Decorating for July 4th | Crate Paper

Hello everyone — I love July! My birthday is this month and I enjoy this special time during the summer, when in the same week, I get to celebrate the date of my birth and the birth of our Nation! For Independence Day, I don’t usually do a whole lot of decorating. I decorate quite a lot for all the other holidays but for whatever reason, not this one so much. I decided I wanted to change that. I love making my own decorations for holidays so for this Independence Day, I decided to create a pretty flag decoration using Crate Paper Little You and Bloom by Maggie Holmes.

I decorate my house with lots of pinks so I thought that instead of the traditional red that is in our flag, I would use some pinks. I combined light pinks from Little You with the darker pinks for Bloom and I love the way they look on my flag. For the white stripes, I used some pretty white with black patterned papers like the Hello, Hello paper from Bloom and the lovely black and white floral paper called Peony. As I was laying down the stripes, I realized that the flag had a quilted sort of a look so to emphasize that I did some sewing. I did zig-zag stitches on my pink and white stripes and I also decided to stitch on my stars.

I cut out the stars by hand. I wanted them to look like stars on a primitive style, American quilt so I cut the stars in such a way that they aren’t perfect, but they look really cute...cutting by hand and eye and not using a template or drawing them out first or anything. I stitched down the middle of the stars so they would pop out and give some fun dimension to my flag. I chose light blue denim papers mixed with white with black patterned papers to stand out against the dark blue of the background corner of the flag. I think they give a nice, Americana feel with the denim.

To finish my flag I added some cute embellishments like the chipboard rose stickers. I love the look of my flag and it was so fun and easy to make.  I just glued everything down to a thin, plain piece of wood and set it up as a cute piece of decor in my house. I think it really reflects the spirit of our Independence and the hope I have inspired you all to make and put out in your home too!