Fourth of July Salad Tongs

I wanted to share a project I shared last year in case you missed it. You still have plenty of time to make these if you want a festive way to serve salad or other dishes this Fourth of July!

Maggie May's Gifts July 4th Salad Tongs

All you need are salad tongs (preferably wooden), painter’s tape, white paint, blue paint and red star stickers (teachers, anyone?)

First, wrap painter’s tape around the top of your tongs where you want your paint to stop.

Maggie May's Gifts July 4th Salad Tongs

If you have a can of leftover white paint from a household project, this is easiest. Just dip the tongs directly into the can stopping just past your tape.

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Hang to dry. If you have one of these broom holders in your garage, they are perfect. Otherwise, you can tie string around the spoon part and hang them from a branch outside or another rack in your garage. Just make sure you put cardboard or plastic underneath. It drips.

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After that dries completely, dip into a small container of blue paint to just cover the ends.

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Hang again to dry.

Once that is all dried, stick red star stickers around the handle.

Maggie May's Gifts July 4th Salad Tongs

Paint over the decorated area with Mod Podge (a glue/sealant sold at any craft store) to seal it all in. Let dry and you are now ready for a party!

Do not put the finished tongs in the dishwasher. Hand wash only.

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Maggie May's Gifts July 4th Salad Tongs

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

 

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Greeting Card Mission Complete

Maggie May’s has been on a mission to get 500 volunteer-made greeting cards into the hands of local foster kids and teens.

Through a lot of helping hands, we just dropped off our 500th card!

We dropped off half of the cards (250 of them!) to Jessica at My Very Own Blanket. They are a wonderful organization that has given thousands of volunteer-made blankets to foster kids over the years. They are going to give a handmade card along with a blanket to a foster child to help them feel loved and secure.

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The second half (250 cards) were dropped off to Elizabeth and Leesa at Franklin County Children’s Services. 

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Leesa gave me a tour of their Holiday Wish warehouse. It is such a great program to get holiday toys to kids and teens currently in foster care. If you are able to donate to a toy drive in your area, please do. It really does make a difference to a child.

This mission could not have been accomplished without all of the help! Thank you to all the kids, adults, and seniors who helped make these greeting cards.

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And thank you to Dublin Recreation Center, Whole Foods-Dublin, Whole Foods-UA, Columbus Museum of Art, Mrs. Chrisenberry, The Art Chix and Aussie Fit Hilliard for your help!

We hope these cards will help brighten someone’s day and give encouragement and hope to a child.

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Pine Cone Holiday Projects

With the sunshine, air conditioning, and trips to the pool, it’s hard to start thinking about Christmas already. But now is the perfect time for this holiday project because your materials (pine cones) will be free. Plus, cleaning and sun-drying them is easier, and having this done will give you one less thing to worry about when the holidays do come around!

First, collect some pines cones that have fallen to the ground, clean them in a bucket with water and a tiny bit of bleach. You can also collect the sweetgum balls that have fallen, which are those ping-ping sized balls with spikes on them that fall from trees.

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Lay them in the sun to dry (all day). You many want to turn them and dry them the next day as well. You want them completely dry.

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Then spray them with spray paint. I used red and silver but could you do blue for Hanukah, gold, white or any color you want!

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Once these are dry you can put them in holiday bowls or display them on plates or other containers. I found this old, gold mirror and just updated it with white paint.

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I just used painter’s tape to cover the mirror and used a basic white spray paint.

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I just put a few of the cones on the mirror for this look…

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and glued some on wine corks for holiday wine stoppers. These would be cute for holiday parties and would also make cute gifts.

Pine Cone holiday craftsYour centerpiece could hold the table’s wine…

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While we are setting our holiday table, let’s make some napkin rings. Just tie a ribbon around the pine cone.

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Just pull it through the little tabs in the cone so the ribbon knot is hidden tight inside the cone.

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Wrap the ribbon around your napkin,

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and tie in a bow in the back.

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And there you go.

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Pine Cone holiday craftsNow, go treat yourself to a margarita by the pool. You deserve it. You just saved yourself time and money for this coming Christmas!

 

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