Sunday, June 5, 2011

Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop - Patriotic

Welcome to the Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop for the month of June. This month's theme is Patriotic (our next Blog Hop is on July 7 which will be too late to highlight a Fourth of July theme).

I chose to decorate for a patriotic, Fourth of July, outdoor party. Many of the items used in these projects have been thrifted.

I created several projects for this table setting. The first project is a variation of the old fashioned bunting (banners that were hung from buildings). I created a small version using the Sizzix Paper Rosette die. Instead of gluing the ends together to create a circle, I glued each end to a thin strip of paper and created the half-circle bunting shape. I attached these to the edge of a tiered display. (Sorry, cupcakes are store-bought. I didn't have time to actually bake anything.)
On some of the rosettes I glued a strip of contrasting blue along the edge. The tutorial on how to do this is here. As a final detail, I glued a vintage button in the center of each rosette.

I created party favors to look like firecrackers using the Candy-Shaped Box die. I tied red tinsel on the ends to give it a firecracker sparkle.

And any outdoor summer party needs pinwheels. I used the pinwheel die and attached them to dowels using flat thumb tacks.

The last project is for drink coasters made out of recycled magazine pages. Here's how the final project looked followed by a short tutorial.

To begin, tear out 8 pages from the same magazine so that they are all the same size. Since this is a red, white and blue theme, I chose pages with those prominent colors.

Step 1. Fold each page in half lengthwise.
Step 2. Unfold and fold each long edge towards the center using the first fold as a center guide.
Step 3. Fold each long edge towards the center again so that you have a long, narrow strip (approximately 1" wide)
After you have 8 of these strips you can begin to weave them together starting from the center. Use four strips as the horizontal and four strips as the vertical. You should end up with something that looks like the image below (without the numbers). Keep tightening the weave as you work. 

Select which surface will be the top and fold back the ends as you weave them into the back side of your coaster. The image below shows the order to follow. In this case you would begin by folding edge #1 back and weave the end behind piece #12. Remember to tighten the weave as you work your way around the edges.
Hope you enjoyed these decorating ideas for a Patriotic Party. Please be sure and continue through the Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop clicking Forward or Back in the DCC Blog Hop button on the right. And be sure and check out the Blog Hop Giveaway here.

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A Little Knick KnackAll Thingz RelatedBetween Naps on the Porch, Beyond the Picket FenceBlue Cricket Designs, Brambleberry Cottage, Bugaboo Mini Mr & MeCherished Treasures, Chic on a ShoestringCoastal Charm, Common GroundCraft EnvyCreative Everyday, Designer Garden, FaveCraftsHomemaker on a Dime, I {heart} NaptimeInspiring CreationsIt's a Very Cherry World, Itsy Bitsy PaperJust a GirlKeeping it Simple, Lovely Crafty HomeMaking the World CuterMarvelously Messy, My Romantic HomePaisley PassionsPassionately ArtisticRook No. 17Running With Glitter, Savvy Southern StyleSew Can Do, Sew Much Ado, Simply DesigningSinging Three Little Birds, Someday Crafts, Somewhat SimpleSouthern Institute for Domestic Arts and CraftsSumo's Sweet Stuff, Sunburnt Cow, Tater Tots and JelloThe DIY Home Sweet Home ProjectThe DIY Showoff, The Girl Creative, The Shabby Chic Cottage, The Shabby NestThe Trendy Treehouse, Thirty Sixth Avenue, Thrifty Decorating, Truly Lovely, Twin Dragonfly DesignsType A, Under the Table and DreamingVery Merry Vintage Style and What Allie's Making Now


  1. WOW, Lynda... This looks absolutely FAB(!!!)
    You americans really know how to decorate for a party / an event! (Danes are so-ooo boring!)

    Have a great day!

    *SMILE* from Lisbet

    PS. Denmark (Copenhagen) is 9 hours ahead of California/US (Los Angeles). This very moment it's 09:24 a.m. here in DK, and 00:24 a.m. in LA.

  2. I know I am going to use several of these ideas for a party I have coming up. Thank you!

  3. Fun fun fun!! The details are awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my linky :)

  4. Lynda, your projects always blow me away! Your table will definitely be my inspiration this coming 4th of July.

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  5. WOW you've great a fabulous table, cupcakes and all! My favorite are the rosettes and the cupcake stand, it's just wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  6. You really went all out to make a beautiful table! All the details are amazing. I love the firecracker candy boxes. So cute! I came over from Homemaker on a Dime. Thanks for sharing.

  7. It all looks have some great ideas here. Hop over today because you have been featured at NTT...feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog.


  8. how very cute perfect for summer patriotic holidays and there are several that this would be perfect for come see me at and see what I shared

  9. Can I come to your party? This makes me want to sing, "God Bless America!" and dance like George Cohan!

  10. Love the coasters. Thank you so much for linking up to More The Merrier Monday. I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

  11. I make rosette all the time, with that die or by hand and have never done it like yours! Perfect ! Thanks!

  12. I love how you decked out your cupcake stand with those sweet rosettes!

  13. Pinwheels--what fun to blow!


    Yellow or red—which shall it be?
    Red for you and yellow for me?

    Perhaps you’d rather have yellow instead—
    Which leaves me, of course, with handfuls of red!

    Whichever hue you decide to choose,
    I’ll take the other—no one will lose!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Flag over USS Arizona

  14. So many lovely ideas for summer celebrations!

  15. I am always in awe at what you people can do with the little things. You did an awesome job.

  16. thank you for sharing all that you did loved your ideas and will be borrowing them for an upcoming get together

  17. Very fun! Thank you for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  18. Love the details! What a cute party! Those coasters could really be made into ANYTHING - great idea.
    Would love for you to link to my summer long party!

    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

  19. I found you on The 36th Avenue's Let's Party #5. I love creative people and this project is why so I decided to follow you. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  20. Incredible! Everything turned out so cute! Please join my party this weekend at

  21. cute! you're very ready for the holiday :)

  22. Hi there! Found you at Lovely Crafty Home. Such great son's birthday is July 4th so these will be great birthday decorations for us, too!

  23. I love your patriotic decorations, particularly the rosette bunting that wraps around that beautiful cupcake stand!

    Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!


  24. I luv luv the table, you are featured this week on the blog.
    You are invited to participate in our linking party this week.

  25. Lynda - what a beautiful table! I think anyone would love to attend that party. Love the cute coasters, too. How very creative.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow Party. I featured you over at the Screaming Sardine.


  26. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!


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