Fourth of July Banner

Recently I shared with you these Patriotic Hot Dog Trays, which could also be used for Nachos at your family Fourth of July BBQ.  In the background of the photo I have this Fourth of July Banner that I used as part of my Fourth of July Décor.  I had several of you ask about how I made it.  If you are interested in the Fourth of July Soda Bottle labels, you can find them here: Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

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It was pretty easy really.  I simply took some burlap and cut it into some triangle.  I made a pattern out of paper to use as a template.  Then traced it out on the burlap.  It worked out that I could flip the triangle upside down every other triangle and I didn’t have any waste.

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Then I cut out 14 total triangles.  I wanted to make two different banners so I could criss-cross them over the table.

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Then I took the same triangle template and made one with stripes on it and then cut out every other stripe so I could have a template to use for painting.

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Then I simply put the template over a triangle and rolled red paint over it with my foam roller.  I made 6 of them.

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Then I did the same thing and made a template for the stars and then painted them blue.  I made 8 of them.

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Then I simply attached them to some twine with some little paper clips.  You can find them at most craft stores.  Then I hung them up by attaching the banners to the sides of the table which are attached to some poles.

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I originally saw a banner in the Pottery Barn catalog and I pretty much knocked it off ;)!  Make one for your Holiday BBQ!

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*image source Pottery Barn

Foruth of July Printables–Sparkler Box Labels

Are you fans of doing the at home fireworks to celebrate with on the Fourth of July?  We do a few…nothing too crazy but we usually always include some sparklers.  Why not make them a little more fun and fancy.  Or give them to your guests at your family BBQ.  Either way, you are sure to enjoy these free Fourth of July Printables.

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All you need to do is print out this festive sparkler wrapper and glue it onto the box.  Viola!  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

The printable is made to fit these sparklers.  I have seen them both at Wal-Mart and Target so most of you should be able to pick some up for yourselves.

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To download a copy of the 4th of July Sparkler Wrapper click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{4th of July Sparkler Wrapper}

Please read directions fully to be able to get the download!

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Need some more Fourth of July ideas?  Check out the past Idea Room Fourth of July posts:

Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

Fourth of July Sparkler Printables

Fourth of July Popcorn/Goodies Box Template

Fourth of July Patriotic Hot Dog Trays

Fourth of July Kiss Stickers and Gift Printables

Fourth of July Treats–Kiss Stickers & Bottle Labels

I have fallen in love with bottles and Hershey Kiss Stickers and have used them to come up with some easy to gift Holiday treat ideas for a couple of other Holidays…so why not come up with a Fourth of July version as well.  I didn’t think you would object ;)!  These are fun Fourth of July Treats.

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So…I am sharing them with you today so that you can use them to gift to your friends and family this Fourth of July.  Or…if you don’t need a little gift idea you could use them to fill up a jar for some Fourth of July home décor.  Or serve them at your Fourth of July BBQ.

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I had some of this fantastic glitter paper left over from this past American Crafts post, and it is too sparkly to not use.  So I whipped up a little Fourth of July Label by cutting out the Fourth of July Label I printed and then added some larger circles and a scallop.  Cut them by hand or use a circle cutter and then stack them up with some glue.

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I simply attached it to a string and hung it around the neck of the bottle.  Makes a super easy and sparkly Fourth of July treat!

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On a whim, I tried to come up with a more “kid” friendly version that can’t be dropped and broken like a glass bottle can.  I simply grabbed an empty toilet paper roll and covered it with some scrap book paper in festive holiday colors.  And it turns out that the Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles (which I use in this post…and a million others Winking smile) fits the roll perfectly!!

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Fill the tube up with some kisses that have the Fourth of July Kiss Stickers attached. I simply print them out on regular computer paper and glue them on with a glue stick.  Works great and I don’t have to bother with printable sticker paper.

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To download a copy of the 4th of July Kiss Stickers & Bottle Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{4th of July Kiss Stickers & Bottle Labels}

Please read directions fully to be able to get the download!

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Want to see the other Printable Holiday Kiss Stickers I have available for download? Check out these past posts:

Valentines Day Kiss Stickers

Father’s Day Kiss Stickers

Need some more Fourth of July ideas?  Check out the past Idea Room Fourth of July posts:

Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

Fourth of July Sparkler Printables

Fourth of July Popcorn/Goodies Box Template

Fourth of July Patriotic Hot Dog Trays

Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I am sure many Americans have Holiday plans on their minds.  We usually spend the Holiday weekend with family and friends and at some point those plans always involve a big, back yard BBQ.

