Red, White and Boom! – 13 DIY ways to celebrate July 4

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Celebrate the most patriotic of holidays with some all-American, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY-ing fun. These top bloggers shared their ideas with us. Happy birthday, America!

DESSERTS AND SNACKS:

Patriotic Poke Cake recipe from the blog Lil’ LunaCredit: Lil’ Luna

Treat: Patriotic Poke Cake

Blog: Lil’ Luna

I always assume that this type of elaborately detailed cake is a bear to make, but this recipe is quite simple for such a showstopper.

Supplies: Display your masterpiece on a pretty, old-fashioned cake stand ($19.95 at Pier 1 Imports).

 

Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Trifle recipe from the blog Glorious TreatsCredit: Glorious Treats

Treat: Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Trifle

Blog: Glorious Treats

Graham cracker crumbs, no-bake cheese and fresh fruit = summer-dessert perfection!

Supplies: Score a set of six glass trifle bowls (on sale for $12.95 at Crate & Barrel).

 

Red, White and Blue Candy Apples recipe from the blog Tidy MomCredit: Tidy Mom

Treat: Red, White and Blue Candy Apples

Blog: Tidy Mom

I normally see candy apples for fall, but this recipe proves that they’re an anytime-of-the-year dessert.

Supplies: You’ll need special Blue Raspberry Candy Apple Magic candy ($3.09 at Cromer’s) as well as a candy thermometer ($11.19 at Amazon).

 

4th of July Toast recipe from the blog Taste and TellCredit: Taste and Tell

Treat: 4th of July Toast

Blog: Taste and Tell

I love when my kids think that fresh fruit looks as appealing as a fatty dessert. This is an easy way to entice them to get a healthy breakfast in before the parades, barbecues and fireworks get going.

Supplies: You need nothing special to make this simple breakfast, but if you’re in need of new colanders for rinsing all that fresh fruit, check out these red, white and blue strainers ($9.32 at Amazon).

 

Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies recipe from the blog In Katrina’s KitchenCredit: In Katrina’s Kitchen

Treat: Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies

Blog: In Katrina’s Kitchen

You can make these patriotic, crowd-pleasing smoothies ahead of time. Just thaw for 10 minutes before serving.

Supplies: Pick up a cherry pitter ($12.95 at Williams-Sonoma) for a less-messy way of depitting the stone fruit, and then check out this feature on six other great kitchen gadgets for summer fruit.

 

Red, White and Blue Cupcake Tops recipe from the blog Crazy for CrustCredit: Crazy for Crust

Treat: Red, White and Blue Cupcake Tops

Blog: Crazy for Crust

Look at these small morsels of sweet goodness!

Supplies: Add this to the “you learn something new every day” category. I just found out that there are actually muffin top pans. That’s the best part of the whole darn recipe! (Here’s a pan for $15.99 at Kitchen & Company that will work.)

 

4th of July Rice Krispies Treats recipe from the blog Two Sisters CraftingCredit: Two Sisters Crafting

Treat: 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats

Blog: Two Sisters Crafting

Adorable for sure, but these are also perfect to bring to a barbecue because they’ll travel well and don’t need to be refrigerated. Plus, they’re way easier to make than they look!

Supplies: You can find all the necessary baking supplies at Target.

 

Stars and Stripes Rice Krispies Treats recipe from the blog Itsy Bitsy FoodiesCredit:

Treat: Stars and Stripes Rice Krispies Treats

Blog: Itsy Bitsy Foodies

For an alternate way to make Rice Krispies treats, try decorating with colorful M&M’s.

Supplies: Get the My M&M’s Freedom Blend of eagles, fireworks and the American flag in red, white and blue ($17.76).

 

CRAFTS:

DIY Fun & Frugal Americana Flip-Flops from the blog Thrifty DIY DivaCredit: Thrifty DIY Diva

Craft: Fun & Frugal Americana Flip-Flops

Blog: Thrifty DIY Diva

If you’ve got a kid’s birthday party coming up, these would make fun activities or party favors.

Supplies: Dollar-store flip-flops, plastic floral leis and a glue gun are all you need to make this project. You can find glue guns and refill sticks at Michaels.

 

DIY Patriotic Votive Candleholders from the blog Crafts UnleashedCredit: Crafts Unleashed

Craft: Patriotic Votive Candleholders

Blog: Crafts Unleashed

This is a pretty way to celebrate the holiday.

Supplies: Buy citronella votive candles (12-pack for $4.99 at Quick Candles), and your little glass candleholders will keep the bugs away, too.

 

DIY Mason Jar Candleholders from the blog Today’s Creative LifeCredit: Today’s Creative Life

Craft: Mason Jar Candleholders

Blog: Today’s Creative Life

Did you know you could color rice and use it like this? Me neither!

Supplies: You probably already have rice, food coloring and the other household items you need to make your candleholders. Just order canning jars in all sorts of sizes at Uline.

 

DIY 4th of July Patriotic Wreath from the blog Jade Louise DesignsCredit: Jade Louise Designs

Craft: 4th of July Patriotic Wreath

Blog: Jade Louise Designs

Not only cool for hanging on your door, this wreath is also something you can keep forever.

Supplies: Blogger Amber says just about all the affordable items (felt, ribbon, glitter paint, etc.) needed for this project can be found at Walmart.

 

DIY Patriotic Outdoor Garland from the blog Fun Home ThingsCredit: Fun Home Things

Craft: Patriotic Outdoor Garland

Blog: Fun Home Things

The little lights make this so pretty at night, and it’s cool indoors anytime.

Supplies: You’ll need a string of Christmas lights ($8.99 at Amazon) and some plastic tablecloths. Talk about simple!

 

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Williams-Sonoma: Through June 30, get free shipping on $49 or more.

Target: Through July 25, save $5 off $50 on select items and get free shipping on all orders.

Uline: Get free shipping on orders over $300.

Quick Candles: Knock 5% off of your order.

My M&Ms: Get 10% off $30 or more.

Michaels: Get savings of up to 40% off.

Crate & Barrel: Get up to 50% off on clearance items.

Pier 1 Imports: Get up to 75% off in the clearance sale.

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