7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4th

7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4thIf you’re anything like me, you are just READY for the weekend. Of course this weekend is July 4th which means barbecues, sun and fireworks! Hellloooo summer! And if between all that fun you’re looking to squeeze in a little crafting, I rounded up a few summer projects that are a must try, especially for this weekend. After all, what better way to celebrate freedom than with desserts and diys?! 

1. Flamingo Ring Ross by Sugar & Cloth

2. Cement Star Votives by Paper & Stitch

3. Palm Tree Manicure by Vitamini Handmade

4. Striped Tablecloth by Say Yes

5. Fruit Infused Ice Cubes by Proper

6. Blueberry Polka Dot Fro-Yo Pops by Handmade Charlotte

7. Painted Patio Umbrella by Lovely Indeed

 

 

 

Instagram Recap: June 2015

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeHappy July everyone! Oh man did June just fly right on by, or what? After looking back at my Instagram photos for the month, it almost seems like it came and went all in a blur. Probably because I’ve been miserable and sweaty for weeks because of this never ending heatwave in Portland. Insert gross face emojis here. Here’s a quick recap of non-disgusting things that happened:

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeSo the biggest thing that happened in June was my trip to Ohio, which is where I grew up. The original plan was to surprise my dad for father’s, but it turns out that I can’t keep a secret at all and told him months in advance. I just get too excited! It was nice seeing family and old friends again, and of course it’s always nice to recharge the batteries a bit. This photo is of the theater where I saw the new Jurassic Park movie, which I did not hate at all!

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeWe also ended up staying in an Airbnb in Kentucky for a night when we went to a Red’s game. They had this tile in their kitchen and I just fell in love! Oh the things I would do if I owned instead of rented.

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAshley of Sugar & Cloth sent me the cutest macarons! Sometimes a piece of snail mail can make your entire day better, don’t you think?

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAnd of course the highlight of the month, and even the year, was that marriage became a constitutional right. I can’t even begin to express how wonderful it was to scroll through nothing but rainbow colored photos celebrating love last weekend. Seriously, how do we keep that going? It feels like a good time to be alive friends.

Be sure to follow my July adventures on Instagram if you aren’t already!

Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad

This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer!Guys, today is exciting for two reasons. 1. Carrie from Dream Green DIY is here with an awesome new recipe post. 2. She made a salad that I would actually eat. If you’re new to making meals for yourself, this recipe is easy as it gets. Really, what’s easier than tossing lettuce in a bowl? Probably nothing. Of course there are other tasty (and easy to add) ingredients involved, but I’ll leave it to Carrie to give you the specifics– take it away girl!

I, Carrie, am kind of fanatic when it comes to summer salads. There’s just something so blissful about fresh local produce combined with a sweet salad dressing on a hot day. My latest in a long line of favorite seasonal salad recipes is this Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Salad. It pairs sweet flavors (oranges and poppyseed dressing) with savory, nutty ones (mixed greens and feta cheese) for a salad that feels indulgent rather than health-conscious. Try topping it with chopped walnuts for extra flavor!

This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer! Click through for full (and easy) recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups mixed spring greens or spinach

  • 1/4 cup whole mandarin oranges

  • 1-2 tablespoons poppyseed dressing

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1/4 chopped walnuts, optional (but encouraged!)

DIRECTIONS:

Add the spring greens or spinach to a bowl, and top with mandarin oranges and feta cheese. Spoon on the dressing, and serve immediately.

For more of Carrie’s recipes and DIY projects, follow along with her on Dream Green DIY.

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DIY Fruit Slice Coasters

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!Man oh man is summer in Portland! Since it’s been nothing but a scorcher here lately, all I’ve wanted to do eat is fruit. Well that and binge on Netflix, but what else is new? After painting my nails like a watermelon, I thought it was time to take my obsession one step further and bring that inspiration to my craft room.   Here’s how I made these fruit slice coasters:

Time: 1 hour for set of six
Materials: cork rounds, DecoArt Multisurface Paint, brush, paper, pen, ruler, xacto knife
Cost: ~$11

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!I used DecoArt’s multisurface paint for this project since it’s thick enough to coverup pencil markings. You don’t need tape, like pictured above, if you just hold the stencil down with your other hand.

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!Start by painting your coasters white. Because the cork is a bit absorbent, I went ahead and did two coats. While they’re drying, you can make your stencil. To do that you’ll need a piece of paper, a pencil, and an xacto knife.

Trace around the outside of your coaster so that you have a circle on your paper. You’ll then mark the circle into eighths, almost like you’re cutting a pizza. Inside each section (triangle) will be your fruit slice, which you can draw in. It’s basically just a triangle with rounded corners. Once you have it drawn out, cut out the fruit slice pieces with your xacto knife.

Place stencil on dried coasters and trace very lightly with your pencil. Remove stencil and then paint with the fruit color of your choice. Since the paint is self sealing, once your coasters are dry, they’re ready to be used!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial! These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!So that’s it! Perfect for summer bbqs, don’t you think? Be sure to visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

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