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!

 

BURLAP FLAG SILVERWARE HOLDERS

SUPPLIES:

(affliate links are included for your convenience)

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

DIRECTIONS:

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!

 

MORE PATRIOTIC & 4TH OF JULY IDEAS YOU MIGHT LIKE…

  • Easy 2×4 Flag Wood Blocks
  • 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Quick & Easy 4th of July Handprint Tees

 

 

 

 

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Canvas Wine Bag Diy

Canvas Wine Bag Diy

Recently, I flew to Dallas for a wine event to teach a workshop of how to make wax canvas wine bags and everyone’s reaction was so positive, I thought I’d turn it into a DIY hostess gift for the blog.

I love gifting wine for parties, etc – especially around the holidays. Who couldn’t use another bottle or two? And this DIY idea makes the gift feel a bit more special and (dare I say) more thoughtful since it incorporates a handmade element.

Aside from gifting these totes with wine, I was thinking it would be fun to craft these at your party and then let the guests take them home as favors, if you’re feeling ambitious. Just throwing it out there! Either way, you can click through for the full tutorial…

 

Canvas Wine Bag DIY

And just in case you’re not big on the leather handles idea, you can skip those last couple of steps and instead, tie on some handmade pom poms or even just rolling the canvas down a couple of times and then tying on a monogrammed gift tag, for something more casual. Between the three options, you have a handful of options to include every personality on your hostess hit list.

Here’s how to make your now canvas wine totes….

Materials:

  • medium to heavy weight canvas (available by the year at art supply stores)
  • sewing machine and thread
  • fabric dye ( – I used royal blue and black)
  • embroidery floss and needle for hand stitching
  • 3/4 inch wide leather strips

Instructions:

1. Start by measuring a piece of canvas for your wine bag, based on the desired size. A good starting point is 28.5 inches long and 7 inches wide (you can measure the width of a wine bottle you have on hand to see if you want to make yours wider or more narrow than mine). And cut with sharp fabric scissors.

2. Once cut, fold the canvas, as shown in photo, and pin vertically, again as shown. I only needed roughly 4 pins because the weight of the canvas was heavy enough to stay in place.

3. Next, at the bottom (folded) end, start by sewing a backstitch to secure the thread, and then sew a straight line all the way to the open end. Be sure not to sew too close to the edge – you’ll probably want to sew your line about a 1/4 inch from the edge. Add another backstitch when you reach the end of the canvas, then cut the thread.

4. Repeat step 3, on the opposite side. Then remove straight pins and cut excess salvage, if needed.

5. While the bag is still inside out, reach inside, find the corners with your fingers and pinch them together. Then use your other hand to secure the two points and create something of a flat triangle, as shown.

6. Measure from the tip to 1.5 inches down, make a mark, and then make a horizontal line across as your guide. Flip over and do the same on the other side. And then pin one of the triangles, so it doesn’t come undone (but don’t pin them together – they’re separate).

7. Start with the triangle that’s not pinned down, sew a straight line across the guide that you made in step 6. Being sure to backstitch at each end. Repeat this process for the other triangle that was pinned. Remove pin and sew line, being sure to backstitch at each end.

8. Using a needle and thread, sew the two triangle corners together. This will keep the bottom flat on the bag and make it even more secure.

9. Line up the seams, then roll back the fabric at the top of the bag 1/2 – 1 inch. Pin down just one section to give you a better idea of where the measurement needs to be and then the roll rest down. Follow that as a guide and adjust as necessary. And then sew and backstitch once again.

11. Turn tote right side out. Next up is dyeing the bag. I do a lot of dyeing projects around here, so I won’t explain the process again…but here’s the step by step tutorial for dyeing if you need a refresher.

12. Once dyed, washed, and dried, you can stop here and add pom poms or a gift tag. OR keep going and add leather straps…. Start by cutting two lengths of leather strap, 8-9 inches long each. Then punch four holes on each side, in the form of a square. See photo for reference.

13. String a needle with embroidery thread and attach the handles to the tote, making sure to run the thread through each hole several times, for security. Cut and double knot string to keep from unraveling.

Canvas Wine Bag DIY

Note: Before adding the leather straps, I actually hand waxed the dyed canvas as well, which helps with making them water-resistnat and a bit more rugged. This process is very easy and I plan to share exactly how to do it in an upcoming post, but decided not to include in this tutorial because it was already pretty lengthy.  Let me know if you have any questions though!

Canvas Wine Bag DIY

 

Hope you liked this DIY idea! Curious to know… What’s the best hostess gift you’ve ever given or received?

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DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron

DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron

I got my sewing machine out for the first time in a while this week and put the waxed canvas that I made last week to good use! Since I’m out in my dad’s garage making things for the blog all the time, I thought it’d be a good idea to make myself a tool apron to add a bit of style out there  – and so I have a pencil and hammer within reach at all times instead of having to search everywhere to find one.

