Flip Flop Wreath

This easy flip flop wreath is a fun way to say summer is here! Quick and inexpensive to make, 3 pairs of flip flops, glue and a little ribbon. The flip flops were on sale for $1 a pair and I used a coupon for the ribbon, total cost $5.50.

Materials:

  • 3 pairs of flip flops (I have used adult size small)
  • Glue ( I used hot glue)
  • Pipe cleaner or wire to make a hanger
  • Optional: Ribbon for bow, sea shells

Directions:

Arrange the flip flops in a circle, with a small over lap for gluing.

When you know which way you are going to hang your wreath, take two of the flip flops, flip them over to a make a hanger (my hanger is going top and center).  Using a pipe cleaner or wire, wrap one end of pipe cleaner around the toe holder and wrap other end around the other shoe (see picture below).

Flip them back over and place back in circle.  Glue (I used hot glue, but any strong holding glue will work) each flip flop to the next making a circle (mine are glued heal to toe).

Give the glue time to set up before moving on to the next shoe.  Once all flip flops are glued together, ready for a bow and or sea shells.  Do not forget to glue together the flip flops that are tied together making the hanger!

I added a simple 6 loop bow, (about 2 yards of ribbon) glued onto the top of the wreath ( I added 3 star fish).

Slide the flip flop wreath onto the door hanger or hook, summer time is here!

 

Glass Bead Necklace

Shopping in the mall I saw all the fun and colorful jewelry for summer and saw the prices!  I always keep Jo An Fabric and Michaels coupons in my car for these reason, I need to stop and get some glass beads and cord.  Glass beads cost me $3.00 for a bag(a lot of beads!) and leather cord for jewelry $2.00 (it is thin so the beads will fit).

Materials:

Glass beads varies sizes

Leather cord for jewelry, waxed cotton cord, hemp  (bead needs to fit on cord)

Scissors

Directions:

For a finished necklace 32″ to 34″ total length you will at least 3 1/2 yards of cord. The knots take up a lot of cording, so do not cut yourself short by not having enough cord. Cut two pieces of cording the same length (the longer your cording, the longer the finished necklace will be)  cut the cord into two equal pieces (mine are about 62″ each).  Tie the first knot about4” to 6″ down from one end, and slide on your first bead. I like starting with smaller beads, working the larger beads in the center of the necklace.

Now make another simple knot.  If you are using leather cord do not pull super tight when making the knot, the cord will break.

Here is my trick, slide the next bead onto the opposite cord from the first bead (look can you see it!).  Now a knot!

So just check to see which cord the bead ahead is on and use the other cord for next bead.  Keep going….bead – knot.

Keep going until it is the length you want (you will need about 4″ to tie to the other side of necklace).

When your necklace is the length you like, tie the ends (all 4 pieces of cord) together and you necklace is done.  I made two necklaces, one just a little longer than the other.

I love all the different colors, sizes and shapes glass beads have, making this a perfect summer necklace.  I”m making one for all my special girlfriends.

 

Pink Summertime Sangria

This quick and refreshing sweet sangria is perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Summertime Sangria

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of White Zinfandel

8 ounces of Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (non-alcoholic)

6 ounces of Peach-Flavored Mixer (such as Fuzzy Navel – non-alcoholic)

8 ounces of pineapple juice

16 ounces of pineapple rum

Assorted fresh fruits: strawberries, pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges, or peaches (any combination)

 

Combine the wine, fruit juices, and rum in a pitcher. Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like and put into the pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator, and serve over ice.

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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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!

 

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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