Foil 4th of July Utensil Holders + Free Printable

With only a few days to our big 4th of July celebration, I created some fun utensil holders using my Heidi Swapp Minc. Super easy to use and I love the way the foil makes them shine!

Free Printable Utensil Holder | @kimbyers

Thank you to Hiedi Swapp Minc  for sponsoring today’s ideas!

Here’s a quick pictorial of how to make your own with my “Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave” free printable and the Minc machine:

Make A Foil Utensil Holder

You’ll need:

Easy DIY:

  1. Foil – dot and stripe papers with royal blue on heat setting 3
  2. Trim – trim dot paper to 6 3/4″ x 5″ and stripe paper 5″ x 5″
  3. Glue – using 4 glue dots each, secure corners and middle (don’t glue at top, about 3″ from bottom allows you to insert utensils and napkins)
  4. Insert – insert napkin and utensils
  5. Clip – clip free printable to front (which you can also foil!!)

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

And if you don’t have your Minc yet, you can still use my free printables to make your own!

Free Printable Patriotic Utensil Holder

Just cut along the thin outline, score at the bottom of the design and secure into pocket with glue dots.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Prep A Picnic for 4th of July Fireworks

My family loves to picnic and watch fireworks each 4th of July. So today I thought I would share a bit about our 4th of July traditions and how we keep the spirit throughout the day!

4th of July Picnic Ideas | @kimbyers

Kohl’s sponsored today’s ideas.

My hubby served in the armed forces for seven years, mostly before we met. His dad, brothers, two of our nephews and a niece did too! Needless to say, we celebrate our patriotic holidays with enthusiasm. It’s not just a picnic and a day off work to us. We truly appreciate all those who serve to make our country great!

For the 4th of July our day usually starts by attending our local parade, then we grill in late afternoon and we end with a picnic to watch the local fireworks show. It doesn’t hurt that we can see the local fireworks show from our yard! {grin}

Picnic Ideas for the 4th of July | @kimbyers

This year, I shopped for some new patriotic inspired picnic decor at Kohl’s. I’m completely in love with this Lush Red and White Stars quilt. It’s perfect for the 4th and it will look great on our guest bed the rest of the summer season. And do you love the current nautical trend? These darling anchor pillows are the perfect touch to bring that trend into my patriotic decor.

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I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of lanterns. These are solar lanterns so they can power up all day, and then light up the night when the fireflies come out to play. {wink}

Host a picnic for the 4th of July

Galvanized drink station for 4th of July picnic

Other little touches include galvanized trays and buckets for snacks and drinks. And the prettiest Americana stars and stripes napkins from Food Network.

Picnic Pup On 4th Of JulyOur sweet little Boo Boo is even getting into the spirit. At just seven months, our little shorkie is excited for her first 4th of July picnic with the family. {wink}

From my family to yours, I hope you have an amazing 4th of July weekend. And by the way, you can shop Kohls.com and pick items up in the store, or they’ll ship for free on orders more than $75. You can also keep up with the latest Kohl’s has to offer, as well as their amazing sales, by following them on facebook.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate and decorate!

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Brunch On A Bun With Hebrew National

Consideration for today’s post was provided by Hebrew National.

I can’t wait to share my brunch on a bun recipe! It’s amazing! Just ask my kids. {grin}

Brunch Recipes | @kimbyers

Did you know that we are officially, as of this past Sunday, in summer? And what better way to kick summer off than hosting a lazy brunch for the family? We’re big on brunch in the summer. I’m up super early every day, but the kids stay snuggled up until 9 most mornings. Once up, they’re usually starving and this is my go-to fun recipe.

You’ll need:

  • Hebrew National All-Beef Franks
  • Wheat Buns
  • Hashbrowns
  • Eggs
  • Chives

Brunch On A Bun | @kimbyers

  1. Toast the buns on the grill
  2. Brown the hashbrowns – fresh potatoes are the best, but I’m not opposed to a good quality frozen hashbrown
  3. Grill the Hebrew National All-Beef Franks
  4. Fry (or poach) the egg
  5. Stack

And it’s that easy! If your family is anything like mine, they’ll gobble these up before you have your napkin in your lap. {wink}

Breakfast Sandwich Recipe | @kimbyers

Do you ever wonder what makes Hebrew National kosher hot dogs premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). They’re choosy about what goes into their franks – using only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! I’d have it no other way for my family!

Brunch On A Bun | @kimbyers and @hebrewnational #spon

For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit them on Facebook.

