15 June 2016

Red White and Blue for Your Home

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How many of you actually decorate using red, white and blue?  It is my go-to decorating scheme from May 15 to July 15.  I'm usually very ready for something new by July!  I started thinking about when Americans started decorating with red, white and blue and did a little research.  Here's what I found.





How early were Americans using red, white and blue as decorations?  Memorial Day kicks off six weeks of holidays ending with the Fourth of July.  Started three years after the end of the Civil War, it was designed to decorate the graves of veterans (sometimes called Decoration Day).  It was originally at the beginning of May but moved to the end of May to be sure that some kind of flower was blooming all over the United States.  Maybe this was the start of red, white and blue?

Our next holiday, Flag Day, was started in 1916 as a way to commerate the day the flag was officially adopted by the Continental Congress.  Maybe that is when American's started putting out flags, banners and buntings?

And then there's the Fourth of July, with hot dogs, baseball, fireworks and watermelon, family traditions, parades and so much more!  It's the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, marking our 240th anniversary this year!  Maybe as early as the 1780s!
Regardless of when red, white and blue started being a part of the American decor scene, be sure to check out these gorgeous patriotic decor ideas from the bloggers below.  Such fun stuff and mostly easy to make!  Which of these would you like to make?

Fourth of July Paper Stars – by Lia Griffith
Patriotic Burlap Stars Bunting – by Saved by Love Creations
Fourth of July Firecrackers – by Crafts Unleashed
Patriotic Bandana Wreath – by Girl in the Garage
Blue and White Striped Nightstand – by Restoration Redoux           
Iron Star Flag – by Petticoat Junktion
Fourth of July Wreath – by Design Improvised
Welcome Sign – by Craft Ideas
Patriotic Epsom Salt Star Jars – by Crafts by Amanda
Fourth of July Crowns – by Your Modern Family
T-Shirt Fourth of July Wreath – by The Soccer Mom Blog
Duct Tape Fourth of July Banner – by Chic California
Fourth of July Paper Chain – by Love the Day

19 comments :

  1. Yes, yes, yes. We go all out for the 4th of July at our house. We have a big cookout and I like to do it up right ;)

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  2. I admit it... I never decorate red, white or blue. However, this is giving me a lot more inspiration and loving the other bloggers ideas too! Maybe I'll try making a wreath this year. :)
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. Would be so cool to experience this holiday some day!! Looks like a lot of fun!!

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  4. I still haven't dug out my patriotic decor yet. I need to get on it. You are right, there is a lot of time when you can use it.

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  5. I do this a few weeks before 4th of July. I really love the colors and because my home is an eggshell color, it makes it pop.

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  6. We have our flag out all year long but I love seeing even more around 4th of July. I try to have red white and blue outfits for all my kids too.

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  7. I am in love with those adorable fire cracker favor boxes! I think my kids would really get a big kick out of those!

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  8. Great list of fun ways to decorate! We really need to plus up the decor for the summer holidays.

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  9. I don't usually decorate for 4th of July but these all look so fun. I love that flag painting!

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  10. I love patriotic decorating. It's perfect for all Summer long. I leave it up from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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  11. I am so bad at decorating any other time of the year besides Christmas (and birthdays!), but this stuff is all so cute! I know my kids want to do more decorating for the other holidays we celebrate in the year.

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  12. I tell myself every year I'm going to go all out in red white and blue but never do lol. Maybe next year will be there year ;-)

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  13. I love the way red, white and blue looks in a color scheme, but have not personally used it myself. I don't know why I don't decorate for the Fourth.

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  14. I don't really decorate for the fourth of July I normally got to my mother in laws house for a huge BBQ!!!

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  15. I love decorating for the 4th of July. It is a holiday we should all be proud of!

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  16. These are some great ideas for decorating your home red, white, and blue! Absolutely perfect for the 4th of July coming up.

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  17. These are so cute! Thank you for sharing the roundup. It can be hard to find patriotic home decor that isn't very tacky. Can't wait to look through everything!

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  18. I used to not decorate as much for the holiday but my 5 year old is becoming VERY patriotic lately. I love putting out decoration that he has helped make or pick it.

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  19. I love patriotic decorating. It's perfect for all Summer long. I love riding around seeing the Flag up everywhere.

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