Patriotic Sparkle Sunglasses

Looking to add a little sparkle to the holiday? Whether you’re spending on the porch or at the beach, these patriotic sparkle sunglasses will add some flair to any 4th of July outfit.

This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, I’m sharing patriotic crafts you can make in 15 minutes or less… and so are my crafty co-hosts – Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings. And we’ve invited our crafty friends from all over the internet to join in! Check out their fun projects below.

Patriotic Sparkle Sunglasses

To make your own Patriotic Sparkle Sunglasses, you’ll need:

Red sunglasses
Blue Glitter
Gold Glitter
Mod Podge
Paper Plate

supplies for patriotic sunglasses

Mix the Mod Podge and blue glitter together on the plate.

glitter and mod podge

Paint it onto the sunglasses. I used chunky glitter, which is a little more tricky than fine glitter. It gets painted on in big clumps that then get pushed and shifted around with the paintbrush.

spread glitter

Do the same with the gold glitter. I created a flag-like design with a blue “star” field, and red and gold stripes.

add sparkle

Allow to dry. Your fun patriotic sunglasses are complete!

finished patriotic sunglasses

If you enjoyed this fun and fast patriotic craft, you’ll love all these quick patriotic projects!

These fun painted rocks from Jen at 100 Directions are an inexpensive craft that everyone can enjoy!

These Wine Charm Tassels from Danielle at Story Piece are easy to make, useful, and cute to boot! That’s a crafty trifecta!

Duct Tape and Denimn made this Patriotic tassel will add some holiday flair to any bag.

Annmakes shows you how to include your pet in the holiday fun.

This Chalkboard Star Decor from Laura’s Crafty Life adds so much patriotic flair!

I just love this Patriotic sign from Yesterday on Tuesday.

See Lindsay made this Confetti Popper that is sure to brighten your 4th!

Laura shows how to make these patriotic paper flowers over at Me and My Inklings.

And my Craft Lightning co-host, Angie from the Country Chic Cottage pulled out the sewing machine to whip up this 15 minute Bandana Apron – how clever is this!?

Patriotic Star Coasters for 4th of July

I love adding touches of holiday decor that aren’t overwhelming. These star coasters are easy to make, easy to set out and enjoy during the holiday, and easy to tuck away when not in use. You can make your own 4th of July Patriotic Star Coasters with very little work – and the raised star center makes them look very labor-intensive!

I made these Star Coasters as part of Craft Lightning week. All week long, I’m sharing 15 minute or less Patriotic-themed crafts along with my Co-Host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our guest Co-Host, Laura from Me and My Inklings.

Star Coasters

Plaid sent me some of their new Folk Art Coastal paint line. I love the texture that this paint adds – a rustic look without having to pull out the sand paper. I was excited to use it as part of this project.

To make these Star Coasters, you’ll need:

Wooden Star blocks – found in the decorative wood trim section of the Hardware Store
Folk Art Coastal Paint
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Optional – red and white paints

supplies for coasters

Start by painting the wooden block. Set aside to dry.

paint with coastal paint

Fill the center with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Do your best not to let air bubbles in.

fill with dimensional magic

Allow to dry overnight. If, in the morning, your coaster looks like this… don’t worry! The thick layer of Dimensional Magic sunk in the center.

after drying

Just re-fill any holes and allow to dry for another day. You might have to fill a hole or two the following day. But then they turn out awesome!

fill again

If you like, you can add touches of red and white paint to really add to the patriotic theme.

add red and white paint

Allow to dry, and your fancy-looking but oh-so-simple Coasters are complete. And with less than 15 minutes of hands-on crafting time!

finished star coasters

If you enjoyed these patriotic coasters, you’ll love checking out these other fast and fun patriotic crafts:

Emily at My Mom Made that whipped up her own Star Coasters… how fun are these?

Learn how to customize a drink bucket for the 4th over at Everyday Party Magazine.

Jessica at Mad In Crafts made this Patriotic Floral Centerpiece – with waterproof LED lights!

Albion Gould shows you how to make your own rustic Americana Banner.

Over at Sparkle Living, you’ll learn how to whip up this patriotic wreath.

