What captures the true spirit of the Fourth of July in Texas? Stars and stripes – and longhorns, of course! While you may not have easy access to livestock, you’ll have no trouble recreating this patriotic display on your own front lawn.

PATRIOTIC LAWN STARS

Add fun, cheap and environmentally-safe stars to your next Fourth of July lawn party.

McKinney Online - How To for July 2015
McKinney Online - How To for July 2015

SUPPLIES:

  • Old cardboard box or poster board
  • Box cutter/X-acto knife
  • Spray water bottle, filled
  • Flour
  • Sifter

STEPS:

  1. Draw a star on cardboard and cut out star with the box cutter.
  2. Place the star-stenciled cardboard on grass and moisten with the spray water bottle. (This helps the flour adhere to the grass.)
  3. Sift heavy amount of flour into star stencil.
  4. Once star is completely covered with flour, carefully pick up stencil and shake off extra flour.
  5. Discard the flour away from your party area.

It's that simple, and it won’t pose a hazard to even the most curious pets.

TIP: Use different stencils for various party themes – graduation parties, birthday parties, western-themed parties (create cowboy hats and boots).

 

 

TIN CAN WIND CHIMES

Even the small children can help with this Independence Day project!

McKinney Online - How To for July 2015
McKinney Online - How To for July 2015

SUPPLIES:

  • Large tin cans (I used jumbo juice cans)
  • Blue spray paint
  • Red, white and blue ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Star stickers (craft section of Walmart)
  • Hammer and screwdriver

STEPS:

  1. Peel paper off can
  2. Using soapy water and a rag, clean out can
  3. Spray paint can with blue, red or white spray paint
  4. Once can is completely dry, peel and stick stars to the can
  5. Cut ribbon approximately 15 inches long and hot-glue around the opening of the can
  6. Using a hammer and screwdriver make two holes on top of the can
  7. String the twine through the holes and hang your patriotic wind chime in a place of honor

A special thank you to the Reiserer family for the use of their gorgeous property and allowing us to photograph their longhorns ... Gilbert & Marley.

 

About the author: Carolyn Kubes is a local freelance writer and offers many unique decorating ideas on her Facebook page. She can be contacted at carolynkubes@yahoo.com or followed on Facebook.