Creative Fourth of July DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I ended up having quite a few Fourth of July DIY ideas that came to fruition this year. I thought I’d put together a round-up of those including my favorites from last year. All of these ideas are quick, easy, and budget friendly! I hope you check them out, enjoy them, and share them! Let’s start with some repurposed and upcycled décor!

Creative 4th of July DIY Ideas

Decorations

Here are three fun ideas for festive and patriotic decorations for your home, or Independence Day parade wagon.

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

Hostess Gifts

Going somewhere? I do every year. Bring one of these sweet homemade gift for the party host or hostess this year.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

Party Favors

There are always a lot of excited kiddos at the Fourth of July parties I attend.  Make some fun easy to make and budget friendly favors for the kids to enjoy.

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

Accessories

Last year I made a last minute red, white, and blue headpiece literally minutes before we left for or party.  This year, I ended up making another one and shared it with my best firend.

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

There you have it! Ten easy patriotic DIY ideas for the festivities this weekend! Thanks for reading!

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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I am really looking forward to the mini Fourth of July parade that we do every year. I don’t know why, but my husband and I have never gotten a wagon for our daughter.  We would always hitch a ride with someone else, or even just pushed her in her sparsely decorated stroller. This year, we finally purchased a wagon off of Craigslist and I want to share some easy paper crafts you can make to decorate for this year’s festivities.

When we bought the wagon, the plain wooden sides were screaming for paint! I chose Krylon’s blue ocean breeze. I thought it’d look pretty with the red wagon.

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I made some paper medallions for the side. To make these, I cut two 2” strips for each medallion, and cut out two circles with a circle punch.

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I folded each strip like an accordion.

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Using double sided tape I attached the two pieces on one side.

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I punched a small hole for the string.

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Using hot glue, I added the circles on both sides of the medallion. Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

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I strung them on ribbon and attached them to the wagon!

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I also made little flags with scrapbook paper and BBQ skewers.  Super easy! I attached them to the wagon with Duck Brand tape (it works perfectly).

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In case you missed some of my other recent Fourth of July ideas, here are a few:

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DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

by Dinah Wulf

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I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Metal or glass candle holders
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Tea Lights

Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.

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I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.

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Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

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I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.

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In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:

 

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Wooden Ruler Patriotic Wreath

Remember these old wooden fold out rulers? I hadn’t seen one since I was little. For some reason I remember playing with my dad’s in our garage. I was antique shopping in Orange a few months ago and just had to buy it, for that reason…it reminded me of my dad. So, after months sitting in my craft room, I finally decided to make an Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY.

Upcycled Fold Out Ruler

Materials:

  • Wooden fold out ruler
  • Artificial flowers
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Small flags

The ruler folds into ten sides, so it makes the perfect five point star!

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

I like to use artificial flowers on my wreaths like I did for this Valentine wreath, and this St. Patty’s Day wreath, and this radiant orchid address wreath! I used pliers to cut one stem off of a bunch of white hydrangeas. I coiled the stem tightly.  This will allow the flower to attach to the ruler, flags, and other flowers.

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The coil I made in the back worked brilliantly because the wire stem was so thick, so I was able to tuck in some blue artificial flowers, and two small American flags at the bottom of the wreath.

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I thought it was a fun and unique repurposing idea and very festive for the fourth of July coming up!

Upcycled Ruler Memorial Day Wreath

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Ruler Wreath

In case you missed them, here are some of my other wreaths and door hangings I have done in the past.

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors.

If you know me, you know that I work out often. When I do, I bring bottled water with a vitamin B12 energy powder mixed in. The powder comes in these cute little cases that I have been saving because I’m a Craft Hoarder (that’s right…I admit it!). They come in several colors and I have a ton of them because I buy them at Costco! Aren’t they cool?

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When I got these cute little red, white, and blue Sweet Shapes stars from SweetWorks, Inc., I thought I’d make some candy filled patriotic party favors that look like little dynamite sticks with my containers. If you don’t have these containers, you can make larger favors with toilet paper rolls.

