50 Patriotic Must-Haves Under 50 Dollars

There are 50 states, so naturally we had to find 50 red, white and blue must-haves as we celebrate America on the fourth of July. Wait, it gets better. All of them are under $50. 50 for 50 under 50. We love America, don’t you?

  1. Star and Stripes Sandals
  2. Stars and Stripes Jean Shorts
  3. Stars and stripes American Tee
  4. Chuck Converse Shoe
  5. Scarf 
  6. Star Studs
  7. Stars and Stripes Socks
  8. Tunic
  9. Chambray Shirt Dress
  10. Red Toms Shoes
  11. Red Lipstick 
  12. Floppy Straw Hat
  13. Straw Tote with Tassels
  14. Bourbon and Bowtie White Stone Bangle
  15. Moon and Lola Script Pendant
  16. Raglan Shirt
  17. Off Shoulder Top
  18. USA Tee
  19. American Flag Turban
  20. Sunglasses
  21. American Flag Leggings
  22. American Flag Cap
  23. Star Print Shorts and Pajamas
  1. Red and White Turkish Towel
  2. America Cheese Board
  3. Paper Napkins
  4. American Flag Tapestry
  5. Monogram Koozie
  6. Coasters
  7. Swell Water Bottle
  8. Red Star Dinner Plate
  9. Red Wooden Cutlery
  10. Radioflyer Wagon
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Red Cooler
  13. Swan Drink Holder
  14. Bamboo Tray
  15. Blue Sunnylife Radio
  16. Red, White and Blue Hanging Planter
  17. Bocce set
  18. Enamel Mug
  19. Ping Pong Set
  20. Monogrammed Mason Jar with Straw
  21. Celestial Coaster Set
  22. Red White and Blue Striped Box
  23. Picnic Blanket
  24. Merican Dream Doormat
  25. Cobalt Blue Vase 
  26. Giant Ice Pop Floatie
  27. American Flag Pillow

DIY Dream Sign



We watch the craft and food videos on Facebook with amazement and watering mouths. Video’s are on our ultimate to-do list. Darby Smart must have read our minds, because we recently worked with them on one of their To DIY for Boxes, and their genius video editors put together an awesome video from our clips. Jessica’s hands are famous – it’s a good thing she actually painted her nails.

Our head is in the clouds dreaming big most of the day, so we wanted to represent all our big dreams with a DIY Dreaming in the Clouds sign.
Please take a moment to watch our Darby Smart video, add it to your faves, and then check out our other projects, too. It’s 30 seconds of dreamy, goodness.
You Mustn’t Be Afraid to Dream a Little Bigger, Darling. 



DIY Red, White and Blue Ice Bucket


It’s about that time when red, white and blue are just about the only colors on our minds. Yes, one of our favorite holidays, July 4th, is coming up, and this year we’re adding a DIY fruit ice bucket to our party to do’s.

A DIY patriotic ice bucket is the perfect July 4th accessory, and it’s so easy and cheap to do. Guests will love the extra touch of red, white and blue, and they will enjoy their chilled beverage.




  • water
  • large bucket, we used a plastic one from Party City
  • small buckets {small enough to fit inside large bucket and large enough to fit a wine bottle or beer can}
  • blueberries, fresh or frozen, at least 2 cups
  • strawberries, fresh or frozen, sliced, 2-3 cups
  • weight, such as a rock
  • wine or beer


Fill about 1/3 of the large bucket full of water, then drop in all the strawberries. Freeze for at least 5-8 hours.


Place 2 small buckets on top of first layer of ice, add weight inside {we used a rock}, and fill another 1/3 of the bucket with water. Do not get water inside the small bucket because it will be more difficult to remove the buckets from the ice. Freeze for about 5-8 hours.


For the final layer, fill the remaining 1/3 of the container fill of water, and then drop in blueberries. Freeze for 8 hours.


Remove from the freezer. Pour boiling water inside the small buckets and gently twist to remove from the ice. Additionally, run the outside of the large bucket with  hot water from the sink faucet. After about 15 seconds on each side, the ice cooler will be easily removed, and the layers should look like this.


