Thursday, June 28, 2012

SwellChel Does the Fourth of July: Past Projects

Not only do I love to celebrate the Fourth of July but we always party even MORE since it is my husband's birthday the 3rd, and our son's birthday the 2nd!  Last year, (and probably every subsequent year), we did a red-white-and-blue themed party!  

This was my first attempt at cake balls last year!
I saw it on Pinterest which linked to Love From the Oven here.
I thought it turned out fun (not perfect I know), and really yummy!

 For dessert I made our most FAVORITE and SCRUMPTIOUS treat:
Choclate Peanut Butter Cup Layered Krispie Treats by Picky Palate 
(find it here)
(I can't remember where I got the printable flags from ... if I figure it out I will link up to it!)

 For all of the little kids we passed out Ring Pops and made a sign that said:
"Let Freedom Ring!"  (inspired by this blog post)

 Each family was able to take home their own "poppers!"
I love these printables from eighteen25 ... you can also print out bag-toppers! 
Check it out here.

Guess what?!?!? This post was featured on Lil' Luna! I'm so honored! You can check it out here!


I'm also linked up to:

Positively Splendid

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SwellChel Does the Fourth of July: Easy Patriotic Wreath

Now that the busy end-of-the-school-year is over and summer is in full swing in here I am finally blogging again.  I've been doing projects, making crafts, baking (thanks to Pinterest), but I just haven't blogged any of it, yet!   :)

I always look forward to celebrating the birth of our Nation and it's a doubly-exciting holiday around here since my husband and my youngest child's birthdays are right next to the Fourth of July!  Inevitably that means their birthday parties are always decorated in red, white, and blue!

I've been wanting to try my hand at making wreaths for a while, and I thought the Fourth of July would be a perfect excuse to do so!  I saw a pin on Pinterest that linked to "Katie {did} it" and her adorable yarn wreath with white buttons here.  It looks like she is even selling her wreaths on Etsy ... too cute!

Her project inspired me to make a similar wreath but with ribbon.  (I thought it would be easier than yarn for my first try!)  I had two craft foam wreaths on hand, and just picked up some ribbon and buttons from the craft store.  Since I have a double-front-door I needed to make two wreaths and this was SO easy it literally took less than 30 minutes TOTAL!  I just glued the start of the ribbon onto the back of the wreath with a glue gun, then wrapped and wrapped around.  I then glue-gunned the buttons on ... that was it!

Here's a view of my front door.  I liked that the project was easy to duplicate so that the two wreaths would look as similar as possible!