Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Crafting costumes is quick when you use this simple trick: Pick wardrobe basics from your child's closet and pair them with these no-sew and easy-sew accessories.
This grand ensemble reuses that special-occasion dress your daughter will soon out-grow and transforms it into a costume fit for a princess. Simply tie a full length overskirt around the waist of the dress and drape a fur-trimmed stole over the shoulders.
In a sea of Halloween costumes, this one makes a splash! The satiny tail of reversible blue and lime quilted fabric is stitched as a skirt with the front cut short for walking ease and the back cut long with fins. Just make sure your Arielle dons leggings and a flesh-tone shirt underneath her bikini top for cool weather trick-or-treating.
Turn your pajama-clad cocoon into a dazzling butterfly with fabric wings so shimmery you won't need trims to make them sparkle. Just cut them out as a single piece and add elastic for shaping and fastening. For extra sparkle frame her face with boa-covered antennae.
This pirate's got bling--and it won't cost you a chest of treasure. With some inexpensive felt, gold and rickrack trims, and bit of sewing your lad will be set to sail into uncharted candy territory. Give him swagger with a skull-and-crossbones cap and a belt with a giant cardboard buckle wrapped in foil tape.
Half the fun of this automation is pulling the materials together: a box, duct tape, and old bike helmet from the garage; foam beads and a Slinky; flexible dryer duct and pipe insulation from the hardware store. Then just cut, spray-paint, and tape away!