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One of the easier ways to add some fun color to the festivities is too add some simple Soda Bottle Labels to the drinks you will be serving.  We really try hard to not let the kids drink a lot of sugary sodas, but on the holidays we have been known to let them have it as a treat.

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The sodas I decided on this year are IBC Rootbeer (diet and regular).  Truth be told, there are a couple of reasons I chose these bottled drinks.  First and foremost is that the bottle lids were RED and BLUE! (A sad but true glimpse into a blogger’s life)  Second, my kids LOVE Root Beer.

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Simply print and cut out the labels, which are available in red or a blue design.  Then glue the one end of the label onto the other end as it is wrapped around the middle of the bottle.  These labels were made to fit the IBC Root Beer Bottles perfectly.  If you use another Soda Bottle be sure to measure the bottles before cutting out the labels so you can cut and adjust them to the size you may need.

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And because I am an over-achiever…which by this point I am sure has been understood by you…I decided to whip up this simple Soda Bottle Box.  I just used some scrap wood and threw it together and will be sharing the tutorial here soon.

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I did line the Soda Box with some plastic so that you can actually place the soda in the box along with some ice to keep them icy cold for your BBQ guests to enjoy as the 4th of July usually comes with some hot and sunny weather.

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To download a copy of the 4th of July Soda Bottle Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{4th of July Soda Bottle Labels}

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How do you celebrate the Fourth of July?  Do you have a BBQ with friends and family?  Go to a fireworks show or have your own firework show?  However you celebrate, I hope you have an enjoyable and safe Holiday!

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Need some more Fourth of July ideas?  Check out the past Idea Room Fourth of July posts:

Fourth of July Gift and Kiss Stickers

Fourth of July Sparkler Printables

Fourth of July Popcorn/Goodies Box Template

Fourth of July Patriotic Hot Dog Trays

 

Popcorn Box Template—fourth of July Party

I recently was able to play around with some fun glitter paper from American Crafts.  The paper is really thick and comes in some fun colors and patterns.  I knew I wanted to use the paper for a Fourth of July project and decided to make some fun and festive boxes for your holiday treats.

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They are so easy to make.  All you need is to download the Popcorn Box template and use it as a pattern for your box.

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To download a copy of the template, click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Popcorn Box Template}

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I simply placed the template onto the back of the paper and traced around it in pencil.  Then simply cut it out in an old school fashion with some scissors.  Then I used a straight edge ruler to help me fold the sides of the paper nice and evenly where it needed to be folded.

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Then I glued the ends together with my hot glue gun.  I found that the paper was too thick for traditional glue to hold it together well.  I decided they needed a little more pizazz.  I quickly made up some Fourth of July tags by punching out some 2 inch scalloped circles and then gluing on some 1.5 inch tags.  You can download the Fourth of July Tags here:

{Fourth of July Tags}

And, if you are feeling even more fun and festive, you can add some of these fun paper stars from American Crafts.  I simply took some thin copper wire I had laying around and then attached the wire to the inside of the boxes with some scotch tape.

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Then twisted the wire around my finger to make them curly and then stuck the stars on the tops of the wires.

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Then fill them up with your favorite treats….Popcorn for your outdoor movie or for eating while watching a firework show.  Or fill them up with your favorite candy or baked goodies.

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The fun thing about these boxes is that they can be so versatile.  Use them for your birthday parties, shower favors, or wedding treats.  Just change the color and pattern of your favorite American Crafts paper to fit your theme.

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Need some more Fourth of July ideas?  Check out the past Idea Room Fourth of July posts:

Fourth of July Gift and Kiss Stickers

Fourth of July Sparkler Printables

Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

Fourth of July Patriotic Hot Dog Trays

Patriotic Hot Dog Trays

I just recently shared these Patriotic Hot Dog Trays as a guest post over at Lil Luna and wanted to share them here with you in case you missed them.

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These hot dog trays are so easy to make and they make it easy for the kids (both big and small) to eat their hot dogs while containing some of the messy drips.

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The hot dog trays are simply made out of some colored scrapbook paper.  The paper is a little heavier weight so that the trays have some stiffness to them.  Thinner paper will make it so they are not as sturdy, which may lead to dropped hot dogs and tears.

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To download a copy of the Father’s Day Printables click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Patriotic Hot Dog Trays Pattern}

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To use the pattern, simply print and cut out the pattern.  Trace around the pattern on your scrapbook paper and then cut out and fold where the dotted lines are.  Then simply place some glue on the 4 tabs and glue the tray together.  I glued the end tabs to the outside, but either way will work.

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And…you can make these for any activity or party where you will be serving hot dogs.   You could even use them to serve nachos or sub sandwiches.  The possibilities really are endless.

