Create a Summer Art Adventure The Entire Family Will Enjoy!

Summer is finally here, yay!, and that means that there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and explore your local art scene. If you’re like me, you are always trying to find an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family and won’t break the bank. Luckily most cities tend to host some pretty great festivals, concerts, and family fun days that can fill the bill, but I always like to mix it up a little and create some fun activities on my own. So if you are looking for some fun family art adventures to try, check out my list below!

Hmmm, now where is this one again?

Local Art Scavenger Hunt

I love a good scavenger hunt! They are a great way to explore your local community and engage in a little friendly competition with family and friends! A local art scavenger hunt is a great way to test your knowledge on public art pieces in your city, and may lead to a discover of art works that you may not have known about.

To get started, create a list of well known art pieces in your city, as well as some that may be a little off the beaten path. You can hold your scavenger hunt in a particular area/ neighborhood making most clues within walking distance or you can choose to branch out. Come up with clues for each art work and don’t be afraid to get creative! When its over, you will not only have discovered the many cool art works that your community has to offer, you will have also had created some great moments with family and friends!

Movies under the stars? Yes please!

Host a Neighborhood Film Festival

Film festivals are great ways to become exposed to movies and documentaries that may not be showing  in mainstream theaters. They are also a wonderful way to delve into your inner film fan and share films from your favorite genre, actor/ actress, or movie series with your local community.  Hosting a neighborhood film festival is a great way to share your love of cinema and engage with your neighbors.

To find the right venue, you may not have to look any further than your own backyard. Watching movies outdoors is the perfect summer activity and it isn’t very difficult to pull off. All you need is a nicely sized front or back yard, a projector, speakers, and an outdoor screen.  For help with how to diy an outdoor theater check out Google or Pinterest for some great ideas!

If hosting at home isn’t an option, see if you can partner with a local community center or community clubhouse. Often, they will even have a room that can be used as a theater so that you will not have to provide your own equipment.


Throw an Arty Party!

Summer and parties go together like iced tea and lemonade! You just shouldn’t go through the summer without hosting at least one great get together with family and friends, and an Arty Party is a great way to do it.  An Arty Party can be whatever you want it to be. Just break out the art and craft supplies, put on some good music, have your guests bring an art inspired dish, and go at it! There are so many great ideas for fun art activities that kids will love, and Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find them. Of course for the 21 and older crowd, try mixing it up by having wine/ craft beer tastings and pairings.  You can also play art inspired games like charades or pictionary, or get a little messy by having a water color balloon battle. Just put a drop of food coloring in the balloons before filling with water!

So this year make the most of your summer and get adventurous!  Try out a couple of these activities with your crew or create some of your own!

Fun Father’s Day Pennant Banner DIY


Father’s Day is this Sunday and we created a fun pennant banner to celebrate! This fun diy project will have you ready to celebrate Dad’s big day in no time! Before you start, be sure to download our #1 DAD pennant banner below. Each PDF contains a # sign, the number 1, and the letters A and D.

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After printing the PDF files, cut out the pennant flags and punch a hole on each side using a hole punch.

Next you will use either string, yarn, or ribbon to attach each flag to the banner. There is a technique to looping the flags on your string so that it remains hidden and your letters appear in the correct order.


First, when adding your pennant flags to the banner, always start with the last word or symbol n your message. For instance, I started with the letter D in the #1 DAD banner.

Second, to make it so your string runs behind your banner and not in front; start your string on the second punched hole on the pennant flag,and push it behind the flag to the the first hole.

Once you have strung all your letters tie a knot at each end of the banner and find a place to hang it.  Dad’s gonna love it!



Spring has Sprung!


I absolutely love spring! The weather is warmer, everything is in bloom, and you can finally shed those winter clothes! Spring printables are a great way to bring a little warmth inside your home, without putting a dent in your budget. If you aren’t familiar with using printables in decor, it may be a little intimidating. I just started using them in my home and it took me a while to figure out how to make a 6×9 printable on the mantle not look plain and boring.  The solution…use 8×10 canvas boards, paint, and a little modge podge! Modge podge is a wonderful craft tool and if you’ve never used it, this project is a great way to start.

What you need:

8×10 Canvas Board

Paint & Brush

2 6×9 Spring Printables

Modge Podge

First, I painted my canvas. I decided to use bright pink and a really nice sea blue to create a bright bold look.


Next I printed off my 6×9 spring printables. You can find both in our shop @TheLovelyHomeParty and they download instantly to your computer, tablet, or phone. When printing, I chose to use 8.5 x 11 glossy photo paper because I knew it would hold up to the modge podge.

After I printed off my images and my canvas’s dried, I used a paint brush and covered the entire canvas in modge podge. Make sure to spread the modge podge evenly, but be generous! You want to make sure your image sticks to the canvas. Next place the printable in the center of the canvas, and spread modge podge across the entire image, and even onto the canvas. You want to make sure that the image is completely covered with modge podge because this will adhere it to the canvas, and give your printable a little texture.

To Finish, just wait for everything to dry, and find the perfect spot for it to go! I used our mantle and the printables provided a great pop of color right in time for Easter.