It’s not officially summer but it’s been 80+ degrees for a week so I’m breaking out the patriotic decorations. I’m not sure why but when the temps skyrocket I just have to decorate everything in red, white and blue.
While Halloween and Christmas get a lot of DIY decoration ideas the 4th of July is pretty neglected. Maybe it’s because everyone is outside doing fun things instead of hiding from the snow… Anyway, I wanted a quick, cheap and easy Americana banner for the front flower bed and this is what I came up it.
It’s everything I was looking for. I used bandanas from the Dollar Spot at Target. I usually avoid that black hole but I ended up waiting 12 years for my Target app to load so I could get some snazzy new sandals for Mary and myself at 40% off.
My slow internet connection really worked out for you 😉 I grabbed 6 bandannas, two each of three patterns. I’ve also seen $1 bandannas at Walmart and I’m sure you can find them all over.
I think this garland would look just as good in solid colors but I really like the variation in pattern that I got. I used red bakers twine to string my 4th of July banner, mostly because I had it. You can use any thin ribbon, twine or even fishing line.
4th of July Americana Garland Supplies:
1. Fold the bandanas in half and stack lining up the edges. Trim the seams off the short ends, leave them along the bottom.
Depending on how sharp your scissors are you might be able to cut all of them at once.
2. Eyeball 1 inch slices and cut. The first set I did on the table and they were pretty straight.
The second set I did sitting on the couch watching Brooklyn 99 and they were… wonky. It all looks the same when it’s hanging so don’t beat yourself up and don’t bother digging out a ruler.
3. Loop the strips around the twine. Pull the string in one hand the the fabric in the other.
4. Separate the twine and slide the knot down. I kept about an inch between my strips and it still looks pretty full and fluffy.
This is a very quick and cheap project. But.. It’s probably got a short life span. I hung mine across three windows in the front of my house.
I’ve also got a bunch of patriotic pinwheels and a wreath on my t-post trellis for some patriotic flair. The area only gets a few hours of first sun a day so I’m hoping the colors last though August.
My giant white iris is going to bloom soon. It’s my favorite flower in the bed, it was blooming when I came home from the hospital with my littlest monster. She’ll be two on June 1st and it’s right on target.
Don’t forget to PIN this to your DIY or 4th of July board!
Check out my 4th of July page for more ideas or start here: