This week we celebrate the land of the free, the home of the brave, and all that we identify with the flag—peace, security, liberty, and our duties as Americans. As we cherish our beloved red, white, and blue this July Fourth, here are a few simple DIYs to extend patriotism and the spirit of Independence Day into your home.
Woven Table Runner
You will need: Scissors and strips of red and blue burlap, ribbon, crepe paper, or fabric cut to the length of your table. The length and amount of material to weave is completely up to you!
How to: Lay out your fabric strips on your table, side by side with a slight space between each strip. Cut your burlap, ribbon, or crepe paper so that it is the length of your table. You may choose to alternate colors or keep your red fabric weaving one direction, and your blue fabric the opposing direction. Weave your strips of fabric perpendicular to the pattern you first set out. Weave each strand in and out, creating a gingham or plaid effect. The amount of strips you weave in and out will depend on the thickness of your fabric and your preference of how large you want your runner. Cut these strips to the width of your table. Now you are ready to set out your place settings and table decor!
Patriotic Mason Jars & Succulents
You will need: Various sized mason jars, painters tape, acrylic craft paint, paint brushes, paper/drop cloth, succulents (real or faux), soil, and potting rocks. (Tip: Incorporating muted blues and reds in matte acrylic with a few metallic paints in gold or cobalt create a fun and modern patriotic vibe.)
How to: Spread out the paper or drop cloth on your painting surface to protect the area from paint spills and splatters. Using your painters tape, tape off patterns on your mason jars. You can tape of stripes, zigzags, triangles, and abstract designs—it’s up to you! Paint the area that is not covered in tape with your color choice. Remember that the part that is covered in the tape will not be painted. Allow the paint to dry before peeling the tape. Once the tape is peeled, paint the uncovered area with a complimentary color or leave it as unpainted glass. You can re-apply tape to help create straight lines, or free hand your painted design. (Tip: Pair metallic paint with muted matte colors, remember that red and seafoam always look divine together, and don’t be afraid to mix and match!) After your mason jars are painted and completely dry, place potting rocks in the bottom of your jars. The rocks help with your succulents’ water drainage. Next, add soil and plant your succulent. Should you not want the real plant, faux succulents are an option too—perk, they look real! You can also omit soil and fill your jar with water for fresh cut blooms and succulent snippings.
Chevron Tape Painting
You will need: Canvas (any size), pencil, painters tape, paint brushes, paint palette, scissors, and acrylic paint in red, blue, or any other preferred colors..
How to: First, decide on the design you would like on your canvas. Lightly sketch your design with a pencil. (Tip: Your design can be something simple, like blue stars, a patriotic phrase such as “Land of the Free” or the outline of the United States). Lay out your drop cloth. Paint over your initial design with the acrylic paint. Allow your base design to dry completely. Now, its time for the painter’s tape. This is the trickiest part of the project—but it doesn’t have to be perfect! Cut the same-sized strips of painter’s tape and line them up in a column on the left side of the canvas. Leave a small space between each piece of tape. Now take the same size pieces of tape and line them up to the right of the first tape column, but angled in the opposite direction. It will look like stacked arrows. Use your scissors to snip the tape for alignment. Continue to do this horizontally across your canvas, creating a chevron pattern with the painters tape. Make sure the edges of the tape are pressed and sealed on the canvas. Once your canvas is covered in tape, paint across the entire canvas with a paint color that is different than your base design (If you used red for your base design, paint blue over the tape, and vice versa). Cover the canvas completely and allow it to dry. Once dry, carefully pull back the strips of tape to reveal your patriotic chevron painting underneath!