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As Seen on the Today Show: Seven Ways to DIY Your Fourth of July

Need some last-minute Fourth of July ideas for this upcoming Independence Day? If you’re throwing a BBQ or looking for something red, white and blue to wear this holiday, we’ve got a bunch of quick and easy projects that will win you a spirit award. This morning I joined the hosts of the TODAY Show to teach them seven DIY projects that perfectly rep the USA.


1. Patriotic String Lights: Every party needs decor, so we’ll start out with some classic string lights. For those of you who plan to celebrate the Fourth outside in the warm summer breeze, these red, white and blue lights will add mood lighting to your soirée while also keeping the it dark enough to see the fireworks show. (via Jonathan Fong of eHow)

2. Fireworks Placemats and Table Runner: When it comes to Fourth of July, we are all about crafts you can make with your kids. We’ve combined two ideas to make a table runner and matching placemats that will warm the hearts of your guests and might just make a comeback in a Fourth of July care package when your baby turns 25 :) First grab a fork and dip it into some acrylic paint to create fireworks on your runner. The kids will love this trick! If you’ve got a little one who is too small to paint, dip your baby’s foot in some red, white and blue Crayola non-toxic paint, and stamp some footprints along the runner. (via Crafty Morning and House of Burke)

3. Cake Poppers: These Independence Day-themed firecracker cakes have been getting a ton of play on the internet (as they should)! Not only are they festive, but they’ve got the perfect surprise inside — Poprocks! Your guests will be delighted when they take a bite. (via She Knows)

4. S’mores on a Stick: Quintessentially summer, s’mores are a delicious and nostalgic treat for a Fourth of July BBQ. Don’t have a campfire? No problem. With these s’mores on a stick you don’t need a fire and you’ll be able to avoid the sticky mess. Pop a marshmallow on a lollipop stick, add chocolate and graham crackers and roll them in red, white and blue sprinkles for a patriotic touch. (via Whimsical Creations)

5. Fourth of Jul-ice Pops: There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than eating an icy cold popsicle. And with homemade pops, you can keep tabs on how much sugar you are feeding your kids. To stick with our theme, we did a layer of watermelon, coconut and blue raspberry for a red, white and blue dessert. (via The Little Kitchen)

6. Stars and Stripes Tank Top: As you know, we love to get dressed up for the holidays. We’ll use any excuse to wear themed attire! Fourth of July is no exception. We adore all clothes red, white and blue, especially garments with stars and stripes. This year we are making a bleach stamped tank. Just add bleach to a star stamp and create your own starry design on a blue shirt. Then add a cute red and white striped pocket for a tank that screams “USA!” (via Brit + Co)

7. American Flag Jean Shorts: Take your old jeans and repurpose them into shorts! Or if you have kids who are growing an inch a day, this is the perfect way to get a little bit more use out of those jeans you bought last week. Make a stencil out of paper and then use fabric paint to add stars to your shorts. Then grab some painter’s tape to make perfect stripes on the other leg. (via Brit + Co)

What are you making for Fourth of July this year? Share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtags #britsagram and #iamcreative.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)