Carla Schauer has a Patriotic Word Search that will keep the kids occupied while you’re waiting for dusk so you can light the fireworks.

Karen Marie at Dragonfly and Lily Pads has some fun tied-ribbon decor.

And be sure to check out Rita Barakat’s Patriotic craft video on her site.

Star and Tassel Earrings – Patriotic or Grad Craft

Looking for some fun patriotic jewelry to wear on the 4th of July? Or unique earrings for your graduate? These Star and Tassel Earrings are the perfect design for both events! I’ve made them using patriotic colors, but you can whip up some star and tassel earrings using the colors of your grad’s soon-to-be alma mater.

This craft is part of Craft Lightning week. During Craft Lightning week, my co-host Angie and I, along with our co-host for the week (this week it is Laura from Me and My Inklings), create crafts that can be whipped up in 15 minutes or less that match the week’s theme. And we invite our crafty friends from around the internet to join in… check out their great ideas below. This week’s theme is Patriotic, and I’m having so much fun creating patriotic crafts that you’ll love to make!

Star and Tassel Earrings

To make these star and tassel earrings, you’ll need:

Mini tassels (check out the full mini tassel tutorial here)
Star Charms
Necklace Chain
Jump Rings
Earring Wires
Jewelry Pliers

earring supplies

Start by making the mini tassels. These earrings don’t take much time at all, so I counted the time it took me to make the tassels into my 15 minute crafting time!

finished mini tassels

Cut the necklace chain into two pieces, each about 2″ long. Attach the earring wires to the top of each. Later I added a star charm here as well, to save time, add the star charm now.

earring hooks

Add a star to the bottom of each chain.

star on bottom

Add the two tassels, using the jump rings you used when making the tassels.

finished earring

Finish up the second earring, and your star and tassel earrings are complete!

finished tassel earrings

If you enjoyed these star and tassel earrings, you’ll be sure to love all these fun and fast Patriotic craft ideas!


How fun is this Patriotic Coloring Book from Liz on Call?

Jamie at CRAFT whipped up these clever patriotic t-shirts.

I love this framed patriotic wreath that Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything created.

Vanessa at tried and true has firecrackers the kids can play with – paper firecrackers.

Cindy from My Creative life created this clever embossed seal.

You’ll want to add Kelly from Here Comes The Sun’s Patriotic Decor to your home!

Kids will love playing with these firecracker straw rockets from My Very Educated Mother.

If you’re a fan of simple, you’ll fall for this gold foiled printable from Practical and Pretty.

Patriotic Star Hoop Art

Hoop Art is simple to make, and a great craft for teens, tweens, and anyone with some spare time for crafting. You don’t need expensive supplies or fancy equipment to make this Patriotic Star Hoop Art, and an experienced stitcher can whip one up in 15 minutes! Even less experienced stitchers will be able to create their own Patriotic Star Hoop Art in a short time – and you don’t need lots of practice to make it look great!

This project is part of Craft Lightning week! This week, my long-time Craft Lightning co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and this week’s guest co-host, Laura from me and my Inklings, are whipping up Patriotic crafts in 15 minutes or less. And we’ve invited our craftiest friends from across the internet to join in! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page to check out all their fast and fun patriotic projects.

Patriotic Hoops

To make these patriotic hoops, you’ll need:

4″ wooden embroidery hoops
Squares of felt
Cotton fabric
Embroidery Floss
Embroidery needle
School Glue or Hot Glue



Hoop the fabric. Trim it down to a manageable size.

hoop fabric

Cut the felt to the size of the hoop.

cut felt

Cut the felt into a star shape. If you want something exact and less rustic, feel free to trace a star-shaped cookie cutter, or use a stencil.

cut star

Split the embroidery floss so that you’re using just 3 strands instead of all 6. Thread the needle. Tie a knot at the end. Start the needle up from the back, right next to the felt. Cross over the felt and stitch in.

first stitch

Bring the needle back up next to the felt, catching the loop. Then take another stitch into the felt.

finish first stitch

Go all the way around the star. I was able to quickly stitch around my star in about 10 minutes. Tie off the thread at the back. Then trim the fabric all the way around the hoop.

trim outer edge

Using school glue or hot glue, glue the inside edge of the hoop.

glue hoop

Secure the fabric to the inside of the hoop. If your fabric doesn’t stick well immediately, use clothespins to secure the fabric.

glue to back

Tie ribbon to the top to hang.

add ribbon

Make hoops in different patriotic colors to hang around for your 4th of July decor!

finished hoops

If you’re looking for more fun Patriotic 4th of July crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less, check out these fast and fun projects:

How awesome is this Patriotic Decor by Jen Gallacher?

