for your celebration. And since it's the Fourth of July– it's the perfect time to glimmer and glow… with sparklers!

Part 1: Pretty Matches

Yesterday on Tuesday-4th of July Matches
 Supplies: Jumbo Matches from the Dollar Store (2 for $1). Scraps of printed paper, Modge Podge, paper cutter or scissors and cell bags. I found 16" cello bags at Packaging Specialties.


Measure paper scraps to cover both sides of matches and adhere with Mod Podge.


If you want to take it a step further, embellish with background shapes from a paper punch and chipboard pieces.

Yesterday on Tuesday-4th of July Favors

Quick and easy!

Part 2: Tag It


Supplies: Shipping Tags (these are from Packaging Specialties but Office Max and Office Depot also sell shipping tags). Star Punch (from Martha Stewart), Rubber Stamps ($1 bin at Michaels and I have used them a zillion times). Twine, Ribbon or String.


Punch star shapes along the bottom edge.


And stamp a word just above it. 

Step 3: Assemble It  Sparklers

Fireworks laws and availability differs from state to state and town to town. In my city, fireworks are sold at stands which open about a week before the fourth of July and close the day after. Only a small selection of fireworks are sold in grocery stores. I found these gold sparklers on the internet at  These are 14" but they have a variety of sizes available. One nice thing about is I didn't have to make a major purchase of 50 or 100+ boxes. Many places have high minimum orders.

Sparkle package

The fun part is putting it all together– Match Boxes + Sparklers + a little bit of fill + the Tag.


Yesterday on Tuesday-4th of July Sparkler Favors
Simple, cheap and colorful!

Mod Podge Rustic Candy Jar

Hi Pals! It was like Christmas in June when I recieved this GIANT box of goodness from Plaid’s Mod Podge Brand. It was a seriously smorgasboard of crafty product delight! And I couldn't wait to dig in and create something. By the way, these fantastic products are also available in a variety of craft stores including Michaels. Let's get closer for a better look…

Modge Podge Box

I was so thrilled to use some of these fabuous new products– especially the Podgeables and the Mod Podge Formulas.

Mod Podge Product Collage

I grabbed the Mod Podge Craft Mat, Mod Podge 7 Piece Tool Kit, 2 types of Mod Podge Podgeable Papers (Nature and Romance), Modge Podge Podgeable Shapes (Designer Shapes), Mod Podge and Mod Podge Super Gloss… and a snippet of ribbon and a formerly used glass jam jar– just waiting to be podged. It was all used to make a Mod Podge Rustic Candy Jar.Mod Podge Rustic Candy Jar

This project is simple and fun too! First I used my sharp scissors from the Mod Podge 7 Piece Tool Kit to cut a shape out (notice I used my handy dandy mat to work on). I also grabbed a correcponding shape from the Podgeable Designer Shapes.

Mod Podge Project 1

Podged the paper and shape together…

Mod Podge Product 2

 Then used this tool to get the air out and get good adhersion.

Mod Podge Product 3

Then I grabbed my jam jar lid and a piece of Podgeable Paper from the Romance pack.

Mod Podge Product 4

I got a feel for how much paper I'd need for the lid and the rim.

Mod Podge Product 5

And used the other set of scissors from the tool set to cut it out and cut "notches" in for the rim.

Mod Podge Product 6

Podged that paper on again…

Mod Podge Product 7

And voila'… a cute lid to be embellished.

Mod Podge Product 8

I selected a few other pieces from the Podgeable Papers and had a blast playing with their placement.

Mod Podge Product 9

Then I added a coat of Mod Podge Super Gloss to give it some shine.

Mod Podge Product 10

And then I added the Podgeable Shape to the lid.

Mod Podge Product 14

The finishing touch was scrap of ribbon and some pretty candy.

Mod Podge Product 12

This was the simplest project to put together and it would make a great end of the year gift for teachers or a hostess present.

Mod Podge Product 13

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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in the post are all my own.

Thank you Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social!

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