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.

Glamping with marshmallow roasting sticks

Glamping is the only way I am going to hang in the woods or an open field.  Tents and sleeping bags are really not my jam.  Campfire food does not sound appealing unless we are talking about roasted and toasted marshmallow and especially s’mores. Roasting marshmallows must be done in style with marshmallow roasting sticks.  Hotels and warm showers are more my style but I can learn to make an exception when I get to use these roasting sticks.  The Glamping marshmallow roasting sticks were inspired by a kid version I made.  Thank you to all my blog friends who gave me such great feedback after I posted my version of handmade camp roasting sticks made for kids.  Now how about I share instructions for a grown up more glamorous version of these perfect for those glamping trips!

According to the Urban Dictonary, “Glamping” is shorthand for luxury or glamorous camping. Easy to make, these roasting sticks will be the perfect addition to your arsenal of glamping accessories. Here’s how to do it. 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.

Supplies for glamping marshmallow roasting sticks:

I might be showing my age but every time I think of wire hangers I am reminded of  the scene in Mommie Dearest.  She really did detest them.  😉

Instructions for glamping marshmallow roasting sticks:

First, cut the dowels to approximately 10-12″ using a hand saw and cutting surface.

After sanding and wiping with a tack cloth and base coat the dowels black or white.Once the dowels are dry to the touch, randomly rub them with a wax candle to create random areas that when sanded, will act as a resist to create a distressed finish. Paint the top coat using Halo Violet, Metallic Silver or Magenta.

Top coatAllow the dowels to dry to the touch and sand thoroughly to reveal a distressed finish.

Distressed dowelsNow the real fun begins! Use a paper trimmer to cut vintage book pages to 3″x 6 1/2.” Coat the dowel and wrong sides of paper with Mod Podge and a foam brush to decoupage papers to dowels.

Allow the decoupage medium to dry and go to town embellishing your glamp roasting stick to your hearts content.

Here are a few tips:

– Use a multipurpose glue to adhere hard embellishments such as resin flowers and rhinestone jewelry chain

– Wrap bits of soft trims while drying with a rubber band to hold in place until glue has set.

– Use jewelry wire to attach larger pieces such as old brooches or earrings.

– Leave 4-5″ at the top of the dowel so you have a place to hold it without disturbing all the bling.

After your glamping roasting stick is embellished and fit for a princess, drill a small hole (1/4″) at the bottom of the stick.

Gather your recycled clothes hangers and straigthen them out into one long straight piece of wire with pliers. Use wire nips to remove any excess wire. Place liquid fusion on one end of the wire and insert it into the drilled hole.

glamping with marshmallow roasting sticks

You now have a pretty glamping roasting stick that will do your weenie and marshmallows proud!
Live Life Creatively,

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