DIY MOMS - Red, White & Blue
By Leslie Pleasants
4th of July is right around the corner. To me the best memories I have of the 4th of July is when I am with my family and friends. When you gather all together and have a BBQ... kids are running around.... everyone is mingling... summer is HERE!
Celebrate in style with these great DIY Red, White & Blue decorations and ideas! The more you get in the spirit the more your guest will too!!
2.Cut paper into square shapes — we made 8-inch and 6-inch squares to create pinwheels of varying sizes.
3.Fold squares in half diagonally to create a triangle. Crease.
4.Open the triangle and fold diagonally the opposite way. Crease.
5.Open up the triangle and flatten out the square.
6.Cut along each diagonal fold three-quarters of the way to the center.
7.Pull the tip of every other corner toward the center. Use double-sided tape or white craft glue to adhere the first tip to the center, then each folded-in tip on top of each other. When you finish, you'll have the pinwheel shape.
8.If you want your pinwheel to spin, skip to step 10. If not, simply hot glue the pinwheel to your wooden dowel. Skip cutting down wooden dowels from the hardware or craft store and use inexpensive flag dowels (removing the flags, of course).
9.Finish your pinwheel with a decorative star sticker in the center.
10.If you want your pinwheel to spin, you'll need to push a pin through the center (a straight pin works), then a bead beneath the pinwheel. You'll drive the pin into your dowel with a hammer. If needed, fold over (or cut and then fold over) any part of the pin that sticks through to the back to prevent injuries.
by good housekeeping
Letter-size, stationery-weight paper in red, white, and blue
Paper cutter or scissorsby censational girl
1/8-inch hole punch
White cotton string
1. Cut paper to 6 by 11 inches. Using a bone folder to make crisp folds, fold the paper in half; then, fold it in half twice more. Open the folded paper, and use the creases as guides to accordion fold the paper to resemble a fan.
2. With the paper still folded, find the center, and mark it with a pencil. Use a desktop stapler to staple the center. (The staple should be perpendicular to the folds.)
3. Make a mark, 1 inch from each end on the folded side of the fan. Using scissors, trim both ends of the paper on an angle, starting from the 1-inch marks and cutting to the paper's edges.
4. Fan out the paper to form a star, and bring the ends together. Staple the ends together with a mini-stapler.
5. With a 1/8-inch hole punch, punch 2 holes, one fold apart from each other. Thread cord through one hole, around the back of the star, and then through the other hole.
by martha stewart
Brown paper sacks
Blue and Red tissue paper
Tea light candle
1. Cut a star from cardboard (ours was 2 1/2 inches from point to point) and use it as a template to cut other stars from red and blue tissue paper.
2. Glue the stars to the insides of lunch bags with a dab or two from a glue stick. For a bit more pop, add other small star-shaped stickers on the inside and perforate the sides with a star paper punch.
3. Fill each bag with 2 to 3 inches of sand and sink a tea light or votive candle into the sand. Place the luminarias in a spot outside where you can keep an eye on them, and light the candles. (Tip for parents: To avoid scorching your forearm, light a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use it to light the candles.)
4. From inside the bags, the tissue paper stars will cast a red and blue glow guaranteed to shine on long after the twilight's last gleaming.
by family fun
Red, White an Blue yarn
To make a sand candle, fill a clear drinking glass with enough sand so that a votive candle placed on top falls just below the rim. Set the glass inside a clear glass vase or jar. With a funnel, fill the gap between the two containers with layers of colored sand, using enough to reach the rim of the drinking glass.
Hot glue gun
Double sticky tape
Add a bit of ribbon with hot glue to the back seam. Then use double sided tape to guide your ribbon around the canister, and keep it straight. Use one more dab of hot glue to keep the other end of the ribbon in place.