Well, it’s finally here! The 4th of July just so happens to be one of our favorite holidays, and for our small town it also happens to be the single day of the year we actually have traffic on Main Street! From the fireworks, to the parade, to the carnival at the park, this day is quite the deal for everyone.
June is sort of a big month for us. We have a lot of birthdays in our family and by the time July rolls around, there isn’t really a lot in our budget for extra decorations and such for the 4th. Not to mention our big family reunion and vacation is in August, so we usually spend July pinching pennies in order to save for the events to come.
I still wanted to make the 4th special this year, so I went digging through my storage closet to see what I could make use of. Ribbon, pipe cleaners, an old bucket, tissue paper, paint, and glitter were among what I found. If you’re scrambling for some easy last minute 4th of July ideas to give your holiday that extra special touch tomorrow, take a look at what we did with the “junk” just lying around our house. You can also check out my 4th of July Pinterest Board for other great ideas from my fellow bloggers!
No need to go out and buy special flip flops in red, white and blue. Just take the ones you already have (ours are pink and black) and tie some ribbon on them. My five-year-old just loves the embellishment on what she calls her “new shoes”.
When I can’t afford a pedicure from my very talented friend Carolyn, I do my own toes. Granted they don’t look anywhere near as nice as hers do, but they do the trick. If you’re like me, you have several overflowing tubs of nail polish in every color imaginable. I decided to get creative and do a little something different with our toes this year. They don’t look perfect, but once again my daughter thinks they are “so cute”.
No 4th of July parade is complete without the people on the floats throwing candy and treats at you. We usually just take a plastic bag with us, but this year I decided to make it a little more fun. We took an old one-gallon bucket, some paint, ribbon, and glitter and created a much more festive treat container. My girls had fun decorating it and making it their own. They used their hands to make hand-print American flags from poster paint, and I added some finishing touches with Mod Podge (for sealing), glitter, and ribbon. You can even put tissue paper inside if you want to add a little flare.
Using pipe cleaners and tissue paper, we made a corsage for my oldest to wear on the big day. Just take three pipe cleaners (red, white, and blue) and twist them together. Cut out small squares of tissue paper, layer them on top of each other, and twist them into a flower. Finally, wrap the pipe cleaners around your wrist into a bracelet and twist the ends around the end of your tissue paper flower.
My oldest can’t get enough of all things princess related. Using a dowel rod, pipe cleaners, and ribbon, we made a wand for her to wave at the parade. If you don’t have a dowel rod lying around, a thicker stick from your yard works great too! You could even paint it if you are feeling extra enthusiastic. No glue was required for this project. We just twisted the pipe cleaners around the dowel rod and tied our ribbon in double knots at the top.
My oldest is the queen of headbands, or what she calls “crowns”. She wants a new one every chance she gets. Taking an old headband and some ribbon, we created one that’s perfect for the 4th. First, I wrapped white ribbon around the headband and secured it at each end with little dots of hot glue. Next, I took red white and blue ribbon and tied them to the band, slightly off center. Voila! Now you have new and fashionable accessory you princess will love!
How about you? What types of things do you do to make
the 4th more festive?
I always love hearing from you! Until then, Happy Reading!
Yours in Christ Yeshua,
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