Non Traditional 4th of July!!

Non Traditional 4th of July!!

I know, I know……traditional Fourth of July decorations are all about Red, White and Blue and flags everywhere!

Trust me, I’m as American as they come! :)

My hubby served for 26 years in the military…..I definitely have American pride!!

In fact, I like to show it on my front porch beginning right around Memorial Day!

Hubby and I ate a wonderful 4th of July dessert in mason jars on that very porch and I’m sure we will again come the big day!!!

BUT, I’m getting honest here………

Although I love looking at traditional decorations in other homes, I don’t really decorate the inside of my home with red, white and blue!


I take more of a non-traditional approach!! :) Here’s my mantel…..


My non-traditional flag is made out of some crate boards we had left over from our last military move.  Hubby attached them and I gave them a white wash…..




Using Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint, I painted some paper mache stars and wooden USA letters I found at Hobby Lobby!


Once the paint was dry, I rubbed some Annie Sloan dark wax over the boards and attached my adornments with my glue gun!


EASY PEASY!!! (My Motto!!)


The actual flag is hung by a picture hanger I attached to the back of the top board. I felt it needed something more, though, so I stapled some burlap to the back and hot glued a star at the middle point.  I then hot glued the star to a small nail in the wall.


I added a few rustic stars…….


….along with some framed sheet music of “Stars and Stripes Forever“!

Another EASY PEASY project…..

I printed some sheet music off of a free internet site, rubbed a light coating of Annie Sloan dark wax onto the sheet music, and stuck it in an old frame!



And, there you have my non-traditional Fourth of July mantel!


Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I made some more “wooden firecrackers” in a non-traditional way!!


To see the traditional creation, click HERE!

Until next time……..



  1. Danni@SiloHillFarm :

    Hey Angela! I don’t know if it’s my computer or not, but I can’t see your images, except for the last one of the firecrackers.

  2. Angela, I can’t see your pictures on this post. I wonder if it has to do with Google reader. Let me know!

  3. Beautiful mantel! You really have a talent for repurposing. And what a great idea with the sheet music. I’m learning lots from you Angie, thanks!

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  6. I love the non traditional décor. I love doing my outdoors in the traditional red, white & blue but I am like you…non traditional indoors :)

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  8. Yay! It works! Beautiful, beautiful mantle!!! Love the sign you made! You are so very talented, Angela! Love the colors!

  9. I absolutely love it- it looks patriotic to me!!! What a fun project and pretty easy, too- xo Diana

  10. I’m sitting in front of the mantle right now and it looks fabulous! Momma, you’re so talented. :)

  11. Tina @ What We Keep :

    Great inspiration for those of us who don’t decorate with red!

  12. Danni@SiloHillFarm :

    Love it all Angela! Glad you got it fixed!

  13. Looks lovely! I like the non-traditional look for indoors too.

  14. Robin~All Things Heart and Home :

    Love it!!! The bright and happy red, white, and blue doesn’t always translate into an indoor space, I love the way you brought the spirit of the season inside in a more subtle way!

  15. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog :

    Ooh it’s so pretty! I’m a huge fan of neutrals, so this is right up my alley! Great job, Angela!

    ~Abby =)

  16. jugglingrealfoodandreallife :

    I love it! What a way to add seasonal decorating while keeping it sophisticated. I struggle with my house looking like an elementary school classroom sometimes. You’ve given me some great ideas.

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