Carefully flip the ice cooler out from the bucket with your hands and set on a tray. Fill the holes with wine or beer. We couldn’t decide because beer, well, it’s all-American and those Budweiser cans are so patriotic and awesome. But, the vino lovers that we are couldn’t resist the taste and look of the red and blue Relax Wine bottles of wine.








Important Note: We took photos of this DIY ice bucket with wine we had in the liquor cabinet, and after review of photos, while the wine was good, for the ultimate patriotic post, the wine bottle {and beer} needed to be more festive in color. Enter, Relax Wines and Budweiser beer! However, the ice bucket had to be re-frozen during a several hour photo shoot intermission, and a thin ‘film’ of ice formed over every layer, so the color of the DIY ice bucket was dulled, and the lines of the red, white and blue blurred. You win some, you lose some. Either way, we love our bucket, but honestly, it will be more vibrant than our photos if you have the right alcohol the first time around. 

DIY Let Love Grow Plant


Dolly Parton said it best, Let Love Grow.

When we really look around, in spite of the horrific hatred we see daily on the news, we find that love still exists. In fact, love is all around. But, sometimes we need a little reminder. To us, the heart shape, whether big or small, signifies love. Inside of us, it represents this beautiful life with every heart-pumping beat; but outside of us, the shape represents love, goodness and kindness. When we open our eyes, minds and hearts, we find that not only is love everywhere, but hearts are, too. And, with every heart we spy with our eyes, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the love in our lives, and how we can share it with others.

Last week, we saw a heart designed on the top of our latte. Everyday, as our children learn to draw hearts, we pause to think about the love and joy that lives in their hearts {and the role we play in shaping what love looks like in their world}. Every time we send and receive a handwritten note from a loved one, it’s signed with a heart. And, just the other day, one of our kids saw a heart-shaped cloud in the sky.

Recently, we used our green thumbs to create a green heart to remind us to let love grow. The plant can be transplanted outdoors if it outgrows the container, and good news – it’s a perennial – so it will come back year after year.



  • Plastic Pot Saucer, Home Depot
  • Sedum Tile Ground Cover
  • Scissors, sharp {garden scissors}
  • Potting Soil
  • Chalkboard sign, small stick and pen


Drill several holes into the plastic saucer. We drilled one in the center and four evenly spaced around the saucer.



Fill the planter 1/2-3/4 full with dirt.


Remove the entire square tile of Sedum from the container and flip it over. Use chalk to draw your design, or eye-ball it. We chose a heart, and without lines to follow, we began to cut.



Place the heart in the center of the saucer with dirt, and then fill in all the surrounding space with dirt.


Make a sign – Let Love Grow or Love Lives Here – and insert it in the dirt.






DIY Hourglass Rope Planter


We’re obsessed with modern hourglass accent side tables. We stumbled across the photo below in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine {or something similar}, and snapped a photo for future inspiration. Until we can find a way to make a DIY, chic hourglass side table, we settled for a DIY hourglass rope planter. Our thumb was sore from pressing the glue gun, but that was the only tiny hard thing about this whole project.




  • 2 Terra cotta pots, one larger and the other smaller, The Home Depot
  • White spray paint
  • Rope, 3/8 inch Sisal Rope {we used 1.5 rolls from Home Depot}
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Gorilla Super Glue
  • Paint brush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Succulents or plants, The Home Depot


Step 1: Spray paint the terra cotta pots white. One coat will work just fine. It doesn’t need to be perfect – it’s just to keep the background neutral in case there is a tiny opening through the rope.



Step 2: Flip the large terra cotta pot upside down and dab super glue around the base. Place the smaller terra cotta pot on top in the center {the holes should be lined up} and press down firmly.





Step 3: Once dry, it’s time to cover it with rope. Start at the bottom by placing a strip of hot glue along the bottom edge, and press the rope onto the glue. Continue to wrap the rope around the pot row after row until the entire pot is covered.






Step 4: Paint stripes on the planter. We didn’t use painter’s tape – we just eye-balled it.


Step 5: Plant succulents, or the plant of your choice, in the top part of the planter.