Over at Try it Like It you’ll learn how to whip up some simple Patriotic Bracelets.

Jessica at Cutesy Crafts shows us that some of the most fun crafts aren’t difficult or time consuming – like this fun doily table runner!

Michelle at Michelle James Designs shows you how to transform ordinary glassware into fun patriotic drinkware.

These classic frozen treats have been given a transformation over at Happiness is Homemade – she made Bomb Pop Soaps!

This paint stick flag was created by Kreative in Life – I love the touch of the hand print!

Make this 4th extra photo-worthy with this patriotic backdrop from Swordfights and Starry Nights!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more fast and fun patriotic crafts – I’ll be sharing them all week long!!





DIY Mini Tassel – Tiny Graduation Tassel

These mini tassels are simple to make using thread and jewelry making supplies. And you’ll find that making a mini tassel is super addictive as well! These cute, tiny tassels are perfect for making a cap-and-gown for a doll, for use in scrapbooking or card making, or for making jewelry with, as I will be doing next week!

DIY Mini Tassels


To make a mini tassel, you’ll need:

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Crimping Beads
Crimping Tool
Beading Pliers
Small Jump Rings

mini tassel supplies

Wrap thread around your fingers. You’ll need 20 lengths of thread for each tassel. Cut thread.

wrap thread

Put a loop of thread through a crimping bead.

create loop

Insert the bundle of threads through the loop. Center the loop midway on the thread bundle, then pull through the crimping bead.

pull thread through

Use the crimping tool to secure the crimping bead.


Add the jump ring, and remove the white thread.

ready to trim

Trim to length. I used the width of my finger to get a similar length when making multiple tassels.

measure to cut to length

trim mini tassel

Make as many mini tassels as you need for your project… or until you can’t stand the cuteness any more!

finished mini tassels

DIY Sparkle Unicorn Horn

This Unicorn Horn is surprisingly easy to make! I made this Unicorn Horn in about 20 minutes – depending on how big of a perfectionist you are, you should be able to make your own Unicorn Horn in under 30 minutes. Then let it dry overnight, and you’re ready to wear a beautiful and sparkly Unicorn Horn!

When the folks at Plaid (the makers of Mod Podge) asked me to share a fun craft for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Mod Podge, I knew I wanted to share this Unicorn Horn. The sparkly glitter on this Unicorn Horn is made by mixing together Mod Podge and small iridescent glitter flakes until it is almost paste-like. Mixing glitter in Mod Podge is my absolute favorite way to use glitter – it makes almost no mess, and there is very little wasted glitter! Any glitter you get on your hands peels right off when the Mod Podge is dry.

30 Minute Crafts Sparkle Unicorn Horn

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To make this Unicorn Horn, you’ll need:
Large Styrofoam Cone
Styrofoam sculpting tool
Mod Podge (I used Sparkle Mod Podge)
2 Skinny Headbands
Wire Cutter & Pliers
Hot Glue

Watch the video to see how it is done. I have detailed written instructions below if you’d rather follow written instructions.


  1. Use the Styrofoam sculpting tool’s pointy end to carve a swirl into the horn.
  2. Mark notches at the top splitting it into thirds. Carve swirls into each of these thirds.
  3. Use the thick end of the sculpting tool make the swirls deeper.
  4. With your fingers, curve the sides of the swirls to make the horn look very natural.
  5. Carve two notches into the bottom of the horn to match up with the headband.
  6. Cut 4 pieces of wire, each about 5″ long. Bend each into a “U” shape.
  7. With hot glue, secure the headbands in place. Push the pointy ends of the U-wires on either side of the headbands to secure the headbands in place.
  8. Mix Mod Podge and glitter to make a paste consistency.
  9. Paint onto horn to coat.
  10. Set aside to dry overnight.


