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Cheap and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations

by Advance Financial | December 7th, 2016


If you’re one of the “I go all out for Christmas” types, then you know that Holiday decorations are a major part of the season’s check list . With all the expenses associated with the Holidays, decorating  your house can be one the most expensive. DIY Holiday crafts are a great way to save some money while creating unique and customized decorations. We have outline four super easy and cheap DIY decor projects that not only will be a fun activities for the family, but will also help you deck the halls with bounds of savings. All of the supplies needed for these projects can be found at The Dollar tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, or Wal-Mart.

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DIY Halloween Costumes Using Items You Already Own

by Advance Financial | October 12th, 2016


When it comes to Halloween costume preparation, there are 2 types of people. Those who spend a ton of time and money to look the best at whatever event they are attending, and those who could not care less, but need something so they don’t look like a stick in the mud at the party. If you are the latter of the two, then we’ve got a few ideas that will take little effort and money. Below you will find 10 of the easiest DIY costumes, which can be made with items that might already be lying around your house.
































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Easy and Fun 4th of July Projects to do with the Kids

by Advance Financial | June 30th, 2016


With parties, parades and fireworks, 4th of July is a holiday that all kids love. Doing easy and fun crafts with your kids this Independence Day will just enhance their experience along with the fun. So to help make this the most patriotic July 4th yet, we have put together a list of easy and fun crafts to do with the little ones in celebration of our nation’s birthday.


Uncle Sam hats


All you’ll need is some red, white and blue construction paper, scissors, glue and a stapler. Have kids draw stars on white paper and then cut them out. Cut a sheet of blue paper in half and loosely wrap around the child’s head to create the base of the hat. This may require two sheets of paper. Once you have the correct size staple both ends of the base together. Cut 6 to 8, 2-inch strips of red paper and create the top of the hat by stapling each piece to the base upright (see image). Let kids glue on the stars they cut out, as well as add additional artwork with markers.


Sidewalk chalk mural


Get some red, white, and blue sidewalk chalk and have your little ones work together to create a huge 4th of July mural. Create an American flag Mural or a group of fireworks shooting off on a street sidewalk or a local park parking lot.


Red white and blue finger painting


What is easier than giving your kids 3 colors of paint and a piece of paper? No tools required for this one. Have kids use their hands to create their own masterpiece of the American flag. For easy clean up make sure and use this paint – finger paint


Firework stamp painting


Paint, paper and an empty toilet paper roll are all you are going to need for this project. Simply cut tiny slits 2 inches long around the end of multiple toilet paper rolls to create a firework stamp. Have kids dip the ends in paint and stamp onto paper. Try layering different colored paint stamps on top of each other to create a multi colored firework painting.


Firework pins


For this craft you will need some colored beads, large safety pins, a glue gun, and thin metal twine. Have your kids thread the beads on the needlepoint of the open safety pens and close the pins once the entire needle is covered with beads. Place safety pins in an outward circle and connect the ends threading the metal twine through the small holes at the end of the safety pin. You should now have a circle of beaded safety pins resembling fireworks. Hot glue another safety pin on the back, horizontally to make it where you can pin the design on a shirt.


Bake something patriotic


Kids love to help in the kitchen. If you are planning a 4th of July party, then a patriotic dessert would be perfect for the kids to help out with. There are tons of receipts for red, white, and blue desserts that you can find online. Here is a link to some of our favorites – Patriotic baking

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