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Materials:

  • Plastic Energy Powder Containers (or something similar)
  • SweetWorks Sweet Shapes Candies
  • FREE “Have a Blast” Printable
  • Decorative Paper
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Tape

I made sure each container was clean and dry and filled them with the red, white, and blue, star pressed candies.

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Next, I wrapped each container in patterned decorative paper and secured it with double-sided tape.

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I taped a piece of twine to one of the containers, and then bound three containers together with a black piece of cardstock. I also printed and added a little tag that says “Have a Blast!”

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

These little favors are great for the Fourth, Memorial Day, end of the school year, or any birthday party. In case you missed them, check out some of my other patriotic craft and party ideas!

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Glow Stick 4th of July Party Favor Printable

My family and I celebrate the Fourth of July at the same place every year. There is an annual party with family and friends at my best friend’s in laws. Every year after the sun sets and we wait for the fireworks, all the parents pass out glow sticks and sparklers to all the kids.  This year, I thought I’d make a glow stick Fourth of July Party Favor and free printable to make and bring to the party.

Materials:

You can find glow sticks and sparklers everywhere at this time of year.  I found some fun multi-colored bracelets.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

They have a little more flare than the traditional glow stick bracelets. I removed them from the packages and placed the plastic clasp on one end of each.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Free Printable

I printed out the printables that you can download here and cut them out with a paper cutter:

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

I cute out 10”X3” strips of patterned scrapbook paper. I taped three glow sticks onto each strip and then used double sided tape to tape a corresponding piece on top, with the printable on top of that. Again, sparklers work great for this too. You can even do a combo of both along with a little pack of matches!

Glow Stick 4th of July Party Favor Printable

The printables say “Light Up Your 4th” and “Have a Bright 4th”.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor

I hope you enjoy them! In case you missed them, here are a few more fun Fourth of July posts:

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

by Dinah Wulf

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I know yesterday I shared Easy Dollar Bin Headbands that I made for my daughter, but I was on a roll with hair pieces so I thought I’d share another one I made for my friend and I to wear at an annual Fourth of July party that we go to.  Last year I made this one and this year I made these Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Metal Hair Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

Fabric flowers are fun to make on your own, but when I come across a good sale, I just can’t pass up a great deal. I picked up these flowers and a whole bag of feathers for next to nothing.

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I simply arranged the flower cluster on a piece of felt and hot glued it on. I cut off the access felt with fabric scissors.

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Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.

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In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.

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You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.

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Here is the one I made last year last minute on the day of the party that I posted on Instagram. Here is the tutorial for it too!

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel, a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, and an Easter Kitchen Towel so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made it similar to the Easter towel because the permanent fabric tape worked better than the fusible web. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two red and blue patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for the fourth.  I wanted some different shades of blue and red rather than the traditional bold red and blue. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  I ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel and I used some spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  This would make a great hostess gift. 

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You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

Just Add Ice Cream FREE Printable

I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Idea

Upcycled Tic Tac Packs

I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Hostess Gift

Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

Repurposed Tic Tac Containers

Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!

 

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I wasn’t going to do a post today because of the holiday weekend…BUT I COULDN’T DO IT!  This blog is an addiction, I tell ya!  If you haven’t guessed, I am an extremely calculated person.  I HATE to procrastinate and I almost feel a strong anxiety when I do not plan ahead.  This includes this blog.  I have my posts and projects completed very early. My secret is out.  Every post is published exactly at 6am PST Monday to Friday.  It has been that was since this blog started in April 2011.  Sometimes, I’ll admit, I have projects ready months in advance.  I know I’m crazy.  Today, IS THE VERY FIRST BLOG POST out of over 500 that I did not plan.  Eeeek! With that said I found myself scrambling right before a party yesterday and decided to make this quick and easy headpiece.

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Materials I used:

  • Flower
  • Clip
  • Pre-made felt flower
  • Felt
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue & glue gun

Literally minutes before we left I threw this baby together.  Thank goodness hot glue dries so quickly.  I cut out scraps for blue leaves and a small sliver of tulle. 

Here’s how it turned out!

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This is me posting it on Instagram! Yes. I am in my garage and yes…that is a lot of gray hair.

