Seeing Stars: Festive Crafts and Activities for 4th of July!

By PBK Editors

Before the sparklers and fireworks display, bring an element of star-filled creativity with a few kid-friendly crafts and activities. Here are three of our favorite ideas to try!

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This Fruit Dyed Star Garland from A Subtle Revelry is the perfect summer craft to do outdoors. Your little ones will love experimenting with each fruit to see the natural dyes they can create!

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Add some extra flair to your little ones 4th of July outfit with a Stars & Straws Necklace from Babycenter. This craft is simple, mess-free and perfect for little ones of all ages.

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Create your very own outdoor game with this Lawn Star Idea from Sunset Magazine. Whether you try a ring toss or a build a hopscotch, your kids will love frolicking about on this fun floor design.

Ready for a day of stars and stripes? Visit potterybarnkids.com and check out our other 4th of July Ideas.

A Vegetable Garden Ripe for Color

By Joel Henriques

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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Throughout my childhood, both of my grandmas kept beautiful gardens. I remember feeling the importance of helping out, as well as the excitement of picking and eating the vegetables and fruits when they were ready.

Now that I have kids, it’s even more fun watching their proud faces as they help out in our little garden: planting seeds, watching them sprout up, then finally crunching on a freshly picked prize.

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When I started working on this coloring sheet, my kids immediately got out their pens and paper and started drawing along with me. I hope you and your kids enjoy coloring it in, or even creating a drawing of your own garden.

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Download the free coloring sheet here.

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Have a bountiful summer!

Celebrating Super Heroes!

By PBK Editors

Did you know that today is Superman’s™ birthday? In honor of this classic crime-fighter, we’re sharing a few of our favorite Super Hero items, now on sale!

Gear up with the Man of Steel. Pack up for camp or summer school with a rugged backpack or rolling luggage that’s made for adventure.

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Keep the Caped Crusader close by. Whether your little one is falling asleep with the scenes of Gotham City or heading off to school with the Dark Knight, these Batman™ favorites are action-packed.

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Spin a web of style. Spidey-senses will be tingling when they see the action-packed scenes of our room decor, backpacks, bedding and tabletop pieces.

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Fill their lives with wonder. Brand new this season, our Wonder Woman™ collection celebrates the strength and inspiration of female Super Heroes.

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Team up with the First Avenger™. With an indestructible shield and knack for fighting crime, Captain America™ keeps your little one company at home and during summer trips.

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Ready for adventure? Shop all of our Heroes & Villains Collection at potterybarnkids.com – and don’t forget to enter our #PBKHero Instagram Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift card!

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Decorating for the 4th of July!

By PBK Editors

Are you ready for next week’s patriotic festivities? Here are a few of our favorite picks that will take your home to new heights this 4th of July!

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Make a statement with outdoor decor. Our Flag Swag or a DIY Bunting from The Sweetest Occasion are a great way to add festive color to the neighborhood.

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Go bold indoors. From festive star sheeting and quilted bedding to illuminated and galvanized pieces, graphic icons like stars make for a grand statement during the 4th of July holiday.

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Incorporate stars and stripes. Whether you’re setting the table with our classic Cambria Tabletop or adding a fun activity with our US Map Placemat, try including an element with stars and stripes like our Personalized Star Plate or Star Tablecloth for a festive touch.

Looking for more great ways to decorate for the 4th? Visit potterybarnkids.com and shop our 4th of July Sale to save up to 60%!

3 Fun Soccer Facts

By PBK Editors

Are you and your little ones rooting for Team USA? Here are a few of our favorite fun facts about soccer, perfect for your little athlete.

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  • Players run up to 6 miles during one soccer game.
  • The origins of soccer date back thousands of years with Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese all taking part in some form of this game.
  • On a standard soccer ball, there are 12 pentagons (five-sided shapes) and 20 hexagons (six-sided shapes).

Got a little soccer fan in your family? Stay tuned to potterybarnkids.com — we’re launching the perfect backpack for camp or summer school later this week!

Tips for Two (or more!): Decorating with Twins

By PBK Editors

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When decorating for twins or multiples, the challenges can seem exponential. Here are a few of our foundational tips that will help get you started in a room for two (or more!).

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Set up a strong storage foundation. From hanging storage and soft storage to dressers and bins, a great start to any room (multiples or not) is storage. Find the perfect system for your home here.

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Get creative with the space! Don’t feel restricted to a mirrored layout — a different orientation of your furniture may give a better flow to the room.

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Choose furniture that will last. Timeless pieces will help add longevity to the room. Even as their favorite colors or hobbies change, you’ll have solid furniture that grows with them.

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Coordinate the style, but be sure to differentiate the look. Try adding a few playful letters or a different color for each child to help energize the room. The decorative details are just enough to give each little one a space to call their own.

Looking for more great room ideas? Check out our Shared Rooms and Shared Nurseries in Design Studio.

 

 

A Sweet Surprise for 4th of July

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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The Fourth of July is one of my all-time favorite holidays. I’ve loved it since I was a little kid – it always reminds me of sunny days at the lake, barbecue parties and (of course) fireworks!

Speaking of barbecues: a great way to cool down the little peanuts at your 4th of July party is to serve homemade snow cones right in your own backyard. Using the Pottery Barn Kids Snow Cone Machine, you can easily make the crushed snow for this summer-perfect treat. Add our homemade syrup (recipe below) to add color and flavor – it’s a healthier option that’s also all-natural! Both you and your little party guests will love this cool snack.

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Homemade Healthy Snow Cone Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh fruit of your choice (use strawberries and raspberries for red) or a 12-oz. can of frozen fruit juice
  • Blue water flavoring/punch packet (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup Agave in the Raw

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Step 1: If using fresh fruit, blend until completely smooth. Add two cups of water and ½ cup of Agave in the Raw and continue blending until you have a smooth, watery consistency. Pour syrup in a bottle for easy pouring.

Step 2: If you’re using a can of frozen fruit juice, let it thaw until it’s almost liquid. Add juice to two cups of water and ½ cup of Agave and blend or stir until you have a smooth, watery consistency. Pour syrup in a bottle for easy pouring.

Step 3: For non-fruit colors, like blue, use blue water flavoring or a blue punch packet. Add to two cups of water and ½ cup Agave in the Raw. Stir until completely mixed. Pour syrup in a bottle for easy pouring.

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Check out my favorite picks for a red, white and blue celebration of your own below – have a Happy 4th of July!

Spotted! A Perfect Playroom Filled with Style

By PBK Editors

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This Wichita Falls playroom from Jana Bek of Bek Design mixes color, pattern and perfect storage pieces for a room that’s organized and bright.

For her client, Meghan of Meghan Cavanaugh Photography, Jana focused on a keeping the space beautiful to coordinate with the rest of the home, while also thinking about being kid-friendly (Meghan has two little ones).

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As storage was a big priority for the space, Jana included a few striped canvas storage bins and a Madison bookrack to keep playroom items tidy and accessible. For a versatile palette, Jana anchored the room with our Cameron Cubby Set and PB Basic Sofa in white, letting the decorative pieces shine.

“The Cameron Storage System offers so much versatility,” Jana said. “You can add canvas bins for additional covered storage, or keep them open for stacking books. As her kids’ tastes transition, she can adjust accordingly.”

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We love the space Jana created for Meghan’s kids and selected a few of our favorite pieces to get this look in your own home:

 

Design Credit: Jana Bek of Bek Design
Photography Credit: Meghan Cavanaugh of Meghan Cavanaugh Photography