The Fourth of July is nearly here, and that means red, white & blue everywhere. On Pinterest, I saw this cute decoration, which inspired me to update my front door. Using that as the inspriation, I made this simple DIY using items I had in the house, which = free! Total time spent: less than an hour. #winning (Is that still a thing? Probably not.)
What you’ll need:
- A wooden dowel, stick, rod of some kind, roughly 1.5 feet in length. (I really wanted to use a stick from the woods, but we’ve had rain every day. Wet stick = no bueno for crafting. I used an extra paint stirrer that I had around.)
- Variety of scrap fabric/ribbon/etc. in red, white and blue
- Drill (optional)
- Red, white and/or blue paint (optional)
- Drill a hole on each end of your stick where the ribbon hanger will attach. This is optional. The alternate option will be to tie the hanger all the way around the stick in order to hang it.
- Paint the stick. Again, optional. My stick color was boring, so I painted it. If you are painting your stick, wait until it is dry to attach the fabric/ribbon/etc.
- Cut the red and white fabric/ribbon/etc. into strips that are about 2 feet in length. No need to be exact.
- Cut the blue fabric/ribbon/etc. into strips that are about 1 foot in length.
- Attached the strips of fabric/ribbon/etc. to the stick, staying inside the drill holes or point where you’ll attach the hanger. Alternate red and white along the length of the stick. Only do blue on the left third. That’s your field of blue like the flag. I looped the strips through themselves and tugged until they were tight. For the small, shiny ribbon, I had to tie a knot to secure it. (Alternately, you could cut your blue strips the same length as the red and white ones and only use blue on the left third. Get creative!)
- Cut an extra strip of fabric/ribbon/etc. to use for the hanger. Slide one end through each of the holes and tie a knot on the backside to keep the hanger from slipping out of the hole. (If you didn’t drill holes, just tie the strip onto your stick.)
- Hang it up and celebrate the Fourth in style.
Enjoy! If you make one for your home, I’d love to see it. Share it with me (@relishthefeast) on Instagram.