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I will be sharing some more 4th of July printables with you for some of the other items you see pictured here…because really…who doesn’t love free printables?  So be sure to come back!

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Need some more Fourth of July ideas? Check out the past Idea Room Fourth of July posts:

Fourth of July Gift and Kiss Stickers

Fourth of July Sparkler Printables

Fourth of July Soda Bottle Labels

Fourth of July Popcorn/Goodies Box Template

4th of July Printable

Hey guys! I am hanging out over at Lil Luna today and sharing a fun 4th of July Printable today.  I would love for you to head on over to her site and check it out!  She has some really cute ideas so…you might want to check around her site a bit! xo

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PVC Sprinkler: Lowe’s outdoor challenge

The last week here has been H.O.T…HOT!!  With temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s we have been feeling the heat.  So when Lowe’s challenged their Creative Network to create something to make the outdoors more fun and memorable, I knew this PVC sprinkler would be a perfect fit and would cool us off.

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I have seen a few of these around, but the first one I saw was in the Family Fun magazine a couple of years ago.  I have always wanted to make one.

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I decided to come up with my own design and drew it out before we even got started. My husband and I made a few changes to the design when we actually put it together.

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I was really happy with how it turned out.  The kids LOVE it.  We even had the neighborhood kids and some cousins over to play in it with us.  The kids rode their scooters through it and we have plans to put it over the slip and slide.  Doesn’t that sound like a ton of fun?!

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PVC is really inexpensive and we were able to put this whole thing together for $25.  That is a pretty great price for something that entertained the kids for a couple hours every day and cooled them off during the hottest part of the day.

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I will be back to share with you the specific details for how we build this in case you would like to make something similar at your house.

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What are some fun ways you are making memories outside this summer? We could always use some fun ideas around here!

Next month I will be back with another outside idea, courtesy of Lowes and I’ll be giving away another Lowes Gift Card!  So be sure to keep checking back!

Homemade Lemonade recipe

The weather is getting warmer outside and I have summer and sunshine on my brain.  And I always equate summer with one of my favorite drinks…
Homemade Lemonade.

 

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This stuff is pretty amazing.  We tested the recipe twice this week just to make sure!  You guys know that I am forced to do this for you right?  The sacrifices I make…{you’re welcome}!

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

*Recipe from AllRecipes

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 8-9 cups water {more or less for a sweet or tart taste}
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice from freshly squeezed lemons

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Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In a pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
    *Tip—to get the most out of your lemons you can either soak the lemons in hot water for 10 minutes or put them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  This helps to release the lemon juice.  Then before cutting them in half, roll them on the counter with the palm of your hand.

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Whip it up and serve it with some ice cubes or freeze it in your ice cream maker to make it a nice cold Frozen Lemonade!  And…one little tip I learned to prevent your ice from watering down your lemonade as it melts is to freeze some lemonade in your ice trays and use them to keep your drinks ice cold.  It works great!

Where did I get the cute Lemonade Mason Jar Lids you ask? They are from We Love Citrus!

Are you a Lemonade fan?


Hamburger Cupcakes

My son just recently celebrated his 11th birthday.  He wanted something fun and different than the traditional cupcake.  I had remembered seeing some Hamburger Cookies from Disney’s Family.com a while back as part of their April Fool’s Food Series and Bakerella made some fun hamburger cupcakes here.  Since my son is a huge hamburger fan, I thought it would be fun to make him some Hamburger Cupcakes too.  This is an idea that has been out there for a while, but was new and fun for us.

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They were really easy.  I simply made up some yellow cupcakes and baked them normally and then let them cool completely.  Then I whipped up a batch of our favorite brownies and poured them into a a greased muffin pan so that the cups were only 1/4 full.  These are going to be the hamburger patties so you don’t want them to be very thick.

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Cut the tops of the cupcakes off.  You will use the two pieces of the cupcake as the top and bottom hamburger buns.  You may want to cut the bottom of the cupcake down a bit if your cupcakes are too tall so that it looks more realistic.

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Then I took some coconut and placed it into a Ziploc baggie to make some lettuce.  I added a few drops of green food coloring and shook the coconut up so that it was evenly colored with the coloring.

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Then simply take some of your favorite frosting and dye some of it red and yellow to represent mustard and ketchup.  Add a few globs of each to the top and bottom buns.  Sprinkle with your lettuce over the top of the brownie.  This makes for a pretty quick and easy birthday dessert, and a happy birthday boy.  He LOVED them and said they tasted ALMOST as good as his favorite hamburger!

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Do you have a child who would love to have these as their birthday dessert?