We’re totally obsessing over this DIY Chevron and Chain necklace by Grace of Stripes and Sequins. Wouldn’t the red, white, and blue version be perfect for the 4th of July? Head over to Stripes and Sequins to see the full tutorial.
The 4th of July is almost upon us, so of course we’ve been getting ready with some American-themed DIYs! We found some awesome starred and striped ribbon in our store, so we jazzed up a pair of denim shorts and gave them some patriotic spirit. Keep reading to find out how to make it yourself!
- a pair of jean shorts
- 2 feet of blue ribbon with white stars
- 2 feet of red and white striped ribbon
- Unique Stitch glue
1. Lay the starred ribbon over the top of the back pocket of your shorts, then cut it so it perfectly fits across the top of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. While the starred ribbon is still placed at the top of the pocket, place the striped ribbon underneath and cut it so it fits across the middle of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. Use the same process to create two bottom strips of the starred ribbon.
2. Flip the top piece of the starred ribbon over and add some glue to the back. Place it on the top of the back pocket and press down while glue dries.
3. Continue to glue down the other pieces of ribbon, making sure you have a starred piece at the top, then a striped piece, then another starred piece. Do this for both pockets.
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If you are hosting the hot-dog holiday event this year, try thinking, “What would Martha Stewart do?”. Most BBQ’s I have frequented have been stocked with sleeves of plastic cups for summer beverages. Thus far I have witnessed only weak attempts of adornment to these disposable drink holders. And by weak attempt I mean illegible scribbling of someone’s initials at a last minute effort to rescue an abandoned cup from contamination or “sharing”. So get out your scissors and glue America, it’s time to celebrate our country’s birthday.
(Yields 4 cups, multiply depending on how many friends you have or divide if you have no friends)
- 1 yard of 10mm gingham ribbon in red/white
- Six 48mm glitter star buttons 37991 (4 silver, 2 red)
- Four 28mm glitter star buttons 37991 (2 red, 2 blue)
- Q-tips or something like Q-tips for painting on glue
- E6000 Glue: 37777
- 12oz Plastic Cups (see guest list for quantity needed)
- 1 black Sharpie marker
Making the Cups:
- Measure out 9″ pieces of gingham ribbon
- Roll up one end of one piece of ribbon with your fingers to make it small enough to lace through buttons. Refer to my blog image for suggested button arrangements.
- Once your buttons are laced onto the ribbon piece, slide them so that they are centered in the middle of the ribbon.
- Apply E600 glue to the backside of the ribbon and some to the buttons for good measure. Carefully place the ribbon glue side down around the cup. Refer to blog image for placement on cup, or if placed lower simply cut off access ribbon.
- Set aside to dry and move on the rest of the cups.
- Write down the names of the people on your guest list on the cups in the coolest font possible.
- Place the cups on a tray for guest to pick up as they enter. I would suggest making some extras and leaving the Sharpie beside them for any lurkers or tag-alongs.