How to Make Patriotic Shirts

The 4th of July is my favorite holiday! I love enjoying the summer sun, going to the parade, watching the hot dog eating contest, and of course the fireworks! Sometimes it is hard to find just the right patriotic shirts for my family to wear. I feel like a lot of them are really cheesy, or super trashy. So, I have to rely on myself and make my own! I will show you how to make patriotic shirts, too!

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Retro Patriotic Nail Art

I can’t believe it is time to start talking about the 4th of July already! Last year, I participated in a giant, patriotic blog hop that was SO fun that we are teaming up again to bring you another HUGE blog hop full of fabulous ideas for your Independence Day!

Red White and Blue Food Decor and Craft Ideas

For my red, white, and blue project I am bringing you these super cute (and easy) retro patriotic nails! This patriotic nail art is seriously so dang easy and you could get away with sporting it long after the 4th of July because it doesn’t necessarily look overly festive.

Patriotic Retro Nail Art. 4th of July Nail Art on

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Easy Patriotic Star Leis and Giveaway!

Easy Patriotic Star Leis


I have never seen a little girl get more excited to see American flags around town than my daughter. She gets SO excited to see them. She calls them “flags with stars” and has to tell us every time she sees one. Little does she know that there is a holiday just around the corner that she will be able see more “flags with stars” than she could ever dream of. She has also recently become obsessed with dress up and jewelry so I decided to marry the two ideas and create a fun little patriotic star lei for her to wear on the 4th of July (and everyday before and after that because she is pretty much obsessed) using vinyl!

I chose vinyl because it is inexpensive, durable, and unlike the cheapo patriotic necklaces that get wet and then bleed color all over your shirt, the vinyl can handle a little water to them on a summer day too! I am excited to be teaming up with Expressions Vinyl as one of their monthly ambassadors to bring you fun projects like this one that will give you fresh ideas for you to do with their awesome vinyl! This is also a fun project because your kids can totally be involved! They are really quick and easy to make.

To make these necklaces, you will need…

Patriotic Necklace Supplies

*Vinyl in as many colors as you want on your necklaces

*Baker’s twine

*Electronic craft cutter

Patriotic Necklace Kid Craft

Cut stars out of each color using your electronic craft cutter. My stars are 2.5 inches each. Lay one star with the sticky side up and lay the piece of twine on top of it.

How to make a patriotic necklace

Take another piece of vinyl the same color and lay it over the top of the other star with the sticky sides touching each other.

Patriotic Necklace Tutorial

Repeat these steps until you have enough stars to cover the length you want your necklace to be.

DIY Patriotic Necklace

Tie the ends of the twine together to create your necklace and you are done!

These are so quick and easy to make, you can make them for your entire neighborhood so your kids and all of their friends can sport them at the parade together. They would love to make them too!

Make sure to check out THIS POST and THIS POST by the other two Expressions Vinyl ambassadors to get other great 4th of July ideas! To celebrate the beginning of our fun Expressions Vinyl Ambassador team, we are having a giveaway for a $75 gift card for Expressions Vinyl! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Don’t forget to check out these other awesome 4th of July projects too!

DIY Hair Chalking for the 4th of July

4th of July Onesie

4th of July Parade Wands

DIY Hair Chalking for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is almost here! Bring on the warm weather, the BBQ food, the fireworks, and the parades! I absolutely love the 4th of July. I always dress up in red, white, and blue on Independence Day, but I thought it would be fun to be able to step it up a notch this year and adding some temporary color to my hair with some DIY hair chalking! I created a full tutorial so that you can add temporary color to your hair on the big day too! I am joining in with over 100 of my blogging besties to bring you some freaking awesome 4th of July projects for you as part of our Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue round up! There are links to each of these posts below my tutorial.

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue final logo (2)


Now for the epic hair chalking DIY tutorial.

DIY Hair Chalking for the 4th of July


Here is what you need to chalk your hair…

*Chalk (chalk pastels from a craft store work best, but any chalk would work)

*Spray water bottle or soaking wet wash cloth

*Flat iron

*Hair gel

*Hair spray

How to add temporary hair color

First, soak the parts of your hair that you want to color. You can do this with either a wet wash cloth or a spray water bottle. You don’t have to get the entire piece of hair wet, just the part of the hair that you want to get colored.

