This subtle little handmade chipboard sign can be added to your home decor year round or pull out for the 4th of July! Plus I show you some fun Cricut tips. Read more
A fun and patriotic 4th of July DIY Sign made creating a stencil from vinyl and incorporating Chipboard letters! This is the perfect sign to decorate with for the summer months or to honor a serviceman or veteran.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
A fun Summer kids printable game! This 4th of July Word Scramble is perfect for an afternoon activity this upcoming Independence Day! Looking for more 4th of July Kids Activities? Scroll to the bottom for some links to some other fun games!
My daughter is hands down a million times more fun to craft for than my boys have ever been! She gets SOO excited to see the end result of projects that I’m working on for her! So, naturally I thought it would be fun to craft her up a fun little DIY Candy Target Parade Shirt and Candy Tote to collect alllllll that candy that gets thrown at her at the 4th of July parade! Does anybody else come home with literally 4x the amount of candy they actually want their kids to get? haha!
I already had this simple white cutoff tank top in her closet, so I grabbed it and got designing!
I pulled up the new Cricut Design Space to get started! I hadn’t used it yet, so I was a little nervous. But, I quickly learned that I had ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO BE! You guys, the new design space is AH-MAZING! Everything runs so fast and smooth! It’s easier than ever to navigate – you will ALL love it! So fear no more and click here for —–> the new Cricut Design Space!
The design is super simple and I’ve got the Cricut Design Space file all ready for you!
Just pull it up using the link above:
If you want to make any changes to the design, do it now! The design is currently sized to fit a 4T tank top! It’s 6 inches wide and 9 inches long. The easiest way to figure out if you need to resize it is to take the shirt you plan on putting the design on and then measure the area you want it to take up!
Then press Ctrl-A (Select All) and just drag the bottom corner until the design is the size that you want!
Then hit MAKE IT, in the top right hand corner!
This will be the next screen that pops up! Because you will be cutting the design on Iron-On vinyl, you will need to hit the button on the right hand side of the screen that reads “Mirror (for Iron-on). Do this for both the blue layer 1 and the red layer 2.
After you click the Mirror (for Iron-on) button your design will now appear mirrored (like above), and also the button will have turned green.
Then hit the green Continue button in the bottom right hand corner.
Then follow the prompts on the screen. Start by turning the knob on your Cricut Explore Air to Iron-On.
Next get your Cricut Iron-On ready! Have you tried using the Cricut Iron-on product yet? It’s such good quality and there are several different kinds to choose from! I’ve personally tried the Foil Iron-On, Iron-On Lite, and Sparkle Iron-On! They also have this awesome Printable Vinyl that makes customizing projects extra easy! It’s perfect for kids shirt designs, team logo’s, etc! The opportunities are endless with the printable vinyl!
One other thing that I wanted to mention is that the rolls of the vinyl are the perfect amount of Iron-On for a project day like this! With one roll of blue Iron-On and one roll of red Iron-On, I was able to make both the Candy Target Shirt and also the Candy Tote!
Then cut a the piece of blue Iron-on and red Iron-on just bigger then your design. Place the Iron-on vinyl SHINY SIDE DOWN onto your 12×12 Regular Mat and load it into your Cricut Explore Air machine!
When prompted hit the CUT button on your machine!
Go ahead and repeat the above steps to cut your Iron-On for the Candy Tote!
Don’t forget to make sure you measure the tote you got and confirm that the 9″ wide x 6″ tall design fits like you’d like it to! If needed, hit Ctrl-A and adjust the size of your design!
And when you go to cut the Iron-On, make sure you hit the Mirror Image button, before sending the cut file to your Cricut Explore Air machine!
Now to Iron-on the design! Pull out your Ironing Board and Iron and then set your Iron to the Linen setting. I’m going to show you the steps for applying the design on the Candy Tote Bag. I purchased the white tote bags at my local Michael’s store. But, it is very similar to this set of white cotton totes on Amazon!
First, these 5 Easy Steps to Make Sure your Iron-On Project Sticks are GREAT TIPS! I highly suggest reading them if this is your first Iron-On project!
