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It was such a simple, easy mission.  Should have been in-out-done.

I was looking for some craft ideas to entertain Ariel and her BFF, who is coming over for a spend-the-night tonight.

On Pinterest.

And we allllll know how that ends.

Hours later, I emerged with way more ideas than twenty tweens could manage to create at one party.  (well, between the giggling and nail painting and giggling and hair styling and giggling and movie watching and giggling, there’s just not that much time for crafting!)

And also I found TONS of great patriotic/4th of July ideas and since it’s that time of year, decided to share them with you.  A few are featured here.  The rest are on my Pinterest board.  :D

(Are you on Pinterest yet?  If not, just send me an email at thetweenandme (AT) gmail (DOT) com and I’ll send you an invite!)

And of course, the tween craft ideas I found will be featured here soon–maybe with some of our projects (hits and misses)!!

On to the 4th of July ideas!!

Some cute wreath ideas:

This one from The Creative Imperative looks to be the inspiration for some of the others, judging by the bloggers’ comments:

Patriotic wreath from The Creative Imperative

This variation from The Cellar Door Stories did cute buttons instead of stars:

Patriotic wreath from The Cellar Door Stories

And this variation from Naptime Crafts made cute smaller stars:

Patriotic wreath from Naptime Crafts

I love seeing how different artists interpret projects and make them their own!

And moving on to patriotic food ideas….

I love these beautiful cupcakes and this stunning cake from My Cake School.

Patriotic cupcakes from My Cake School

Patriotic Cake from My Cake School

Love these flag cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, but I’m not at all sure I could ever I’m totally sure I couldn’t make something this beautiful!

Flag cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

And since I’m making dips for a party this weekend, I’m definitely going to try out this awesome dip topper (who ever thought of such a brilliant idea?!   ♥!) from Hungry Happenings:

Patriotic dip topper from Hungry Happenings

Snow cone cupcakes from Bakerella take summer desserts to a whole new level:

Snow Cone Cupcakes from Bakerella

Ariel would devour alllll of these Patriotic Fruit Pops from Bakers Royale if she could!

4th of July Fruit Pops from Bakers Royale

This trifle from The Girl Who Ate Everything is so pretty and, like she says, trifles are soooo easy!

Patriotic trifle from The Girl Who Ate Everything

And for some “me” time after all your crafting and baking and creating efforts, try this beautiful manicure from Chloe’s Nails:

Patriotic manicure from Chloe's Nails

Well, that’s just a sampling of the fantastic ideas I found online of ways to celebrate America’s birthday.  So many creative projects, so little time!!

Are you decorating/baking/creating for the 4th?  Share some of your ideas???  Please!!!

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