The American flag is beautiful in a look-at-me kind of way. The red and white stripes set against a block of blue with white stars makes for a symbol that’s hard not to notice. That’s why it’s so much fun to dress up your house for Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July. It’s festive, and not to mention, patriotic, to dress your house in red, white, and blue. And, if the party’s at your house this year, putting out patriotic decorations will put everyone in a festive mood.
Start up front
When you make an entrance inviting, it’s hard not to be more enthusiastic about what awaits your Fourth of July picnic or party. Put some bunting or pleated fans around the door and don’t forget to put your flag out, too. You can usually purchase bunting from hardware stores and home centers. Look for it in the gardening and outdoor sections. Add some stick flags to planters or beds on either side of the door. Use an odd number, such as three, or whatever you have on hand, though odd numbers usually look best.
Pull downs are long, narrow representations of flags. I like to add pull downs on either side of the door because of their unique appearance. Pull downs can be used to flank doorways or hung from trees to wave in the wind or from a porch. These can be ordered over the Internet or you can do like I did and make your own.
Start with a square of blue fabric and add a single white star or purchase blue fabric with white stars on it. Cut it into a rectangle measuring 16 by 19 inches long and hem the sides with one inch hems. Cut two long lengths of red and white fabric about 73 inches long by nine inches wide. Join the red and white fabric together. Hem and then finish by sewing a four inch pocket hem at the bottom. Add a three inch pocket hem at the top of the blue fabric to insert a pole for hanging. Then join the red, white, and blue fabrics together, making certain that the pieces will all fit and be the correct finished widths. See video below on how to make these for yourself.
Decorate the house
Add flags in all plant pots around the house, hang flags from doors and windows, put flags in vases on the mantle, or make a flag display on an island in the kitchen. Decorate the island with inexpensive small flag bunting to serve your Fourth of July feast. For the table, create table runners of varying patterns, such as a red and white stripe. Top this with a blue with white star fabric placemat or napkin. Echo the flag by mixing stars, stripes, and solids. Your local fabric store is a great source for patriotic themed yardage for all these projects.
Or, go no-sew and make your own patriotic tablecloth by purchasing a solid, dark blue bed sheet. Buy a large rubber star stamp and stamp the star along the outer edge of the bed sheet in white fabric paint. Then, you can either leave it that way or fill in with a small star rubber stamp creating any pattern you like. You could also do this with a white sheet and rubber-stamped blue stars. The possibilities are endless.
This Fourth of July make your living space a patriotic space with some fun and festive patriotic decorating around the house.
Fourth of July Decorating Resources
Oriental Trading Company has reasonably-priced decorating and party supplies for almost every occasion. Buy decorating and party supplies for the Fourth by visiting tinyurl.com/zjhwr
There are many sources for flags, bunting, and pull downs on the Internet. Go to united-states-flag.com or aboutflags.com.
To make your own bunting, go to DIY Network for their bunting project at tinyurl.com/gm5oe or Better Homes and Gardens at tinyurl.com/pxf36.
For fun crafts, recipes, and decorating ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s Fourth of July web page at tinyurl.com/gkw85 or FamilyFun.com’s fun crafts and decorations for kids page at tinyurl.com/evgol.
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