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Jun 26, 2017 04:14PM ● By Rebecca Seidenspinner

Red, White, and Cute

By Rebecca Seidenspinner

I have always loved the Fourth of July holiday.  There is something special about celebrating freedom and independence. So many Americans all over the United States are spending time with friends and family. There are parades, barbecues, food, and fun, and then the spectacular finale, the evening fireworks show.

Every year I like to dress up my family in patriotic colors on the Fourth of July. Years ago, I would buy each family member the classic five dollar Old Navy T-shirt with a flag and the year on the front so that we would all match. The past few years I have turned the Fourth of July family t-shirts into a family craft activity.  We have made red, white, and blue tie-dye t-shirts with a simple tie-dye kit from Michael’s, and most recently we crafted the cutest handprint flag t-shirts. These are perfect for all the children in your family.

Here are the supplies that you will need: a white t-shirt, red and blue acrylic paint, and a paintbrush. First, place a brown paper bag or newspaper inside the t-shirt so that the paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side. Paint your child’s hand blue and place it sideways on the front of the shirt to represent the blue part of the flag. Next, using the red paint let your child paint stripes horizontally next to the blue handprint. If your brush is too big or you want to accommodate little hands, use a q-tip or let them use their finger. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out exactly as you envisioned. It is still red, white, and blue - a patriotic t-shirt that they can be proud as any American to wear.

My favorite Fourth of July project is the American flag that I painted out of an old pallet I picked up on the side of the road.  The flag sits in my garden and represents freedom and liberty all year long. This DIY project gets so many compliments and it is simple to make. Start with a pallet that is in good shape and free of cracks in the wood. I used the same red, white, and blue acrylic paint from the t-shirt project. Using blue painter’s tape, I taped off a square and painted the corner blue. While the blue paint was drying, I painted the bottom and sides of the pallet with alternating red and white stripes. I removed the painters tape and filled in the spot where the tape was. I used a star stencil to carefully add white stars on top of the blue paint.

Your kids are now dressed up for your Fourth of July barbeque. You have a beautiful and patriotic pallet flag that can be used as a backdrop for your family to pose in front of for photos or just admire.  All you need are some festive foods, drinks and desserts. Check out my Fourth of July board on Pinterest, under the name Rebecca Seidenspinner.  It is loaded with red, white, and blue sweets and treats for your Fourth of July holiday!