The summer is upon us with 4th of July reminding us to be thankful for the creative freedom we have. What a perfect time to round up some clever red, white and blue creations to inspire any last minute decor plans or store away the ideas for your next backyard event, pool party, celebration. The ideas might be shining in red, white and blue, but change a paper or two and you can use them for any DIY decorating ideas.
Pinwheels are the perfect decor for spring and summer and so perfect for any holiday. They are easy to make and add color and movement to your decor. Make a few and place them in a centerpiece or make dozens and use them all around. Crew Member Betsy Skagen us her version. “Brighten up your 4th of July holiday with sturdy patriotic pinwheels. They make the perfect picnic table centerpiece,” Betsy reminds us. Working with Canvas Corp Printed Cardstock is the perfect choice for creative projects that need to hold their own for the seasons.
Tools Used: Paper cutter; Scissors; Ruler; Pencil; Wire cutter; Needle-nose pliers
Step 1 – Cut an 8″ x 8″ square out of Navy & Kraft Mini Dot Reverse and an identical square from Red & Kraft Ribbon Stripe cardstock. Adhere the two papers together, back-to-back. Make sure you add adhesive all the way to the edges.
Step 2 – Using a ruler, find the exact center of the square and pierce it with a sharp point, such a a pin. Use a paper cutter and make a cut from each corner to 3/4″ from your center mark. This will create four triangles that are still attached at the center.
Thread a jingle bell onto a heavy gauge wire and use a needle-nose pliers to secure the wire around the bell.
Step 4 – Ink a navy and white straw with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Pierce one end of the straw on both sides.
Step 5 – Pierce a hole in the same corner of each triangle. Holding the wire so that the bell is in your hand, thread the wire through one of the corner holes. Gently bend the paper toward the center.
Step 6- Gently bend the next pierced corner to the center and thread the wire through it. Repeat until you have brought all four triangle corners inward.
Step 7 – Thread the wire through the center of the pinwheel and then through two of your beads. Next thread the wire through the straw and through the third bead. Use the needle-nose pliers to secure the wire to the bead.The beads will allow your pinwheel to spin freely.
Step 8 – Add silver glitter glue to all the edges of the pinwheel and let dry overnight.
You can make one or a dozen and decorate them for your next patriotic, 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day event. If Stars and Stripes are not your native flag, why not combine papers to represent your flag, holiday or special event.
Baseball….the perfect accent for the 4th and what a great way to decorate for the holidays when you want to add a little vintage to your patriotic decor.
While Betsy’s pinwheels were created with Canvas Corp Kraft Paper prints, Crew Member Alison Osborn brightens her pinwheels up with navy, royal and red prints on white and ivory for a great look. Canvas Corp papers let you mix and match to create seasonal decor with basic paper prints. Simply take the navy and royal away and you can make Valentine or Christmas Pinwheels in a snap….To see Alison’s post with more amazing Patriotic Decor Ideas.
You can decorate inside or out. Alison also shows us some great ideas for creating a fun mantel for the 4th of July and as soon as the holiday is over, add a few summer details and you are ready until it is time to redo for the Halloween and Fall Season. We love seasonal mantels. A little paint, a little paper and a little time = an amazing mantel that you can be product to show off. Simply use your creative skills and pull out a few of your favorite paper crafting tools and you are ready to decorate for any holiday. To see all the details about Alison’s 4th of July mantel.
Jen over at Craft-o-Mania adds a little yellow to her 4th of July mantel and the look is so different. We love that you can choose the colors, the style and the look and make it your own. To see Jen’s Post – Home Decor for the 4th
Using your favorite craft tools and gadgets is such a die cut machines, punches and xyron to make holiday decor is such a good idea. The tools come out for a layout, mini book or even a card, but we forget how handy they are for making home decor projects for every season. Gather the colors of the season and make your own decor. It will look AMAZING!!! This centerpiece begins with a painted metal wagon, flowers and deco mesh and the rest is Canvas Corp paper folded, wrapped and glued in many fun and different ways.
Sue shows us another great way to create a centerpiece with paper you are going to love.
You can see all the details on Sue’s Blog. So much fun to see what you can create with these great colors. Check out the mini pinwheels too.
Grab an old window and decorate it for any holiday. We love this wreath created with paper cones, we found the idea on Pinterst and made it our own, adding a red canvas flower to the center. Then cut different paper to make a July 4th Pennant. Ok how cute and simple is this – decorate over the mantel or maybe the front door.
Looking for even more ideas to decorate your front door for the holidays, Jen is at it again with this clever simple banner and patriotic Pinwheel wreath. Ok so we are into pinwheels this season!!!
If a mixed media banner like this fun creation by Lynne Forstyth is up your alley or simple pinwheels that can be used for so many things works for you….get created for the 4th and make something red, white and blue!!!! So if you are inside today waiting for the rain to stop or have the air on waiting for it to cool down a bit and have some time to decorate for a little 4th of July get together. We hope you enjoy these great ideas from the CCB Crew.
Happy 4th of July and Happy Creating!!!