Hair chalking how to tutorial

Now rub the chalk up and down on the wet part of your hair. Note that I took a picture using sidewalk chalk on my hair, but I ended up using chalk pastels instead. The sidewalk chalk didn’t come out as the right colors. The red was pink instead of being red when I used the sidewalk chalk. Rub each section of your hair with the color of chalk that you want that piece of hair to be. Let hair dry completely and put a little hair gel on over the color. Add more chalk to each strand and let it dry out again. If you don’t want the color to be as long lasting, don’t use the hair gel.

How to hair chalk at home

Flat iron each of color strands and spray them with hair spray. Now style them how you wish!

DIY hair chalking for 4th of July on

Now you will look extra fabulous this 4th of July! You can do this with any number of colors for any other day of the year too!

You will love these other great hair tutorials too!

Twist Knot Bun

Cut Your Own Split Ends

At Home Hair Coloring Tips

Now check out these awesome projects that my blog friends created too!

4th of July Garland

I was given a box full of fabulous patriotic paper goodness from American Crafts to play with. I love creating paper banners for different holidays and I knew that Independence Day would be no exception to that! I made a 4th of July garland…

4th of July American Crafts Paper Banner

It is super duper simple, but perfect to bring a little patriotic spirit to the space. Here’s what you need…

American Crafts Patriotic Paper

*American Crafts paper

*American Crafts stickers

*Fishing line

*Electronic cutter

*Hot glue

Cut out two different shapes of stars with the electronic cutter. Decorate them with the stickers. Put hot glue on the back of the star and put the fishing line through it. Put another decorated star over the glue. Do this until you have enough to create a banner.

Patriotic Banner

Hang it up and you are done! Simple, but patriotic enough for the holiday!

4th of July Parade Wands

Independence Day is seriously probably my very favorite holiday. I know that may seem strange, but I love the weather and all of the festivities that come along with the 4th of July. One of my favorite festivities is the parade! I don’t mind waking up early to get a spot and sitting by complete strangers. I love watching the firetrucks, BMX bikers, and high school bands go by. It has always been one of my favorite parts of the entire summer. I thought it would be fun to make some 4th of July parade wands to hold up during the parade to show our patriotism and celebrate!

4th of July parade wands from #DIY #tutorial #4thofjuly

 I was given a bunch of fabulous glitter products from American Crafts to play with and I knew that parade wands would be the perfect project for this stuff! I love how they turned out and I can’t wait to use them. Here is what you need to make your own…

American Crafts Glitter products

 *American Crafts glitter paper, stickers, tape, and glue


*Electronic cutter

*Hot glue

4th of July Glitter Decor

 First, I cut out stars using the electronic cutter. I cut out two different sizes of stars. Then I decorated each star a little differently using the stickers and tape.

Independence Day Parade Picks

Then I used hot glue to glue the starts onto the skewers. They were so easy to make! I am so excited for the 4th of July!

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I was compensated for this post by American Crafts, but all opinions are 100% mine.

DIY 4th of July Onesie

The 4th of July is probably my favorite holiday. I love spending the day outside with my family. I love the parade, the festivities throughout the day, and the fireworks! It seriously might even pass up Christmas on my list! I love dressing up in red, white, and blue to celebrate the holiday too. It can’t just stop with me dressing that way though. My little girl needs to be dolled up too! That is why I made a 4th of July onesie for her to wear on the big day.

How to make a 4th of July shirt

 The best part? It was SO dang easy to make! I wanted it to be something that she could also wear on other days too. I tried not to make it overly centered on the holiday so I would feel comfortable putting her in it any other day, so I chose simple stars to put on it. To make your own, you need…

Iron on Vinyl onesie supplies

 *Iron on Glitter Vinyl (I have two colors pictured, but I only used the blue)


*Rosette ribbon


*Vinyl cutter

*Sewing Machine

Baby Ruffle Sleeved Shirt

 First, pin the ribbon onto the edges of the sleeves. Be sure to stretch the sleeves as you pin the ribbon on.

DIY Ruffle Sleeved Baby Onesie

Sew a straight line through the ribbon to sew it onto the sleeve. Do this to both sleeves.

Star Silhouette

 Create a design on your vinyl cutter’s software. I chose 3 simple stars. Cut the vinyl out and iron it on the onesie where you want it to go. When you are ironing, be sure to push down with a good amount of pressure for about 30 seconds on each spot of the vinyl. Move the iron around while you iron so that you don’t burn the onesie.

4th of July DIY Onesie

 Now you are all ready for the holiday! Enjoy!