Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4th of July Bandana Flag

All you need is 3 simple materials to create this fun, unique 4th of July Flag.
Perfect for your indoor or outdoor 4th of July decor!


If you knew me better, you would know that one of the areas I am most critical of myself is in my parenting. Before having kids, I never would have imagined how difficult it actually is. I am constantly questioning whether I am spending enough time with them, teaching them the right things, involving them in enough activities, offering the right amount of discipline, fostering self-confidence, creating lasting memories, developing a relationship that will take us through the teenage years.



Before our first was even born, I started thinking about these things. I would imagine myself raising a little girl who was confident and self-assured. I would imagine us talking openly about anything and everything, and spending hours on end reading books and making art projects and playing outside. Now that my kids are 6, 4, and 2, I've realized how difficult it is to actually make it all happen like you imagined it. Don't get me wrong - I have wonderful, fun-loving kids who I love spending time with. But it's still so easy to question whether I'm doing it all "right".


Which is why it's nice to have things you KNOW you are doing right.....like the 4th of July! Ever since our kids were babies, we've been doing the 4th of July....and doing it up right! