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4th Of July Crochet Bunting Pattern

By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.

With the 4th of July coming up on us quick, I wanted one more good crochet pattern to add to the list.

This garland works up quick and is easy to do. Plus it requires very little yarn to make!

For this crochet pattern, we used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in white, cherry red, and royal blue. About half of a skein of each color (maybe a little more of the white).

 

GRAB YOUR HOOK AND LET’S GET GOING!

MATERIALS:

GAUGE:

8 DC rows and 18 DCs = 6”x 6” Square

PATTERN NOTES:

Chain 3 at the beginning does count as a dc.
Be sure to check the special stitches section for video tutorials.
I recommend blocking each of your pieces so that they are the correct shapes and therefore aren’t curling on you.

You can make as many or as few of each part of the bunting as you wish, to customize the length. Pattern is written for a fairly long bunting.

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch—Chain
St(s)—Stitch(es)
Dc—Double crochet
XS—Cross Stitch
Sp(s)—Space(s)
Rep—Repeat
to–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
Tc—Turning chain
HDC—Half-double crochet
YO—yarn over
FO—fasten off

SPECIAL STITCHES

Cross Stitch—Skip next stitch, work a DC in next, work another DC in the skipped stitch going behind the DC just made. Video here.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: SWAG

(make 2) Starting with Red:

Row 1: Ch4, 7dc in 4th ch from hook. (8 dc)

Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in same as turning ch, 2dc in each st being sure to put 2dc in turning chain.

For Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in same as tc, dc in next st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st*, rep from *to*to end, placing 1dc in tc from previous row.

Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 2 sts, *2dc, dc in next 2 sts*, rep *to*, ending with 1dc in tc from previous row. Change to white.

Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 6: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts rep to ending with 1dc in tc.

YOU’RE DOING GREAT!

Row 7: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 8: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc. Change to Blue.

For Row 9: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 10: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Next, Row 11: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 9 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

And Row 12: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 10 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

FO, weave in ends.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: PENNANT

Make 1 of each red, white, and blue.
Row 1: Ch4, dc in 4th ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in same, 2dc in tc.

For Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st over next 2 sts (see special sts), 2dc in tc.

Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Next, Row 6: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 7: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

KEEP GOING…

Row 8: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in ea st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

For Row 9: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 10: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 11: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

For Row 12: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 13: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 14: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in across to last st, 2dc in tc.

And Row 15: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

BORDER:

Ch1, turn your work so that you are working down the side, next, evenly sc around entire triangle, then ss to first sc. FO, weave in ends.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: STAR

With white, make 2
Rnd 1: MR, ch3, 2dc, ch2, [3dc, ch2] until you have 5 3dc, ch2 sections, ss to top of ch3.

**FROM HERE, YOU’RE MAKING THE POINTS OF THE STAR IN STEPS, THEREFORE, EACH POINT IS THEN JOINED TO THE PREVIOUS ROUND AS FOLLOWS: 

Step 1: Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 2 chs, ss to next ch2 sp.

Steps 2-5: repeat step 1. SS to final ch2 sp and ch 21. FO, weave in ends

ASSEMBLY:

Here we will create a long chain, thus connecting the swags, pennants, and stars to the chain, finally, being sure to leave a long enough chain on both ends for fastening to where you plan to hang your finished piece.

WITH WHITE: 

  1. Ch25, pick up the blue pennant and sc along the top of that (this connects it to the chain).
  2. Ch10, grab a star and sc into the top of the chain from the star.
  3. Ch10, grab a swag, sc evenly along the top of the swag.
  4. Ch10, grab the white pennant, sc along the top.

ALMOST THERE….

  1. Ch10, grab a swag and sc evenly across the top.
  2. Ch10, grab a star and sc into the top of the chain from the star.
  3. Ch10, grab the red pennant and sc across the top.
  4. Ch26, FO, weave in ends. (the extra ch at the end is for fastening off thus ending up with 25 chains still).
    Weave in ends.

YOU’RE ALL DONE! NOW HANG IT UP FOR ALL TO SEE!

We hope that you enjoy this crochet pattern as much as we do! 4th of July will now be extra festive at your house!

Coffee Filter Egg Garland

By Kids Crafts Contributor Veronika. Follow Veronika on her blog Toddler at Play and on Instagram @toddleratplay.

Create this beautiful egg garland using watercolors and coffee filters! Kids will absolutely love this unique painting idea plus they’ll be excited to make their very own handmade Easter decoration!

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Paper Lanterns

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make a pretty string of lanterns for a party, or just to decorate your home. Because they’re battery operated, you can hang them where you like–no need for an outlet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, wrap a piece of your scrapbook paper snugly around the edge of your tea light to figure out how wide your pieces of paper need to be. Mark, and cut the paper width to size.

Then, figure out how tall you want the lanterns to be, and mark and cut your paper.

Fold your paper in half length-wise.

Cut slits evenly spaced along the folded edge, getting no closer than 1/4-inch to the top edge. Unfold the paper.

Wrap the edge of your paper around the base of the tea light (totally hiding the candle), so the candle flame is facing up into the lantern, and adhere the paper to the candle with your hot glue. The candle is going to be the TOP of your lantern, because if the candle is on the bottom of the lantern, it’s weight pulls the paper too much, and you lose the nice lantern shape. So, if you want the design on your paper to be right-side up, glue accordingly.

Carefully line up the side seam of your lantern, and use a bit of hot glue to adhere the edges together, being careful to evenly line up the top edge.

Cut a small length of twine, and glue into a “u” shape on the top of your lantern.

I varied the shape of my lanterns by gluing a solid sheet of paper into a cylinder around the candle first, and then gluing a cut lantern piece over the top. You can also cut your slits different widths to vary how they look.

Hang your lanterns on their own, or cut a long piece of twine, and string all the lanterns together.

The flickering of the battery operated candles really makes these little lanterns extra pretty.

Happy crafting!

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