For the Candy Tote Bag, you’re going to want to start with the BLUE LAYER. This is because the red wording, overlaps on top of the word July.
The easiest way to make sure the design is centered is to measure the bag and lightly mark the center with a really light pencil mark. And then look on your design space screen and find the center of your overall design. Then match those up when placing the blue layer and then again when placing the red layer.
Once you have the blue layer centered and placed on the tote, it’s time to apply it. I like to take a simple piece of thin fabric and place it over the design. Then you’ll take your iron and use the press and push method (mentioned in the 5 Easy Steps article linked above) over the entire design while applying a good amount of pressure. After going over the entire design twice, then set the iron down and see if you can remove the plastic film from the design. If not, apply another round of heat over the entire design and try again. If you can remove the film, then do so and then put the fabric back down for the design and run the iron over the design for another 15-30 seconds consistently moving the iron all over the design.
Then repeat for the red layer.
Once the red layer is attached and the plastic film is removed, put the fabric back down over the entire design and run the iron over the entire design for another 30-45 seconds seconds consistently moving. You do not want one area to get too much heat, so again Stress that you keep that iron moving!
A few tips for the the Candy Target Shirt application:
- If you purchased a new shirt, start with washing and drying it first.
- Turn the Iron setting to Cotton (assuming your shirt is cotton)
- Apply the RED LAYER first! Because the outside circle of the bullseye is red, it will help you place the design in the center of the shirt. Then finish it off with the blue layer.
I am seriously so happy with how they turned out! And as you can tell from all the fun pictures below, Dylan was more than happy with them too! The entire project should only take you less than hour total!
Thanks for crafting with me today! Have a great day!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Chinet® brand. All opinions are 100% mine.
Last year, for the 4th of July, my sister-in-law made these amazing 4th of July S’mores Bars and they were a hit! They are seriously SOOO tasty you guys! So, this year I decided to make a big batch for our BBQ, plus bring each of the families a plate of this tasty goodness to take home!!
So, today I’m sharing the recipe, plus a cute printable that you can attach to the treat! And of course I’m using my Chinet® Classic White™ plates and napkins to get this tasty treat to the party! We’ll be traveling an hour to my in-laws and the Chinet® products are high quality, sturdy and my go-to disposable tableware, plus then it’s nice that I have no cleanup after the BBQ! The Chinet® brand celebrates coming together as friends or family to celebrate all of life’s moments – like Independence Day this weekend!
Good morning! We are so excited to be over guest posting on The Idea Room and sharing these 4th of July wrappers. We thought it would be fun to share some additional printables to the set here with you!
This is hands down the cutest display for the amount of money you are going to spend. Ready…all you need are our printables and some empty metal cans. Like soup cans, pineapple juice, sweet and condensed milk, canned pineapple. I saved odd shaped cans for a few weeks to get a good variety.
Then just print the printable, wrap around the can, and add flowers! I actually would add the water to the cans before you add the printable so that way you don’t accidentally get water on the page and make the ink run.
There are patriotic themed cans and also plain striped cans to give you lots of options!
When grouped together they look super fun. They are perfect for decorating a long food table or multiple tables.
I added a few pinwheels in to the set because they are fun and scream summer party!
Be sure to visit Amy at the Idea Room to get the other half of the printables!
Hi everyone! It’s Annette from Tips From a Typical Mom Blog. I’m so excited to be guest posting here on Over the Big Moon. Thanks for having me over to play, girls!
I love making fun and colorful treats for any holiday and the 4th of July is no exception. But, it can’t just be any treat. It needs to be something that helps us cool off. It’s really hot here in July and we always are looking for ways to cool off. These 4th of July Ice Pops are the perfect treat. And what’s better? They are super easy! Oh and before I forget – make sure and enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win $100 Amazon Gift Card!
All you need to make these cute red, white and blue popsicles is Kool-Aid, Vanilla Yogurt and Milk. Easy Peasy!
Your kids and all the neighbor kids will love them. I made these for an end of school party my neighbors where putting on and all the kids devoured them.
