Friday Favorites–DIY 4th of July

As July 4th approaches, you’ll find fireworks stands on every corner, shopping carts full of hamburgers and hot dogs and the a sea of red, white and blue in the crafty corner of the internet.  This Independence Day holds special significance for me because as you’re reading this, my son is signing his enlistment papers to join the United States Navy.  Part of me is scared and not anxious for him to leave home, but a much bigger part of me is so proud of that kid.  He’s accomplished some great things in his life already, and taking this step just shows how much more he has yet to give the world.  We don’t have any idea when he’ll be leaving yet, but I can guarantee when that day comes you’ll find me with a box of kleenex and a face full of happy/sad tears.  And you all know this isn’t the last of my mom-gushing about it. Winking smile

4th of July DIYs - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I gave away a bunch of these plastic beads when my kids got too old to care about them anymore.  Now I wish I still had them, because these Perler Bead Cup Covers from Twin Dragonfly Designs are a great idea.

Patriotic Perler Bead Cup Covers from Twin Dragonfly Designs

These Red, White and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars from Cherry Tea Cakes would be a fun surprise for kids or party guests.

Red White and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars from Cherry Tea Cakes

I love that these Painted Lawn Stars from The Concrete Cottage are a bold, but temporary, outdoor decoration.

Painted Lawn Stars from The Concrete Cottage

Oh, how I love a giant cookie, so this Red, White and Blue Chevron Cookie Cake from Cookin’ Cowgirl would be my perfect 4th of July dessert.

Red White and Blue Chevron Cookie Cake from Cookin Cowgirl

It would be so much fun to spring these Firecracker Cakelettes from SheKnows on some unsuspecting guests.

Firecracker Cakelettes from She Knows

You see lots of printables this time of year, but I don’t think I’ve seen one before that quotes the U.S. Constitution like this one from Aspen Jay.

4th of July Printable from Aspen Jay

Mmm…Tie Dyed Fudge from Taste and Tell.  It’s almost too pretty to eat.

4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge from Taste and Tell

Little kids and fireworks are a tough combination.  The danger level is high, but so is their want to touch sometimes.  These Paper Rockets from Whimsy Love might be a good solution, just keep them away from fire!

Paper Rockets from Whimsy Love

This Geometric America Printable from Over the Big Moon is different than most I’ve seen.  I love the way the colors are combined.

Geometric America Printable from Over the Big Moon

If you’re looking for a more grown-up treat for the big day, check out these Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps from Half Baked Harvest.  Yum.

Grilled Blackberry Strawberry Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps from Half Baked Harvest

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

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12 thoughts on “Friday Favorites–DIY 4th of July

  1. Hi Staci, I kind of understand about your son enlisting. My oldest daughter played a horrible joke on me one day. She prints out these letters and pamplets etcand mails them to our house. I receive it and tell her she has mail. She’s like, “Oh, they came in.” She’s like, “I’m accepted and I will leave in a couple months.”

    Curious, I ask her what in the world she’s speaking of. She further explains that she enlisted with the air force. Pissed and hurt and scaredthat she didn’t ask me or my husband or even told me her plans, I go to screaming at her and saying I’m fixing to call them and say they can’t have my baby cause I didn’t approve even though she’s an adult lol.

    She THEN proceeds to bust out laughing and I look at her like she’s crazy and I’m about to cry. She hugs me and says she’s picking, all the paperwork is her doing to play a joke on me and that she got the idea off the internet. Lol. So, I can only imagine the emotions you are going through.

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  2. I send wishes of safety and hope to your son and support and faith to you. I have many military personnel in my family and know and understand your feelings. Thanks for sharing and thank you for serving.

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