4 DIY Decor Ideas for a Festive 4th of July!

Who says you need to break the bank to celebrate a fun 4th of July? Making your own decorations is a quick and easy way to share your festivity with guests for only a fraction of what store bought decorations would cost. Besides the savings, it's perfect for entertaining young family members, with parent supervision of course. If crafting some homemade decorations sounds like a fun way to celebrate your 4th of July then check out these 4 Independence Day decoration ideas.


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1. Balloon USA Flag

This is a fun way to celebrate your patriotism and an easy party decoration to create. Get a bunch of red, white and blue balloons, and enlist your family for balloon blow up duty. Once you have enough for your flag, use a bit of tape to keep them in place on any open wall. Remember to use tape that won't damage your paint or cabinet finish! If you're having trouble with your flag, check out this tutorial.





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2. Firework Rings 

These are fun and easy to make and can be used as party favors too. All you need is some red, white and blue pipe cleaners. Twist the colors of your choosing around a finger to create a snug, but not too tight, ring. Once they are twisted and secured in place, wrap each individual color around your finger to create a dazzling display of fireworks. Use more or less colors as you see fit to create your own particular show of finger fireworks.

Need a little help? Check this out for an easy guide to making the best firework ring!


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3. Painted Lawn Stars

Even your lawn can be a part of the party! Spray paint big, bold stars of red, white and blue all over. The more the merrier! Make sure to watch if small children are attempting it, or you could end up with pretty stars all over your home, furniture and even the dog!

All you need is a homemade star outline and eco friendly water-based construction marking spray! Anything other than a water-based spray may damage your lawn.


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4. Confetti Launchers

Fun for kids and adults alike, DIY confetti launchers are easy to make and are exciting to use. What will you need? Construction paper, tape, balloons and some toilet paper tubes. Pro tip: decorate the tube beforehand with paint or coloring tools for maximum festivity.

It may look difficult to complete, but we promise it isn't! Start crafting it by cutting a balloon in half, and then fit the tied bottom half around one end of the toilet paper tube and secure it firmly in place with tape. Finally, cut up the construction paper into tiny squares and load them into the tube. Keep your hand where the tube and balloon connect, pull pack on the balloon and let it rip! Confetti everywhere!

If you think you missed a step, use the tutorial we used to create our own confetti launchers!




These decor ideas are perfect for a 4th of July party. Whether you plan on being outside grilling, inside relaxing or somewhere else, try out some of these decor ideas and let us know which ones you had the most fun making!

3 Reasons Why Summer Is A Great Time For Home Renovations!

Most home renovations will be stressful, but a lot of factors go in to how difficult the renovation will be on your home and your family. Among these factors, the timing of your renovation has a big impact on how smoothly it gets done. If you’re thinking about doing any kind of home renovations, like a new kitchen or bathroom, then summer is a great time! Summer is the best time of year for escaping the mess, stress and complications of a home renovation.

We understand that summer can be a busy time for your home with parties to throw, people to entertain and chores to check off. This leaves you with the question: should you really renovate your house in the summer?  Here are three big reasons why summer is one of the best times to start a home renovation.



outdoor kitchen BBQ

1. Summertime Distractions

When your home is going through a renovation there’s going to be messes. This is a fact, and these messes will make it hard to do even the simplest of tasks like cook, relax or talk with others while indoors. You'll want to forget about the partially done kitchen and the things that are still left to do, and summer is perfect for distractions. In the summer, the warm weather outside can become the perfect space to relax, unwind and forget about the unfinished renovation. Utilize this time to grill, hang out with family and talk about what you’re most excited for in your new and improved home. Living in your home during a renovation is challenging, but being outside in the warm evenings will give you the perfect escape to all the madness and the mess.

While your home is under construction, you can take this time to be outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. There are always summer activities and events happening to keep you busy. Take advantage of local fairs, concerts and events that happen in the summer to get your mind off of your renovation. Nothing to do locally during your renovation? Host your own party with an outdoor dinner party or barbecue! Just because your home is being worked on doesn't mean you have to live in exile from friends and family. Invite them over for some fun in the sun, and if you’re up for it, show them how your renovation is coming along! Your friends will be blown away with how different it looks and excited at how it will be when finished.

If you’re finding it hard to relax, then use this time to finish all of those outdoor tasks you’ve been meaning to get to. Take this opportunity to spruce up the outside of your home. Start a garden, trim any wayward bushes and tree branches, and pick out those pesky weeds. Once your renovation is done you’ll have a home that is beautiful on the inside and the outside!



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2. Worker Morale

In a home renovation you could have workers from several different businesses and disciplines working together in your home. That's why it’s important to have the most ideal work conditions possible. When your renovation team starts working, you want them to be fully involved and motivated in their work. They are here to make your dream home come to life, and they should enjoy their work as much as possible. Working in the summertime tends to be more enjoyable than working in the cold fall and winter months. Projects also tend to proceed smoother in the summer, which is great for keeping your workers motivated and the end goal in sight. Having your home renovated in the summer isn’t just good for you, it’s better for those working on your home as well!

The best and easiest way to keep your workers happy is by creating an easy work environment. Working in cold weather is difficult at times, and if there is snow on the ground there’s a good chance that slush and snow can be tracked inside to their workspace. This can add complications and leave some workers frustrated. Warm, dry workers are usually happier than cold, wet ones. Take it from us! Use the summer heat to your advantage and give your renovation team ideal conditions to work in.


3. Great Weather

Weather plays a surprisingly large factor in home renovations. Poor weather conditions like snow, ice, rain and sleet can make it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get workers out to your home. Even one delay and your project’s original schedule may get set back days or weeks. This will only end up costing you time and money. A delay in one area can put holdups on several other areas to follow. These building delays, holdups and schedule pushbacks will add more and more time to your renovation. All of a sudden, a five week project gets extended to ten.

The best way to keep your renovation timetable safe from unpredictable weather is by doing it in the summer when the weather is less erratic. Michigan weather year-round is traditionally unpredictable, but unless it starts snowing in June your renovation will be done on time. By using the summer sun to your advantage, you can keep your renovation moving along smoothly and have it done with summertime to spare.



Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start that home renovation project you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to get started, or show us exactly what you have in mind for your home by building your very own LaFata Ideaboard! You can take your favorite renovation styles, ideas and inspirations, and post them to your Ideaboard. Not only will we see what your dream home should look like, we’ll contact you with the next steps to get it started.