Cross Stitched Card

Even young children can cross stitch this simple card for Mother’s Day, or any special occasion. Cross stitch is really fairly easy, and even easier on paper. And a competent cross-stitcher can whip out this card in just a few minutes!

DIY Cross Stitched Card

This project is part of Craft Lightning week – All week long I’ve been sharing simple and easy craft projects that can be made in 15 minutes or less – and that are perfect for Mother’s Day! Craft lighting week is co-hosted by Angie at The Country Chic Cottage, and our guest co-host has been Adrianne from Crafty Happy Hour. Each day this week they’ve been sharing a great 15-minute-or-less craft for mom. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve invited our friends to join in! be sure to scroll down to check out their great projects!

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To make this cross stitch card, you’ll need:

Pre-punched card kit from 3 birds
Red Embroidery Floss

supplies for cross stitched card

Cut about an arm’s length of embroidery floss. Split into two sets of three strands. Thread the needle, then start stitching.

stitch card

I like stitching all the stitches in one direction first, then going back around to stitch all the stitches in the opposite direction.

stitch all the way around

Keep going, it won’t take that long to go around the heart one time.

cross stitched card

To finish, you can tie the beginning and end together in a double knot, then cut the threads on the inside of the card.

tie off thread

Your card is ready for you to write a sappy sentiment inside!

finished cross stitched card

Check out these other great Mother’s Day crafts that you can whip up in 15 minutes or less:

Underground Crafter made this Decorated Photo Frame Magnet.

Over at Happy Go Lucky Blog you’ll learn how to whip up this personalized cosmetics bag.

Learn how to make this fabric wrapped vase over at Naptime Creations.

Busy Mom’s Helper made this pretty Mother’s Day Flower Gift.

Don’t you love this foiled watercolor card from It Happens in a Blink?

Katie from a Sweet Berry made this flower bookmark great for the bookish mom!

Pet Scribbles shows you how to paint paper mache boxes, perfect for wrapping mom’s gift!

How fun are these Wood Word Blocks ( ) from Morena’s Corner?

Moms love displaying their children’s art – how cute is this children’s art display (¬† ) from Scrappy Chick Designs!?

And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shares this Lavender Bath Salts Recipe ( )!




Color Shift Earrings

When I saw these laser cut wood pieces at the craft store, I knew they would make the perfect earrings! I love big earrings, and these are made of wood, so even though they are large, they are very light. And with a few coats of color shift paint, they look like they are made of metal, without the weight. And these Color Shift Earrings are easy for kids to make – making them the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

DIY Color Shift Earrings

All week long my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Adrianne from Crafty Happy Hour are celebrating Mother’s Day with fast crafts. Each day we’ll share a new fast and fun craft that can be made in 15 minutes or less. And we’ve invited some of our craftiest friends from around the internet to join in! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to all their projects!

To make these Color Shift Earrings, you’ll need:

Laser Cut Wooden Hearts
Plaid Color Shift Paint
Earring Wires
Jump Rings
Jewelry Pliers

supplies for color shift earrings

Paint the wood pieces with the paint. You’ll want 2-3 coats to really get the effect of the paint.

paint layers

Use the pliers to open a jump ring and attach an earring wire to one heart.

add hooks with jump rings

Repeat with the other heart.

allow earrings to dry

Your color shift earrings are complete!

finished color shift earrings

Check out these other great Mother’s Day ideas!

Mommy Made That shows you how to make this floral sugar scrub that any mom would feel pampered using!

These coloring book page seed packets from Storypiece make great gifts for Mother’s Day!

I have mom friends who love their essential oils, and they’d love this essential oil diffuser necklace from Creative Cyncronicity.

Laura Kelly whipped up these cute hand-painted magnets for mom.

magnets for mom

Jen Goode created these gorgeous watercolor notecards.

watercolor note cards

Here comes the Sun created this beautiful hand-lettered print, and shows you how to make your own.

Adrianne, our guest co-host for this series, made these punny mothers day seed packet cards.

And Angie, my long-standing co-host for Craft Lightning, made these adorable mason jar fairy garden terrariums.

