Thursday, June 5, 2014

4th of July Decorations

Horray, summer is finally here. Here in Colorado we had snow in May! So I am so excited that the weather is finally warming up. Here's my darling daughter eating some watermelon. It just doesn't get much better then that. 

On Memorial Weekend I got out my 4th of July decorations so we could enjoy them early.  The 4th of July is my second favorite holiday. I love it! I love the summer. I love the patriotic spirit. I love spending the whole day celebrating and BBQing with my family. It is the best.  You can see my 4th of July Pinterest Board here

So these are a bunch of decorations I made last year. I love this flag inspired wreath. I searched Pinterest for the best 4th of July wreath and I just love this one! I followed this tutorial here. You basically but squares of felt and use pins to stick them into a styrofoam wreath. 

I did make a few changes. The first thing I did was wrap my styrofoam wreath with duck tape. I had a styrofoam wreath on my door before and the wind blew it off and it smashed to pieces. I am hoping the duck tape helps this one last longer. I also feel like it hugs the pins so they stay in better too. I wanted my stripes to be even, so I measured it out and marked lines on my wreath with a sharpie. I wanted to have a lot of stripes and each section is roughly 2 1/2 to 3 inches across. 

The last change I made was I painted wood stars and tied them on with wire. 

Since my wreath hangs outside, I knew paper starts would never make it. 

We also planted red, white and blue petunias! I love it. 

Now I am totally in love with Mason jars. When I saw these flag mason jars here. I knew I had to make some!! I used spray paint because I made a bunch of them and gave some away as gifts. I took an old sponge and cute my own star stamp. It worked great. 

After painting take some sand paper to the jars to roughen them up. I like the rustic look. 

I also had some small mason jars and thought, why not paint a 4th of July flag right on it? I think these darling little jars are super cute. I spray painted the jar white and then used acrylic paint to add the stripes and blue. Then I got my tinniest paint brush and hand painted on the stars

Let me reassure you, my stripes are not straight AT ALL!! I sanded these jars a little extra so it was really distressed and then the stripes didn't bother me. It has a great rustic look

I filled the cup with rice and stuck in these baby pin wheels from Micheals. 

Next I knew I had to make some great 4th of July Pinwheels. You can follow any tutorial. Here is one here.  I had some fun double sided paper which made these easy and super cute. You can find some 4th of July paper here. However, not all my paper was double sided so I simply Mod Podged some paper together. I then add some great ribbon around the stick for an extra touch. 

On my mantel. 

I am so excited for even more 4th of July projects this year. Stay tuned! And enjoy your summer!!

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