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Barbeque, sun, family, and let’s not forget the amazing fireworks and patriotic songs that are just a few things that make the holiday awesome. But to add an extra flair you need to have some awesome July 4th decorations. If you’re thinking of throwing a little party in respect to the land of free and the home of the brave, here are four banners you can get your hands dirty with. Alternatively, you can use vinyl banners, but they tend to not be as durable as mesh banners when hung outside.
1. Independence Day Banner
To kick off the Independence Day celebrations, gather your family around to make a simple and patriotic Independence Day banner. This banner is made from simple rustic looking wood.
Instead of using the miter saw to cut out pieces of wood, you can opt for store bought wood to simplify this process. If you’ll be using the miter saw, cut 6” wide triangles out of the thin plywood and smoothen them out by sanding them.
This type of banner is highly versatile and comes in handy for many other parties. By spraying one side with chalkboard paint, you get to write whatever on the wooden board with chalk.
Once the chalkboard paint dries, turn it over. On the other side, you can stick the vinyl letters to spell out Independence Day, which should be about 15 letters.
You can switch out the vinyl letters for stencil letters and use black paint to spell out Independence Day on the wood.
Drill two holes at the top corners of the wooden boards. String letters together using a piece of jute or ribbon and you banner is ready for display. Once celebrations are over, you can turn the decoration to the back and wait for the next holiday or birthday party to reuse it - one of the beauties of Fourth of July signs.
2. Stars Strung USA Banner
We’re not making a fifty-star banner but this one still makes a statement. This banner has all the symbols needed that salute and complements fourth of July decorations.
Things you’ll need:
Burlap triangle flags
Red and blue craft paints
Hot glue and glue gun
Cut the burlap material into triangles and paint them into with blue and red paint with the sponge brush. Leave the paint to dry overnight. Once dried, use store bought stencil letters to paint the USA on three of the burlap triangles.
Trace out the printed stars on felt using a sharpie marker. Cut out the star shape carefully with a pair of scissors. If marker is on the stars, just turn it to the back when assembling. Use hot glue to stick the felt stars to the center of the painted triangles. Alter the red and blue banners and place the USA triangles in the middle with the other stars on both sides of the USA. Stick the burlap triangles to a string of jute cord and hang up at your mantle, front door, or literally anywhere around your house.
Spruce up your barbeque spot with this 4th of July banner that is bold, colourful and easy to make. Before you get started gather your supplies including your computer, printer, and cardboard or cardstock and get to work.
Things you’ll need:
Scissors or X-ACTO knife
Ribbon- red, white, blue
Jute cord, ribbon or string
Print out triangle banners and cut them out. You can print out banners that already have a white and red background or you can print out the banners, trace them out on cardstock and then paint them re
Use the hole punch to create two holes at the top of each triangle.
Thread a ribbon, jute cord or string across all the triangle banners, you should have 18 pennants in total. You’ll need a ribbon or cord of about 6.5 ft long for the whole banner so you can leave a little on each side.
Now that your banner is complete, you can now add embellishments such as ribbons or tulle. Tie the ribbons at both ends of the banner to add to its patriotic appeal. To add a bit of dimension to the banner, you can cut out star shapes onto a foam board and on the surface use hot glue to stick red and blue striped paper to the surface. Attach the stars to both the letter H and the last letter Y. You can hang this banner across the fireplace or your doorway to welcome family and friends to really show off your happy fourth of july banner.
4. Paper bag 4th of July banner
Sometimes we forget to recycle, so what better way to put your old worn out paper bags to great use than to turn them into awesome 4th of July decorations. These decorations are so cool, you’ll have a hard time convincing everyone that they are actually old and ugly brown paper bags. So, get out those old faithful, lunch packing brown bags and let’s begin.
Things you’ll need:
Paper bags (from Whole Foods or Trader Joes)
Acrylic paint (2 bottles of blue, red and white paint)
Paint brushes; a large foam brush and a smaller paint brush
Star stencil (or you can get creative and use a cookie cutter or cardstock stars)
Twine or jute cord
Cut off the handles and bottom portion from the bag as they transition from old paper bags to awesome 4th of July decorations. You’ll have a long rectangle left, lay the rectangle flat on a table and paint a red stripe across the bottom and top of the length using a large foam brush for this red stripe.
Use the smaller paint brush to paint a thin stripe next to the red stripe. Lastly, paint a large navy strip down the center. These stripes do not have to be perfectly straight. Once the stripes are dry, use either the star stencil, or a cookie cutter to paint in the stars on the blue. Space the stars about 1.5” away from each other.
Once the paint is dry, fold the now cooler paper bags up accordion-style. Attach another paper bag using a glue gun. Spread these out into a fan and secure in place with a cardstock, cover it with enough glue and adhere it to the back-top portion of the fan. For the final piece to the puzzle, attach all the patriotic paper bag fans with a twine or string.
5. USA wooden dowel banner
This banner is simple and classy. It is not overwhelming, and it makes a great statement when you hang it outside the front porch of your house, serving as a perfect piece of fourth of July decor.
Things you’ll need:
HeatnBond ultra hold
12” wooden dowel
Fabric glue or E6000 glue
Cut out 11 inches by 15 inches from the canvas fabric. Fold ½”of the fabric on both sides, iron the folded fabric to ensure that it lays flat.
Fold the bottom two corners to create a triangle (same size).
Once you’ve folded the triangles, take your scissors and cut out most of the triangle leaving only 1/2” of the fabric. This should leave you with 1/2” of folded fabric on both sides and the bottom of the canvas fabric. Then glue the folded fabric.
Cut the HeatnBond and fabric to match the size of the word (USA). Iron the HeatnBond to the fabric and leave to cool before writing down USA on the back. If you can’t write it down, print out the USA on paper and cut out the letters with a stencil. You can use a star stencil to paint in stars in the banner. And, it's a wrap.