Flag Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I know the Fourth of July is really only one little part of the summer but it’s one of my favorite little parts and I like to stretch out the celebrating as long as I can. Flags fly all month long (all summer long!) in my neck of the woods so flag crafts are summer staples. Flags are such a great inspiration point for all sorts of crafts at all sorts of levels, advanced, simple, kid friendly – and summer is the perfect time to test a few out. Here are some of our favorites!

Patriotic Pinwheel WreathLove, Pomegranate House

I’m a little bit in love with this wreath.
OK, I’m a lot a bit in love with this wreath! It’s totally calling my name! I love it’s low profile sophistication combined with the playful shapes. So much fun in one door decoration! This could be super cute paired with individual pinwheels stuck in the grass along a path for a Fourth of July Party, don’t you think? Yep, I’m in love.

Patriotic Hand Print Craft - B-Inspired Mama Patriotic Hand Print CraftB-Inspired Mama

I’ve always been a sucker for hand print crafts, such a great keepsake of how little your little one is right in that moment! We’ve made all sorts of hand print art over the years for decorations and cards and grandparent gifts and this is one of my all time favorites. It’s got happy written all over it, doesn’t it?

Drinking Straw American Flag - Reading Confetti

Drinking Straw American FlagReading Confetti

My kids would go crazy over these straw flags! In part because they love straws and building things form straws but also because it’s such a clever use of material, I know they’ll think it’s super cool. Perfect as a party activity for the kids, this would also make a great summer camp activity!

What kinds of flag themed crafts are you planning this summer? Drop us a line with some photos

Graduation Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Pretty soon the caps and gowns will be out and the graduation parties will be starting! While I don’t have any grads to plan for this year I will in a few years time so I’ve been collecting some fun Graduation ideas for when the time comes!

DIY Marquee Letters - Celebrations

DIY Marquee LettersCelebrations

What grad wouldn’t love to be welcomed home with their class year up in lights? These DIY marquee lights would be a fabulous addition to any party and a fun piece of wall art to remember the day by later on!

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Backyard Games

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

The warm weather is here! My house seems to be an never ending stream of kids in and out and playing all sorts of games these days. It can be a challenge keeping everyone busy, especially with kids of all ages running around. So I’ve been putting together a list of backyard games to make to keep the kiddos occupied this summer. And don’t forget! Backyard games are just as much fun for adults as they are for kids! So get making and get playing! Need some ideas? Here are a few of our favorites!

Giant Bananagrams - Constantly Lovestruck

Giant BananagramsConstantly Lovestruck

We are Bananagrams and Scrabble addicts here in our house. Even the littlest among us can play a mean game so this lawn version is at the top of my list. And bonus! They’re cute enough to display around your patio as decorations as well as making for a great summer’s day game!

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Outdoor Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

With outdoor season just beginning, it’s time to spruce up the yard with some fun, outdoor crafts! From decorations to lights to artsy projects, there are so many crafts that can be done in or for the outside of your house, it’s hard to choose. Here are a few of our fun favorites!

Teacup Bird Feeder - Signed by Tina

Teacup Bird FeederSigned by Tina

Here’s a pretty use for that one random tea cup you’ve got stuck way at the back of the cupboard, plus the birds will love you for it. Encouraging the birds now will keep them coming all summer long, so you might as well make a few to keep them well filled up!

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License Plate Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

We’ve moved more times in our years than I care to remember, but while unpacking (again) a few months ago I came across a pile of old license plates from our various states of residence. What to do with those old memories? I started looking and now I think I’ll have to find a few more license plates just so I can tackle more than one of these crafts!

Texas License Plate Wall Art - The Craft Caboodle

Texas License Plate Wall ArtThe Craft Caboodle

We’ve got a fair number of folks in our family from the Lone Star State and I know they’d love this reuse of a pair of Texas Plates, but the same idea could be used for any state. What a great way to show your state pride.

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Mother’s Day

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner folks! Are you ready? I know there’s always a scramble at our house and I bet we’re not the only ones who need some last minute inspiration for something special for the moms and grandmas in our lives. I especially love ideas that are quick and easy but come out beautifully (since we are terrible procrastinators, easy and fast is always key for these kinds of projects) But even if you’re a plan ahead-er, we’ve been gathering some lovely ideas that your loved one will adore.

Pool Noodle Bouquet - No Time for Flash Cards

Pool Noodle BouquetNo Time for Flash Cards 

These are such a fun way to use leftover chunks of last summer’s pool noodles! And what a cheerful reuse they are! I bet you could add circle of noodle to the center to make them more daffodil than daisy but either way..So cute!

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Sewing Machine Accessories

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When I was growing up, I spent part of my summers each year at my grandmother’s house where she taught me how to sew. I spent hours in her sewing room learning to press seams, turn hems, baste, rip out, add buttons. Her sewing room was a well organized space, simple, but with everything she needed within arms reach. Once of these days I’d like to have a similar space for my machine so I’ve been busy collecting ideas to help make it into a place of beauty, organization and function. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Sewing Thread Holder - The Creative Homemaker

Sewing Thread HolderThe Creative Homemaker

My sewing machine (ahem, one of my machines, I have four, but mainly use one) is a vintage singer and while it runs like a top, I dread filling the bobbin a little, so one of these days I’ll invest in a bobbin winding machine and have a rack like this to hold thread and matching filled bobbins. Plus it will keep me from buying yet another spool of the same yellow thread since I’ll know exactly what I have at a glance!

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