Red White and Blue for Your Home

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
Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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