Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

By contributing writer Beth

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

My kids love to play superhero and save the day. They help the weak and fight the bullies. They’re just all around great at fighting for freedom. So when I saw this idea for felt cuff bracelets, I wondered if I could create a fun and patriotic way for them to celebrate our Independence from tyranny while role playing with their friends.

I pulled together items that I already had around the house so this is an inexpensive project. You can use felt, lace, ribbon, or any fabric that fits the red, white, and blue theme.

Always be careful with scissors and hot glue guns around children. Proper supervision is required to keep everyone safe.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

Supplies Needed

  • Paper towel tube
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Instructions

1. Cut the paper towel tube. First cut it lengthwise. Then cut the tube into four sections creating four cardboard cuffs.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

2. Prepare felt for Cuff #1. Cut out a white felt rectangle that has the same surface area as the cuff.  Then cut two strips of ribbon and a red felt heart. Position the ribbon on the edges and then place the heart in the center. Make sure the sizing works before hot gluing all the elements in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

3. Prepare felt for cuff #2. Cut out a red felt rectangle to cover another of the cardboard cuffs. Cut a navy felt zig zag the approximate length of your rectangle. Cut out 7 – 8 white felt circles. Arrange the elements on the red band the way you like them before hot gluing them all in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

4. Prepare felt for cuff #3. Cut a red rectangle the size of another cuff. Cut out three different sized felt circles (large white, medium navy, and small white). Cut out a red star. Stack these in the middle of your bracelet: large white circle, navy circle, small white circle, then red star. Glue in place once you like the placement.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

5. Prepare felt for #4. Cut out a navy rectangle the size of another cuff. Cut out three red felt strips and a white felt star. Lay the strips horizontally on the navy felt rectangle. Place the star on top. Hot glue everything in place.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

6. Attach felt to tubes. Hot glue the rectangles onto their respective cuffs. If you have excess fabric on the ends then hot glue them onto the back side.

DIY Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets for Kids

7. Shape the cuffs. Place the cuffs into a small diameter glass while they dry and cool so that they’ll keep a smaller rounded shape. Share with all your friends and enjoy!

These Patriotic Felt Cuff Bracelets are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day and honor the men and women who are the true superheroes this 4th of July.

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How to Create an Awesome Backyard Fun Zone This Summer

You can create an amazing Backyard Fun Zone that your kids and all the neighborhood kids will love and never want to leave this summer. Here's how.

You can create an amazing Backyard Fun Zone that your kids and all the neighborhood kids will love and never want to leave this summer. You will become the super summer mom and create amazing memories inexpensively right in your own backyard!

1. Add a fire pit

Buy or build a fire pit if you don’t already have one. This addition is going to be loved by adults and kids alike. Picture it going in the evening, kids running around the yard with glow sticks, adults laughing and talking, and s’mores ready to be toasted – you want one now, right? To me, a fire is the ultimate centerpiece for backyard entertaining whether you have a crowd or just the family.

2. Create an obstacle course

Use what you have on hand or pick up a few dollar store items to create a simple or complex backyard obstacle course. Use boards as a balance beam, tires, jump ropes, hula hoops, tables, chairs, and anything else you can find to encourage jumping, running, climbing, crawling, and other maneuvers. And remember to change it up often.

3. Fill it up with fun toys

When summer hits, I head to the Dollar Tree or somewhere similar to stock up on cheap fun! Grab items like bubbles, water guns, hula hoops, water balloons, gliders, kites, sidewalk chalk (not just for concrete – it works great on wood fences too!), pool noodles, balls, etc. We toss ours in a big bucket with holes in the bottom to drain summer rain, or you can store the bucket in a shed.

4. Just add water

Hot summer days call for water fun! Include a little pool (or a big one)l, a store bought or homemade sprinkler, water balloons, water guns, slip ‘n slide, buckets of water and sponges, heck even the backyard hose makes it more fun!

