Patriotic Decorations Inspired by All You

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Where do you love to get inspiration?  You all know I love browsing Pinterest, Craftgawker, and other blogs, but I also get plenty of great ideas from magazines.  The most recent little project I whipped up was inspired by the July issue of All You magazine, which I picked up last Friday at Target.

I didn’t think my Target carried All You because I’ve tried to buy it there before and even asked associates about it all to no avail.  But last Friday, there it was!  Someone had even popped it up a bit so it caught my eye immediately, saying, “Buy me!” How could I say no?  I mean, just look at those individual strawberry shortcakes on the cover!

As I read through the magazine, there were a ton of great recipes, tips for easier {and cheaper} housecleaning, and a great article about various ways to save and stretch your money that featured some advice from Financial Peace University, which hubby and I loved going through last fall.  But my favorite article was actually a new feature All You has added where they come up with a quick challenge and ask two bloggers to submit their best ideas.

This month’s challenge was to create a project using an old tin can that took three steps or less.  Two fabulous bloggers {who I think many of you would recognize} shared their projects, one of which was a tin can wrapped with twine.  I absolutely loved the look of it and it inspired me to grab a few containers I had sitting around the house to make some festive patriotic decorations.

Jute Wrapped Can
– can
– jute
– baker’s twine
– button
– glue {I used hot glue}
Starting at the bottom of the can/container, hot glue one end of your jute in place.  Wrap and wrap and wrap and wrap it some more until your can is finally covered, then cut the end and hot glue it down.  This takes a looooong time, but creates a really great effect!  When you’re finished, wrap your bakers twine around the top of the container several times, tie a knot, and cut the ends.  Then, glue a cute little button on top!
Felt Wrapped Can
– aluminum can
– two colors of felt
– scissors
– glue
– glitter
– button
– baker’s twine
Measure your can and cut a piece of felt to wrap around it.  Glue felt in place.  Cut a felt star and glue it to the can.  Spread glue onto a button and sprinkle glitter on top.  When the glue is dry, attach the button to the center of the star.  Wrap twine around the top of the can several times, tie, and cut the ends.
Washi Taped Bucket
– small bucket or container
– washi tape
– baker’s twine
– scissors
This one is the easiest!  Just cut strips of washi tape the same height as your container and alternate them around it vertically.  Tie on a twine accent if you like!
I’m so pleased with how these turned out!  They’re the perfect patriotic accent for a fun 4th of July party and will also be great for holding pens, scissors, and various craft supplies.  And one of my favorite things about them is that they cost me absolutely nothing!  I already had the felt, jute, twine, and washi tape on hand in my craft stash, and the whole point of the article was upcycling/repurposing cans and containers you already have!
Do you ever look to magazines as a source of inspiration?  Trust me, there’s plenty to be found {especially as far as recipes go!} in the July All You, plus there are enough coupons inside that the magazine can virtually pay for itself!  Find out what stores near you carry All You magazine and download a coupon to use on your next issue!
Hugs & Glitter,

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