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Friday, June 23, 2023

How to decorate house for July 4th

Embracing the Sprit of Independence: Transforming Decor for July 4th


Get ready for a world of vintage-inspired July 4th decor as we share our creative journey, featuring tin can crafts resembling antique ceiling tiles and a DIY demijohn.  Learn creative tips for adding a touch of nostalgia to your photos and complete the patriotic vignette with flags, banners, WWII artifacts, and treasured family memories.  Join us on this vintage quest and make your holiday celebration truly special.   

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How to decorate house for July 4th


Are you gearing up for the July 4th holiday?  I finally made it around to making a few changes to our decor in the dining room.  Since I have been busy crafting up a storm, hunkered down in our basement, I lost track of time.  After I shared our masculine mantel decor, I knew I wanted to bring out a few more ideas before the holiday passed me by.  Whew, I made it!


Once I get on a crafting kick, there's no stopping me.  Oops, I did it again... another tin can craft, but this time?  I gave them a captivating antique ceiling tile vibe.  Yep, my love for antique ceiling tiles finally made it into our decor!  Although I still have one genuine ceiling tile awaiting its revival in the attic, it will have to wait its turn.  


Let me quickly share how I brought these tin cans to life so you can create your own charming pieces.  I obtained these lovelies from Family Dollar with a convenient sticky back, allowing me to cut and apply them without concern.  I painted the tiles in Pavement by Apple Barrel Paints, and with some white paint from Dollar Tree, I delicately outlined the details using my fingers.  If the paint seemed too bright, I would gently dab it off with a paper towel.  Just like that, presto-chango, we had beautiful vintage inspired vases to adorn our dining room buffet.  


How to create vintage inspired decor for your home


What to do with ceiling tiles


Ceiling tile vase


How to decorate house for July 4th


Now, let's move on to the delightful demijohn!  Do ever come across antique treasures and instantly feel the urge to incorporate them into your home?  Trust me, you are not alone.  Sometimes I splurge on such items, but this time, I decided to take matters into my own hands and not buy, but DIY!  


Starting with a green 2-liter plastic bottle and my trusty companion, packing paper, I embarked on a creative journey.  After thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the bottle, I removed the glued label to ensure it was pristine.  I then began braiding the packing paper, just like I would braid my own hair.  


By hot gluing the braids around the bottle, I gradually transformed it into a demijohn.  About half way up the bottle, I created a handle with more braided packing paper.  Voila!  I proudly whisper-yelled, I have a demijohn!  And the best part?  It didn't cost me a thing.  Chewy's habit of including packing paper with our orders and a certain someone's fondness for Mt. Dew led to this happy coincident.  By the way, I've never acquired a taste for it, but to each their own!  


What to do with packing paper


How to make a demijohn


Create vintage inspired items for your home


Trash to treasure


Let's now turn our attention to the buffet and how everything came together beautifully.  A nostalgic banner, carefully retrieved from the attic, took its place on the buffet.  Vintage books from my collection, showcasing weathered red and blue colors also joined into the fun.  I must say, these dictionaries hold a special place in my heart.  If you're a fellow book lover, I once shared a story about them which you may enjoy.  


How to decorate house for July 4th


To enhance the patriotic ambiance, I dug out a collection of American flags from the basement.  And the piece de resistance?  A remarkable find - a seltzer bottle from 1926, hailing all the way from England!  My husband's discovery left me overjoyed, and its weight surprised me upon the initial lift.  It was exactly what I had been seeking.    


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As I gazed at our buffet arrangement, I sensed that something was missing.  WWII artillery basket, check.  American flags, check, stars and stripes banner, check.  Then, it struck me like a lightening bolt - Grandpa!  I retrieved more photographs of him from his time during WWII and added them to the buffet.  With their inclusion, the buffet felt completed, radiating a sense of honor and family legacy.    


WWII veteran


Camp Pine during WWII


Camp Pine


A few years ago, I jumped on a project to scan our grandparents' photos into the computer and created disks for all the grandchildren, ensuring we could all cherish these precious memories.  It turned out to be the best gift idea ever!  Family photos hold immense value, making them a heartfelt present for any occasion.  


If you're curious about achieving a vintage appearance for your photos, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.  Printing them on yellowish cardstock adds a nostalgic touch, or you can create authentic-looking creases for that aged effect too.  Crafty scissors with scalloped edges work wonders, as they mimic the look of vintage prints.  


How do you decorate for the 4th of July?


How do you decorate for the 4th of July?


How do you decorate for the 4th of July?


As you can see, today's post covers a lot of ground, bursting with a myriad of ideas.  I love sharing them with you, and I am grateful for your company on this vintage quest to adorn our dining room buffet in celebration of the holidays.  Let's make this July 4th an extraordinary one, embracing the spirit of independence and treasuring the memories that bind us together.  


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What colors represent 4th of July?


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Ciao,

Cara

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  1. This is amazing!!! Such neat DIY's to complete your patriotic arrangement. That seltzer bottle is INCREDIBLE! I've been on the hunt for one of those for many years. I'm SO happy for you!! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I was so excited when my husband found it at a barn sale. It was just hanging out on an old table all by it's lonesome and he said hey, haven't you been looking for one of these? I wanted to yell, YES! But then we would draw attention to ourselves, and I quietly said snag it, quick! I hope you find one, you never know what you will find at some of these barn sales we like to go to. I had been searching for quite a while so I know how frustrating it can be.

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  2. A splash of red, white, and blue here and there never hurts especially when you want to be patriotic. Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 154 for All Things American and Patriotic. Pinned.

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    1. Yep, I'm loving the bits of color in our dining room. Happy 4th!

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  3. Hey Cara! I love how you mixed vintage photos with your amazing DIY projects! It's wonderful how adding a few flags and simple red, white, and blue items can give a huge patriotic feel to your space! Hope you have a happy 4th of July!

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    1. I really enjoyed this one, I love sharing the photos I have of my grandfather, he was an amazing man who literally knew it all! I hope you have a happy 4th as well!

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  4. CONGRATS, Cara! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 155 for Coastal Crafts and D├ęcor from the previous linkup for All Things American and Patriotic!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature Dee, I enjoyed the crafts and decorating for the holiday so much this year. Hope you had a wonderful 4th.

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