The American flag as home decor has always appealed to me. There’s something so traditional about the stripes and stars, yet timeless. The colors pair just as well with deep wood tones as they do with bright whites. And the Fourth of July holiday has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young girl walking to see the fireworks display with my family and staying up late to play with sparklers in the backyard. Although I’ve moved away from home, the rituals remain the same. To quickly add some festive flair to the apartment this year, I made these American Flag luminaries, which double nicely as flower vases.
All you need are a few mason jars (old pasta jars work nicely too), those cheap little American flags that they sell at Michael’s for about a $1, and Modge Podge. First I separated the flags from their poles. Then I spread a little Modge Podge on a jar and pressed a flag firmly on that spot. Next I added a second layer of Modge Podge over the flag to help secure it. Then I let them dry. Finally, place a tea light in the jar or some pretty hydrangeas and you’re all set.
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Every summer my social calendar fills up with dressy occasions faster than a Target collab sells out. It’s usually a mix of bridal/baby showers, graduation parties, and rehearsal dinners. And every year, I inevitably want a new dress or two to wear to all of these soirees. This year, I gravitated to this simple, but classic navy blue and white striped swing dress from Loft. Its timeless yet has a really flattering and modern fit. The nautical theme fits with the various events I have lined up, from dressed-up dinner at the beach to bridal shower brunch. And with my red flats, it definitely has potential for the fourth of July. What are you excited to wear this summer?
The American Flag is an inspiring thing. 50 little white stars twinkling at you on a blue background paired with strong red and white stripes. Don’t you just love it? I found a scarf like this while shopping in Annapolis last year, and I regretted not buying it all year. When I went back this year with my sister I had to see if they still had it. Since I was in a serious saving mode at the time, I decided not to get it. When my sister saw me put the scarf back she offered to buy it for me as an early birthday gift. I accepted her generous offer without much hesitation. I love that the scarf creates a cool American vibe without looking overdone. I’ll find any excuse to pair it with my chambray shirt at work or a white t-shirt and jeans for a more casual look.
I hope you have a lovely Fourth of July. Here are some other patriotic scarves I love:
Lou Lou Scarf / Free People Tattered Flag Scarf / Infinity Scarf on Etsy / American Flag Scarf on Etsy
Having just spent a few days in one most patriotic of cities, Annapolis, MD, I felt the Fourth of July spirit a little early this year. Everything from boutiques selling American Flag scarfs to delis selling crab cakes and reciting the pledge to the flag every morning, that city seems like it’s in a constant state of pride.
To celebrate the Fourth this year, I wanted to find a simple project to decorate my apartment. These Good Housekeeping Fourth of July Pinwheels using patriotic scrapbook paper were really easy to make. I glued two pieces of scrapbook paper together to make them double sided. The mismatched pattern effect is really cool.
I think the dowels I bought were a little too thick as I had a hard time hammering my pin through. I also skipped the sticker as I used straight pins a with a pretty white button at the top.
Next time I would have used my glue gun instead of a glue stick to glue the pinwheels together to make them a little sturdier.
Other than that I think they turned out really well. These are great as indoor decorations in a vase or as outdoor decorations stuck in the dirt or in a potted plant.