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Get Patriotic with Gymboree - Red, White and Cute (With Patriotic Popsicle Stick Crafts) - #OneBigHappy



Can you believe that Spring is officially here and that summer is right around the corner. I'm talking about sun and more sun and we are super excited. The summer for us means vacations and enjoying life in general. Memorial Day is just a few days away and we're super excited. Being a military family, we not only support our troops but we also honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free today. We usually celebrate our day with a BBQ and end it by watching the fireworks. Living close to a military base, we get to experience first hand all their activities and we try and attend when we can. If you're like me, you might have already gone ahead and found the perfect outfit for your children for that day. If you haven't and you're wondering what to get your children for the holidays, Gymboree should be your first choice. I know that it usually is for me. As I've mentioned in the past, we are HUGE fans and I can't even begin to tell you how much of my money is spent there for my daughter, the clothing line is just too cute and their new Red White and Cute line is no exception.


Their clothing is always superior in quality and we have worn them over and over, washed them numerous times and they've all held up. I have even been able to pass them down and they still looked great, but I digress. If you're still in the market for your own patriotic wear, whether for Memorial Day which is right around the corner or for the 4th of July holiday then Gymboree has just what you need for both boys and girls. Clothing, shoes and accessories, everything that you need.




Madison as you can see is all decked out in the Liberty Belle outfit which comprises of a striped midi dress that has a hi-low hem. It's low in the front and high in the back. She also decided on red glitter cowboy boots which features glitter stars and is easy to pull on and off, and she finished her look with a star necklace and bracelet.



So now that you've gotten your patriotic wear from Gymboree here's something else that we just love to do. Let's get to what we love to do best. Crafting! Today I want to share with you two very simple patriotic craft made with popsicle sticks. Our version of the US Flag and Uncle Sam. There is so much you can do with popsicle sticks and they are absolutely great for crafting. I keep them in stock in different sizes and colors.

Patriotic Popsicle Stick Craft - Flag and Uncle Sam

Supplies needed:


Popsicle Sticks (I used the jumbo size and approximately 8 per craft)
Markers or paint (Red, White & Blue, to color your sticks)
Craft glue or a Glue Gun
Cotton balls
Wiggly Eyes
Acrylic Jewels (couldn't find stars which would have been perfect)


Directions:

While the directions are super easy and I didn't think about taking photos to show it to you step-by step, I'll try and explain it as best as I can so you can get it.

Step 1: Let's begin by coloring your popsicle sticks. I used approximately 7-8 popsicle sticks per craft.

Flag:

Color 3 sticks in solid red, 2 in white and 2 in blue. You're however going to cut those 2 blue sticks in half and keep 3 of the 4 pieces.

Uncle Sam:

Color 1 stick solid blue.


Step 2:

Flag: 

Here's a simple trick to getting the popsicle sticks to stay together. Cut a piece of cardstock paper and glue your sticks to it. Start with red, followed by white until you've used all your red and white sticks.

You should have cut your blue sticks in half and now you're going to attach them on the left at the top.

Next, attach your acrylic jewels on the blue any which way that you like. I placed the glue and Madison had a lot of fun adding them.

Now, while you can leave it that way, I decided to use a plain popsicle stick (not colored) and attach it to the back so that you can hold it easily.


Uncle Sam:

Place 6 of your uncolored popsicle sticks in a row. About 2-3 inches down, or where you want to, place some glue going across the sticks and attach your 1 colored blue stick. That should hold your sticks in place.

Once it dries, color the top in a uniformed way starting with red and ending with white. (Red, white, red, white, red, white).

Attach 2 wiggle eyes in the middle and then your cotton balls (for his beard) all with some glue. I also made a small black dot for his nose.

That's it! Easy peasy!


Crafting is our One Big Happy and we plan on sharing our patriotic pride in our Gymboree clothing. So get to your nearest Gymboree and get your patriotic pride on!


Here are the ways you can connect with Gymboree:



Let's discuss: What are your plans for Memorial Day?

Annmarie John
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  1. My sisters birthday is today and my brothers is the 27 so heading here for a bbq. Love the outfit and that the craft is so easy!

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    1. Thank you Angela. That sounds like a great way to celebrate!

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  2. I can't believe it's ALREADY memorial day weekend! I want to do crafts too! :D

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    1. Oh I can't believe it myself either. Seems like just yesterday was the beginning of the new year.

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  3. We are going to the beach :) It officially opens this weekend and even if it's chilly, we will be there!!

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    1. That's a great way to spend your Memorial weekend. Have fun!

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  4. Cutest dress ever! I am going to have to save this, my kids would love these little crafts. I can't think about July right now though - time is moving too fast!

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    1. Oh time truly is but you can have this for Memorial Day weekend. They're all patriotic weekends.

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  5. I never thought popcicle sticks could make such an adorable craft. Also, those red boots are super awesome!!

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    1. Oh my goodness Rachel, you have no idea. I have done a LOT of crafts with popsicle sticks and I wish I had a pair of those boots in my size.

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  6. The outfit is adorable but I am sure that it is the model! The craft stick projects are perfect for this weekend!

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    1. Yes they are and they're perfect for the 4th of July too!

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  7. These are some great craft ideas for the upcoming holiday. But can we just take a moment to appreciate that outfit!!! Loving those boots!! So cute!

