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By Brit Morin

The Fourth of July is days away, so call up your friends and put together an outdoor party with these easy DIY tips from Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co.

Patriotic string lights

DIY string lights for 4th of JulyTODAY

Supplies:

  • Yarn in red, white and blue
  • Sealer
  • Balloons

These patriotic lights definitely set the mood for an outdoor BBQ. Your guests will never believe that they are made from three materials: balloons, sealer and yarn. If you don't have time to get red, white and blue yarn for your party, just hit them with a can of spray paint. It will transform them just fine!

When blowing up your balloons, keep them pretty small so they are proportional to your lights. Cut about six feet of yarn and dunk it into the sealer. Make sure your squeeze the excess sealer off of the yarn — you do not want it dripping wet. Knot it at the top of the balloon and then wrap around in different directions until you get a nest around the balloon. Wait for it to dry overnight and then pop and remove the balloon. The shape might get distorted when you remove the balloon, but don't worry you can work it back into its original shape.

Firework table runner and place mats

DIY baby footprint table runner for 4th of JulyTODAY
  • Paper roll
  • Paint in red, blue
  • Sponge brush
  • Forks

What we love about this project is how the little kiddos can get involved. Grab a roll of white craft paper and have them help you create fireworks with forks and if they are too small to help with that then create fireworks with their foot print!

Use a sponge brush to cover half of your babies foot in red and the other half in blue paint. Have them stamp their little feet around the paper table runner. To create fireworks around the feet prints, use the back of a fork and dip it into red and blue paint. Get creative with it! Try dipping the back half of the fork into blue and the front half into red to get a dramatic firework burst.

My favorite part is the clean up. Paper and washable paint make it easy for cleaning up after the party and cleaning off your little one's feet.

Popsicles

DIY popsicles for 4th of JulyTODAY

To make the base of the ice pop, you are going to mix 3 cups of water with 1 1/4 cup of sugar. Bring it to a boil and then remove from heat and allow it to cool.

For the watermelon portion you are going to use 3/4 cup of the sugar water solution and mix with a cup of blended watermelon. Add a dash of red food coloring to turn the pink watermelon into a firework red. Fill your mold up 3/4th of the way and set in freezer for about an hour and a half. It is really important to wait so the liquid freezes and you can get those red, white, and blue stripes.

For the coconut layer, mix one cup of sugar water with one cup coconut milk. If you want to boost that coconut flavor add in 1/4th teaspoon of coconut extract. At this time you are going to want to add the popsicle sticks into the container and then stick in the freezer for an hour and a half.

The final blue raspberry layer takes two cups of sugar water, two teaspoons of raspberry extract and five drops of blue food coloring.

What we love most about homemade popsicles is that you are in charge of how much sugar you are adding into them. Remember to taste test before pouring - it will still be as sweet once it's frozen.