One of the main reasons we bought our house was for the porch. I love sitting on the porch and of course decorating it. Decorating the porch this year is a priority of mine. The porch always has a little something, but it could use more love and attention. A pile of 2×4’s in the garage are waiting to be used from my parents and since the 4th of July is coming, I created some 4th of July Porch Decorations.
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Let’s Create 4th of July Porch Decorations
Start by painting each of your 2×4’s a different color. A great thing about this project is you can mix it up and make your 2×4’s different colors. Create what will match your design style. In Cricut Design Space™ I created the USA, rockets, and stars. Using my Cricut Maker I cut the designs onto Cricut Vinyl .
Lay out the designs on the 2×4 to make sure you like the placement and how the design looked. On the tallest blue one I did stars and on the shortest red one I did USA and the rockets.
When I started this project I was going to paint the rockets, but the blue popped off the red in such a great way, I used the vinyl. Normally for outside decorations I use Oracal 651 because it’s a permanent vinyl. I’m taking a chance by leaving the rockets on, but I can always fix them. To apply the vinyl to the 2×4’s use transfer tape. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can buy a stencil, paint by hand or use the other methods to transfer the designs to the wood.
It’s time to paint the stencils. For stenciling I like to use makeup sponges to paint. Remember a little paint goes along way and dab up and down slowly. After about 4 coats, let the paint semi-dry and remove the stencil. I touched up a few spots where white paint was noticeable on the blue and the red paint.
For the white 2×4 I wrapped patriotic ribbon around it and hot glued the ribbon to the 2×4.
Homemade decorations are always unique, which is why I love them! These look great on the porch to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s going to be red, white, and blue galore!