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Fireworks Art made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsA few days ago I showed you how to make Fireworks with a fork.  This is along the same idea but has a twist… my girls had so much fun making and painting fireworks.  I love to see how creative they become. They thought these ones looked more like the fountain fireworks you let off at home.

Fireworks Art made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCrafts

All you need is:

A fork, plastic or metal, both work

A paper plate for the paint

Craft Paint

Paper

Fireworks Art made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsStart by dropping the paint in “drops” onto the paper.  You can use as many colors as you want.  Keep in mind you need to work kind of fast, if the paint dries you won’t be able to spread it with a fork to give it the firework burst look.

Fireworks Art made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsFold the paper in half and press it together to spread the paint.  Open it back up and then take a fork and use short strokes to make the paint dots look like they are exploding.  As you drag the fork it will transfer some of the color from dot to dot, giving it a very fun 3D burst look.

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Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsMy kids are out of school, summer is here and they LOVE craft and art projects.  Today we made fireworks with a fork for a quick and easy craft project.  I know it sounds a little strange but they had a BALL doing it, and it kept them busy for well over an hour.  If you are looking for a fun patriotic craft idea for the 4th of July then you might want to give this idea a try.

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsAll you need is:

A fork, plastic or metal, both work

A paper plate for the paint

Craft Paint

Paper

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsStart with one color of paint, dip the back of the fork in and then “wipe” the back of the fork onto the paper.  Do this over and over and make a circle pattern.  Clean your fork off and then go to another color.  Do this over and over until you have used all the colors.  I used red white and blue but you could use any color.  They turn out rather pretty and appeal to a broad age group  my 4 year old and my 12 year old both had fun making these.

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July 4th crafts, Drip Paint Vase, perfect for kids or teens. DIY Red, White and Blue Vase #DIY, #Crafts ,Patriotic DIY Vase

These are fun to make and turn out looking rather awesome. Perfect for any occasion, you can use any color.  These ones are colored  for the 4th of July.

Items Needed:

  • Glass Container (vase or a juice bottle)
  • Red, White and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Newspaper or Paper Plate

July 4th crafts, perfect for kids or teens. DIY Red, White and Blue Vase #DIY, #Crafts,Directions:

Place your glass container upside down on newspaper or a paper plate. Starting with the red paint, slowly apply a few drops around the edge of the bottom of the container and allow to drip down over the edge. If needed, using a toothpick to help encourage it to fall over the edge. Allow drying for 5-10 minutes and repeating the process again with the blue and than the white paint. Continue to add paint a little at a time until desired effect is achieved.

Allow to dry for 24 hours before using.

July 4th crafts, Drip Paint Vase, perfect for kids or teens. DIY Red, White and Blue Vase #DIY, #Crafts

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BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July1BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS

Everything about this dessert is delicious…including the cup! The dessert cups are made with white chocolate and are filled with a light, refreshing blueberry mousse. Topped with a little whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, this red white and blue treat is perfect for Independence Day. If you have chocolate cup molds, by all means use them; if you don’t, a yogurt cup or a half-pint sour cream container will work well. Cut the thick rim from the top of the yogurt cup for best results, and cut the top half off of the sour cream container. Candy melts found in the cake decorating section of craft stores work very well. The cups in the photographs used white candy melts with colored “star bursts”…perfect for the Fourth.

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS

  • Makes 6
  • 12-16 ounces white chocolate or candy melts
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin (a scant tablespoon)
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Blue food color (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries for decoration

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July

1. In a small microwavable bowl, melt chocolate. Begin by heating for 30 seconds, stir, and continue heating at 10-15 second increments, stirring often. White chocolate will scorch easily, so stop heating when you can still see small pieces. Stir until melted.

2. In a chocolate cup mold or small plastic food container (like a yogurt or half-pint sour cream container) put a couple of tablespoons of chocolate in the bottom. Roll the chocolate around the mold until it is coated, bringing it to within 1/4-inch from the top. You may need to add a little more chocolate or use the back of a spoon to coax it around evenly. Immediately put the container in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. The white chocolate is easiest to work with if it isn’t too warm. If it gets too thick to work with, return it to the microwave for 10 seconds and stir well.

