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DIY Patriotic Paper Straw Wreath

Celebrate the summer with a new wreath for your front door! This patriotic red, white, and blue wreath made with paper straws is simple to make and will look great on your door or in your home. You can leave this wreath up all summer long to celebrate the holidays that honor our brave military men and women.

colorful patriotic wreath tutorials

* This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. I received product to create this fun post to share with you. This post also contains affiliate links. *

If you have visited my blog before, you know how much I love to make wreaths for the different seasons and holidays throughout the year. For the past few years I have decorated my door for the summer with my DIY Patriotic Clothespin Wreath, which I love. This year I decided to try out a new wreath and share the simple tutorial with you.

The Ultimate Pinterest Party Week 154

Happy Friday! As we head into the weekend, I'm looking forward to visiting the farmer's market to find the freshest produce for the upcoming week. Depending on what we find, I'll probably be trying out some new grilling recipes. You can see some of my favorite grilling recipes on my Recipes - Grilling Pinterest Board. We are also going to the library to get a new batch of books - my kids are working hard on earning their Summer Reading rewards!

This is my first week co-hosting my favorite link party - The Ultimate Pinterest Party. I've been linking up to the party for 2 years and when Tammy asked for help co-hosting, I knew it was something that I wanted to do. Whether you are a blogger looking to get your pins circulated a bit, or someone looking for a variety of content (recipes, DIY projects, decor, family, pretty much anything!) this is the perfect place to visit!

Thank you for participating in The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

I'm so excited to start co-hosting this party! It will be great to get to see the wonderful content shared in the link party and I look forward to pinning the posts to our Party Pinterest Board  as well as sharing on my social media with my followers there. Don't forget to check back next Friday to see if you are featured. Now, on to the party!

Easy IKEA Frame Makeover

It's one of my favorite times of the month....thrift store upcycle challenge time! I love going to thrift stores and looking for pieces with hidden value. Those pieces that will be just right after a little makeover magic.

easy decor picture frame makeover

Lately when I've visited my local thrift store, I have found items that were perfect contenders for this monthly upcycle challenge. The hard part has been narrowing down which one to work on first! After last months Lego Doll House Tray, I didn't think that I would be able to make something I liked quite as much. Then I found the picture frame that was just begging for a little attention.

This easy makeover gives a fresh look and with the perfect quote, it makes a lovely little decor piece in my oldest daughters room. You can easily update a picture frame in the same way! Follow my simple steps for a cute updated decor piece.

20 Fun Mod Podge Tutorials

If you love doing crafts or DIY projects, I'm sure you are familiar with the wonderfulness of Mod Podge. With their many formulas available, you can use Mod Podge for so many fun projects - photo transfers, decoupage decorative paper or fabric, seal your outdoor painted crafts, make jewelry, create home decor pieces, and so much more. I'm sharing some ideas today to inspire you for your next project!

20 Fun Tutorials Using Mod Podge to make Crafts and Home Decor pieces

Today happens to be National Mod Podge Day. I love that there is a whole day dedicated to one of my favorite crafting supplies. It was fun for me to find these tutorials to share with you. I hope you find a fun one to work on for yourself!

Photography Tips for Beginners

I have always enjoyed photography - capturing a moment with the lens so you can remember it. One of my favorite after school groups in middle school was a photography club. We loaded the film in our cameras (yes, I'm dating myself with that comment), we ventured out to take photos, then we went back to the school to the darkroom and developed our photos.

Two years ago when I started blogging, I bought my DSLR camera and decided to really focus on photography - both on my blog and in my daily life. I have learned so much over the past two years and I thought I would share tips that will help those of you that are beginning photographers.

Top Tips for Beginning Photographers to learn to capture the image they desire

When you begin your creative journey with photography, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down what to work on first. The tips I'm sharing today will give you a great start towards being able to confidently take better photos.

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