4th of July Ice Pops
- 1 packet Cherry Kool-Aid plus ingredients to make the drink
- 1 packet Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid plus ingredients to make the drink
- 2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- small paper drinking cups
- popsicle sticks
1.) Make the Kool-Aid according to package directions.
2.) In each cup, pour the blue Kool-Aid filling each cup only about 1/3 full. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours!
3.) Mix the yogurt and milk together in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Pour in each cup until 2/3 of the way full. Freeze for about an hour or two or until the yogurt mixture is firm enough to hold up a popsicle stick. Add a popsicle stick to each cup and freeze for about another hour.
4.) Pour the red Kool-Aid in each cup until almost full. Freeze until completely firm. Usually over night.
5.) Remove from cups by peeling the cup off the popsicle. Don’t use hot water to slide the cup off because this causes the red to bleed onto the white.
6.) Enjoy with your family and friends!
I hope your family has an incredible Independence Day! Please check out my other helpful posts on my blog.
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One of my husbands favorite desserts is Mini Cheesecakes! So, I decided they are going to show up at our families 4th of July party this year! For the 4th of July Mini Cheesecakes I wanted them to be appealing to both kids and adults. So, I made two different versions!
But, let’s get started with how to make the Mini Cheesecakes!
3- 8oz Cream Cheeses
3/4 cups Sugar
2 teaspoon Lemon
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Mini Nilla Wafers
Mini Cupcake Liners
2 cups of powdered sugar
Fruit of choice: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
4th of July Sprinkles
Before starting, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. This is IMPERATIVE! If you try making the batter when the cream cheese is too cold, then it will no incorporate completely and it will be too runny! So, make sure it is room temperature. The other tip I have found is that it mixes better when using a hand mixer vs a Bosch or Kitchen Aid!
Take 16 oz of cream cheese (2 pkgs), 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 t Lemon, 1 t Vanilla and mix together with a hand mixer. After it begins combining, add the additional egg. When the batter is done it should be smooth and a little thick. Kind of like a thick cupcake batter.
Take the batter and fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 4 dozen mini cheesecakes. Allow to cool completely.
While the mini cupcakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.
Take 8 oz of Cream Cheese Frosting, 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon and 1 tsp vanilla and whip for 2-3 minutes.
After the mini cheesecakes are completely cool, pipe a small amount of cream cheese frosting onto each mini cheesecake.
For the Fruit Cheesecakes:
Cut up the strawberries into tiny little pieces. If you are going to use blueberries or raspberries, then choose the smallest ones possible.
Arrange the fruit on top of each cheesecake.
For the Kid Friendly cheesecakes:
To make them even more kid friendly, sprinkle the cream cheese frosting with 4th of July Sprinkles instead of topping them with fruit!
There’s nothing more fun than these Red, White and Blue Floats to celebrate the 4th of July. With just 3 ingredients, you will have the perfect patriotic ice cream floats.
Hey there! I’m Mandy from Mandy’s Recipe Box. You will find all kinds of delicious recipes that can mostly be made with ingredients you already have on hand. Simple and delicious is how I describe my recipes. I am a wife and mom to 4 kids ages 12, 10, 7 and 2. We live in the middle of nowhere Idaho and I love it! I love reading and am always looking for great books to read so be sure to let me know of your favorites. Also, as part of Over the Big Moon’s 4th of July Series, Lisa and Pam are giving away $100 Amazon Gift Card! So, be sure and enter at the bottom of this post!
These floats, you guys. They are so easy and will be a hit anywhere you serve them. At home, at your 4th of July picnics or just whenever. Three ingredients to such deliciousness. It’s hard to call it a recipe, but there you go. The blue is a little hard to see in the photos, but it’s there. It’s just a light color and unless you want to add blue food coloring to the drink, that’s what you get. You can use any blue drink you like as long as it’s carbonated. Blue Gatorade or Kool Aid won’t foam up so stay away from those types of drinks. I hope you like these Red, White and Blue Floats!
Vanilla ice cream
Blue soda like Mountain Dew Voltage
Strawberry ice cream syrup like Hershey’s
Scoop ice cream into glasses.
Carefully pour soda over ice cream.
Add one more scoop on top and drizzle with strawberry syrup.
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