Red, White and Blue Centerpiece

Looking for an easy and inexpensive 4th of July centerpiece!  I have made red, white and blue tissue “fireworks” and felt stars, in painted jars, so simple your children will want to help.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper: red, white and blue
  • Felt: red, white and blue
  • Small wooden dowels painted white (I used 3 dowels 1/8 x 36”)
  • Jars/bottles
  • Acrylic paint: red, white and blue
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Old newspaper or box
  • Optional: Red star wired garland, American flag

Directions:

Start with the jars so they have more time to dry.  You can use any size or shape, glass or plastic will work, clean off any labels, clean inside well and dry.  Pour paint inside the jar, rolling paint until the inside is coated, turn over jar onto old newspaper or a box letting the extra paint drain down, then turn over and let dry.

For the tissue paper “fireworks”: cut the wood dowels to the length you need (mine are 10″ to 14″) and paint white.

Cut tissue paper into strip 4″ by 12″ this will be your center color (start with any color).

Make cuts about every 1/4″ but not all the way though the strip.  Run a thin line of Tacky Glue along the edge that was not cut, place end of dowel in glue and start rolling.

You want to roll around the dowel not down.

Your next strip needs to be wider, about 5″ to 5 1/2″ and the length 12″ (you can make it short or longer, up to you!).

Make the 1/4″ cuts, run glue on edge and roll on your next color (red).  Last  strip cut a little wider, 6″ by 12″, cut and roll on.

Quick and easy!  I just changed up the order of the colors and made my tissue strips different widths, that way they all look a little different.

For the stars I used felt but foam sheets would work great too.  Cut 2 stars from each color (used my star cookie cut for a pattern), glued one side to wooden dowel and then glued the other star on top (made one of each color red, white and blue).

I placed a small American flag in the third bottle.  On the white jar I wrapped red star wire garland (yes it was from Christmas!!) around to top and done.

Have a wonderful 4th of July.

 

 

 

 

Tissue Paper Balls

It’s so fun to make these tissue paper balls, your children are going to want to help! They can be made in any size and any color, they instantly add color and a wow factor to any party.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper (larger ball 8 to 12 sheets)
  • Fishing line or string
  • Scissors

Directions:

Lay out and flatten the tissue paper, you will need at least 8 to 12 sheets for a large ball.  With the tissue paper going long ways in front of you (it really doesn’t matter which way, it just makes a difference in size) fold up one end about 1 1/2″, and keep folding like you are making a large fan!

Now find the center by folding your fan in half, with fishing line or string (about a 8″ long so you have extra for hanging), tie in center.

Start on one side and pull up one tissue.

If you used 12 sheets of tissue, pull 6 sheets from each of these two sides. If  you have 8 sheets, pull up 4 on each side, and so on!

Now just turn over the ball and pull up each sheet for this side.  You now have a tissue ball, you may need to adjust some the sheets.

Find your fishing line (or string) in the ball and tie them together, with another piece of fishing line (as long as needed for hanging) loop through the string you just tied and tie the longer line on.  Let’s go hang them under the  large pool umbrella!

A fun way to decorate and add a lot of color!

This pink ball has rounded edges (cut before pulling sheets) looking like a large flower.  For a birthday party I made 2 dozen pink and purple balls (different sizes) and hung them from the trees!

You can shape the ends of the tissue “fan”, before pull the sheets for a different look.

You can make them smaller by cutting the tissue!  For these small half balls, I cut one sheet of tissue into 3 equal strips, stacked them, folded, tied and only pulled one side!!

Did you know you can iron tissue!  With the iron set on low, no steam, and iron…you can recycle, used tissue paper and make beautiful tissue balls!!

 

 

July Wreath with Rosettes

Welcome July with this red, white and blue rosette wreath, perfect at the front door, mailbox or in a window.

Materials:

  • Foam wreath
  • Burlap
  • Felt: red, white, blue
  • Optional: Stars and strip ribbon, blue ribbon (bow)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

Cut burlap into 3″ to 4″ strips, wrap the wreath tightly, hot gluing the ends in place.

To make the rosette flowers: cut a 5″ to 6″ circle from each color of felt (red, white, blue). Starting on the side cut into the circle going around, start small then a little wider (see picture below).  Check out my Fall Wreath with Felt Rosettes and Magazine Rosette Flower Topiary and Wreath, for more rosette ideas!

Roll from the outside in, forming a rosette flower, hot glue bottom of flower (see next picture).

Place your glue in center and flip over center to hold.

Glue the red, white and blue rosette onto the burlap covered wreath, loop and glue in place stars / stripe ribbon and add a blue bow.

A quick and easy decoration for the 4th of July!

Red, White and Blue Coffee Filter Wreath

Celebrate America with a fun and festive red, white and blue wreath that’s made from colored coffee filters! Get the whole family in the patriotic spirit by getting the kids involved in this project (under adult supervision, of course)!

Materials:

  • White coffee filters
  • Blue food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Plastic cups
  • Newspaper
  • 7″ inch Styrofoam ring (any size will work, 7″ is the size used in this tutorial)
  • Straight pins OR hot glue gun
  • Pipe cleaner

Directions:

Put red food coloring into plastic cup, and add a small amount of water. Test the color intensity by dipping coffee filter into cup. To enhance color, add more food coloring to cup (in this example, I used 1 bottle of food coloring diluted in about 4 tablespoons of water). Repeat with blue food coloring in second cup.

