The High King Lives

Independence Day Crafts & Fun 2014 July 23, 2014

Hello dear ones! I hope you are well. I want to show you the crafts we did this year for the 4th of July.

In 2012 we made fireworks in a jar, Independence candles using salt and food coloring, and we decorated a t-shirt. I also painted Michael’s face before we saw fireworks. There’s also a short lapbook. Link here:

2013 we celebrated our first Family Olympics. Link here:

This year…

  • I made a Summer wreathe out of red, white, and blue flip flops and a bow. I got it all at the Dollar Tree.
  • The wreathe goes perfect with the patriotic flip flop welcome mat, I made a couple of years ago.
  • Michael made a flag out of popsicle sticks.
  • Michael did another Independence Day lapbook.
  • Flip flops are a theme in my house, this Summer. I’ve also been making Summery paper chains. Usually I put flowers on the wall but I didn’t have any Summer flowers, so I improvised. The chains are whimsical. I’m a kid at heart.
  • We took a trip to the Infantry Museum for good food and entertainment.
  • We got pictures with Captain America and other super heroes.
  • Then we went to see Captain America 2 at the dollar theater.
  • We ended the night with fireworks and glowsticks. We sat on top of the Jeep again.

One day, I hope to get to the beach for fireworks. I grew up about 30 minutes from the beach. So as a kid, my Mom and I often went to St. Simon’s or Jekyll Island for fireworks. Usually we’d grab some boiled peanuts and find a playground to have fun on. We’d stay on the beach until the tide pushed us up on the rocks. I remember the taste of sea salt in my soda. The traffic was always horrible leaving the island, but I’m glad my Mom put up with it. My Mom was always open to adventure. I hope I’m like her.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Fourth of July STuff 2014


Crafty Monday: Independence Day crafts (the 4th of July) July 9, 2012

Hello dear ones πŸ™‚ I hope you had a lovely weekend. I’ve got several Fourth of July crafts and activities to share. Enjoy the pics etc πŸ™‚

We started our day with an Independence Day lapbook.

Resources from:

We also read a couple of books about Francis Scott Key andΒ  “The Star Spangled banner”.

Nana and Grandad came over to join the fun. While Chris grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, the rest of us were being crafty :). You can find our ideas on my Pinterest at:

First, we made fireworks in a jar, which took a lot of trial and error. We found it was best not to pour all the mixture in at once. This craft is on Pinterest.

Food Coloring, Oil, water, and a glass vase….voila!

Then I taught everyone how to make Fourth of July Candles.

Materials: Mason Jar/ baby food jar, several cans of salt, red and blue food coloring, small candles (red or blue), funnel

First, you get three cups/bowls and fill each with the same amount of salt. You’re going to need a lot if you use a big mason jar like us. You can make several if you use baby food jars.

Then you put a couple of drops of red coloring in one cup, blue in the next, and keep one cup white. Take a fork and mix the food coloring. You will have colored salt. Then you want to layer these (red, white, and blue). Use a funnel to pour your colors. You can make several small layers or three big layers.

Once you’ve finished layering you will melt the bottom of your candle over the top of the salt. This will help seal it and keep the salt from falling out. Then just stick the candle on top.

I bought a cheap white t-shirt and some fabric paint to make Michael a Fourth of July shirt.

It was way too hot to go to all the holiday events. So we had our own fun at home until time for fireworks. Chris and I filled up 20 water balloons so we could play hot potato with them. We also filled the water guns.

The games began πŸ™‚

Eventually we started trying to soak each other with the balloons. Kim (grandad) thought it’d be fun to bust one on my head.

This began a war πŸ™‚

Run , run , as fast as you can….


Once we were cool we enjoyed some watermelon and then had a three-legged race. The hubby finally joined the games. We won but Michael and Mom (Nana) did a good job. Maybe someday I can find sacks large enough for a sack race.

The grand-folks went home and the family got ready for fireworks. It’s always great to have face paint around. I painted Michael’s face with festive colors.

Captain America shield….sort of

American Flag

I had already bought him some patriotic glow sticks to wave around too. We grabbed some ice cream then parked to see the show. Chris put down his top on his Jeep so we could sit on the roll bar. Michael and I didn’t like the height but we managed.

Fireworks πŸ™‚

Oh and we painted our door:

Well, God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover