Patriotic Ideas

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Do you need some ideas for Americana Decor? Remember, many people decorate all summer with Americana. It takes into account Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. I also include other Patriotic Ideas for your lifestyle such as a manicure and jewelry.

Here are a few we did for this summer.

I changed my spring chicken wire tote bag into Americana. I use this as a door hanger for my garage door. This is the door almost EVERYONE uses to come in and out of my home. This tote really brightens my day as I travel in and out.

Find more info about the chicken wire tote bag HERE.

Another cross that my Mom made was this PEACE cross. I think peace is on everyone’s mind as these holidays pass by. This cross looks similar to a Texas flag. Texas is our home state so that is not unusual. Mom used scrabble tiles to write out the word PEACE.

Below is a picture of my faux fireplace mantel all decked out with Americana. The USA frame with bead board background was made by my Mom. I did add antiquing gel to it for a vintage vibe.

Just a few touches of red, white and blue and it takes it into a patriotic state.
Here is a side view of my fireplace mantel that I have in my garage.

Find more info about the rag doll angel HERE.

My Mom also made this decoupaged star frame pictured below. Find more info about the decoupaged star frame HERE.

The chicken wire frame that changes with the seasons is pictured below with a star in the middle. I will probably change this out to a sunflower later in the summer.

Here is a great picture of the chicken wire frame with a star in the middle. I change this out for each season.

Find more info about the star chicken wire frame HERE.

These bottles were bought to stage a house we had flipped when I was a Realtor. I took them out of the box and put red, white and blue daisy like flowers in them. I adore it now!

Below are two crosses my Mom made and she used bandanas and stars to decorate them with.

Americana
Bandana Crosses

I had to celebrate with a manicure too! Red is a little too bright for me, so I went with a royal blue color and had her put stars on the ring fingers.

My old lady hands. I think I like a manicure and bracelets and rings to take attention away from all the wrinkles on my hands. lol

Below are some bracelets I made. I bought the blue beads at Walmart. The rhinestone bracelets came ready-made from Hobby Lobby.

Blue Bling!

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Picture Frame with Chicken Wire

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Here’s another chicken wire project that Mom and I worked on and it can be changed out for each season. I put a star on it to make it Americana Decor for Memorial Day and Fourth of July. We had this black and distressed painted frame just sitting in storage. So “The Shabby Tree” inspired us to make this around Valentine’s Day, but we did not get to it until now. Their project was to put red napkins poked inside the wire in the shape of a heart.

Chicken Wire Frame with Red Star in the middle for the Americana Season.

But we can do that next year. For now it looks great on my mantel along with other red, white and blue decor.

What took us so long to do this project was the fact that our old staple gun would not work. I bought a new electric one at Walmart. With an electric staple gun, one person could easily staple the wire to the frame. But if you have an extra pair of hands it is much much easier. Chicken wire wants to curl up on you. This wire had a line down the middle so we had to line that up down the middle of our frame. I am not sure all wire has that. But it is something to look out for when buying and using yours.

Stay tuned later in the year for other ways to change it out for the seasons. I think you should definitely try this project if you have a farmhouse, rustic style. See below, I added Sunflowers in August!

I changed out my Patriotic theme for a sunflower theme in August.
This one frame is so versatile.
I think I will change out for Halloween next……stay tuned…..

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Chicken Wire Tote Bag with Green Moss

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Here is our version of a “purse planter” made from chicken wire and green moss. Chicken wire can add that farmhouse, country feel to many projects. It adds a texture dimension and makes a rustic statement. This project works best if you have a partner to help along the way but it is not necessary. I was lucky enough to have my Mom as my partner.

Change out for the seasons. I plan to change to Americana for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, then to Sunflowers for the rest of the summer and even into fall.

Barb from Facebook, “The Shabby Tree” made one of these last year, and I wanted to give it a try. It took me this long to buy the chicken wire and supplies and get to it. I am going to use it as a door hanger. I was afraid the wire would scratch up my door but it is so light weight that it does not bang and knock around.

I bought the wire at Tractor Supply, the moss at Hobby Lobby and the rope at Dollar Tree.

First thing we did was take the moss out of the bag and get an idea of the size we needed to cut the chicken wire. We cut the chicken wire to be a little bit bigger than the moss. We folded the chicken wire so that we only had to connect the sides together.

Line up the design of the wire and then twist the cut portions together using pliers. Bend them into the purse so that the ends will not cut or scratch you.

Here is the wire pouch when finished.
It’s hard to see before you put the moss inside.

Then we put the moss on the inside. We had a little bit extra so we bent the ends down and made a “facing” on each side at the top. We did not glue or sew or wire the sides of the moss since we are not putting soil inside. Ours just stayed together naturally because the moss folds easily. The moss came in a roll at Hobby Lobby.

We put the two ends of the rope together with wire and it did not look pretty, so we covered and wrapped it with twine. We put that end piece on the backside of the pouch.
We connected the rope to the wire with twine and cut the ends so it would all blend together. Here is how we connected to the top.
Here is how we connected the bottom.
Voila, all done.

I really like it on my garage door. But I may move it to my front door when I finish our Bumble Bee Door Hanger. ??
Here I am just being silly acting like it was my real purse. I do love a tote bag. lol

I changed this purse decor out for the Fourth of July and also for late summer using sunflowers.

Thank you for reading my blog about the chicken wire purse. When we did this project we also put chicken wire on a frame that now is on my Fireplace Mantel. I’ll blog about that next.

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