Inspired by turn-of-the-century celebrations, these seven joyful tributes to red, white, and blue harken to a time when impromptu hats were folded from leftover newspapers, and marching bands, firecrackers, and lawn games marked the day.
happy fourth of july sign1. Rosette Banner
Make this banner in five easy steps. You can adapt the rosettes to any size of your choosing.
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4th of july craft hats2. Festive Paper Hat Place Cards
Fold these charming paper-hat place cards, then add colorful bands, rosettes, and toppers. Make a sparkling hat topper by coiling a metallic pipe cleaner around a pencil, then carefully inserting the pipe cleaner into the top of the hat. Print or hand-stamp a name banner and trim with pinking shears. Fold hats using newspaper or red, white, and blue crepe paper. Look for striped and dotted paper, too.
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napkin holder3. Napkin Holder
Newspaper's faded tones lend these projects vintage appeal. We used the same folding technique as the hat place cards, then
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Inspired by turn-of-the-century celebrations, these seven joyful tributes to red, white, and blue harken to a time when impromptu hats were folded from leftover newspapers, and marching bands, firecrackers, and lawn games marked the day.Read More »from 7 Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Crafts
Take the guesswork out of summertime grilling and serve up the tastiest, juiciest dishes every time. Plus: Our best summer grilling recipes and tips!Read More »from 10 Grilling Tips for Your Best Cookout Ever!
1. Flavor It
When it comes to backyard grilling, there are several ways to add extra flavor to your food. The quickest way is with glazes, which are syrupy coatings often made with honey, maple syrup, or molasses that are brushed on during the last few minutes of grilling. Similarly, wet and dry rubs require little preparation time. Apply these blends of herbs and spices (wet rubs incorporate moist ingredients, such as oil, mustard, and yogurt) up to a few hours before cooking to create a savory crust. To more deeply infuse foods with flavor - and tenderize them, too - immerse them in marinades that are made with acidic liquids, such as lemon juice, vinegar, and wine.
Plus: Taste test! The best BBQ sauces in the country »
The floral designers at Manhattan's Flower School New York reveal their top 10 floral arranging tricks. (You won't believe what they do with tulips!)Read More »from How to Arrange Flowers like a Pro
1. Use Branches
Why bother with floral foam or marbles when the best arranging tool is right in your backyard? "You can use tree branches to form a backbone that will support more delicate stems," says florist Felipe Sastre. Here, Sastre crisscrossed six pear boughs and weaved in hydrangea and lisianthus, as well as lady's mantle. If your branches are alive and leafy like these, scrape the bottoms, then split them up the center a couple of inches to aid water absorption.
2. Transform Tulips
To make these common bulbs more exotic, just put your thumb under each petal and fold it back with your forefinger. "Afterward, they almost resemble camellias," says Sastre.
3. Arrange from Every Angle
"It's so much easier to arrange a bouquet on a lazy Susan," says florist Meredith Perez, "because you can turn the vase and see your display from
No matter what kind of father you have-a dapper dad or a preppy pop; a baseball lover or a wanna-be bartender-get him a Father's Day gift he'll actually like.
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1. For the Dapper Dad
Dad will "talk the talk and walk the walk" with freshly buffed shoes, thanks to Izola's cleverly packaged Shoe Brush, made of lotus wood and boars' hair bristles. ($25, izola.com)
2. For the Prep
This Swiss-made quartz Royal Sussex Regiment Watch and Watchstrap easily transition between his fancy and causal duds. Gift him one strap, and he can choose from 60 different styles when he needs something new. ($210 for watch, $29 for watchstrap, smartturnout.com)
3. For the Outdoorsman
Whether he's out on a hike or at a ball game, Dad'll appreciate a handy-and eco-friendly Ello Pure Glass Water Bottle. The non-toxic and BPA-free vessels come in Read More »from 9 Great Father's Day Gift Ideas
Country Living's resident vet, Dr. Robert Sharp, answers important health and behavior questions about your favorite dogs. (Have your own questions? Drop Dr. Sharp a line at email@example.com)
Q: I just took in an abandoned cocker spaniel, and I'm concerned she may have heartworms. What should I be looking for?
A: Unfortunately, by the time a dog exhibits noticeable signs - a swollen abdomen, chronic cough, and lack of energy - he or she may have had heartworms for years, and the disease is probably advanced. So don't wait: The simplest way to catch the problem early involves a basic blood test your veterinarian can perform.
Q: My goldendoodle puppy, Ranger, seems confused by the concept of fetching. How can I get him to play?
A: Most dogs love to chase stuff: squirrels, the neighbor's cat, and, of course, balls, sticks, and Frisbees. So, the first part of any game of fetch - bounding after a givenRead More »from Your Top Dog Questions, Answered!
