What best way is there but to celebrate our Independence Day outside. Watch a parade, a fireworks display and have a picnic outdoors. Why don’t you spice it up a bit more with a few casual outdoor decorations of red, white and blue? Here are a few ideas which I hope are not yet too late for you to try. They are simple yet fun decorating ideas you can try in your yards, patios, garden to show the Independence Day spirit.
Life, Liberty, and Happiness
Take some plain old blue tubs and using large letter stickers or stencils, stick or write on it. Take the words Life, Liberty, and Happiness to set the tone for your celebration. Fill the tubs with your favorite beverages, sparklers, desserts and what not and let everyone have fun.
I always loved pinwheels so why don’t you make yours too then you can hand it out as party favors too! Take a scrapbook paper and cut it into 12 or 6-inch squares. Fold the paper square in half diagonally. Fold again in half to form a triangle, and then unfold. Cut each creased line to within ¼-inch of center. Fold every other point to the center, slightly overlapping the tips then secure with a tape. For center, cut a round piece from complementary paper and press a map tack through it. Insert the tack through the pinwheel center and thread a bead onto the tack. The bead is important as a spacer between the pinwheel and dowel to allow spinning. Soak one end of the dowel in water to make it pliable and attach the pinwheel to it with the tack. Fill some old buckets and watering cans and display them in it.
Stars and Lawn
Using a stencil and some spray paint, take liberties to your lawn this holiday. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” Scatter stars on your lawn and enjoy the feels of it. Don’t worry as the grass quickly grow out and get mowed away.
Tower of Red & White Flower Arrangement
Want some super-simple centerpiece this weekend? All you need is a trio of enamelware bowls in three sizes, some floral foam, and red dahlias (or other bright red flower). Place the floral foam in the center of the graduated-sized bowls. Pour water over the foam, allowing some standing water. Stack the containers. Finally, to cover the foam, press your red flowers.
Flag Gate Swag
Welcome guests with inviting and light-hearted decor perfect for a gate or door. Combine a length of red, white, and blue striped ribbon, with two inexpensive flags, and a cherry pie made from faux cherries glued inside a light-weight pie pan and topped with a “crust” of brown craft paper.
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck
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