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I hope your summer is off to an amazing start and that you slow down from time to time to enjoy the moment. And, as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make Mason Jar Luminaries for 4th of July

I love hosting 4th of July BBQs out under our backyard pergola. Nothing makes me happier than watching my kids dance around with sparklers, catch fireflies and stare in awe at the magical light show on that spectacular holiday. And because we host a celebration each year, my Americana decor grows every year. This year in addition to some amazing picnic things I picked up at one of my favorite stores, I made some red, white and blue luminaries!

How To Make Mason Jar Luminaries | @kimbyers for @joann_stores

Hop on over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, The Creative Spark, to get my complete tutorial, including pictures of each DIY step. It’s oh so easy and they’re beautiful when lit up at night!

DIY Luminary Tutorial with @joann_stores and @kimbyers

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Easy Peasy Father’s Day Balloons

Father’s Day is only a few days away and wouldn’t it be fun to show Dad how much you love him with balloons. Personalized balloons!

Father's Day Surprise Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My boys and I whipped up a few for my hubby’s Father’s Day / birthday celebration that I shared a few days ago.

Father's Day Celebration Ideas | Kim Byers, theCelebrationShoppe.com

So easy to make. You’ll need:

  • Balloons (I used mini and regular size)
  • Vinyl
  • Cricut Explore with Design Space file (or you could use a template and scissors!)
  • Cricut Transfer Tape

Just cut, blow the balloons up, weed out the vinyl, apply the transfer tape and apply to balloons. Takes less than 10 minutes and the impact lasts for days!

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Father's Day Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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Make An Easy Parade Shaker + Let Freedom Ring Free Printable

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Glad, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pressnsealhacks http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

My family loves parades, especially our local 4th of July parade. We live in a small town suburb just outside of a big city, so we get all the conveniences but will a small town feel. And for our little town, the parade is actually quite large. We go with our flags, and our candy bags, and this year we’re going with these fun Let Freedom Ring parade shakers I made!

DIY Parade Shaker + Let Freedom Ring Free Printable | @kimbyers

Let’s get crafty and make these little LET FREEDOM RING shakers for your parade! You can pick the Glad Press ‘n Seal and most of the other supplies at Walmart!

DIY crafts with Glad Press N Seal

Supplies:

Easy steps:

  1. Attach straw handle with washi tape
  2. Cut a piece of Glad Press N Seal about the size of the paper and wrap the bottom and sides
  3. Insert bells in top and close
  4. Tie ribbon for a little added pretty

DIY Mason Jar Lids with Glad Press N Seal | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glad Press N Seal is also a great DIY mason jar lid! Perfect for keeping the bugs off your favorite summer beverage while you wait for the parade to start. 

DIY Mason Jar Lids | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the best part, it’s as simple as placing the Glad Press N Seal on the top of the jar, adding the outer screw top lid, using scissors or a straight edge to cut off the excess (won’t hurt the glass jar) and poking a hole in the center for the straw. I added a strip of ribbon for decoration on the jar, and little washi tape flags on the straws. A few minutes of crafting for a very fun outcome.

By the way, if you’ve lost the outer rim to those mason jars, the Glad Press N Seal… seals. Ha! So no need for it!

You can keep up with Glad on Twitter and Instagram. By the way, they love talking to customers so make sure you say hi!

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Father’s Day Surprise With Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake

We planned a Father’s Day surprise for my hubby! See, he was born on Father’s Day in 19… okay… I’m not allowed to tell you what year. Just know it was Father’s Day. {wink} So it was really a joint Father’s Day and birthday surprise. Afterwards we took him to the movies too. Lucky guy!

Father's Day Celebration Ideas | Kim Byers, theCelebrationShoppe.com

Today’s ideas are sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery.

My boys helped me plan what we wanted to do for him. The biggest thing they wanted, was for their dad to know how very much they love him. Sweet babies!

Father's Day Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

After making it obvious that he is our #1 DAD, we wanted to get his favorite treat. ICE CREAM!!

And this amazing Tall, Dark & Delicious (don’t you love the name!) cake from Cold Stone Creamery is layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake, Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Brownies & Chocolate Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in fluffy White Frosting and cascading Fudge Ganache… oh my! Let me tell you, Dad will feel very loved!

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Father's Day Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake

Want one for Father’s Day  or any upcoming occasion? It’s so easy to order. You can do it online at ColdStoneCakes.com! I ordered mine and picked it up the next day. They often have some right in the freezer case, but with so many flavors it’s best to order online so you know they have what you want.

