Empty tin cans. Baby formula, coffee, veggies, etc.
Twine or string
Red and white Ribbon
Star stickers or cutouts or other decorations
Hammer and Nail to poke holes in top
Hot glue gun
How to Make:
Clean cans and remove any labels. Let dry.
Paint cans and let dry completely.
Attach stars or other decorations.
Cut strips of ribbon and hot glue in alternating pattern around the inside edge of can.
Poke 2 holes in top of can and string twine through to form a hanger.
Hang up anywhere!!! Enjoy!!!
Thank you Random Thoughts of a Supermom for the idea!
What you need.
Wood Blocks – different sizes
Spray paint or acrylic paint in red, white, and blue.
Scrapbook paper, patriotic
Water based Wood Stain – optional
How to make
- Sand edges of blocks to create a smooth edging.
- Drill hole into top center of top of each block. Wide enough to fit rope into.
- Paint blocks.
- Cut paper if desired and modge podge to block.
- Sand to distress blocks and paper and lightly stain if desired.
- Attached other embellishments if needed.
- Cut a rope into a small piece and apply hot glue to end and work into hole.
- Singe tip of rope to simulate a firecracker.
Place out for decor!!!
Visit Family Every After for more pics and samples of this DIY. I think I am going to be making some of these this weekend!!!
While you can never be truly prepared for any type of natural disaster, it is always best to have a plan just in case. I am from North Texas area, right in tornado alley. We experience tornadoes every year and sometimes have weeks and even months of threatening conditions. It is never something to get used to nor do we ever want to. But, the one thing that helped me was to prepare a kit and a plan just in case. Even though tornadoes happen more often in the south and mid west, a tornado can strike any where the weather permits. I recall not long ago a tornado ripping through New York state.
Assign a room on the bottom floor of your house as your storm shelter. A room with no windows and no outside walls. Bathroom or closet. If no room or bathroom is available, a hall way will have to do. We do not have basements or underground rooms in Texas. During a warning alert, grab pillows, blankets, mattresses and anything soft to make a barrier between yourself and any possible flying debris. Just remember to grab your kids, pets, and your kit when heading into the shelter.
West Nile is extreme here in North Texas, spraying for the virus began months ago and positive tests has already come back. We try to always protect ourselves when out in the yard or anywhere they might be excessive. We also take preventative measures like no standing water or damp areas in the yard. Plus, we use a mosquito spray to help repel the bugs. However, the sprays in the stores are full of chemicals and not recommended for children to use. So I use it sparingly and also buy the family friendly versions but some do not protect against West Nile. So when I came across this home made all natural spray repellent, I knew it would be great and perfect for the kids.
To make this repellent yourself check out Surviving The Stores.
It gets very hot here in Texas. Very HOT! It’s typical to surpass the 100 degree mark daily throughout the summer months and been known to get up to 105 and then some. So, how do we beat the heat? Water and air conditioning. Lots of water and lots of air conditioning. We are lucky have been able to move in to a neighborhood with a fabulous pool and splash park in walking distance. Plus, we are prepared this year with our very own water slide in the back yard. YAY!
(Yes that is Blake in his underwear. He couldn’t wait a single moment longer to get into the water.)
We purchased our Step2 brand slide at Toys R Us for $349.99.
Here are a few other ways to help you beat the summer heat and have some fun in your own backyard.