Can you believe that 4th of July is less than 2 weeks away. That means that summer is almost halfway over or depending on your point of view, we have half a year to look forward to. We just past the summer solstice, and the days are going to start getting shorter, which is hard to believe since the heat of summer is really just starting to settle in. I’m ready to get out the 4th of July decorations and cover the house in red, white, and blue. I like to look at pictures of last year’s decorations so I can determine which I want to keep and which ones I might want to change. So grab a glass of sweet iced tea and let’s take a look at my 6 easy 4th of July decorations from 2016.
6 Easy 4th of July Decorations with Red, White, and Blue
An American flag is always part of our patriotic holiday decorations. I think the American flag is the most beautiful thing with its red, white, and blue. And the symbolism of the starts and the stripes. Makes me want to salute.
Store~Bought 4th of July Decorations
We always have American flags in the flower beds in the front yard. You can pick them up at the craft store or The Dollar Store.
Also outside by the front door is this pinwheel with stars and stripes. Just sticking it in the container was the easiest 4th of July decoration.
On the mantle I hung this banner from a party store. Pre~purchased banners are so easy to incorporate into your 4th of July decorations. Having some “ready~to~go” decorations gives you time to create a few of your own DIY decorations. I think it’s nice to have a mix for any decorative endeavor.
On our breakfast room chandelier, I hung these cute red, white, and blue pinwheels in different patterns. Another purchased decoration that required very little DIY assembly, but made quite a statement when you walk in the room.
DIY Projects for 4th of July Decorations
For a DIY project, I found these kinds of decorative stars, streamers, and pinwheels at various places last year: Target, the Dollar Store and one of our local party stores. I love the sparkle of the stars. I’ve had the bright blue pail for years. I cut a piece of styrofoam to fit inside and pushed all the stars, pinwheels and other sparkles into the styrofoam. Then I covered the styrofoam in red shredded paper left over from my daughter’s wedding. We used it in the Texas welcome bags for out of town guests. Some burlap ribbon with an overlay of stars and stripes ribbon tied around the pail finishes off the centerpiece.
I repeated the same arrangement in a taller bright blue pail for a side table. I think repeating a motif such as a centerpiece in a slightly different size or shape continues the theme and creates a sense of cohesiveness in your decorations.
That was our simple, but 6 easy 4th of July decorations last year. I already have a few ideas for some new 4th of July decorations for 2017. The colors will be the same! but the arrangements and placement may be slightly different. I’ll see you back here to share soon.
Featured Home Tour
Here’s a totally “doesn’t have anything to do with the 4th of July” thing that I just had to share. I’m so excited that I’m being featured over at Poofing the Pillows by sweet Stacey as her First Friday Home Tour. Hop over there, take a tour of our home and say hi to Stacey.