6 Ways to a Fresh 4th of July

The Fourth of July has always been my favorite. Growing up, we used to celebrate the holiday on the west coast of Florida, and we would watch the fireworks sparkle above the gulf coast. In more recent years, we’ve watched fireworks rise over corn fields and forests here in the midwest, and I finally have a home of my own that serves as a canvas to celebrate the most American holiday.

1. Rock Me Like a Wagon Wheel 


First of all, it’s not widely known enough that the song “Wagon Wheel” is actually a Bob Dylan song. Second of all, most wagon wheels I’ve seen used as decor are usually old, dilapidated wooden wheels that have been leaning against someone’s house for a decade. (Nothing wrong with that!) But it makes me love this red-painted wagon wheel even more because it’s not something you usually see. I also love the dappled patina and how easy this one is to hang.


Get the look: Red Wagon Wheel, Cream Flower Buckets, Blue Hydrangea Pick


2. Bring Me Your Tired with America’s Flag Pillow


Front porches are a fantastic place to sit a while with a nice cool beverage. Now you have the most patriotic lumbar support ever. Cheers to the red, white, and blue!


3. Add Southern Charm with Fresh Cotton.


We just cannot get over cotton this summer. It’s whimsical, it’s fresh, and it gives a soft summer vibe that we love. How could you not love this simple and clean front door presentation?


Get the look: Cotton Wreath

4. Mind the Music on the Staff by Displaying Vintage Sheet Music.


If I had a fife and drum, I would add those as well. ;] We love the classic look the sheet music gives this tablescape.

Get the look: Americana PailsBlue Hydrangea Pick, Majestic Cattle Runner


5. Nothing says American Summer like Blue Hydrangeas. 


They make a fantastic centerpiece. Widely planted in window boxes and by fences in coastal New England, Blue Hydrangeas have become a symbol of Kennedy-era Americana and tradition. Soft and sweet, these flowers are a popular favorite.

Get the look: Americana PailsBlue Hydrangea Pick, Majestic Cattle Runner


6. Use Vintage Sheet Music and a Bandana to Make Your Place Settings Classically American.


Guests will be floored by the fact you’re using a bandana as a napkin. They’ll act like they’ve never seen anything like it. And maybe they haven’t! Pair it with a patterned blue bowl (mismatched China, perhaps?) and an American flag on a stick. We staged everything on top of a classic burlap place mat to ground it in old-time Americana.

Get the look: Majestic Cattle Placemat Set



When I was done with my fantastically festive Fourth of July decor, my neighbors came out to say “Hey, now that looks great!”


How are you decorating for the Fourth of July?


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Author: Rebecca McCusker

Rebecca is the Creative Coordinator for Craft House Designs. Her interests include writing, playing piano, guitar, songwriting, and playing in her all-female rock band Linden Hollow. She enjoys gardening, hiking, teaching piano, reading, and painting animal portraits. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband, cats, and Australian Shepherds.

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