This long weekend, use these 7 timeless tips for creating a beautiful country garden on a budget.Read More »from 7 Tips to Plant a Beautiful Garden — for Less!
1. "Cheap" is not a bargain.
Save up for important things - tools, fences, furnishings, containers, paving - and buy or build long-lasting items. Investing in quality can help you avoid the labor of having to replace items all too soon. If you're the handy type, you can save bundles by crafting and installing elements yourself.
You might also like: The $150 garden makeover »
2. Buy smaller plants
Nursey-grown plants can be pricey, and there are good reasons why: A gallon- or quart-size perennial usually represents at least two years' work by the nursery staff. Forgoing the gallons, concentrate on economical three-inch and 2 1/4-inch containers. But note, some plants aren't available in these smaller sizes because of their extensive root systems.
3. Shop end-of-season sales.
Take advantage of the green industry's equivalent of the department-store bargain basement: Your nursery would
We asked bloggers nationwide to share can't-miss, off-the-beaten-path summer destinations in their home states. Here's a sneak peek of the ultimate list of site to see, places to shop, and plans to make before September; then head over to CountryLiving.com for the other 33 states! »
"My absolute favorite spot in Montgomery is Rescued Relics," says Ashley Mills, the lifestyle blogger behind The Handmade Home. "I try to go at least once a week." This not-for-profit warehouse sells architectural salvage from the town's historic buildings and homes, and keeps an ever-changing inventory of pre-1960s hardware, sinks, doors, light fixtures, mantels, window sashes, flooring, and balustrades.
423 Madison Ave., Montgomery, AL; (334) 240-4512
Plus: See more fun things to do from the Southeast »
Picture the very best garage-sale gems all in one place. That's Qcumberz in Phoenix. "Inside, it's an insane, cluttered mess," says Adrianne Lentine, a fearless DIYer at Dream Book Read More »from 50 Things to Do This Summer in 50 States
Nursery owner Flora Grubb shares the 10 most common mistakes made while shopping at the garden nursery and how to avoid them.Read More »from The Top 10 Most Common Gardening Mistakes
1. MISTAKE: shopping for just flowers, and not foliage.
SOLUTION: "I often tell my customers that every flowering plant is beautiful at its prime - full of lush, abundant blooms," says Flora. "But then I'll ask, 'How does it look for the rest of the year?'" Before you buy, consider the plant's leaves and structure. Include specimens with spectacular foliage, like the annual coleus, the shrub cotinus, or decorative grasses to help keep beds interesting when flowers are not at peak.
Plus: The 10 best perennials for any garden »
2. MISTAKE: Buying insufficient amounts of a single variety.
SOLUTION: "Taking home only one or two pots of a particular specimen is a surefire way to make your garden look hodgepodge," says Flora. Depending on the size of the pot and the type of plant, she suggests buying at least three containers (though six or more of a species is
Cleaning doesn't need to be a daunting task. Here are easy easy to get your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, and more in tip-top shape.
1. Take Inventory of Small Appliances.
Donate the novelty appliances you rarely or never use. Clean out the inside of your microwave. And turn your attention to your must-have appliances: the coffee maker. To clean your coffee maker, brew a pot using 2 parts distilled water and 1 part vinegar. Brew this mixture through 3 times, then follow up with 3 brews using distilled water.
You might also like: 9 kitchen organization and and storage ideas »
2. Create a Natural Air Freshener
Give your room a fresh scent. Whip up a room deodorizer on the stovetop by simmering orange rinds or lemon slices and rosemary in a pot of water. The scent will freshen your space.
3. Scrub Tile and Grout
Clean grout is like a facelift for your bathroom. To remove mold and mildew, home care expert Cheryl Mendelson, author of HomeRead More »from 8 Easy Ways to Clean Every Room in Your House
Celebrate her day with gift ideas for every kind of mom, from gardeners and fashionistas, to cooks and crafters.
See all our Mother's Day gift ideas »
Custom Vintage Necklace
1. For the Antiquer | Custom Vintage Necklace
Send Mom's vintage pins, brooches, or earrings to Elva Fields and she'll transform them into a modern piece. (custom, price upon request; as shown, $318, elvafields.com)
2. For the Writer | Custom Stationery
Mom can keep up with her correspondences the old-fashioned way with customizable stationery from the Country Living Collection. (notepads, $12.49; notecards start at $1.79 each, foldedwords.com)
You might also like: Our round-up of custom stamps »
3. For the Spa-Goer | Dopp Kit
She can corral all her toiletries in this feminine catch-all. ($49.50, hammocksandhightea.com)
4. For the Lounger | Floral Robe
Swap her old tired smock for this bold botanical wrap.Read More »from 9 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas