Approximately 98.64 percent of Americans will barbeque this weekend (that’s a fabricated statistic, but I don’t think I’m off by much) in celebration of Independence Day. Usually, I’m not the type to decorate for an afternoon grill session, choosing to focus all my energy on the food and booze, but for the 4th of July, a little something-something is in order. Here are three easy DIY projects that will add a little red, white, and blue to your 4th…
Independence Day Berry Popsicles
Makes 10-12 popsicles (depending on the size of your mold)
- 2 cups berries, red
- 2 cups berries, blue
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 cup ice cubes
We suggest using a mix of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but a simpler alternative is two cups of strawberries and two cups of blueberries.
You will also need:
- Large bowls
- Popsicle sticks
- Popsicle mold or mason jars
Step 1: Rinse the red berries. Hull the strawberries, and discard the greens. In the blender, mix all red berries, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 cup ice. Pour red mixture a third of the way full in popsicle molds or mason jars. Immediately place in the freezer.
Depending on how many molds you have, this may take a few rounds of filling and freezing. Refrigerate any extra mixture in a large bowl.
Step 2: Wash the blender, and wait 30 minutes while the red mixture is freezing. Then, prepare the white mixture. Add 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup ice, and 2 tablespoon honey to the blender and mix.
Step 3: Remove the popsicle molds from the freezer and check to see if red mixture is almost frozen. As long as it is slushy, you can slowly pour the white mixture in each mold. Fill to two-thirds of the way full. Insert popsicle sticks through the white mixture down into the red mixture. Once again, immediately place in the freezer. Refrigerate any extra mixture in a large bowl.
Step 4: After the white mixture has been in the freezer for about 30 minutes, prepare blue mixture. Rinse blackberries and blueberries, then add to the blender with 1/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 cup ice. Blend until mixed. Remove popsicle molds from the freezer, and slowly pour blue mixture into the remainder of the mold.
Immediately place in the freezer, and let freeze completely (about 4 hours). Repeat steps with additional mixture for more popsicles. When it is time to serve popsicles, remove molds from freezer and let sit for two to three minutes before removing popsicles from the mold.
Tip! Pour berry mixtures through a fine mesh strainer before pouring into popsicle mold for smoother, seedless popsicles.
Patriotic Fabric Banner
All it takes are just a few simple steps to make this versatile fabric banner. Hang it below a buffet table or above a doorway.
Step 1: Pick out a couple different peppy and patriotic patterns and cut them into a swallow-tail shape. Cut small slits along the top of each shape.
Step 2: Thread twine or ribbon through the slits on each fabric piece. Cut the twine once you’ve strung all the banners. Secure the banner along the bottom of a table, above a doorway, over the mantle, or anywhere else you want. No rules!
Tip! For a seamless look, use clear double-sided tape to secure the banner.
Star Spangled Ice Bucket
For a trendy twist on a traditional cooler, use a large galvanized garden pail as an ice bucket.
Step 1: Cut out star shapes from colorful craft paper. Make it a fun activity for kids by tracing the outside of a star cookie cutter.
Step 2: Use double sided tape to adhere the stars to the bucket, and fill it up with ice and treats!
Tip! Stick-on stars are easy to remove so you can reuse this galvanized ice bucket for any holiday or gathering.