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Nest to Impress: The Very Best of 4th of July DIY

The 4th, Right. What Day is That On Again?
Are your 4th of July plans set yet? Invites sent, menu planned, decorations prepped?

Or maybe you're more like me this year when asked what we're doing. "Uuuuhh... the 4th...riiiiiight. What day is that on again?"

(It's WEDNESDAY, just checked)

Lucky for me, there's one more solid weekend before America's Bday arrives. And this round up will hopefully be the inspiration I need to get my head in gear and pull something together!

Nest To Impress
I'm starting something new here at Clever Nest! The plan: each holiday I'll bring you a showcase of some beautiful DIY projects, party ideas, and recipes that rock my socks. If you have a project you'd like to share, link up to it in a comment (sorry not quite up on inlinks yet!). 

Yikes, Stripes!
I have a frustration with holiday decor. There's a lot of beautiful stuff out there, but it's tough finding things that feel "me". Know what I'm talking about? Do I go with something traditional or try to make my holiday celebrations fit the vibe of my home? Still pondering that, here's what I do know:

I'm drawn to three things in holiday decor: classy, understated, and (you guessed it) inexpensive. 

Ok, enough dilly dallying. Time for the eye candy!

**First Ever**
I've scoured this here internet for the very best (in meh humble opinon) that Pinterest, Craft Gawker, Martha, and the wide world at large has to offer. Here's what I found!

Here's a definite example of understated class, this sweet and simple paper star garland from Anna Lea Hart. Way to make a statement with simplicity!
No glue necessary, Anna Lea even got her son to sew up a few stars, easy peasy.

For a backyard party, or front porch vignette, swap in some festive red, white, and blue flora into coordinating pots like Better Homes & Gardens! Ahh, Geraniums, I love them. :)
Everybody loves a fruit salad, great for a picnic, BBQ, or family get together. Rachel from Family Ever After made this Red, White, & Blue Fruit Salad that is good on the eyes and good in the tummy. She even shares her secret ingredient that keeps fruit from turning brown.

Here's something fun that the kiddos can do. Check out this Hand print Flag Project by Amanda at Fun Hand print Art. Wouldn't it be so cute to have kids make their own tshirt using their own hand print? A great home school art project too.

This next one is right up my alley. A subtle nod to the stripes, bunting with navy ties by Better Homes & Gardens. Cute for a porch, stairs, or walkway.

A fabulous pop art American Flag collage using magazine cut outs! Would you believe her kids made this?? (with a touch of mom's help of course:)  I'd say Jodi at Meaningful Mama knocked it out of the park with this one.

Here's a creative God Bless America printable by Landee See Landee Do (love her blog name!:). Perfect for dressing up a mantle, tablescape, or on the buffet line. She offers both a 5x7 and 8x10 downloadable size.

Oh how I love this distressed monochromatic flag on canvas by Angela at Number Fifty-Three! I found something similar (but way smaller) going for $50, but this is way better! This'd be easy to do over a canvas I'm no longer in love with, and for free.

There's a good thing going on with this old world-esque burlap flag bunting by Kim at The Money Pit. She shows a technique for diluting the paint for a more subtle, vintage look. Well done, Kim!

Adding major backyard charm are these easy, kiddo-can-do backyard streamers by Tonya Stabb. Can you guess what she made them from? Here's a hint- don't forget to buy an extra one for the table!

Design your own patriotic sign with these printable Stars and Stripes letters (plus a whole lot more vintage prints!) from Penny Raile via Flickr.
Remember these from when we were kids? Sooo yummy. This red, white, and blue layered jello dessert from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen makes my mouth water. It's fit for kids and adults with fresh fruit layers and generous amounts of cool whip. It's all about the Cool Whip, yo. Thank you, Laura for this recipe! I am making this for sure.

If I ever needed a hand (and a foot) it'd be to make this hand and foot print flag from Victoria on Simply Cy-Fair. Isn't she handy?... : / You could tape this inside an existing frame or buy a new one to fill a large wall with homemade art. 
More options: stamp up the blue section with hand prints and use white fingertip dots as stars, or paint the blue section solid with a brush and use white hand prints as stars. 

I suppose I am a sucker for bunting, or burlap, maybe both. But this 1776 handmade banner definitely deserves a spot in the Very Best! Rachel's Etsy shop, winkandasmilepc showcases several beautiful patriotic banners, at a cost I would have no problem paying.

A powerful printable quote that hits close to my heart from This-n-That: a Little Crafting. I'm always thankful for those that serve, especially my little brother Brian, and not afraid to show it! (more on that here. Proud big sis pictures included :)

This festive throw pillow action adds just the right touch, especially when it's done this awesomely. Desiree at The 36th Avenue brings us this classy flag throw pillow, her first ever tie dye experience, and it rocks!

If you'd like to share a 4th of July or generally patriotic project, please link to it in a comment, I'd love to see more!

Have a fabulous 4th, everybody.
<3 Alyssa
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