4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

Hello all, are you excited for the upcoming Fourth of July? It’s one of my favorite holidays, I love the food and patriotic traditions!  Some years we host a party since we have a fantastic view of the local fireworks show from our front yard. In other years we’ll visit someone else’s home. This year my parents are hosting and we’ll spend the day poolside and then do the traditional fireworks observation at night.

I got crafty this year playing off Old Glory’s red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background to create a fun place setting. I partnered with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Brand to create a striped painted placemat and accompanying star spangled napkin, embellished with a fireworks inspired detail on top.

To recreate you’ll need red placemats, blue napkins, white craft tape, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape; a roller, artist’s paintbrush, tray for paint, star punch from a craft store, and red pipe cleaners (not shown).

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Here’s the simple step by step:

First grab yourself some red placemats (I found these at Kohls) but you can also find similar versions at discount retail stores. Mark of the placement of your future stripes and use the tape to create the stripes lengthwise.

step 1a

step 1b


Two to three coats of white craft paint gives you a nice stripe, pull back the tape when the paint is dry.


step 2


step 3


I created a stencil with the tape and a star punch, make sure you turn the tape upside down and carefully pull tape through the punch to create an adhesive stencil that will stick to your napkin. Add the stars with white paint and a small artist’s brush.


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Twist four red pipe cleaners make a fireworks inspired napkin holder.

pipecleaner fireworks napkin holder


Sprinkle stars made from the hole punch on top of the placemat for a unique Fourth of July place setting.

4th of July Painted Placemat

Oh, and speaking of the Fourth of July, I wrote about even more fun & festive ways to celebrate over at BH&G!

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DIY July 4th Banner

DIY July 4th Banner

The Savvy Nana 4th of July DIY Banner

With only a few more weeks until the 4th of July, it’s time to start planning your celebrations.

Hi, it’s Tonya again and I’m sharing a simple do-it-yourself banner that’s perfect for hanging above your food station, on your mantel, or along the windows to decorate your home this 4th of July.

Supplies needed:

  • burlap
  • scrap paper
  • twine in two colors
  • hole punch
  • scissors


My burlap came in ready-cut rectangles, but if you have a large sheet or strip, cut it into even sized pieces.

Cut a triangle into the bottom of one piece of burlap. Using that piece as a template, cut the remainder so they are all the same.

Cut a piece of the scrap paper into a similar shape, only smaller. Again, use this first piece as a template to create the others.

Place the paper on top of the burlap, and then using the hole punch, punch two holes into the top.

DIY July 4th Banner

Cut small pieces of twine in one color and tie the paper to the burlap.

DIY July 4th Banner

Using the second color of twine, thread through the holes of each piece of burlap until all of the pieces are joined together.

DIY July 4th Banner

And there you have it, a red, white, and blue banner ready to hang for your 4th of July celebrations.

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Have you started planning your 4th of July celebrations yet?

These banners also look great hung on your own fences, strung from the outdoor lights and displayed above your buffet table or wherever you happen to be serving the meat. Throw a few mini flags in there and refer to it as done!

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4th of July Patriotic Pinwheels for Cricut & Silhouette

4th of July Patriotic Pinwheels for Cricut & Silhouette

4th of July Patriotic Pinwheels for Cricut & Silhouette – Savvy Nana

Summertime is in full swing here in Northern California! And summer always means outdoor parties, barbecues, swimming, and of course, the 4th of July!

If you’re throwing a 4th of July party, why not cut out these cute decorative pinwheels in red, white, and blue? The red and white pinwheels have stripes, and the pinwheel has stars. Grouped together they make a patriotic centerpiece, or line your driveway with them to welcome your guests.

4th of July Patriotic Pinwheels for Cricut & Silhouette


Patriotic Pinwheels styled as a centerpiece. Get the free SVG/DXF cut files for these decorative patriotic pinwheels! Delicate cut-outs made using your Cricut Explore make these star-spangled pinwheels a hit at any 4th of July party.


Patriotic Pinwheels Supplies + Tools

  • Red, white, and blue paper (I like the Stardream Metallic series from Paper-Papers.com)
  • Small brads
  • Wooden dowels
  • Hot glue gun / hot glue
  • Cricut Explore or other cutting machine


Patriotic Pinwheels Directions

They are designed to be cut on a Cricut Explore or Silhouette Cameo. If you’re new to the world of cutting machines, start here: What is the Cricut Explore Machine and What Does it Do?

Cut out each pinwheel — red, blue, white. Unassembled, they look like this:

Unassembled patriotic pennant.


Carefully bring the holes along the outside edge (one on each side) toward the center hole. Thread a brad through all five holes and open the clasp so the whole pinwheel holds together. Glue the wooden dowel on the back to complete each pinwheel. These are just decorative (they don’t spin), though you could use a tutorial like this to create a version that will spin.


4th of July Patriotic Pinwheels for Cricut & Silhouette

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Note: DIY patriotic projects to create using your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines. 4th of July is going to be extra festive with your simple projects.

Burlap Flag Silverware Holder

Burlap Flag Silverware Holder

I’m always trying to find simple and inexpensive ways to decorate and make everything festive.  Enter in these adorable Burlap Flag Silverware Holders—I absolutely love them, and you’ll love how easy they are! They’re perfect for your 4th of July or Memorial Day table!




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  • -Burlap bags
  • –Craft paint:  red, white, blue
  • –Painters tape
  • -Skinny foam brush


Slide a piece of cardboard or heavy card stock inside the burlap bag to prevent the paint from going all the way through the bag.