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Soooo, now that I am actually nearing the end of this spur of the moment blog post, I can take a deep breath….Ahhhhhhhhh.  Hey! That wasn’t so bad!  I really need to do this more often!

Happy 4th of July!

by Dinah Wulf

4th of July 2013

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th with all your friends and family!

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How time flies!  I wanted to share a quick and easy recycled T shirt Fourth of July bunting sponsored by Silhouette that I made with the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.  You can make this in minutes; just in time for the 4th. More importantly, you can purchase the software on sale from now until July 10th with the promo code: DIYINSPIRED! You’re welcome!

Materials:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait™
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software
  • Scrapbook paper in patriotic colors and/or patterns
  • An old T Shirt
  • Spray Starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

What is great about the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software is that there is a built in ruler and guidelines for precise alignment and drawing. Because of this, I was able to easily make these cut outs.

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Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision

Next, I made a fabric bunting out of an old T shirt.  You can check out the full tutorial for how to make it.  It turned out great and was very quick and simple to do!

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Just in case, the promo code is DIYINSPIRED to receive a discount from now until July 12th

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This post is sponsored by Silhouette and contains affiliate links.

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

Pringles Can Gift Kits

Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

Last Minute Party Appetizers

by Dinah Wulf

Every year we go to my best friend’s house for the Fourth of July.  It’s a casual potluck style get together and I always have a ton of fun.  This year I was assigned appetizers.  Although I didn’t know this until yesterday I was able to put together some fun festive last minute party appetizers.

Finger foods work best, in my opinion, at casual outdoor parties like this one.  You don’t have to worry about supplying/holding/throwing away utensils.  My favorite “party utensil” is the toothpick or skewer.  It’s so easy to put together and they look great too.

This year, I went with the red, white, and blue theme and made raspberries, star shaped marshmallows, and blackberries on toothpicks.

I also make skewers with cold tortellini with Italian dressing, salami, and cheese.  I made little festive flags on my computer and printed them on address labels.

Some other toothpick/skewer last minute party appetizers to consider are:

  • Any combination of fruit
  • Any combination of veggies
  • Cucumber, olives, blue cheese, and tomato
  • Mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomato
  • Gorgonzola, apple, bacon
  • Deli meat, cucumber, tomato
  • Any combination of gummy candies
  • Any combination of deli meat, cheese, and tomato

Tips:

  • The more colorful the better
  • Consider using a small cookie cutter for fruit and such
  • Marshmallows are inexpensive and can be dipped in chocolate, sprinkles, or melted candy to fit any party theme.
  • Gummy skewers are fun for candy bars.  They can also be wrapped in a clear plastic treat bag, tied with ribbon, and given as a party favor.

 

Coastal Decor

by Dinah Wulf

Today is officially the first day of summer!  Living here on the west coast, a few miles from the beach it feels like summer all year round, however there is something exciting about the end of the school year, BBQ’s, and my favorite, summer entertaining.  Summer entertaining, to me, starts with preparing my home.  I wanted to share a few Coastal Décor ideas to help inspired you to get your home ready for those upcoming back yard BBQ’s.

Nature Inspired Décor

Consider these nature-inspired decorating tips.

Shells & Coral – Shells and large coral pieces make beautiful centerpieces.  Display them on table tops inside glass vases or vessels with sand collected from the beach of a family vacation, inside recycled mason jars, or atop pillar candle holders.  Place them in flea market baskets in a bathroom, guest room, or living room. Here are some fun decorative coral pillows I found as well.

 

Blue and Green Glass – Blue represents the ocean, water, or twilight, while green represents nature and life.  Flea markets are the best place to find timeless blue and green bottles and decorative vases.  Also, save those empty bottles of wine! Wine bottles come in so many beautiful shades of green.  Soak an empty wine bottle in water for an hour or two to easily peel off the label.  Display flowers from your garden to make a fantastic eco-friendly centerpiece.

Coastal Décor DIY Projects

For all you DIY’ers, summer is the perfect time to update your home with bigger projects.

White Laminate Flooring- White washed laminate flooring is a great light and airy option to freshen up a room and perfect for coastal living.

Salvaged Wood Walls- Vintage recycled building materials in teak or oak would make a large decorative statement to an accent wall.

I hope these few ideas inspire you.  If you can’t live at the beach, bring it home to you!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

 

Memorial Day Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

 

Memorial Weekend is filled with celebrations via picnics and barbecues. Why not celebrate with an American classic liquor….. Whiskey!!!  Here are some refreshing Memorial Day cocktails using whiskey/bourbon.

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Mint Julep Cup – 10 fl oz

Mint Julep Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Peach schnapps
  • 3 cups Bourbon
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

Combine water, sugar and mint in sauce pan and stir over high heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow it to return to room temperature. Strain into pitcher and chill in refrigerator. When ready to serve, add Bourbon & Peach schnapps, stir and serve over crushed ice in old fashioned glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.

French Mango Spiked Iced Tea Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Water
  • 6 Black Tea bags
  • 1 cup Mango nectar
  • 1 cup Fresh Orange juice
  • ½ cup Fresh Lemon juice
  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup Bourbon
  • Grand Marnier
  • Fresh orange slices
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions:

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from the heat, add tea bags, and let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a heat-proof pitcher, add two cups of cold water to bring temperature down a bit before adding the nectar & juices, and then stir to combine. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, stir in the ¾ cup of whiskey. Fill tall glasses with crushed ice and then pour tea over it, leaving some room at the top for the ½ ounce of Grand Marnier floater. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

This drink is also great and refreshing without the Grand Marnier.

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Prosecco Strawberry Lemon Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Meyer Lemon sorbet
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle Prosecco
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Seagram’s Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 10 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen
  • Strawberries, partially thawed
  • Lemon slices

Instructions:

In a large punch bowl, combine sorbet, juice, ginger ale and strawberries. Then, mix slowly the sparkling wine to try to avoid as much foaming as possible. Decorate punch bowl with lemon slices. Gently stir and serve over crushed ice and garnish with a lemon twist.

Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Lemon Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Meyer Lemon sorbet
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Seagram’s Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 20 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries, partially thawed
  • Lemon slices

Instructions:

In a large punch bowl, combine sorbet, juice, ginger ale and strawberries. Decorate punch bowl with lemon slices. Gently stir and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

Both recipes are created to be served right away and not made a head of time.

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Even though I used Bourbon in these recipes, American Rye whiskey is a great alternative (I personally prefer).

This week I started on Spiked Gummy Bears infused with Tito’s Vodka for Memorial Day on the river. I’ll let you know next week how it turned out :)

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always follow the rainbow :)

 

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

Get it? Yesterday I posted Room Decor Ideas: STARS and today I am posting Room Decor Ideas:  STRIPES! I’m still in the patriotic spirit… anyway…

A  little goes a long way when it comes to stripes. Wide, narrow, vertical, or horizontal, stripes add a little fun to any room. Striped furniture or accessories add interest and style.  Classic pinstripes can give a modern update your decor and seem to never go out of style. Striped wall paint or wallpaper will make a room look larger and wider and vertically striped curtains can lengthen a room as well.  If painting a striped wall is too much, try adding a striped accent pillow, vase, or frame instead.  This pillow inspired by nature is a perfect example.  Check out these cool ideas for your decor and decorate in stripes! It’s perfect for Summer!

 

 

Sources: Anthropologie, Etsy, IKEA, Pottery Barn, ZGallerie

Need more inspiration? Check out these Interior Design Ideas:

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

Happy Independence Day!

There’s something beautiful about the shape of a star.  I found this incredible cardboard star-shaped coffee table designed by Ben Huggins.  It can easily be snapped together and does not require any tools!  It is made of black laminated plywood… genious!

Consider these other star shaped inspirations to bring into your home and room decor. Take the literal route with star shaped mirrors and wall art in your bathroom or be more subtle with star wall paper in a neutral tone.  The natural wood based glass top accent table has a rustic feel… my favorite of the bunch.

Sources: Homes Designing, Homeblogdesign, Feniture, Design Rulz, Direct Furniture For U, This Next

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