5. Make a fairy garden

By fairy garden I don’t mean a little pot tucked away in a corner somewhere that never gets touched. Fill a good sized container with foam, add soil to the top, and let it become an ever changing, fun spot for the kids. You can make many homemade items for it or pick up small fairies and accessories at craft stores.

6. Create an outdoor reading nook

You can toss a quilt on the hammock and add a throw pillow or two, make a pallet in their playhouse, or add a teepee with giant pillows, then keep a basket of books ready to take outdoors when they need a rest. This way they still get the benefits of fresh air and sunshine even when resting and hiding from the heat of the day. Mom can enjoy an outdoor reading nook as well!

Get out there yourself! A sure fire way to get the kids laughing, playing, and having a ball in your backyard fun zone is to get out there yourself and play right along with them. Kick a soccer ball, throw a water balloon or two, turn over rocks to look for bugs, fly a kite, etc. They will never forget those memories.

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Boho Fabric Wall Art

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece.

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece. Choose fabric in colors and patterns that match your decor.

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece.

Supplies Needed

  • Assorted wood embroidery hoops (uniform in size or varied)
  • Assorted fabric scraps in your choice of colors and patterns
  • Gold spray paint (or color of choice)
  • Scissors
  • Thumb tacks

Instructions

1. Begin by setting the embroidery hoops on a flat surface. Apply two coats of spray paint. We chose a bright gold, but you can use any color you wish. You do not have to separate the hoops, just keep them together and be sure to spray all sides.

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2. While the hoops are drying, decide which fabric swatches you want to use. Choose 3 – 5 different colors and patterns that complement each other.

3. Once the hoops are dry, insert the fabric between them. Pull tightly at the sides to remove any wrinkles and lines in the fabric. Tightening the hoop as much as you can will also help tighten the fabric and remove any wrinkles or creases.

4. Take your scissors and trim away excess fabric. You want the edges to be nice and clean.

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5. Since these are so lightweight, you can use thumb tacks to hang them. Just press the tacks into the wall and display your boho fabric wall art.

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No-Sew Cup Cozy for Mom

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother's Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she's on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

By contributing writer Beth

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she’s on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy Supplies at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Measure the circumference of the hair elastic when it is at rest (unstretched).

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

2. Cut the red felt to a rectangle that will fit around about 2/3 of the holding area of the cup. The length should be no longer than the circumference of the elastic.

3. Cut a piece of pink felt a little smaller than the red piece.

4. Cut the trim to fit along the bottom of the red piece of felt.

5. Place a line of glue at the very bottom of the red felt. Allow it to set for about 10 seconds to get a little tacky.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

Firmly press the lace trim into the glue. You might even consider adding a few books on top of this to apply a few minutes of pressure.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

6. Apply a liberal amount of glue onto the red felt where the pink felt will be positioned.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

Press the pink felt into the glue firmly for about 20 seconds. Don’t worry if the edges overhang a tiny bit. We’ll trim that later.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

7. Glue the heart to the pink felt. You’ll need a lot of glue for each of these steps because felt doesn’t like to be glued together. It’s mean that way. So use a lot of glue and pressure to get the job done.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

8. Trim any overhanging lace or felt to make the edges nice and neat.

9. Cut a rectangle of felt to fit on the back side of the main piece of red felt. This is going to be the element that holds your elastic in place. Glue the TOP only of the rectangle to the red main felt piece.

Allow the glue to dry for 1 hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but you really need these elements to be solid before you move to the next step.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

10. When the glue is dry, turn the cozy upside down and form it in a cup shape. The unglued portion of the felt flap will be facing up. Place the hair elastic INTO the felt flap.

Glue the other edge of the felt (once again, the top edge) so that the elastic is glued into a felt sleeve. You may want to use pins or clamps to hold this in place. It is crucial that this sleeve dries completely or your cozy will fall apart. Let it dry overnight before removing the pins or clamps.

Your cozy is ready for gifting!

When you stretch the elastic it will be exposed and the felt cozy will look like an apron on 2/3 of the cup. It doesn’t go all the way around the cup. If it did, the elastic wouldn’t be able to shrink back.

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