A little patriotic sparkle, crafts and cake

School is out for all my kids, tournament baseball has begun and swim lessons start in a few days. We had our first outdoor family gathering just today… I think summer is finally here! So what’s next? July 4th festivities and all the fun that follows. However, with a full house of busy kids, time to create fun decor isn’t always abundant. I tend to spend all my entertaining prep time on the food, but you don’t need a ton of time to add extra touches for your upcoming celebrations.

This month I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection challenge and our theme for the month is Patriotic. So, here are a couple simple patriotic craft ideas to add some extra flare to your decor filled with American spirit.

patriotic pound cake
Patriotic pound cake

This pound cake is relatively easy to make, you can find the Fancy Little Pound Cake recipe at Ultimate Foodie. Top the cake off with a powdered sugar glaze, fresh blueberries and strawberries. Create a small pinwheel out of construction paper then add a white paper star cutout and a cute little red button. Glue it all to a toothpick and add to the top of the cake.

Patriotic pinwheel cake topper
Patriotic pinwheel cake topper

Next I painted some plain glass votive candle holders with Folk Art Enamel Paint 2oz-Engine Red. Then I added some dark blue glass gems and a candle – voila, patriotic candle holders to add a bit of American flare to the table. The best part, change out the blue gems, for green at Christmas and it’s a whole new look.

Candle holders - Adding colors to create a new look
Candle holders - Adding colors to create a new look
Patriotic votive candle holder
Patriotic votive candle holder

You don’t need to get all fancy or intricate to create crafts you can be proud of. The idea is to create something all your own and bask in your accomplishments. Try to find projects that fit into your budget and your schedule. If you can find something that your kids can help with, you’ve just created an opportunity to make a memory with those special to you.

Happy Summer Fun to you!

If you’d like more patriotic craft ideas, check out the other participates in this month’s Designer Crafts Connection blog hop! [ Hop back ][ Hop forward ]

11 thoughts on “A little patriotic sparkle, crafts and cake”

  1. Awesome post, Jen! The cake looks delicious. Going to have to look at the recipe. The candle holders are so easy to make and just too cute! You could also easily do this with old glass vases. Thank you for sharing!

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  2. I am always MOST impressed with simple styled crafting projects that can be whipped up without a ton of supplies and a week to complete them- you put the magic here in simple, miss jen genious goode

  3. The pound cake looks so delicious and the strawberries and blueberries add the perfect Patriotic Flare, I love the HERO Shot!

  4. Well….now I’m hungry for pound cake! I didn’t realize what a great stylist and photographer you were….thanks for sharing such fun and simple projects!

  5. What I like is the fact a simple cake can be made something special by just adding a
    few easy touches. Perfect for this time of the year. And the votives do the same thing. Love the ideas!

  6. Jen, I love this simple style. You are amazing! If I had made the pinwheel, I would probably have covered it in textures and distressed it and, while it would be ok, it wouldn’t be as nice as this. Thanks for reminding me of the KISS rule “Keep it simple, stupid”. I will try to practice that this week.

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