DIY This Super-Easy (and Festive) Wreath for the 4th of July — America’s Birthday

Your neighbors are all probably putting out American flags in anticipation of America's birthday. And you could too, or you could do something that the Joneses and Smiths haven't thought of and make this cute (and easy!) DIY wreath using cupcake liners in patriotic colors. You can hang it on your front door, from a tree, or anywhere else around your cookout.

Your 4th of July party won't be complete without one. Here's a quick video that'll show you how to put it together.


The World’s Cutest Garden Markers You Can Make — Simple Gardens

It's happening! Gardening season, that is. Before you know it, you'll be up to your eyeballs (or at least your shins) in fresh herbs, vegetables, and more. Mind your peas and corral all that mint you're growing with these charming DIY garden markers — they're all made from things you probably already have around the house.


How To Make 3-Ingredient Slime Without Borax — Craft Lessons from The Kitchn

It was my 5-year-old who introduced me to homemade slime via YouTube — something she's allowed to watch during her allotted screen time, which we monitor. I was surprised by how easy it was to make. The first recipe we tried involved Borax, something I had on hand from an experiment in making my own laundry detergent (this was before I had two children, obviously). The resulting slime was fine, but smelled noxious and I ended up throwing it away after about an hour of play.

Repeated requests for more slime led me down a rabbit hole of slime recipes — slime made with yogurt, another with cornstarch and glue, and a disastrous batch made with shaving cream. Either the recipe didn't hold up well to play or they didn't work at all. That's until we found this one. This slime recipe calls for just three ingredients — school glue, baking soda, and contact solution — each of which we have on hand at all times.


3 Easy Ways to DIY a Backyard Fire Pit — Around the Fire Pit

We've already gone on the record in favor of fire pits, and we'll say it again: They're the ultimate way to entertain in the summer (and even into the fall!). You can buy a ready-made freestanding fire pit, or dig a hole and stack a bunch of pavers yourself. Or you can try one of these super-easy DIY projects.


The Prettiest (and Smartest!) Small-Space Gardens on the Internet — Simple Gardens

Warm weather is here, and with it comes the urge to make your mark outdoors in the garden. This is easy enough if you call a sizable property in the 'burbs home, but the smaller your square footage, the harder it gets to flex your green thumb. The good news? There are plenty of sunny days ahead because we've combed our favorite sites to round up a slew of the smartest, cleverest, and down-right cutest tiny gardens out there.


6 Tips for Creating a Group Recipe Book — The Spring Bridal Shower

What do you get someone who loves to cook but already has all the gadgets and gizmos she could possibly need? How about a handmade cookbook that contains recipes and anecdotes from all her friends and loved ones?

It's a great gift for milestone birthdays, going-away parties, and especially bridal showers (it's been known to bring so many tears!). "I don't think I received a more thoughtful or practical gift," says Emily, a recent bride from Michigan.

To make one, all you have to do is contact your fellow party guests and ask them to submit a favorite recipe, then print the recipes and tape or insert them into a recipe book or binder.

Although it's a tough gift to mess up, here are some things I've learned while doing this for multiple bridal showers.


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