The Shady Porch: Wreath & Centerpiece: A Celebration of Red, White & Blue

6.21.2013

Wreath & Centerpiece: A Celebration of Red, White & Blue

I thought I would share a couple of red, white and blue decorations for Independence Day! I like the patriotic holidays; my mother was born on the 4th of July, so it was always a double celebration around our house. The combination of red, white, and blue is pretty in its own right, and, with the Stars and Stripes a focal point from Memorial Day through Flag Day and Independence Day to Labor Day, is an icon of summer! 

For this Independence Day, I've taken blue burlap and created an airy wreath that includes all of the holiday colors, but not in an expected arrangement. The iridescent ribbons float around the soft arc of the burlap loops, and a cluster of snow-white florets with ruby hearts anchors the lower half. The base wreath can be used for other projects, with the removal of the red and blue ribbons. I created the white flower cluster out of white paper doilies and clear glass beads that I colored red with a marker. A white tulle bow serves as the hanger. 

Red, White & Blue Burlap Wreath - a 4th of July Celebration #wreath #burlap #decorations

 Here are close-ups of the flower cluster and one of the iridescent bows.


Red, White & Blue Burlap Wreath - a 4th of July Celebration #wreath #burlap #decorations



 For a centerpiece at our cookout, the inclusion of the patriotic colors had also to be practical. This skyrocket-in-a-can does double duty: as a weight to hold tablecloths in place, and  as a decoration that is not only playful, but playable...the pinwheels may be removed easily so the young (or young at heart!) may play with them. (I thought the Dollar Tree pinwheels would be fun for the kids, if they opted to play with them.) Otherwise, it is just a whimsical, colorful addition to the cookout tables.  I used some of the extra burlap to cover Dollar Tree buckets, and the red tinsel was something I had left over from topping Christmas gift baskets. 

Red, White & Blue Pinwheel Centerpiece - #centerpiece #pinwheel #decorations

Red, White & Blue Pinwheel Centerpiece - #centerpiece #pinwheel #decorations
I spot glued the burlap to the buckets with the hot glue gun so it might be removed later. Then I  filled the buckets with glass stones and placed a Styrofoam plate over them. Next, I poked holes in the plates for the pinwheels. Anyone can easily remove the pinwheels and the red glittery fill hides the plate and adds more sparkle and we love sparkle!



Another Red,White & Blue Door decoration idea!
More centerpiece ideas too!



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