Use painter’s tape to create stripes, and an area for the blue/stars.  I only had wide tape, and I needed my stripes to be much thinner, so I tore off a piece to match the length, laid it on the bag, then folded it on top of itself until it was the right width. Worked really well!


Paint red in the open stripes, and blue in the stars area.  Let dry completely.

Remove the tape, then using the very tip of the foam brush, paint the white stripes.

Dab the bottom of a pen (the round part) into the white paint, and use it to add polka dots in the blue area, to represent the stars. You can always use a star stencil if you want to, but I wanted it to be fast and easy.  Plus, I like polka dots! Let dry completely.

Now you’re ready to slide in your silverware (plastic or wood tableware would look super cute too) and set the table!



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Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

If you’re going to be having a party, then you may want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. The most important thing is that everyone is going to be able to enjoy themselves, and that’s why you’ve got to think long and hard about some ideas to make your party great. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at what some of these ideas are, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Go Do Something Childish

The first thing that we are going to suggest is that you go and do something childish. It’s hard being an adult, and it’s exhausting. It’s for this reason that sometimes we just want to take a step back and do something fun, maybe even a little bit childish. For example, you could all dress up as characters from a film or TV show and have a fancy dress party. Or, you could head out and go bowling, go to a laser quest center, or whatever else you think you might enjoy. The point is for it to be as fun as possible, so something that you used to enjoy when you were a child might be a good idea. Think about the things that you used to love to do, and then choose one for your party.

Hire A Bar

Another thing that we are going to suggest is that you hire a bar. Not everyone drinks alcohol, it’s true, but for those who do, this is going to make the party that little bit better. A company like Party Pony Trailers LLC may be able to help you out here as they have mobile bars! This means that if you want the party to be at your home, but you also want a bar, then something like this is the perfect solution! 

Or, you could simply just have alcohol on the table and allow everyone to mix their own drinks. At least you can be sure they’re going to like what they make for themselves!

Game Night

Finally, have you thought about having a game night? Everyone can get involved, and it can be a super fun idea. Choose a bunch of different games that everyone can play together, and then let the fun begin. Ensure that all the games you’ve got are suitable for the amount of players that you are going to have so that nobody ends up left out. Get some snacks, a few drinks, and this could be the perfect night in for you and your friends. It might not be the same as having an actual party, but it’s just as fun for a small gathering!

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now know some of the fun ideas that we’ve got for an all-adult party. These ideas don’t make up an extensive list, so there are plenty more things that you can do if you would like to. Hopefully, you have a great time, and so does everyone else involved. 

Saving The Memory Of A Lost Loved One

Saving The Memory Of A Lost Loved One

This year has made many of us really reevaluate what is important in life. After almost a year of not being able to spend time with the ones we love, it’s become more and more clear how important loved ones really are. 

But what happens when a loved one is lost? 

Dying is a natural part of life, and sadly we will all eventually have to say goodbye to the people closest to us as they find their final resting place. 

Today we hope to help you understand how to keep the memory of a loved one alive even after they are gone. Here are some of the best ways to allow the legacy of a loved one to go on long after they are back in the earth. 

Silly traditions 

One of the fun ways to honour the memory of a loved one and keep their memory living on is to adopt one of their little quirks or traditions. Everyone has small quirks and if you are able to carry this small action on within family life, it will keep a memory alive for longer. For example, if your loved one had the habit of breaking out into songs that describe what they are doing – you try and do this too! It’s not only a fun activity but it’s something that will make you feel closer to the ones you have lost. 

Decorate the grave 

When remembering a family member after they are gone, one simple way to do this in a physical way is to decorate the grave itself. Using cemetery grave markers and a gravestone is a wonderful thing, and you can also add photo frames, flowers, and more. Decorating the grave with special items and mementos is always a brilliant way to save the legacy of someone you love for years after. 

Invest in an urn 

If you haven’t decided to bury a loved one but instead have decided on cremation – it is a good idea to invest in a beautiful urn to hold the ashes of your loved one. You don’t even have the stop there – you can also consider investing in an urn ornament and plaque which will remind people every time they visit of the person you love.

Create a t shirt cushion 

The worst feeling in the world is losing someone, and one of the hardest parts is knowing you never get to hold them again. This is why it is a great idea for you to create a cushion out of an old t shirt or jumper of your loved one that you can cuddle while you go to sleep as a beautiful reminder. It will make you feel as if you are closer to your loved one and will make you feel as if you are holding a little piece of them even after all this time. 

Ashes to jewellery 

In recent years many jewellery designers have found ways to make family ashes into stunning prices to keep with you at all times. When it comes to turning ashes into stunning jewellery to keep – you can have a necklace, bracelet or even a ring made with the ashes of the person you love. It will be a constant reminder of their importance in life and will allow you to carry a piece of them with you throughout your own life. 

Keep happy photographs 

It is incredibly important when you lose someone you love to keep a memory of their face alive. It is a sad fact that over time you are likely to forget small details of a loved one’s face, but hanging photos of them will allow you to keep their memory alive. There are so many companies who make custom prints, mugs, canvases and more so that you can keep a picture of your loved ones close by always. 

Write in a diary 

One of the fun ways to keep the memory of a loved one alive is actually to write about them in a diary. As you remember small anecdotes and things about a loved one who has passed – you can write these things in a diary and you can pass this down to your children to keep the memory alive. It is a sweet gesture and can be read out on the anniversary of their death or their birthday each year. 

Losing a loved one will never be easy however it is an amazing idea to keep memories through the years after they pass. We hope these ideas will help you move on from the loss and be happy.