Fairy Garden Terrarium


Flower Jar Tea Lights

There are times when a project turns out even better than I imagined. These flower jar tea lights are a perfect example. I needed just 3 supplies to make them, they come together easily with no fancy skills or techniques, and they look amazing. These flower tea lights are great decor – and would make the perfect decor for a Mother’s Day brunch!

Flower Jar Tea Lights

This project is part of a week-long series of Mother’s Day crafts that my friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, and I have put together. Each day we’re sharing a new Mother’s Day craft that can be whipped up in 15 minutes or less for Craft Lightning Mother’s Day. And we’ve invited some of our crafty friends to join in. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find links to all of their great ideas!

To make these Flower Jar Tea Lights, you’ll need:

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Mason jars or other wide-mouth jars
Battery operated tea lights
Little B Paper Flower kit

supplies for Flower Jar Tea Lights

Watch this video to see how easy these tea lights are to put together:

With the self-adhesive petals, these flower jar tea lights are so simple to put together! I used two different flowers that I thought would look great – but there are lots of other fun options for different flower petals to use!

finished flower jar tea lights

Looking for more fun and fast Mother’s Day craft ideas? Check out these quick Mother’s Day craft ideas!


I love this simple birthstone necklace that Jessica over at Mad in Crafts whipped up.

My Very Educated Mother shows how easy it is to make leather feather earrings for the moms in your life.

Learn how to put together this organizer for mom over at Ann Makes.

Mom will have a smile on her face each time she walks in the door if you make her a faux succulent wreath like this one from Laura’s Crafty Life.

Tinsel and Wheat shows you how to make these bottle cap magnets for mom.

If you give mom a plant for Mother’s Day, consider gifting it in a hand painted confetti pot from Sparkle Living.

Moms on the go will think this paracord wattle bottle holder from Carla Schauer is a thoughtful gift!

Jen Gallacher shows you how to creat these Mother’s Day tussie mussies.

Adrianne, our guest co-host this week puts together bath salts in a floral jar.

And Angie, my long-standing Craft Lightning co-host created some very pretty die-cut watercolor art.

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for even more fast and fun Mother’s Day crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less!



Light up Flower

Looking for a fun alternative to fresh-cut flowers? A light-up flower is a fun way to show someone how much they light up your life! You can make one light up flower, or a bunch of light up flowers to make a bright bouquet!

DIY Light up Flower

I’m sharing this light up flower as part of Craft Lighting week. All week long Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, and I are sharing fast and fun crafts perfect for Mother’s day. And we’ve invited our crafty friends to join in. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out all their project ideas!

This flower makes a great Mother’s Day gift. A tech-loving mom, or the mom of a tech-loving child, would love a light up flower on her breakfast tray on Mother’s Day morning. Or a bouquet of flowers lighting up the dining table for a special dinner. These flowers are easy enough to make that most children can help, and most children over the age of 10 should be able to make them on their own.

To make your light up flower you’ll need:

Flower kit from Technochic (currently available on Kickstarter)
Hot Glue
Floral Wire

technochic kit

Follow the instructions in the kit to make the flower.

Bend about 1/2″ of the floral wire, and tuck into the bottom of the flower, through one of the holes. Hot glue in place as needed.

insert wire

Make more if you like, and put in a vase to present them to your special someone!

Check out these other fun and fast Mother’s Day craft ideas:

Cindy deRosier shows you how easy it is to make this quilled Mother’s Day card.

Give Mom a pretty place to save memories with this photo block from Gingersnap Crafts.

All the heart eyes for these fabric teacup coasters from Albion Gould.

Over at 365 Days of Crafts, you’ll learn how to give a pot a pretty patina, and add a quote.

Every trendy mom will get a kick out of this pineapple planter. Get the details over on Doodlecraft.

I love how this handprint canvas from Dragonfly and Lillypads captures the size of a child’s hand in a beautiful way!

Made to be a Momma shows you how to create this pretty watercolor bookmark.

The guest co-host for this series, Adrianne from Crafty Happy Hour, shows you how to make this colorful necklace.

And my series co-host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how easy it is to make an herb garden in a rustic wheel.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for even more fast and fun Mother’s Day craft ideas!