4th of July Treats!

4th of july ideasAdd extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks!

Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great, all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats:


Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic ribbons, stickers, markers or free 4th of July printables. (We found these at My Sister’s Suitcase.)

Add any combination of the following 4th of July party treats:

  • 4th of July favorsGlow in the dark necklaces (these are also great for keeping track of the people you came with once it gets dark!)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Peanuts
  • Water or pop (Click here for some cute printable water bottle labels like the ones in the picture made by Tea Party Designs)
  • Candy (we chose big lollipops so they would last a while)
  • Bubble gum (you can often find red, white, and blue gumballs which look pretty if you put them into small cellophane bags tied with ribbon)
  • 4th of July ideasSparklers
  • Pinwheels
  • Bubbles

If you want to get more elaborate, you might consider making up tee shirts or ball caps to commemorate the day.

4th of July Party If you want even more great 4th of July party ideas and inspiration for 4th of July treats, take a look at the 4th of July party page on Creative Party Themes.

Father’s Day Craft Ideas

How to make a personalized Father's Day snack basket

Before you know it, Father’s Day will be here. Time to make that special guy feel like he is king of the castle. Looking for some inspiration to help your kiddos give dad a gift from the heart this Father’s Day? Here are some homemade Father’s Day craft ideas that he will love (and that are easy to make!)


Father’s Day Gift Basket

How to make a personalized Father's Day gift basket

Gather up a sampling of all dad’s favorite foods for this gift basket. Then get creative on your computer to give everything new personalized labels. When we put this basket together we started with the free printable labels we found on the Martha Stewart website, then kept the theme going with some ideas of our own. A great website to where you can design your own labels and images (for free!) is Picmonkey.com.

** Another fun thing about this gift was sharing dad’s munchies with family and friends at a Father’s Day barbecue dinner.

Personalized Photo Business Card Holder

Help dad to smile at work with a photo memory business card holder.  Here is how to make this Father’s Day craft:

Start with a plastic cassette tape holder to use as your base.

  1. How to make a personalized Father's Day business card holderFind a favorite photo and print it in a size large enough to cover the the cassette holder when trimmed. (4″ width)
  2. Glue your photo onto stiff cardboard.
  3. Trim around the outline of the subjects in your photo to create a silhouette.
  4. Open the cassette holder and glue your cardboard cut out onto the inside back of the lid.
  5. Close the case to store your cards, or flip the case open to display.

Boxers with Personality

How to make some fun DIY boxer shorts for dadHelp dad feel special underneath it all with some crafty boxer shorts. There are lots of ways that your could make these. We purchased some iron on letters from a local craft store for an easy project. Another idea is to use fabric markers or fabric crayons to design your own unique piece of underwear art.


Celebrate National Doughnut Day!

national doughnut day

Today is National Doughnut Day…Yum!  Why not celebrate by making some of your own.  Here is a great recipe from allrecipes.com for easy (and less caloric!) baked doughnuts:

Baked Doughnuts


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet, or donut baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and flour. Mix buttermilk, eggs, honey and butter in a separate medium bowl, and stir into the dry ingredients. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared pan in doughnut shapes.
  3. Bake 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.
  4. Frost doughnuts any way you like.  Enjoy!

Fun Ideas for Father’s Day

How to make a personalized BBQ apron for dad on Father's Day

A BBQ Apron for Dad

Here are three fun ideas for Father’s Day that will make that special guy in your life feel like a king!


Personalized Barbecue Apron



1.  Wash and dry apron according to directions

2.  Plan with your children what they would like to put on the apron.  Practicing on paper first is a good idea.

3.  Cover your work surface and make sure kids are in old clothes.

4.  If you are using fabric paints, allow at least 24 hours for drying time. Dye crayons are easily sealed with a hot iron and do not require drying.

5.  When working with younger children, stencils or paint sponges may be helpful, or an adult can draw the picture and the kids can paint it.  Simple, large drawings work best.  Handprints are always cute.

6.  Using a fabric marker write the kids’ ages and the year.

Father’s Day Throne

How to make a Father's Day throne for dad!A Father’s Day Throne for Dad

Make your dad king for a day with this fun idea from Family Fun


  • Lawn chair
  • Clamps, tape, or string
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Various chair accessories


  1. Use tape, clamps, or string to attach appropriate accessories, from a shade umbrella to a back scratcher to a cold drink holder.
  2. Fashion a halo made of wire to hold Dad’s favorite hat or crown and attach it to the back of the chair.

Include a bell for Dad to ring for service.

Buttoned Up Father’s Day Card
How to make a buttoned up DIY Father's Day card

A Special Card for Dad



  1. To make one, first cut a 4- by 12-inch rectangle from a piece of decorative scrapbook paper and fold it in half to create a double-layer 4- by 6-inch rectangle.How to make a shirt-strly Father's Day card
  2. Form the collar by cutting 2 matching 1-inch-long horizontal slits about 1 inch below the fold.
  3. Fold over the 2 flaps as shown, then glue them down with a 5-inch-long tie shape cut from another piece of decorative paper glued between them. Glue a pair of small buttons to the collar.
  4. Once the glue has dried, lift the bottom front of the card and write a Father’s Day greeting inside.

Source: Family Fun