3. Remove container from freezer. If you can see spots that haven’t been covered well, touch them up with a little more chocolate and freeze briefly to harden.

4. Holding the container upside down, gently roll it between the palms of your hands. The chocolate cup should easily drop out of the mold. If it doesn’t, freeze for a few more minutes or try pulling the top edge of the container away just a little bit from the chocolate, and tip it over again. Press very gently on the bottom.

5. Carefully trim the top edge of the chocolate cup with a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, if desired.

6. When all cups are finished, set aside.

7. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the berries, sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to keep berries at a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

8. While the berries are simmering, in a very small bowl or ramekin, combine 1 tablespoon water and the gelatin. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften the gelatin.

9. Microwave the gelatin mixture for 5 seconds. Stir. Repeat 2 more times. Gelatin should be liquid and a little foamy. Immediately add to the hot berry mixture and stir well.

10. Set the pan containing the berry mixture into a shallow bowl of ice water to cool quickly. Stir occasionally until mixture is very thick.

11. In a medium bowl, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Remove a small amount of whipping cream for topping the finished cups, and set aside. Add the berry mixture gradually to the bowl of whipped cream, beating constantly.

Blueberry Mousse Cups 7 beat berries and whipped cream together

12. The mixture will be purple. If you want a red white and blue dessert, you’ll need to add blue food coloring at this point.

13. Spoon into white chocolate cups, dividing the mixture evenly. The mousse will thicken quickly in the cups. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with a little whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

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Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, recipe perfect for summer #Fruit, #Healthy, #July4th4th of July Fruit Skewers

If your family is anything like mine, the 4th of July is a big deal. It’s also an outdoors and on the move kind of day, meaning that you need snacks that are easy, portable and fun. I decided to do a spin on the kebobs that are a summer staple by using fruit and marshmallows instead of meat and veggies.

What you’ll need –

  • Skewer Sticks – I like bamboo ones because they seem to splinter less. The size depends on how much you want to load onto them but try to avoid ones that are too thick or they will split the blueberries.
  • Strawberries – obviously you want ripe ones, but be careful about getting ones that are too big, they don’t stay on the skewer as well.
  • Marshmallows (mini and regular)
  • Blueberries
  • White Chocolate (or White Candy Melt)
  • Blue Candy Melt
  • Raspberries

Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, perfect for summerInstructions –

  1. Prep all of your fruits by washing them thoroughly and patting them dry. You can take the stems off the strawberries if you want; I left them on just because I thought it looked nicer.
  2. Run a mini marshmallow down the skewer far enough to act as a stopper for everything else you’re going to put on the skewer. If you don’t start with a marshmallow, the fruits won’t stay in place very well. I started with a mini mallow so that the red, white and blue theme would be more obvious.
  3. Load the rest of the skewer with the fruits and marshmallows in the following order – raspberry, regular marshmallow, two blueberries (through the center not the side) and then the strawberry. Don’t run the skewer all the way through the strawberry – if you do, the juice will make it hard to get the candy melt to stick and it will be more likely to fall off. Make sure your strawberries are very dry or you will have trouble making the candy melt stick!
  4. Melt the white candy melt in a bowl in the microwave for 35 seconds, then stir it up and heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. You should have a nice even texture with the melt. Dip or coat the strawberry about 2/3rds of the way up then wait for it to dry. I put the skewers in upright in a piece of Styrofoam so they would not have any flat spots. Repeat on all your skewers. Allow white candy melt to harden before proceeding.
  5. Melt the blue candy melt the same as the white and repeat the process, this time only covering the last 1/3rd of the strawberry. Repeat until all skewers are complete – the tasty snack is done, you can either refrigerate if needed or serve immediately.

Fun, refreshing and really pretty simple to make once you get the hang of the candy melt. They are an eye catching and unique way to celebrate Independence Day.

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