Happy 4th of July to my USA followers! Today, I’ve put together a few fun, easy and quick craft’s while we celebrate the holiday.
Stars and Stripes Shadow Box
Star Embellishments (optional)
Using the holiday paper of your choice, cut out the USA map. (Die cutting machine required) If you don’t own a paper cutting machine I would suggest using a pre cut wood star or, even a USA map stencil, if you can find one. I found a wood painted flag star at Hobby Lobby. I used a distressed wood planks design sheet of paper as the background of my box. To create depth, apply foam square adhesives to the back of the map and attach to the background. Fill the shadow box with red, white and blue pony beads. Add the liberty bell. For the final touch, I placed three glittery stars in the corner.
Liberty Bell Party Favor
Give the kiddos these mini bells to ring as we celebrate the birth of America.
Tag Dies (optional)
Cut out simple tag shapes from the navy and cream card stock, using scissors or, for a quicker option use a layering tag die. (die cutting machine required) I applied Tim Holtz festive berries distress ink and Recollections alphabet to stamp “let freedom ring” on the cream card stock. I also added a design on the left, side using a small firework stencil and chipped sapphire distress ink with the ink blending tool. A star sticker is the perfect final touch. Attach your stamped tag to a slightly larger cut tag of navy blue, using a tape runner or double sided tape. Tie a piece of thin red ribbon through the top hole of the bell. The package of bells listed makes 12. Let freedom ring!
Fancy up a bottle of wine or champagne with this holiday tag.
Cut a tag shape from card stock paper. Glue the red and white stripes onto the base tag. Punch a hole near the top with a standard circle punch. Add Embellishments, such as, stickers or dimensional stars. Tie a strand of twine through the hole and wrap around desired bottle of alcohol.
Ceramic Flag Coasters
This last project requires a trip to the hardware store. We are making drink coasters. This is a simple four step process! These will come in handy at your next party or make nice house warming gifts. CAUTION: ceramic tiles have sharp edges and break easily when dropped. Supervise young children.
I took a short trip to Lowe’s to purchase four ceramic tiles for only eighty-one cents each in the flooring department. Using your selected paper design to cut squares the same size as the tiles. Be sure you cut enough for the paper to wrap over the edges. Brush on mod podge and glue to the front of the tile. Cover the paper around the edges and onto the back, similar to how you wrap a gift box. Let dry. Cut four cork squares to fit the back of tiles. The cork is for stability so the coasters don’t slide all over the table. I attached the cork with a hot glue gun. For long lasting coasters, spray sealer over the top and let dry.
Red, White and Blue Thirst Quencher
We can’t make coasters without a drink! Try this tasty non-alcoholic Independence Day beverage. The kids will love it!
- Cran-Apple Juice (31 grams of sugar)
- Gatorade Frost Glacier Cherry (21 grams of sugar)
- Gatorade G2 Glacier Freeze (5 grams of sugar)
The secret to achieving this layered drink is the sugar content and making sure everything is cold. Use lots of ice.
Pour an even layer of red sprinkles onto a paper plate. Dip the top of your glass in a shallow pan of water and into the pile of sprinkles.
Fill the glass to the top, with ice. Once the liquids have been chilled, first, pour the beverage with highest amount of sugar content directly over the ice, which, would be the cran-apple. Slowly, pour the next beverage with the most sugar, glacier cherry. The drink with the least amount of sugar, glacier freeze, goes at the top. Insert some fun, bright colored straws.
If you’re looking for an adult drink try this sparkling sangria by Gimme Some Oven.
I wish you all a fun and safe holiday.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord PSALM 33:12
Cheers and Hugs,