Tuesday, June 21, 2011

July 4th Decorations You Can Make Yourself!

Happy Wednesday! I was the guest blogger on Saturday for Not Just a Housewife! I shared my July 4th Ribbon Lights, but wanted to share them here to just in case you missed them!
I am getting my house all ready for Independence Day! Our community has a big blow out every year, with golf cart parades, craft booths, fireworks! The whole she-bang! Of course all my friends and family come over and we all have a big potluck! Super fun. So, of course I gotta make some fun and inexpensive decorations for my house!
So, today I am showing you how to totally jazz up a set of plain white Christmas lights! All you need is a strand of white lights, which you probably already have packed away with your Christmas stuff, and some ribbon. I used red, white and blue ribbons which I got at the Dollar Store! 4 Yards of each color was what I used. But, of course if you want even more ribbon on your lights get more than 4 yards of each color.
So, first step is to cut your ribbons. I just cut them all at once. I cut them at about 9 to 10 inches each. I just eyeballed it. I cut the first one and then just held it up and cut the rest the same length.
Next step is to lay out your strand of lights.
Now you are just going to be tying your ribbons onto the lights. When I started I was tying 3 ribbons in between each light bulb. But I was running out or ribbons too fast and I really didn’t want to drive to town to get more ribbon! LOL! So, I switched it up and just tied on ribbon in between each bulb. I tied them on in order a red, then a white then a blue.
Just keep on tying until you run out of ribbon! This would be totally cute with strips of fabric too.
Now, just hang it up and plug it in! I looks totally cute! Way better than just plain white lights.
Close up….
Of course I added some more fun stuff to my window. I actually keep a “clothesline” in this window all year round and change the theme for the different seasons. I just clip the different things up there on the line with cute little wooden mini clothespins.
I made this I Love USA Banner with some digital templates that I designed and some digital scrapbooking paper these are all available at GingerScraps. The best digital Scrapbooking site on the web! I love making hybrid projects. Which is where you use a mix of digital and tradition craft and scrapbooking supplies to create fun goodies. If you are a digi scrapper you need to try a hybrid project!
I added some Pinwheels too! It looks super cute. You can get a pinwheel template free in my shop at GingerScraps. Perfect if you want to use digital scrapbooking paper to make your pinwheels. I used traditional paper this time. But I have made them with digi paper lot’s of times. Both ways are super easy and fun!
Here are some more pics of my July 4th window decorations.
I stuck some pinwheels on the wall too.
And of course some more Pinwheels on the table! I went a little crazy making pinwheels!
All righty! That is it! My July 4th Decorations! Super easy, cute and fun! Go make some of your own!
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Sarah said...

Oh this is awesome! I'm so gonna have to steal this idea, and decorate my car :O ;)

Cheryl said...

Oh wow, your decorations look great! What a fun and festive place! The lights really turned out beautiful... eye catching photos!

All That Glitters said...

This is really neat idea!

btanders said...

Wow! That must have taken forever to make all that stuff. VERY cute though!!


Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

I love the idea of doing ribbons around a string of lights. It all looks great!

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