Fast patriotic home decor

Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year.  Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece.  I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of  July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens. americana inspired patriotic home decor using beans that can easily be recycled.

This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company.  They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.

To make the american flag out of beans you will need:

  • a bag of red pinto beans
  • white navy beans
  • black beans 9 they sort of look blue
  • 3/4 cup measuring cup
  • jute cording

Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:

  1. Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
  2. Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
  3. Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.

When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans.  It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.

I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.

Mod Podge serving tray

Mod Podge Serving Tray DIY in bold colors using wrapping paper, Mod Podge and paint.  May 19th is National Mod Podge Day and the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m pretty sure everyone has used it at some point in a childhood art project.  I fondly remember the giant jug always out on the counter in art class.  One of my favorite ways to use Mod Podge is the traditional way – to decopage paper to wood. In honor of this creative occasion I have partnered with Plaid, the makers of Mod Podge to bring you this bold bright Mod Podge serving tray and a giveaway. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter my giveaway.

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.To celebrate Plaid is giving away prize packages on their social media channels, live streams, and projects and I am giving away a $50 prize package. (scroll to bottom)  In Celebration of National Mod Podge day I made a bold bright serving tray that is perfect for breakfast in bed or as a gift all by itself. I used two of my favorite products to create the tray.  Basic Mod Podge  to adhere the wrapping paper and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish that is easy to wipe off.


On National Mod Podge Day they will be giving away a BIG Mod Podge Prize pack! The prize is valued around $250 in Mod Podge and Plaid products. Just post your Mod Podge craft on Facebook (at this post) or on Instagram with hash tag #nationalmodpodgeday to enter to win! A winner will be chosen during the Plaid livestream at 2 PM on May 19th.

Supplies for the Mod Podge Serving tray:

To make the Mod Podge Serving tray:

  1. Sand any rough spots and remove dust with tack cloth.
  2. Paint the wood tray in your favorite color combinations.  I used a pearl on the inside and matte on the sides.  Sand if needed and apply a second coat of paint if you need more coverage.
  3. Trim the gift wrap to fit in the center of the tray. You can try to get it exact or use the craft knife to remove the excess once it is adhered to the bottom.
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge evenly along the bottom and place the gift wrap on top.  Gently smooth out any bubbles.  Allow to dry before adding the next layer.
  5. Pour contents of two bottles of Dimensional Magic to center of the tray covering the entire surface.  Allow to dry thoroughly .

I covered mine with a loose piece of foil to keep out dust. Once it is dry and cured until firm you can use it and I let mine sit for 24 hours to give it plenty of time to cure.

mod podge serving tray

The contents of the $50 prize package:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

mod lodge serving tray

fast painted planters for mother’s day

Fast painted planters for Mother’s day filled with succulents make a quick, easy and colorful gift for mom.  They also make nice end of the year teacher gifts.  Succulents are a nice filler plant because they are easy to maintain and are really trendy right now too.  And any gift you give should be easy to take care of and not require a lot of effort.  My husband gave me an orchid one year because he knows I love to go to the conservatory and photograph them.  Little did he know about how much love and attention they need.  Seriously they are a beautiful plant but ever so high maintenance.  I tried the once a week ice cube method and managed to keep it alive for a few months.  Then it died a slow painful death with over and under watering.   He felt bad for it and for the purchase.

This year I needed a bunch of teacher gifts and a Mother’s day gift.  So I thought I would make a batch of planters to give.  I like doing a bunch of similar things at once because it makes me feel really productive.  The planters were from a left over project I did for Oriental Trading Company and the paint was in a sample I received from a trade show I attended.  The only thing I had to purchase was  the dirt and the plants.  I picked them up from Home Depot but you can find them at many stores. The succulents  were in a 4 pack for $4 and I thought that was a great price.

painted planters for a quick DIY gift idea

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Supplies for fast painted planters:

  1. flower pots 
  2. Color Shift Paint
  3. Paint brush
  4. Gold paint
  5. Succulents (you can find them at a local store but just in case)
  6. Succulent Soil

Directions for fast painted planters.

  1. Base coat the planters and allow to dry.  You should not need to sand in-between coats.  Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get  solid coverage. 
  2. Add gold paint to the base of the flower-pot and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats.  Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get  solid coverage.
  3. Fill the planter with soil and add a plant into the pot.  Sprint with water and add a few rocks from outside to the planter if you want.  

Give the planter to the lucky gift recipient.  If they are not plant people explain how to take care of a succulent.  If you are looking for other easy gift ideas try these DIY Spa Gift Set, Dry Brushed Flower Pot DIY,  DIY Moroccan Bangles

painted planters