Fold coffee filters into triangular shapes and dip into cups of food coloring. To save time, fold many filters together and dip. Lay flat on newspaper to let them dry.

After filters are dry, pinch the center of each filter and twist tightly to create a small tail, but still leaving the outer part of the filter full and un-twisted  (as pictured). *This is  a great step to get the kids involved in – it’s fun for them, and it makes the process go much more quickly! 🙂

Begin constructing the outer ring of the wreath by pushing a straight pin through the twisted “tail” of the filter and into the outer rim of the Styrofoam ring. Alternatively, you may prefer to use hot glue instead of straight pins, which will work just as well.

Do the same to create a ring of white filters and red filters, working in to the middle of the ring. You may need to add an extra ring of red in the inside of the circle, to cover any visible Styrofoam.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half, bend it into a U-shape, and push the ends into the Styrofoam, creating a hook to hang your wreath from. A dab of hot glue on each end will help to secure the pipe cleaner hook into the wreath.

Hang and enjoy your patriotic decoration!

*FYI: If you’re wondering how many coffee filters you’ll need for this project, here’s what I used:

For the 7″ styrofoam circle, I used 52 blue filters on the outer ring, 25 white filters for the middle layer, and 55 red filters on the 2 inner rings.

Pledge of Allegiance Printable

Use this free printable to display your patriotic spirit this summer! It is sized to fit in an 8×10 frame, and would look great displayed on a food table at your party,  but it could also be used for any other crafty Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day decorating ideas.

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE!

For best use, print on high quality photo paper or white card stock.

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Red White & Blue Coffee Filter Flowers

Decorate your summer table with these fun and patriotic flowers that kids can create and decorate!

Coffee Filter Flowers

Materials:

  • White coffee filters
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • 2 plastic cups
  • Newspaper
  • Vase or container to place finished “bouquet” in

Directions:

Put red food coloring into plastic cup, and add a small amount of water. Test the color intensity by dipping coffee filter into cup. To enhance color, add more food coloring to cup (in this example, I used 1 bottle of food coloring diluted in about 4 tablespoons of water). Repeat with blue food coloring in second cup.

Fold coffee filters into triangular shapes and dip into cups of food coloring. To save time, fold many filters together and dip. Lay flat on newspaper to let them dry.

To create different looks for your flowers, try the following techniques:

  • Use a small paintbrush to dip into the food coloring and dab onto the filter to create spots or polka dots.

  • Take the triangular coffee filter and fold in half (see picture below). Dip the center into one color (which will create a “stripe”, and then unfold to triangular shape and dip one end in the other color.

After filters are dried, create the flower by stacking 3 coffee filters, pulling them together in the center, and twisting the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap pipe cleaner tightly around the twisted area to create a stem.

Add shape and fullness to the flower by carefully separating each filter.

Arrange flowers in vase or container and place on your table to admire!

 

 

Fourth of July Fizzy

This fun and fizzy refreshment will be a hit with the kids (and it looks great, too)!

The layered effect of the drinks is due to the differences in each beverage’s sugar content; the higher the sugar content of a drink, the more dense it is. So for our fizzy, the drink with the highest sugar content goes first (with the ingredients used here, the cranberry juice had the highest sugar content), followed by the drink with a lower sugar content (in this case, the Gatorade), and finished with the least amount of sugar (the diet soda). Be sure to use diet soda, since it has no sugar and will “float” well on top of the other drinks.

 

Ingredients:

-Blue Gatorade

-Cranberry Juice

-Diet Lemon Lime Soda

-Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill clear glasses (or plastic cups) with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
  3. Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
  4. Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
  5. Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!

 

Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Tray

This sweet treat is super-simple and healthy, and will look great on a red, white and blue themed table!

Ingredients & Materials:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Blueberries – fresh or frozen
  • White mini-cupcake papers
  • Toothpicks
  • American Flag stickers
  • Stars cut from colored card stock
  • Glue

Directions:

1. Wash strawberries and cut off stem end, so that the strawberry will be able to stand up.

2. Place strawberries in mini cupcake papers.

3. Wrap flag stickers around tops of some of the toothpicks and glue stars to the tops of the rest of the toothpicks (be sure to leave enough room on the lower part of the toothpick for blueberries and the strawberry).

4. Push 2 blueberries onto a decorated toothpick and stick into the top of a strawberry. Continue until tray is full.

Enjoy!

Patriotic Pretzel Sticks

Celebrate the U.S.A. with these delicious, festive, kid friendly pretzel snacks!

Makes: 10-12 pretzel rods

Ingredients & Materials:

  • Vanilla Almond Bark (5-6 squares)
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Red, White and Blue Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Baking Sheet

 

Directions:

1. Melt Almond Bark squares in a microwave-safe bowl or cup (microwaving times vary; 45-60 seconds will usually be sufficient). While Almond Bark is microwaving, place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet.

2. Dip pretzel rod into melted Almond Bark, truning the bowl/cup as needed to evenly coat the top half of the pretzel.

3. Hold the pretzel over wax paper and pour sprinkles, turning the pretzel so that the sprinkles cover the Almond Bark coated portion.

4. Set pretzel onto wax paper covered baking sheet.

5. When all pretzels have been coated, put the baking sheet in the freezer or refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

6. Take pretzels out of the fridge or freezer, carefully remove from wax paper and display them in a cute cup or container.

Enjoy!

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