Day 2- Festive Gluten Free 4th

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's post by my friend Calie, over at Broccoli Cupcake.  Today I am going to show you a cute and fun craft you can do with your kids for the 4th of July.  I saw this idea last year on the Better Home and Gardens website and really wanted to do it, but just didn't get around to it.  This year, I decided it was time to try it.                        (photo courtesy of BHG)

The project is pretty easy and inexpensive.  It was under $10 to make.  I went to Joann's and picked up four packets of flag toothpicks at $1.19 each (they were on sale) as well as a 12 in styrofoam wreath.  You don't want to get the wreath too big.  I bought a 16 in wreath first and realized there was no way I would have enough toothpicks to cover the entire things, so I went back and bought a 12 in.  You can also find the wreaths at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  I bought the rest of the toothpicks that they had at my local Joann's, but I know Party City carries them as well.

Here's what I started with:
The green wreath was 16in so when I exchanged it for the 12 in, it was white.  (Forgot to take the before pic.  Sorry.)  I decided it was best that I spray paint it a Navy blue so that it would look better if I had some blank spaces that I couldn't fill in with the flags.  Highly recommend this step.  If you don't have spray paint on hand, craft paint would do the trick too.
Then it was on to the painstaking task of putting the little toothpicks into the styrofoam.  It actually was kind of fun.  The girls helped me at the beginning.  Then they quickly got bored and decided they'd had enough.  Here's a tip.  You want to put the flags in on an angle and not straight up and down.  I figured it out after about 100 toothpicks in that it didn't look right.  All I saw was the top of the toothpicks.

The final product.  What do you think?  I really like the way it turned out and it was alot of fun to involve the girls.  I may even leave it up all summer long.

Don't forget to check out Broccoli Cupcake tomorrow.  Calie will be showing you healthy and gluten free side dishes for your 4th of July BBQ.


We Are the Lucky Ones said...

how neat!! How many flags did you use?

Krista Lord said...

Sorry about that. I used 4 packs of 100 in each pack so about 400. Some broke while trying to get them in so you will lose a few. If you end up trying it please post a pic on your blog so I can see it. Have fun.

Calie @Broccoli Cupcake said...

Love it! I'm going to make one when we get home. It looks like something we could use year after year.

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