Independence day is a day to remember the founding of this country, to be a proud American and to be with your family. My favorite part of this holiday is the color scheme, because I can make outfits, decorations, cards, and other items all out of red white and blue. This summer, don’t go to the grocery store to pick up some expensive decorations that everyone has. Make your own.
For the centerpieces at a barbecue or your dining room table: Buy either thin white yarn or red, white and blue yarn. If you buy white, also buy red and blue dye. You can dye shirts and socks too. Wrap rubber bands around the white yarn and use the traditional dyeing process. Next, take the patriotic yarn and an old glass soda bottle. Glue the first inch to the very top, and then wrap around until you get to the bottom. Glue the last inch to the bottom. This project is great for kids especially, with adult assistance. Once your bottles are wrapped, fill with your favorite flowers. Yellow are recommended.
For your backyard: If you don’t have a clothesline in your backyard, take enough twine or string to cover a wall in or outside. Secure it by using tape or tying it to something stable. Then use clothespins to hang family photos or pictures that remind you of the fourth of July, like ones of fireworks and the beach. You can also cut out stenciled letters that spell out “Happy Fourth” and hang them in between photos. The wall hanging gives your home a celebratory feel. If you have a clothesline in your backyard, then use that. Half the work is done for you.
DIY decorations not only create a celebratory atmosphere, but give time for family bonding. Get ready for guests to ask you where you found those decorations, because they’ve never seen anything like that shopping.