It's Vintage Americana's Moment in the Sun

Posted 06/06/2019 by The Dimensions™ DIY Team

Every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day, vintage Americana gets its big chance to shine. While there's a place for plastic throw-away 4th of July trinkets, when it comes to more classic seasonal décor, this time of year makes us nostalgic for the timeworn appeal and easy styling of the original Red, White and Blue. And because imperfection is the name of the game with Americana, DIYing this look is a piece of cake! Let's get inspired!

  • Have leftover Mason jars from last month's how-to project? Check out these bright and colorful Independence Day "vases"! All it takes is a little spray paint and twine, a light pass over the logo with a piece of sandpaper, and you've got a sweet and patriotic centerpiece for your next cookout or picnic.

mason jar 4th of july decor  Via etsy- patriotic mason jar centerpieces

  • If you're thinking about getting rid of an old desk, buffet, credenza or dresser, upcycle it instead! Choose a drawer with some character, paint it white, distress it with sandpaper, then glue inexpensive foam blocks into the bottom to hold a fun arrangement of your favorite 4th of July paraphernalia – understated or over-the-top!

fourth of july decor Via etsy -patriotic decorations Fourth of July

  • Mason jars are so inexpensive, they're perfect for DIY. And what could you add that's more affordable than sticks from your own yard? This is a prime example of how using what you have around the house can – literally in this case – stick around with a fresh, new purpose. Simply spray paint or foam brush a collection of sticks, stick them in a dolled up Mason jar, and turn them into darling décor for your mantle or outdoor dining table.

4th of july decor         Via Landeelu - Americana Decor

  • Cans in the recycle bin? Try making this cute, festive windsock to hang from your porch eves or front tree branches. Once again proving that décor doesn't have to cost almost anything beyond a coat of paint, sometimes the simplest ideas are also the most fun to execute and enjoyable afterwards.

fourth of july decor      Via home design inspired - windsock

  • Last of the Mason jars...we promise. Aside from holding flowers and patriotic painted sticks, they also make great rustic lanterns. Decorate any way you like, bend a bit of wire into handles, and use a battery-operated votive or sand or rice to hold a simple candle in the bottom. They'll create the perfect ambient mood lighting for your outdoor entertaining all summer long.

fourth of july decorVia better homes and gardens - living coral kitchen

  • Craft a wire wreath frame, a package of clothespins and a small amount of paint into a vintage farmhouse wreath. 

clothespin wreath                   Via simple most - patriotic clothespin flag wreath

  • Fabrics that scream Americana, like old demin and bandanas, can be refashioned into a really clever fireworks display.
  • faux fireworks                Via craft create cook - no sew fireworks

    • We're not here to advise you whether painting your trees is a good idea or not, we just admired this out-of-the-box thinking and creative take on celebrating flag season.

    american flag painted on trees Via lamps plus - American flag on trees

    • Check out this patriotic painted pallet! We're big fans of the reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle movement, so we dig all the ways we've seen seasonal décor created from would-be discarded items. From old jeans to pallets and cans, most of these projects cost about as much as you can dig out from between your couch cushions.  

    fourth of july decor               Via - savings by design

    • These faux fireworks will make your friends and neighbors ooohhh and ahhh! But what we love most is how a few simple lengths of 4x4, painted and accented with twine and rope wicks, deliver this much bang for your buck.

    independence day decor         Via google - google home mini

    • Looking for a fast and easy, low-commitment way to show your American pride – that can be done with a beer in one hand? Well, you could ... um, paint your lawn? Oooookay.... Can't argue that there's not much that's more "American" than this idea. The best news of course is that all you need to do is wait a few days and then mow it away.

    stars painted on lawn

    stars painted on lawn Via the concrete cottage - Fourth of July lawn

    • Saving our favorite for last, this classic Americana representation of Old Glory is made from pre-finished Rustic Project Boards and has the kind of great looks that just may inspire you to salute the flag year-round.

    fourth of july decor   Via UFP Edge - Brite rustic American flag

    With red, white and blue now coursing through our veins, in just two weeks, we'll show you how to celebrate America's birthday by DIYing your own Americana Stars and Stripes. Using basic household tools and a little paint, join us while we walk you though our version of the project above, step-by-step.

    As always, stick with us and we'll show you how to achieve the looks you love for less!

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    See you in two weeks, DIYers!