Category Archives: 4th of July

Vintage Patriotic Pictures

I love vintage stuff. (Is it because I am vintage myself??) Whatever.

Here are a few vintage patriotic pictures that you could download and use as place cards at your 4th of July dinner with your grandkids. Or put in picture frames, Or, you could have your grandkids put together a patriotic booklet with them. Or, you could make coasters. Or, make place mats out of them. Or, print small copies and put them in the bottom of muffin tins for a bean bag toss.

You, Dear Reader, are so clever, clever that I’m sure you could find many ways to use these fun vintage pictures.

Just click on them to go to the site where you can download a larger version.

Happy 4th of July!

(I’m going to be celebrating the 4th in the antebellum south in Madison, Georgia. I’m so excited!)

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Patriotic Activities for Grandkids

Ipatriotic8 found some 4th of July activities that I just HAD to share with you.

Like these cute coloring pages. There are seven that you can download and print. They could easily keep grandkiddos busy while you’re getting your picnic dinner all set out.

patriotic11Here, you’ll find some patriotic mazes, color by number pages, a road trip maze, and a word search.

patriotic10Here are some patriotic Bingo cards. Get some marshmallows or candies to use as markers and EVERYbody will play!

And here is a tutorial for making a cute patriotic t-shirt. This would be a wonderful craft to do after stuffing yourself on all of the wonderful food at your picnic dinner!

Here are directions  for a patriotic luminary. Simply paint a flag on a brown paper bag, add a wee bit o’ sand, and plop in a battery operated tea light.

Have a fun and patriotic 4th of July!

Patriotic Printables

american flag For quite a few years, I have been very patriotic. Long before it was “in.”

I have decorated one of our bathrooms with patriotic wall hangings.  I am so grateful to the men and women who have served in the military and especially those who gave their lives while fighting for our freedoms. So, patriotic holidays have a special meaning for me.

The 4th of July will be here in a just a moment or two.  Wahoo! Have you got plans to celebrate it with the grandkiddos?

I have found some wonderful free patriotic printables that you could use for your celebration dcorations. You can print them up, pop them in a frame, and there you have a very inexpensive decoration for a patriotic party with the family.

patriotic1The 36th Avenue not only has this delightful printable for a picture but also some wonderful ones that are party banners, food toppers, and drink labels. Cute, cute, cute!

It behooves you to check out all of the fun, patriotic things this site has to offer!


HMH Designs has this free America! America! printable.




patriotic3HMH Designs also has this Star Spangled free printable.




patriotic4HMH is very patriotic! Here’s yet another printable from them. (They also have 2 others at this same link.)




patriotic5The Hostess With the Mostest has several patriotic “county fair” printables. Banners, menus, flags, signs, and silhouettes.  All sorts of things that you can print up to give your 4th of July celebration the feeling of a county fair.


patriotic6The Scrap Shoppe has this delightful Land of the Free printable.




patriotic7How can you resist this printable with its profound message?

This would certainly be something that you’d want to print up so that your grandchildren could be reminded that others gave their lives so that they could enjoy the freedoms we have here in the United States.


What ever your plans are for the 4th, I hope you have a safe and a happy celebration with your family!

Easy Christmas Decorations to Make with Grandchildren

Every Christmas at work, we have a decoration competition. Each area tries to create the best decorations. In the past, there hasn’t been any out of the ordinary or unusually creative decorations. Until this year.

One area is making their cubicles look like a gingerbread house. They covered their cubicle walls with brown butcher paper. Then, they made this clever “Merry Christmas” decoration.

 Make these easy Christmas decorations with the kiddos.

To make these, fan-fold a piece of white paper. Pinch it together to make a bow tie shape. Tape the bottom part of the bow together. This will make a half-circle that is fan-folded. Do this to a second piece of paper. Then, tape the two pieces together to create the white circle.

Then, they cut out red circles. Tape them over the center of the white fan-folded circles. Cut out white letters to spell Merry Christmas. Then taped the letters on the red circles. Easy. Clever!

The students also made a big pieces of “candy” to decorate their gingerbread house.

To make them, get Styrofoam paper plates. Wrap in colorful tissue paper. Gather the ends of the paper and tie with curling ribbon. If that isn’t easy, I don’t know what is.

Maybe you could make a “gingerbread” house like this, too, and put it on a wall in your family room. Get some brown butcher paper. Cut out the shape of a house. Draw a door, windows, and roof. Add a brick design if  you want. then, make some of these candies and tape to the roof of your gingerbread house. (Depending on the size of your gingerbread house, you might want to make smaller pieces of candy out of smaller paper plates.)

Or, you could draw a house on a brown poster board and hot glue real candy to the house to decorate it. Both would be fun for grandchildren to make with their grandmother!

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4th of July Roundup of Ideas

Last week, I was out of town to a conference for work. I should have been organized and should have written up ideas of 4th of July activities that you can do with your grandchildren before I left. Key word phrase there is “should  have.” Alas, I wasn’t that on top of things. Sigh.

So, in the event that you aren’t ready for the big day tomorrow, here are some links to previous posts of ideas of what you can do to have a fun time with the grandkids as you celebrate the founding of our nation.

Please note the titles for these posts. Aren’t the exceptionally clever and original?  :-)

Have a safe and happy 4th of July — and PLEASE be extremely cautious with fireworks. There are way too many fires in my state (and surrounding states).