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DIY: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt Art

DIY Fourth of July Fireworks T-Shirt Art | Bringing Design Home

Nothing celebrates a holiday better than dressing up your kids and cousins in matchy matchy outfits and taking blackmale photos for future birthdays, graduations, and weddings. :)

Or maybe that’s just our family!?

It’s true, we’ve started a tradition monster and it cannot be stopped! My sister-in-law is typically the brains behind these types of operations, but she always finds the cutest ideas online that spark all kinds of crafty creations. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the straw and pipe cleaner firework stamps via Pinterest, but we just decide to take that idea a step further and make them into t-shirts… with glow in the dark paint of course!

I’m not gonna lie, it was messy, and a bit crazy trying to “organize” three menions to stamp things that actually looked somewhat like fireworks, but they had a blast! And we had a blast creating memories with them as a family.

Forever.

That we have saved and backed up on several digital files until the day we die! :)

SUPPLIES:

  • Plain T-shirts
  • Straws (cut 6 slits in one straw at equal lengths to make your firework paint brushes)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Plates (for paint pallets)
  • Small Sheets of Cardboard or Card Stock (place inside t-shirt before painting to prevent the paint from bleeding on the back side of the shirt)
  • Roll of Construction Paper (to protect whatever counter top you are doing the craft on)

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Make it Outside: As much fun as this craft is, it can be messy! We just stripped the kids in their diapers and panties and let them go to town outside on the patio. This way we were not worried about them getting paint on inside furniture or their clothes. Although, getting the paint off during bath time was a bit harder than we thought! Might want to make sure they don’t get too crazy and smear it all over themselves. :)
  • Create Different Sizes of Firework Stamps: Your fireworks will be bigger depending on how far down you cut the slits in the straws. Mix it up by cutting some of the straws only an inch deep, and others two or three inches deep. This will add more variety and scale in the prints.
  • Mix-Up The Colors: Instead of buying just one large bottle of red, blue, and black paint I purchased several smaller bottles of red, glittery red, black, gray, dark blue, light glittery blue, and even glow in the dark paint! This was just an extra fun touch that made each shirt a bit unique!
  • Let the Kids Do It! I know this is hard because the designer/perfectionist will come out, but show them a few samples on their shirt, and then let them do a few on their own. They may not be exactly where you would have placed the stamps, but that is the point! For them to learn and experience being crafty. You can always come in behind them and clean up their firecrackers by adding outlines in glow in the dark paint like we did. This really added an extra depth to their shirt designs, especially for the areas that started to look like blobs of paint. Oh, and don’t freak out if they mix-up the paint cause it’s going to happen! You’re welcome.

I realize this post is a bit late since the Fourth of July was a few days ago, but give me a break I’m 39 weeks pregnant ok!? I still managed to buy all the supplies and actually make the shirts. This close to my due date, I’ll take it! :)

Here’s to fireworks, matchy matchy outfits, family, food, and a celebration that reminds us how precious it is to have all those things in our lives.

Best of luck on all your holiday crafts and don’t forget to pin this project away for next year! ;)

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Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit Bar (Recipe Included!)

Strawberry Shortcake with Homade Biscuits | Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss | Bringing Design Home

It always feels good when all your planning and scheming comes out just right! And that exactly how I feel about the lovely Strawberry Shortcake Bar we had at our Spring Music Yard Party.

Complete with homemade biscuits and berries, it was simple, but just the right amount of sweet for a cool spring evening. The biscuits are really easy to make and I even pulled James into some of the rolling which was a bit messy lot of fun! Plus, they even freeze great so if you happen to make extra (like I did!) you can save em for that random weeknight Strawberry Shortcake craving, or even better heat em up in the toaster for a delicious breakfast egg sandwich (take that McDonalds!)!

Quick & Easy Biscuits
Makes: 10+ biscuits

3 cups of all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup of shortening
1 cup of whole milk

 

STEP 1: In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening until it starts to appear crumbly. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the milk. Using a fork, stir until the mixture begins to form a rough ball, while still remaining wet.

STEP 2: Place dough on a floured surface. Kneed it 4 to 6 strokes or until it begins to make a ball. Gently roll the dough until 3/4 in thick. Plan on cutting as many biscuits as you can the first round because the second rolling will create a thicker batch. Using a biscuit cutter, shape each biscuit.

