Front Porch Appeal - Looking Towards the 4th of July!
Issue #58 June 2014June schools are out, summer has arrived, swimming pools are filled with kids, long awaited vacation time has finally arrived, and porches are perfect places to enjoy those hot, humid days and cooler nights.
I'm sure you have some summer porch memories as Mary and I do. What fun it was to play on our porch - mine often became the "base" for tag or an airplane landing strip as I soared on our porch swing. I also have fond memories of standing on the front porch with my dad, watching lightning dance across the sky during an evening summer storm.
Iconic American 4th of July paradeAnyone remember fastening playing cards to their spokes with close pins?
We had a really fun few days with our friends Liz and Doug Latham, creators of Hoosier Homemade. Together, we made some fun Americana 4th of July decorations which we used on our front porch. Mary and I know you'll enjoy not only seeing them but also making a few yourself.
We also showed off Dawn's decorated porch along with introducing our newest Porch Ideas Network members - wait till you see their beautifully designed porches.
4th of July Porch Decorating ProjectsDecorating your porch for the 4th of July can be fun and inexpensive. Using simple materials (you may already have many of them on hand) Mary and I, along with our friends, created a great look for our front porch.
All decked out to celebrate the 4th of July
4th of July Decoration Ideas
Decorating With BurlapBurlap makes a perfect material for creating that iconic Americana look. Mary and Liz used Americana-style burlap to make these flag banners for our porch columns. They cut them to size, sewed hems to prevent fraying, and used twine to hang them on our porch.
Mary sewing hems on burlap panels
Finished 4th of July flag banners on porch columns
Americana FlagWe opted for an Americana flag for our front door instead of a traditional wreath. This is a real easy project made from scrap wood (or you could purchase inexpensive slats at your local craft store).
We used Mary's craft paints, stain, and a little ingenuity to create this fun 4th of July craft idea.
Painting flag slats
Americana flagMake this from scrap wood - it's quick and easy. You can make this flag too.
Homemade Firecracker DecorationsThese easy to make Americana firecrackers will look great on any porch for the 4th of July. We used leftover burlap from the banner project to create these. Use hot glue and some inexpensive PVC to make these delightful holiday decorations.
Applying hot glue to PVC
Homemade firecracker decorations on our front porchOur firecrackers can be made quite easily with Americana burlap or traditional red, white, and blue fabrics for indoors or out!
Video: Sure to Put a Smile on Your Face
A video of Liz and Doug decorating the porch with us. We included a few of our best bloopers at the end.
4th of July Porch ParadeWe thought we'd create our own 4th of July Porch Parade to give you ideas for decorating this year. Porches love the 4th of July.
Love the hanging baskets and flags
Inviting Americana 4th of July array
4th of July Elegance
Dawn's Cabin Porch in Red, White and BlueWe thought we'd share Dawn's 4th of July country porch. See more 4th of July porches here.
Porch Ideas Network News
We'd like to introduce you to our newest Porch Ideas Network porch construction contractor, Georgia Front Porch, in Cumming, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. Wait till you see their amazing before and after photos of their front porch construction projects. We've featured a sample below - a beautiful new front porch on a two-story brick home.
BEFORE: Brick home with small portico -courtesy of Georgia Front Porch
AFTER: Combination metal shed and gable roof- courtesy of Georgia Front PorchSee more of Georgia's Front Porch projects to get ideas for your new front porch design. And if you live in the Cumming/Atlanta Georgia area, be sure to contact Georgia Front Porch.
If you know of building contractors who excel at what they do and build wonderful porches or screen porches, do them a favor and recommend them for inclusion in our Porch Ideas Network. With over 1 million visitors a year, our site is a perfect place for them to receive the recognition they deserve.
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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