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Thursday, March 23, 2006

4th of July Craft Ideas

4th of July Craft Ideas - Patriotic Heart Pin

Show your patriotism with a Patriotic Heart Pin. There are so many ways you could get creative with this project but we'll talk about that later.

Patriotic Heart Pin

Materials Needed:

Wooden Hearts (found at most craft stores)
Paint (Red, White and Blue of course)
Paint brushes
Protectant
Pin backs

Paint the wooden heart with a patriotic them. For instance, you could paint the left portion of the heart blue with small white stars, and then the right half could be red and white stripes.

Note: Another painting idea is to paint the heart yellow to support the troops and then add your own patriotic flare by painting small USA flags randomly on the heart.

After paint is dry apply some sort of protectant so that if the pin were to get wet the wood would not be damaged. I can't really be specific as to what type of protectant to buy because it will depend on the paints used.

Glue the pin back to the back of the heart.

Now you have your own Patriotic Pin! Wear it with pride!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

4th of July Craft Ideas

Show Your Patriotism - How To Make Patriotic Glass Charms

The 4th of July is all about Patriotism. It's a time to spend with family and friends, eating hotdogs and Bar-B-Que and watching the smiles on the childrens' faces when the fireworks are lighting up the night sky, but most of all to reflect and thank those who fought for our freedom.

If you plan on having a Patriotic celebration this year then making glass charms would be a fun, easy, but pretty craft to make.

Usually the glass charms are to fit a wine glass, but if you are using glasses with handles then you could attach the glass charms to the handle.

Materials needed:

Stemware Hoops - Can be found at craft stores; you decide the size depending on the size handle they will be attached to.

Red, White and Blue Beads (again, the size will depend on the size of the stemware hoops-make sure the end of the stemware will fit through the bead)

Patriotic Charms are optional

Head pins - May be needed if using charms

Needle-nosed pliers will be needed if using head pins

The stemware hoops already have a small hook at the end that allows the hoop to clasp. So once unclasped, place your beads how you like on the stemware.

If you are using charms, and the charm hoop does not twist then you may need to attach a head pin so that the charm is displayed correctly. To do this, place the head pin through the charm and then twist the head pin around the stemware. Cut with needle-nosed pliers.

Now you have pretty glass charms that are sure to show your Patriotism!

You can see some Patriotic Charms that I've made by clicking here.

Brandi also has blogs on Mother's Day Craft Ideas, Easter Craft Ideas, Father's Day Craft Ideas, and other Craft Ideas

4th of July Craft Ideas