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    1. Thank you so much Di, yes the outfit is amazing isn't it?

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  8. Madison is so cute. You always dress her is such adorable outfits. You're a lucky mama to have such a good kid.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, but Gymboree was the one that makes her look cute. ;)

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  9. Awww, I remember do these crafts when I was younger. You are lucky she enjoys them. My niece and nephew are not interested. lol.

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    1. Madison just loves doing crafts. I've never had a problem with her, she actually asks about doing them.

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  10. Oh that is just so cute! I just love easy kids crafts like this one. And the dress!! So sweet!!

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    1. Thank you Erin and I love easy myself too. Gymboree has so many other adorable clothing for the holidays.

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  11. We are going to celebrate with family! I can't wait to get out the grill and cook some awesome food!

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    1. That sounds like a fabulous plan indeed.

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  12. This is a great craft. Thanks for the tip of gluing them to yardstick. I need to get some dresses for summer so I'll look at Gymboree.

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    1. You'll most certainly find what you're looking for there. I've never been to Gymboree and walked out empty handed.

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  13. Those boots are the cutest. My daughter would love them. Hope you have a Happy Memorial Day.

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    1. Thank you Alexandria and I hope you have a great Memorial Day as well.

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  14. I love your girl's boots!! So pretty! I am so going to do these crafts with my kiddos!!

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    1. Thank you Roxanne. Gymboree is the place to et them for sure.

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  15. We own most of this line, but I haven't bit the bullet for the boots yet, I think I am going to have to, they are so cute!

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    1. They truly are and I think you should bite the bullet and get them.

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  16. I don't know what it is about summer, but I tend to go crazy for red, white, and blue until Labor Day! Those boots make the outfit!!!

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    1. Thank you Toni and you're right, red, white and blue is just the way to go.

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  17. She is so cute! I need to head to Gymboree and check out this line for my daughter.

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    1. Thank you Wendy and please do that. Even if you don't find her size available in this dress, since they tend to go fast, then you'll find something else for sure that you'll love.

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  18. That little blue and white dress is precious! I had boys, so I hope I get a granddaughter to spoil and buy cute things like that for :D

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    1. Kelly Gymboree sells products for boys as well, not just girls but I'm sure you knew that. :)

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  19. These are super cute popisicle stick crafts! I know my youngest will have fun making these...she's always doing stuff like this.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that she would. Madison is the same way.

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  20. She is ADORABLE! I love those boots! She is a sassy girl :). We will have to do this craft I know my son would love it.

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    1. Thank you Jeannette. She sure is sassy and you should do the craft with your son. Have fun!

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  21. I flew up to Atlanta to spend the long weekend with my sister and her little munchkins. It's nice to get away and spend time with family.

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    1. It truly is nice to spend time with family. Maybe you can take them to Gymboree and get them some new clothing.

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  22. I also can't believe that Summer is just around the corner! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were all anxiously awaiting Spring and warmer weather. I just hope this Spring and Summer go by slow so we can thoroughly enjoy them! As for Memorial Day I think I may be hanging out with my best friend and my 2 1/2 year old niece.

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    1. Maybe you can take your niece to Gymboree. I know she'll enjoy having auntie to herself getting spoiled.

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  23. When I had the twins, shopping for clothes became a hobby especially when there's a holiday to celebrate! This dress is so adorable and it fits Madison so well. Loving the accessories she wore with it too, can those boots be any more cuter? I'm sure you both had fun making that popsicle craft!

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    1. Oh yes we sure did. When it comes to the holidays we always find our clothing at Gymboree. Love them!

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  24. The new outfit is super cute. Gymboree always has the best stuff. I love the popsicle stick craft!

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    1. Thank you Liz. Madison loved it too and you're right, they do have the best stuff.

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  25. These are some great craft ideas; very creative. Madison's outfit is cute and she is cutest.

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    1. Thank you Akhil. We appreciate you stopping by.

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  26. The kid looks so patriotic! She looks nice on the dress, very memorial day. I hope you all enjoy the celebration!

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    1. We plan to, Nicole. It will be tons of fun.

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  27. I love her dress. I need to get my youngest son something for the 4th of July. I usually end up wearing my red Texas ranger shirt since it's patriotic too.:)

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    1. While I'm sure that is patriotic, I'm pretty sure that he'll enjoy having a new outfit from Gymboree.

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  28. Your daughter is so beautiful! I love her red, white and blue outfit. It's so cute! She loves very cute in it. I don't actually have any plans for Memorial weekend.

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    1. It's tomorrow, you should find some fireworks or enjoy a bbq.

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  29. Love these little crafts! Such a cute patriotic outfit too. I'm happy to see themed posts like these.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca and thank you for stopping by.

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  30. That's an awesome project for both kids and adults! We have a lot of sticks at home that were supposed to be for popsicles but this one can put them to use. I'll have to check out Gymboree too!

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    1. Oh there is so much you can do with popsicle sticks. Have fun.

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  31. WOW. I love her clothes! So patriotic! I love this craft, we will have to do it.

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    1. Thank you and thanks to Gymboree we can dress for the occasion.

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  32. I love those boots! Awesome crafts. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. And thank you for stopping by Melissa.

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