DIY for the 4th of July
The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons. First of all, I love food, and on the Fourth of July I keep the calories flowing with an endless consumption of hot dogs, baked beans, and fruit flag cake. Of course, it’s not a true celebration without a grand firework display that I can’t help but be excited about every year, too. But one of the best reasons that I love this holiday, is seeing the ways that people show their pride in their country. Anywhere you go on this day, you will find virtually everyone decked out head to toe in those glorious colors of red, white and blue. My friends and I are no different, and it is always an extensive planning period between us all regarding the year’s Fourth of July ensemble. That being said, I feel it’s only necessary to share some fun suggestions for how you can make a fashion statement that shows your American pride this year!
The main event of any outfit, is the shirt. So let’s start with a super simple shirt idea that is a perfect option for your Fourth Fashion Statement!
- A blank white shirt
- Red and blue sharpies
- Rubbing alcohol
You will be blown away at how simple this shirt is, and how cute the result turns out to be! Take your red and blue sharpies, and create dots or designs on a t-shirt in any pattern you like. You can create dots in a circle to create a “firework” appearance (see above), or even draw an entire design, like a flag! Once you have your dots made, drop a couple of small drops of rubbing alcohol over the sharpie marks, and watch how cool the design ends up being when it spreads! The best part about this DIY shirt? It dries ten times faster than painting a shirt would, making it perfect for last minute apparel!
Now that you have your shirt all ready to go, you have to figure out what you’re going to do with your hair! Fourth of July headbands are extremely popular to get creative with and are the perfect way to pull an entire outfit together. There are plenty of types of headbands to create, but this one is one of my faves:
- Elastic headband of your choosing
- Two fake flowers or a bow
- Two round craft felt pads
- Hot glue gun
- Gemstone (optional)
Continuing with the simplicity theme we have going, this headband is SO easy and you can wear it instantly! Take your felt pad, and glue it to the first flower and allow it to dry. Repeat this process with the second felt pad, and glue to the second flower. Once that is dried, glue your first flower to the elastic headband. Next, glue the next flower or accessory right next to it, leaving about a pinky length of space in between if you wanted to place an optional gemstone in the middle. Once both flowers or accessories have dried, you can hot glue your gemstone right in the middle of the flowers to pull the whole thing together! Wear it “hippy” style across your forehead, or push your hair back and wear it like a normal headband! Either way, it’s a must-have accessory that will have all of your friends asking where you got it from!
Lastly, no outfit (especially on the Fourth of July), is complete without the proper nail decor-am I right, ladies? There are countless options out there for super fun nail designs to show off your USA spirit that are worth checking out! However, I can barely handle painting my nails in a solid color without it looking like a five year-old did it, and I’m sure I am not alone. It is because of this unfortunate lack of talent, that I have turned to this design for the last couple of years!
- White nail polish
- Red nail polish
- Blue nail polish
To start out, paint your nails completely white, and let them dry. Once they are dry, make a diagonal dash of blue across the top. There is no such thing as messing this up since the line doesn’t need to be straight! Before the blue dries, you should then take the red nail polish, and make a dash above the blue in the leftover white space at the top of your nail. Immediately following the addition of the red, you simply take your toothpick and wipe lines across your nail starting from the white, moving upward towards the top, to create the red, white, and blue blur! Let them dry, and then show them off!
Whether you use all of these suggestions, or just one to give your outfit that finishing touch, any way that you wear that red, white, and blue will leave you looking fabulous! So get ready to enjoy your day of barbecues, sparklers, and friends, all while looking as hot as the fireworks will be!
Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!
Source for Sharpie Shirt: My Frugal Adventures
Source for Headband: Wholesale Girls
Source for Nail Design: Love Maegan