So I had grand plans of a spotless kitchen and tons of afternoon light and instead I got with Legos spread from one end to the other and cloudy, sunless skies. Oh well, it is what it is, right? :)
Up until last year, I didn't really decorate for summer - but I am LOVING all things red, white and blue from June through the end of July.
The boys and I made the hand print canvas flags last year and this year we need to get Griffin to make one as well. They were really quick and easy and you can find the tutorial HERE.
Last summer I made this flag and I was so excited to pull it out again this year.
The chalkboard I found on Craigslist and I love switching it out for the seasons.
The rocket garland Luke and I made a few years ago out of paper towel rolls, patriotic scrapbook paper and ribbon. Several people have asked me how I made this - I'll try to get some pictures and will add a short tutorial to my Friday Favorites post.
Nothing says summer to me like sunflowers. I threw in an American flag and was good to go!
I wanted whatever I put on the kids table to be easily removable and so I picked up this tray at HomeGoods and decorated it with some gingham print napkins, Luke's hand print flag from last year and some cute wooden cutlery.
And this is why I needed it to be easily removable :)
The wreath I also made last year, you can find the tutorial HERE.
The little flags are one of my absolute favorite ways to add a patriotic touch. The more the merrier!
I picked up a three pack of these buntings at WalMart and I love how festive they are.
(the pictures above I snapped yesterday)
I need to change out the picture for a fun, summer one.
The giant firecracker I picked up at Hobby Lobby last summer.
Some inexpensive garland, red apples and peanut butter filled pretzels fill up the apothecary jars.
Again with the sunflowers and little flags...
Last week the kids and I worked on a fun, patriotic craft. Red, white and blue hot air balloons. (ignore the crayons on the window... those were from a special day I did with the kids last week as well, I'll share about it on Thursday)
For me, the key to crafting with my kids is being prepared. If I prep ahead of time, the crafting itself seems less hectic and I can relax more.
For this project I used 6 white Chinet paper plates (I've tried other brands, but when painting these have always held up the best) and a roll of painter's tape.
I taped off stripes (I didn't measure or anything, I just taped them on there).
I used popsicle sticks and hot glue to create the baskets.
Mason and Griffin were napping, so I got the red paint station part of the project set up and got all the blue paint supplies ready to go while Luke sorted out the star stickers for me.
When the littles were up it was painting time!!! And then this happened...
The kids covered the striped plate and then painted their second plates any way they wanted.
The kids painted everything and then we let it dry overnight. I used hot glue to attach a ribbon loop to the top, two ribbons to the bottom to hold the basket and then hold the basket to the ribbons.
The kids decorated them with shiny star stickers and then I hung them above the kids table in the kitchen using command hooks.
Griffins "abstract" art on the back of hers :)
And the boys both made smiley faces out of their stars.
Mason put a handprint on the back of his ;) LOVE!
Happy Tuesday, friends! Now go pick up some apples and bunting (and some craft supplies while you're at it!). ;)