Non-traditional July 4th!!

Non-traditional July 4th!!

You may remember, I decorated my living room mantel with a non-traditional color scheme!

You may also remember, I decided to update my front porch with some wooden firecrackers!

They were so easy to make, I decided to make a set for my living room in a non-traditional way!


Again, these are EASY PEASY!!

I took three 4×4’s cut at random heights and brushed them with a white wash of paint.

While they were drying, I took some patriotic sheet music I printed off of a free website and rubbed them with a light coat of Annie Sloan dark wax….


….next, I gently tore the edges of the paper to give them more of an antique look..


I applied Mod Podge to the back of the paper and onto the 4×4 and positioned the sheet music where I wanted them.  I then applied another coat of Mod Podge over the sheet music once it was adhered to 4×4 for a good seal.  I used 2 sheets of music per 4×4, overlapping the edges.


I drilled holes in the tops of the 4×4’s………


…..cut some copper wire approximately 3 inches long and curled the wire around a pencil until I had the shape I wanted and inserted the copper wire into the hole



 To finish them off, I tied a ribbon of burlap around the bottom!!!


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 I’m thrilled with them!  In fact, I think they’ll stay in my living room throughout summer!  Who doesn’t love seeing music about our wonderful country, right??!!


 Plus, they tie in nicely with my Patriotic Mantel!


Happy 4th of July……Twelve Oaks Manor style!


Until next time……….


I’m joining these parties:

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life; Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive; You’re Gonna Love It @ Kathe with an E; Give Me The Goods Tuesday @ Rain on a Tin Roof; The Scoop @ Cedarhill Ranch; Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home; Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style; Be Inspired Patriotic Party @ Common Ground;


  1. I luv your Non traditional patriotic decor. I have been going over and over how to incorporate some 4th inot my decor without the traditional red, white and blue scheme whit totally does not go with anything I have. This is wonderful!!! Thanks for the inspiration Angela.

    Hugs, Gee

  2. LOVE what you did here….great fun. Promise me you won’t light them and burn the place down! xo Diana

  3. Those are darling Angela. I love the sheet music and how you aged it. I have done this with some bronze craft paint before too. I forgot about that craft idea:) Happy 4th to you!

  4. Fabulous non traditional July 4th, Angela! I love it.

    Happy 4th of July!

  5. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life :

    I love your neutral tones and I adore your sign. It is stunning. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Great non-traditional look and really pretty, too. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. I love these firecrackers, Angela! So creative! Love the sheet music – awesome touch! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage :

    Subtle patriotic perfection! Happy 4th to you!!

  9. Audrey Zumwalt :

    Love how you did the candles and tore the paper. It looks like wax dripping.
    Happy 4th
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. Still love your candles so much! Just wanted to say thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  11. I am so glad I found this… I am going to do the page part for Amazing Grace and a couple of Hymns…

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