Breathtaking fireworks, hot dogs and burgers blazing on the grill, neighborhood parades, and family and friends amassed on lawns under shade trees sipping (insert your beverage of choice here), and hanging out. You know summer has officially emerged with the kick-off the Fourth of July festivities, where we not only thank those fabulous forefathers of ours for giving British rule the boot two hundred plus years ago, but we also rock some patriotic craft projects. Well, at least in my family of DIYers we do. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this Independence Day, try one these cool weekend projects.
Bottle Cap Opener / Catcher
Talk about the ultimate Independence Day project. This one will not only satisfy your DIY itch, it’ll help you quench your thirst all summer long. Root beer, bottled soda, ice-cold adult beverages, this decorative and functional PVC trim bottle cap catcher fulfills everybody’s needs. And, it opens bottles and catches the caps, so you don’t have to worry about crawling through the grass looking for wayward lids. Because it’s prefinished PVC from Inteplast Building Products, you don’t have to worry about leaving it outside in the elements because it won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water. If you are so inspired, you can decorate the bottle opener with a Fourth of July theme. Check out the full instructions here.
Cornhole Game Project
Horseshoes, croquet, badminton, water balloon wars, you name it, we’ve played it during the Fourth. But my family’s all-time favorite lawn game is cornhole, also called bean bag toss or dummy boards. You have two raised platforms with a hole in the far end of each platform. Players from two teams take turns tossing the bean bags into the holes. If you put the bag in the hole it’s 3 points, it you land it on the platform, it’s 1 point. The team to reach 21 points wins. Or if you’re in my family, you make rules up as you go. We recently posted instructions on how to build this Inteplast PVC trim cornhole game. Take just a few hours to put this together and you’ll have years of entertainment.
You can’t get any more patriotic than crafting an American Flag. Here’s a unique, flag-inspired project made out of Inteplast Building Products prefinished batten and base moulding. This piece evokes a real Americana feel, and the best thing about it is that you can hang it up and leave it all year round. Sure it’s patriotic, but not in the kitschy red, white, and blue sense. This DIY gem uses colors of Russet, Espresso, and White Oak. So make like Betsy Ross and lay down some stars and stripes.
Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!