What you need:

-Waxed Canvas
-Scissors
-Straight Pins
-Sewing Machine (With a heavy duty needle.)
-Leather
-Rope

How to make it:

-Measure and cut a rectangular piece of waxed canvas that goes almost all the way around your waist.
-Take the top of the canvas and fold down 1/2″, fold again 1/2″ (so the raw edge is hidden) and pin in place. Repeat the same steps with the bottom of the large piece of canvas. Straight stitch about 1/4″ in along both seams to hold in place.
-Repeat these steps with the sides of the canvas.
-Cut a smaller piece of waxed canvas. (Mine was 17″ x 9″ – change this based on the size of your apron.)
-Fold down 1/2″, fold again 1/2″ (so the raw edge is hidden) and pin in place.Straight stitch along top seam.
-Fold each of the other three sides the same way but pin to the larger piece of canvas before sewing.
-Stitch 1/4″ in along these three sides to attach it to the larger piece of canvas – make sure you do not stitch the top closed!
-You can add separate pockets by stitching from the bottom seam up to the top of the canvas pocket.
-Add a small strip of leather to the side large enough to slide a hammer handle into. Make sure you stitch over the leather several times to secure it.
-I used leftover cotton rope as the ties. I cut two 18″ pieces and laid each one across the backside of the top of the apron. I stitched over the rope several times in three places to secure it.

***Make sure you give your sewing machine a thorough cleaning after sewing with waxed canvas.

 

DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron

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DIY Snack Tin

DIY Snack Tin

Make both the snack tin and the tasty mix that goes inside with just a few easy steps.

I’m pretty sure I got my love for snack food from my dad. My dad always stocks the fridge and pantry with chips and salsa, meat and cheese, or an assortment of nuts. Because there’s always room for a snack! That’s why one of my favorite things to make him for Father’s Day is a delicious snack mix. This sweet and spicy mix is so easy to make you’re going to want to make an extra batch to keep for yourself.

Watch the video and make a batch of this sweet and savory snack mix for all your favorite guys this Father’s Day!

SWEET AND SPICY SNACK MIX RECIPE

adapted from Cooking Light

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup pecans pieces
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups tiny pretzels
2 cup crispy rice cereal squares
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 tsp cayenne, optional

SUPPLIES

Metal tin for gifting
Printable sticker paper

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE FATHER’S DAY LABEL

 

DIY Snack Tin

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, half of the thyme, salt, cinnamon, red pepper. Meanwhile, spread the almonds and pecans on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Make sure to use a timer and watch them because nuts burn easily! Once toasted, combine the nuts and  butter in a large bowl. Mix them until the butter melts completely. Then stir in the pretzels, rice squares, and syrup.
  2. Add the sugar mixture to the nut mixture. Spread the nut mixture back on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring the mix half way through baking. Take it out of the oven then add the remaining thyme. Cool completely.
  3. Download the printable Father’s Day labels, print them on adhesive paper, and cut them out. Peel and stick them on the lids of the metal tins and fill up with the snack mix. Now they are ready to gifted!

 

The finishing touch on a handmade gift is always the packaging! Scoop some of the snack mix into a metal tin and add a festive sticker on top. Just print out the free printable label on sticker paper, cut it out, and stick it to the tin lid. It looks so good, he might think you bought it that way. But it can be our little secret. 😉

DIY Snack Tin

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Father’s Day Watermelon Card with Printable Template

Father’s Day Watermelon Card with Printable Template

Father’s Day is coming up and while it can be difficult to figure out what colour of tie to get for Dad for Father’s Day, a hand made card is always going to be a hit. This DIY Father’s Day Watermelon Card is the perfect way to show Dad that he is ONE IN A MELON! So punny, just like Dad!

This card is made with Craft Foam Sheets and I even have a printable watermelon template that makes it easy to avoid a pinterest fail and make your card look amazing. Googly eyes add that final touch of personality to your card.

 

Father’s Day Watermelon Card with Printable Template

DIY Father’s Day Watermelon Card

Supplies:

Black, Pink, Red, Light & Dark Green Craft Foam Sheets

White Poster Board or Cardstock

Scissors

Googly eyes

White Glue

Black Marker & Pencil

 

Instructions:

Begin by downloading and printing the MELON template.

Cut the template out.

Trace the melon template onto the red craft foam sheet and cut out.

Glue the melon onto white poster board or cardstock.

 

 

Cut the bottom of your melon template off. Trace the watermelon rind onto dark green craft foam and cut out. Glue rind on top of red craft foam.

Cut a smaller rind from light green craft foam and glue on top of the dark green rind.

Glue on googly eyes.

 

Father’s Day Watermelon Card with Printable Template

 

Cut small rosy cheeks from pink craft foam and glue in place. Draw on a smile with a black marker or cut one from black craft foam and glue in place.

Draw seeds onto the melon with black marker.

Add a message with marker or print a message and glue onto your card.

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