Now for the Father’s Day table. It was a fun set-up. We chose blue and silver as our color palette and it was perfect for my hubby. Plus my kids couldn’t get enough of the balloons. There would have been more but I had to stop them. {wink} We also added waffle cone cups since that is our preferred ice cream plate of choice. And it wouldn’t be a party for dad without root beer, so we made some little necktie wrappers for them.

I have to admit, my favorite party craft was adding the messages to the balloons. The balloons and the #1 DAD on the wall gave it that extra special touch. My hubby really loved it. I’ll share how I did it, along with the files so you can do it too in a post on Wednesday.

Father's Day Fudge Ganache Cake | Kim Byers

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Father's Day Surprise | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Surprise Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Happy Father's Day Surprise | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can keep up with Cold  Stone Creamery and all their amazing flavors on Twitter and Instagram. By the way, they love talking to customers so make sure you say hi!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And Happy Father’s Day to all those amazing dads out there!!

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How To Make A Chalkboard Cake Topper

Who doesn’t love a great cake topper?! Or in this case… doughnut topper. Make it chalkboard cake topper and you’ve hit a home run! Oh yes!

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I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. Eeek! {grin}

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Let’s get crafty! You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create these embroidery hoops, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature!

By the way, do you know how to transfer your own designs over to chalk? If not, check out my step-by step pictorial!

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. Most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful. Okay… one last look!

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How To Make A DIY Chalkboard Banner

Chalkboard banners are all the rage. One banner that you can easily change for any occasion… love! I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. Eek! I’m not sure where it will be in your store, but look for the isle dedicated to chalk crafts.

Easy DIY Chalkboard Banner | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create this easy banner, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature.

Want to know how to transfer a hand drawn or printed design to chalkboard? 

  1. Type or write sentiments
  2. Transfer sentiment – flip paper over and chalk entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Center and tape paper to chalkboard. Pencil over entire design and the chalk will transfer to the chalkboard. Remove paper.
  3. Darken chalk – the pencil transfer may be enough, but if you prefer a brighter effect, use a piece of chalk to go over the design again.
  4. Cleanup – A damp paintbrush, fine tip is best for small areas, is the perfect eraser and if you’re like me, you’ll need one.

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. And as I mentioned above, most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful.

Did you miss my chalkboard embroidery hoop crafts and a peek into one corner of my studio? Make sure you hop over for a look and to get the designs!

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Inspirational Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops & How To Chalk Transfer Your Own Design

Do you love the chalkboard trend? I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. I’m not sure where it will be in your store, but look for the isle dedicated to chalk crafts. Eek! {grin}

The first project is a set of inspirational embroidery hoops for my office. I chose phrases that would inspire me daily to stay on track and thank God for all he does in my life, even when it’s not in my plan. Then, I’ll show you how to easily transfer your own designs from paper to chalkboard. So let’s get crafty!

How To Transfer Designs From Paper To Chalk | @kimbyers

You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create these embroidery hoops, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature.

Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

If you want to make these designs specifically, here are my files:

  • Praise Him In The Hallway, 8 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Dreams, 7 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Hoop circles – if you have a Cricut Explore, you can use these files in Cricut Design Space. These are set specifically for the 8” hoop, which can easily be adjusted for the 7″ or another sizePraise Him In The Hallway Art | Kim Byers

Dreams Hoop Art | Kim Byers

And now, let me teach you how to easily chalk any design you want onto chalkboard (paper, metal, walls… anywhere).

How To Chalk Your Own Designs | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 Transferring chalk is as easy as having paper, chalk, chalkboard and a pencil. Here are the simple steps for the transfer and the hoops:

  1. Paint – paint hoops solid black. (TIP: Tape over the fasteners.)
  2. Create fabric hoops – lay coordinating fabric in 14” and 6” hoops, close and trim off excess.
  3. Print or handwrite sentiments – write sentiments by hand or on your computer, centering them and keeping them within the size of your hoop. Print. (TIP: Using multiple font types and sizes increases visual interest.)
  4. Cut chalkboard cardstock – using the inner hoop, outer wall, as a guide, draw a light ring with a pencil. Cut. (Or, you could use a circle cutter or a machine like a Cricut.)
  5. Transfer sentiment – place paper over hoop, center and trim. Flip paper over (white side) and chalk entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Tape paper to chalkboard circle. Pencil over entire design and the chalk will transfer to the chalkboard cardstock. Remove paper.
  6. Darken chalk – the pencil transfer may be enough, but if you prefer a brighter effect, use a piece of chalk to go over the design again.

Clean-up TIP: A damp paintbrush, fine tip is best for small areas, is the perfect eraser and if you’re like me, you’ll need one.

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. And as I mentioned above, most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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