Sunday, June 30, 2013

Vintage 4th of July

I wanted to put a simple display together for the 4th  of July and I thought I still had time to buy some decorations. I didn't want to spend a lot of time looking for something, so I went to a couple of craft stores and Target to look for patriotic decor. Target only had a small  display, which really surprised me,  and they were out of small American flags and the craft stores had very little as well. I didn't have time to go elsewhere so I decided to make most of my decorations with patriotic scrapbook paper that I found at the craft store. I also stopped by Dollar tree and didn't like the selection, but I did manage to find a few patriotic stickers. 

 I do have a tendency to look for things I need at the last minute, but I thought with 8 days till the 4th I should be able to find something. I'm actually kind of glad I didn't find more because it allowed me to be more creative. It also can be quite relaxing making something simple, but of a historical nature. I only have a few places to display vignettes downstairs, so I used my small bookcase to show my patriotic decor.

I found some vintage looking patriotic scrapbook paper and added some blue floral paper as well.  In addition to my banner I wanted to make mini flags in different designs to create a patriotic theme.  

I painted some floral pics different colors to go with my flags. It can be time consuming to cut everything out and paint all the little picks, but a heat wave is upon us in the Pacific NW, so what better way to spend my time than on this simple, quick indoor project. That's what I tell myself anyway! 

I painted a sign red, distressed it and decorated it with some of my stamps. I wanted to create something with a historical reference so I added the stars and the year 1776. I added a fabric texture to age it  and make it look more primitive.

I made the flag by attaching striped scrapbook paper to a small piece of plywood then adding the stars to the corner. A simple little project that gave me the flag I wanted and I love the vintage looking paper. 

Continuing on with my vintage theme, I added patriotic graphics from the Graphics fairy to my jars along with flowers and the flags I made. I wanted to add some graphics of the spirit of 76  drummer and other historical images but decided not to due to copyright restrictions. I really like the Graphics fairy images though, mainly because of the historical symbolism of the women. I added my star banner as well to tie everything together. 

I really like the quotation on this graphic of the little girl that states, "Let Independence be our boast; ever mindful what it cost" I think it sums up perfectly what the 4th of July holiday should really mean. 

I added a Lady Liberty graphic to another jar and some patriotic flags. I added simple ribbon to the rims of the jars. My mason jars were the perfect size for my flowers so I thought why not use them. I like repurposing things as often as possible.  I found this wooden star on clearance at Joann's and thought it made a nice addition. 

A few closeups on my bookcase. The little  white creamer and sugar bowl make a nice display for the red and blue flowers and flags. I love adding a pop of red and blue, it gives such a pretty contrast to the white. 

I added some patriotic stickers to these jars. A few simple touches can add so much.

A bowl of small apples with a white stand make a nice background for the banner. 

These shelves are quite small so I didn't  add a lot of decorative items in order to  prevent it from looking too cluttered. 

I wanted to share  some vignettes on the east side of our dining area. There is so much more natural light on this side of the room. This pic might be a little too bright!

Of course I had to share some vignettes on  my windowsill again. The sun was getting a bit low in the sky at this point. 

We won't be home for the 4th this year, so I wanted to put something together to get us in the spirit of the holiday. My motto has always been to try and use what you have and create something you enjoy and love. 

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  1. Love your vintage 4th of July pretty!!

  2. Creative and home made! That's the best! Looks really nice! Have a good holiday.

  3. Love your red, white and blue! The jars are super sweet:)

  4. I really love your style and your 4th decor is so pretty. I like the use of the mason jars, the star, flag and of course the banner. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Love all your vintage vignettes! The 4th flag banner is my favorite but the red sign is a close second.
    Have a wonderful 4th of July!


  6. I like the vintage vibe of your vignettes! :D The bunting and little flags are so cute!

    Linking from The Polo House,
    Ricki Jill

  7. Hi Diane!

    Thank you so much for coming by to link up this very creative July 4th holiday decor vignette. It is terrific! I am so impressed with what you pulled together and made -- so clever!

    Have a lovely holiday weekend. Hope to see you again at Favorites on the First.

    Alison :)

  8. Beautiful and creative! Happy Fourth of July!

  9. All your decorations look great!

    I can't believe that so many stores already have fall stuff out!

  10. It always feels good to be able to pull together what you all ready have. You did a great job!
    Happy 4th of July!

  11. As they say Necessity is the Mother o Invention and it got your creativity really going ... it's all very charming and, well Patriotic! I love the banner ...

  12. The vignettes came together so beautifully. I love the cards in the glass and the white ironstone mixed in. Have a lovely 4th of July.

  13. I love this! So pretty! Visiting from the Gotta Create blog hop! Feel free to link this one up at our Red, White & BBQ Ladies Only Blog Share link party which is now live! :)

  14. What a lovely vignette and I adore that cute little banner! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. very creative and delightful ideas for your celebration decorations

  16. All so pretty, love your patriotic touches and the banner!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  17. Seeing your display linked up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop made me wish we in the United Kingdom had something like 4th July too! Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll come and party creatively again on Sunday at
    I wonder if you would perhaps like to write a guest post for Mumtopia. Please let me know - I'm sure my readers would benefit from what you have to say. For more information, please read the "Be My Guest" page at Mumtopia:

  18. Great job of pulling from your home Diane. Love the flags and the graphics! I spent a hot day making a banner for my mantle too. Kind of a fun way to spend the day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. What a wonderful summer vignette! Hope you had a happy 4th!

  20. Great 4th of July display. I love banners and yours is so pretty! Mason jars are so fun to play with. Love how you've used them here! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!



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