Sunday, July 28, 2013


Fourth of July was a nice time for our family. My husband happen to get a few days off (which is a rarity). And we were able to make it to Cleveland for a family 4th of July party.  My aunt and uncle have been having this annual party for years and I can remember being so excited for it! I love that they still have the party every year so that I can now take my son!

Since I had my son, I have fallen in love with art made from his little handprints and footprints! I have always adored his ten little fingers and ten little toes. So nothing would be more appropriate than an Independence Day decoration made from his prints.

I made this adorable HANDPRINT AMERICAN FLAG.
It was something super simple that I can frame and have as a decoration for years to come! Here's how I made it:

*Cardstock or construction paper (I used acid-free cardstock so that it doesn't fade over time)
*Acrylic Paint (Red, White, and Blue)


First, lay your cardstock out so it is within easy reach. Once I had all my supplies ready, I got my lil guy and ready with his paint shirt. I always recommend using a paint shirt, even if this is supposed to be a quick project and clean up.  Next, I painted the palm of his hand with blue paint to represent the blue square on the flag. Then I painted each finger, alternating red and white. Make sure to apply a liberal coat of paint to their hand so that you get a good print!  Center their hand onto your cardstock and press down. Have your little one count to five with you while you press their hand down. This makes it fun for them and less likely to think about yanking their hand off the paper and messing up the print.  Once you get a good print, set aside to dry.  Once the paint is completely dry, use the white paint and a small paintbrush to add a star to the blue palm print.  Let dry.  Mount on additional colors of cardstock if desired.  I laminated mine afterward (not pictured) to ensure that the print lasts forever. :) Add a frame and you have a perfect Fourth of July decoration.

Monday, July 22, 2013


I have to say first off that I did not create this subway art, I found it several months ago on a website, saved it to my computer and used it this year.  I love it and want to share but I want to make sure that I specified that it's not my own creation :)

Friday, January 4, 2013


Welcome to my Fourth of July Idea page! I know that we just rang in the new year and July is a long way off, but I plan on getting a jump start on projects for many of the holidays!  I have so many project ideas hanging around in my head, and I made a New Year's resolution to stop procrastinating and to start completing projects as they come. So check back often for ideas on decorating, cooking, baking, and activities for a festive Independence Day!