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Red, White, and Blue American Door Decor

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Instructions on how to create a beautiful red, white, and blue decoration for your front door in honor of Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or Fourth of July!

Is this a wreath? A window wreath? But for the door? I have no idea. I just know that I’m pretty excited about it.

I was at a yard sale the other weekend and this decor window was available for $3. I loved it, even with the prior paint job, but I wanted to update it. I ended up painting and distressing it, then toyed with how to use it. It was pure coincidence that I painted this blue. I have been experimenting with different color combos for distressing paint and the next paint on my list was this one: Shimmering Sea, Satin Enamel from Olympic. It was a sample I got in the cheap shelves at Lowes for $0.50. Total cost of project: $3.50! How’s that for a steal?!

If you love this, you will also love my other porch decor for the 4th of July. Check out my post, How to Upcycle a Watering Can into Patriotic Decor.


  • Window (this isn’t an actual real window, this was a decorating item)
  • Shimmering Sea, Satin Enamel from Olympic (Lowes, sample size): $0.50
  • Ebony Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint brushes
  • Sand paper or sander
  • Children’s flag: I upcycled one that had a broken stick… we got this at Lowes around Veteran’s Day, I believe, for a couple dollars.
  • 36″ Wide Grade 90 Cheesecloth from I washed this fabric first and it shrinks into nice thing strips when you do this. You don’t need this large of a quantity, and I’m guessing you could just cut thin strips from a wider cut too.

Instructions for Creating Your Own American Door Decor:

This wasn’t a complicated project at all… I took my old piece, sanded it a bit, and painted it the color I wanted.

I created a video on distressing furniture a while back so I don’t want to get into great detail on how to get the effect that I have on my final product. But essentially I painted it, sanded it here and there to scuff it up, stained it, then wiped the stain off. I let that dry and then used polyurethane to seal it. I love how distressed wood looks so I do it to EVERYTHING. I’m really not joking. You should follow my blog if you don’t already- you WILL believe. In the meantime if you need more details about distressing, check out this link to my video: Easy Distressing for Wood Furniture: Drab to Dreamy Lego Desk.

Once you’re done fixing up the wood itself, you need to decorate.

The cheesecloth is tied on by folding your strip of fabric in half and pulling the end pieces through the loop around the wood. I hope that made sense. I love how they look being tied this way.

Next I took my flag, removed it from the stick (it was attached with staples), and laid it across the back of my window. I fit it onto the middle of the window and used a staple gun to attach the flag. Make sure you show the side of the flag that you want- to me, both sides looked good but I wanted the stars on the left.

Then I flipped it around and hung it on my door. The person who had this before had a nice strong wire on there to hang it from.

Here’s some more pictures for you!

Check out these other 4th of July Crafts!
Red, White, and Blue American Door Decor: She turned this simple decor window into something spectacular for the 4th of July holiday... but don't worry about this sitting in storage the rest of the year. With a little tweaking, this decoration can be changed to reflect other celebrations through the year as well.

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Michelle James

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Such a beautiful entry! Love the door decor! #HomeMattersParty

Emily @ Two Purple Couches

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

What a cool idea! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.


Thursday 30th of June 2016

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Angie Church

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

love the look so patriotic with the correct colors and oh my love the homey feel of it allcome see us at

Ashleigh Outman-Conant

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

This is super cute and it fits so well! Great post!

Come over to my link party and share this with everyone: to see you there!

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