4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

In case you didn’t realize it, Fourth of July is right around the corner! Do you celebrate this holiday in a big way, or do you go more low key? We tend to keep things pretty casual for our own Independence Day celebration, but we will certainly be enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers, and a few festive libations come July 4. That said, it wouldn’t take much convincing to get me to join you in a little holiday crafting if you’re up for it! Keep scrolling to check out four Fourth of July DIYs from the DGD archives.

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

1. Festive Fourth of July T-shirt

Seven years ago, I somehow convinced John to let me photograph him in this DIY Iron-On 1776 Baseball T-Shirt. Even though he was shy about modeling the tee online, I love how this project turned out. It’s easy to do and, if you’re less likely to show up in a “loud” holiday outfit, gives just a subtle nod to Fourth of July (pssst…in case it wasn’t clear, the T-shirt pays homage to 1776, the year of our independence).

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

2. Colorful Holiday Banner

This one is for those of you who do want to go all out with big, bold, colorful Fourth of July décor. Click the link to learn how to make my DIY Red, White, and Blue Tissue Paper Fireworks Banner. You could hang it on your front door, above your holiday buffet table, or even on your mailbox to help first-time guests find your Fourth of July bash.

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

3. Hand-Painted Fourth of July Tote Bag

If the Independence Day holiday is an “all season” type of event for you, then maybe you should try making your own version of my DIY Red, White, And Blue Painted Tote. It can be used all summer long, and adds a festive touch of color to pretty much any outfit.

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

4. Tasty Fourth of July-Themed Salad

Okay, you’re right. I suppose it’s a bit of a stretch to call it a craft, but this one goes out to all the folks who, like me, really don’t like getting super “theme-y” on holidays. My recipe for a Patriotic “Red, White, And Blue” Berry and Poppyseed Salad is delicious, so easy to throw together, and could just be the perfect thing to bring to an Independence Day potluck.

4 Fourth Of July DIYs From My Archives

Which of these four projects best matches your holiday style? I’m personally most drawn to the red, white, and blue tote bag, but that patriotic salad is also calling my name. I think I’ll offer to make a big batch of it to bring over to my parents’ house when we have our Fourth of July barbecue this weekend. Let me know your favorite craft in the comments, or drop a link to a different one that you can’t wait to recreate this holiday!

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6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

I hope you’re enjoying a happy start to your summer season! Now that we’re headed into the second half of the year, I’ve been feeling the urge to make a couple of changes in our home. A fresh paint color in the kitchen, a new set of art over the sofa, maybe even a new plant or two…I tend to get antsy this time of year as I look to re-inspire my creativity, which usually means I focus my energy on making a couple of new investments in our homewares collection.

In case you’re feeling the same way, I wanted to offer some heartfelt recommendations for best brands to buy from. Keep scrolling for a list of the six home brands that have never let me down and whom I would buy from again in an instant. I’ll be sharing what we’ve ordered from each of the companies, why we love them, and how they can add to your own space this season. Don’t forget to leave your brand recommendations at the end of the post so we can try them out for ourselves!

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

1. Loloi Rugs

I have never received a bad product from this brand. I rely on them for nearly all of the rugs in our home, and they also create the most incredible pillows. Each item is clearly made to last, and the designs are all so unique, too. Our pets have put our Loloi Rugs to the test with their messes and fur, yet every single rug has cleaned up nicely and held up well under both our vacuum and steam cleaner. I couldn’t recommend Loloi Rugs more. Seriously! They’re a personal favorite, for sure.

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

2. Our Place Pots & Pans

Since the pandemic hit back in 2020, John and I have settled into a daily cooking routine. We used to go out to eat pretty frequently before, but now that we’re cooking every day at home, we’ve gotten especially picky about the tools we use. One collection that we use constantly is from Our Place.

We have their Always Pan (which I review more fully here) and Perfect Pot, and we use both regularly without any complaints. They do the job of multiple types of pots and pans, so we’ve reduced clutter in our cabinets, and I swear they make our food taste better! Our Place is completely non-toxic and the non-stick aspect is unmatched in my opinion. It’s definitely an investment to order from this brand, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

3. Article Furniture

Furniture can be kind of scary to purchase, especially when you do so online and can’t test out the items first in person. It’s for that reason that I wanted to offer a shoutout to Article. We’ve ordered multiple pieces from this brand, and they were all winners in my book. Everything that we’ve gotten has been super high quality (including two very different types of couches), and the reviews under each item on their website offer great insight into comfort and construction if you’re looking for something specific. You can definitely buy from Article with confidence.

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

4. Fable Dinnerware

Another home investment that can feel a little intimidating is everyday dishes. Will they break immediately? Will they stack nicely in the cabinet? Will the items scratch easily? Dishes are one of those things that you have to be super careful with anyway, but some hold up better than others, right? So which set do you get for your home?

We’ve been using an ethically-made set of Fable dinnerware for the past year, and absolutely love it. I was gifted a small set to start with in exchange for coverage on my Instagram feed, but I ended up buying a second set with my own money because I trust in these pieces. They’re thick and heavy weight, which I think helps keep them from breaking easily (we haven’t broken anything yet!), and they wash up really well in the dishwasher. They do mark up a little bit with continual silverware use, but the marks come off with the special scrubbing brush you get with a set of their dinnerware. I definitely consider myself a loyal customer!

P.S. Use code “DREAMGREENDIY” to score 10% off your purchase from Fable!

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

5. Juniper Print Shop Art Prints

Art is one of those things that has the power to finish off a room perfectly. As an example, I recently felt like our living room wasn’t looking its best, and was getting anxious about having to redo a lot of the accents to satisfy my need for change. Instead of going all in buying new furniture or a different rug, I decided to start small by swapping out the art. I’m glad I did because just hanging a couple of new pieces made the space look refreshed—and for very little money! One of my favorite online resources for art is Juniper Print Shop. They have tons of options to fit any kind of home décor style, and you can even purchase digital versions of the art in case you want to have them printed or framed a certain way yourself.

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

6. Parachute Home Bedding

Last on my list of brands that I trust most is Parachute Home. We’ve been using their linen bedding for years and have not once been let down by the comfort or quality of their fabrics. Linen bedding can definitely be hit or miss (I couldn’t sleep on one set that I got from a different brand in exchange for a review a couple years ago!), but Parachute’s is divine. It’s always super soft straight out of the packaging, and gets even softer with age and repeated washing. It’s very thick so it holds up well under daily use, but somehow isn’t hot. I sleep comfortably in their linen bedding even during the worst parts of summer, and our home doesn’t have central air conditioning! Again, their products are an investment, but a wise one.

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

I hope that helps your planning process as you look to add some new pieces to your homewares collection this season! If you have any questions or need specific recommendations based on the brands I mentioned above, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message or leave a comment on today’s post. I’m happy to offer my candid feedback on anything at all, so don’t be afraid to ask. Which brands do you find yourself returning to over and over again?

6 Brands Who Have Never Let Me Down

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