Don’t you just love this time of the year? I love all of the holidays, this one has always held a special place in my heart though.
The weather is finally warm and beautiful and there are fireworks! I like to do a little decorating with a patriotic theme starting around Memorial Day and let it stay up through the 4th of July. It makes things feel festive and I like the colors.
When it comes to decorating with a patriotic touch there are so many ways you can go. I tend toward the more rustic side on the inside of my house and using the bright red, white and blue on the outside.
I made this wreath on my front door (I found the idea on Simple Country Life), it is a good combination of rustic and the red, white and blue that is in the bunting I hang along the top of the front porch. It’s festive and adds to that summer feel.
Speaking of DIY decorations, this year I decided to make something of my own design. Ever since I saw a prefinished batten moulding at Lowe’s I have been trying to think of something to do with it. I decided to make a flag-inspired piece with an Americana feel. Step one of the project was heading to Lowe’s to pick up the supplies I needed, here’s how I made it:
One thin piece of plywood (they have a section where it’s cut into smaller more manageable sizes) – mine started out at 24” x 24” and I cut it down by about 2” to 22” x 24”
4 pieces of the Russet colored prefinished Batten moulding
4 pieces of the Espresso colored prefinished Batten moulding
1 piece of the White Oak prefinished base moulding
Decorative star (mine is painted metal, you could also use wood, just don’t choose a really heavy one)
Denim “ribbon” (I found some at Michael’s on sale for $1.50/roll – I needed just one roll)
Miter box with saw (or just a small saw if you already have one)
Circular saw (optional – you can get the store to cut the piece for you)
Hot glue gun (I used my craft one that takes a low or high temp glue stick and used it on high) or construction adhesive – I prefer hot glue for this project because it dries quickly
Measure out the moulding and determine how many stripes you want to have, you can see I doubled-up on the moulding to make the stripes a little bigger
Cut the backer board to the appropriate size
Start by cutting the white oak moulding and securing it in the upper left corner by using the hot glue gun (or construction adhesive)
Measure and cut the longer pieces needed for the section below the white field, secure each piece with the hot glue gun
Measure and cut the shorter pieces (for the section to the right of the white field) and secure each piece with the hot glue gun or construction adhesive.
Allow the piece to dry/cure for at least an hour.
Beginning on one edge run a bead of hot glue at the bottom of the bottom piece of moulding and begin gluing down the denim ribbon on the top of the piece (make sure that you place your ribbon so that it can wrap around to the bottom of the piece).
Continue around the piece with the ribbon, making sure to make a corner fold at each of the corners and glue the ribbon all the way around the piece.
Glue the ribbon to the bottom side of the piece to finish it off.
If you chose a metal star you can use a small finishing nail to hang the star in the white field, if you used a wood star you can use hot glue to secure it
There you go, you are done! Now you just have to find a good place to hang it in your house.
Americana Décor Resources:
If you don’t want to make your own pieces there are a lot of great places to find Americana décor for your house. Below you will find some links to places that help you with Americana décor and some that sell pieces you may want to bring into our home. Other sources include craft stores (Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby) and discount home décor stores like Christmas Tree Shops and Old Time Pottery. I know there are a bunch of places out there, where do you like to shop for discount décor. I also frequent the local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, you never know what you might find there.
Americana décor and décor ideas sources:
Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (http://www.sturbridgeyankee.com/decorating-with-americana-style)
HGTV: 20 Ways to Bring Americana Style Home (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/20-ways-to-add-americana-style-to-your-home-pictures)
Factory Direct Craft (http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/categories/2026_2073-americana_decor.html)
Old Country Crows (http://www.oldcountrycrows.com/category_24/Americana-Decor.htm)
Gainers Creek Crafts (http://www.gainerscreekcrafts.com/Primitive-Americana-Decor_c_105.html)