STEP 3: On an ungreased cookie sheet place biscuits 1 in apart. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden. 

 Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book 

Sweet Strawberry Mixture
Makes: 4 Cups

2 pints of strawberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of firmly packed light brown sugar

 

STEP 1: Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and slice into bite size pieces.

STEP 2: Combine strawberries and sugars into a medium bowl.

STEP 3: Cover and keep refrigerated for 1 to 4 hours before serving.

You might be intimidated at the idea of making biscuits from scratch, but I promise once you do it you’ll be wishing you had started a long time ago!

Any other homemade biscuit tips and tricks out there?! Even if it’s what NOT to do!? :)  

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Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss

Spring Music Yard Party with Francis Moss | Bringing Design Home

We love hosting get-togethers at our place so when our friend David Lord asked if he could play a house show we were beyond thrilled! Sometimes a whole year can go by and you realize all you’ve done is host parties for everyone else (Birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.). David’s invite was the perfect opportunity for us to host a “just because” gathering of our closest friends and family for an intimate night of build your own strawberry shortcakes and barefoot acoustic tunes.

Taste the tunes by pushing play and listening to the same music we heard live!

It was a perfect spring evening with the kitchen table chairs sprawled on the lawn and the kids dancing to the melodic melodies from David Lord’s recent Francis Moss Album. Our porch became the stage and life’s worries were laid aside as we got lost underneath spring’s blanket of stars.

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Happy spring gatherings to you all! From The Farm
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DIY: Mail a Hug Valentine Using Your Kids’ Handprints

Send a Hug Homemade Valentine Design Using Your Kids' Handprints | Bringing Design Home

As James Daivd is getting older I’m really enjoying coming up with creative crafts he can be a part of. Since Cale and I’s design work is mostly on the computer it’s always fun making stuff from scratch using tape, crayons, and old school construction paper!

About half of our close family and friends live in other states so it’s important to us to keep in contact–even in small ways. Coming up with little notes showing them how much we love and miss them is one of our favorite things to do! Last year we designed a Valentine using James’ handprint and it was a huge hit. This year we wanted to continue that tradition, but with a new card design.

SUPPLIES:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors/Paper Cutter (Preferably NOT your fabric scissors!) :/
  • Tape
  • Crayons
  • White Washable Kid-Friendly Paint
  • Paper Plate (An easy throw-away prop to load the kids’ hands with paint)
  • Kid Size Smock (Something to cover the wee ones up just in case things get crazy!)
  • #10 Envelopes
  • Stamps

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Take It One Hand At A Time: Before I assembled the actual cards I cut and organized the strips of paper into 10 left hand & 10 right hand stacks for a total of 20 4×6 strips. Like an assembly line we went through one stack of papers at a time so that only one hand had paint on it at all times.
  • Don’t Be A Clean Freak: Even with the smock on things are gonna get messy! Take a breath and let your kids enjoy the craft! As long as it’s washable paint it will be easy to wipe off surfaces and get out of clothes. ;)
  • Leave Room For Errors: Cut extra strips of each color for both the left and right handprints. We needed 6 total cards so I cut enough for 10 (20 4×6 colored strips) and was able to pick the best prints out of the batch to make the final cards.
  • Make It Yours: Decorative Washi Tape and even mini confetti hearts are just a few additional ideas that can add even more Valentines Day Flare!

My favorite part about this craft is that it’s messy! At first I was a little hesitant, but watching James get at it with the paint and teaching him to work with us to “squish” each print was a blast. This craft was super easy and something we did as a family on a weeknight between supper and bath time. It’s just a little reminder that you don’t need hours to create and send a little snail mail hug for Valentines Day or “just because”! ;)

What’s Your Favorite Handmade Valentine Design?

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Ready, Set, SPRING!

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Spring is in the air! Can you feel it?

We felt it this past week when we had some friends and their three kids come stay with us. It was a week full of adventure and outdoor fun. A sorta mini spring break in our 1,000 square foot farm house. It was a bit crazy, but I think the best memories are made when you simply enjoy living life together. Especially when you are a kid, vacations don’t have to be fancy! Sometimes just changing up your day-to-day routine can feel like a little getaway.

What are some of your favorite childhood spring break memories?

Happy Spring Break everyone! Now, get outside! ;)

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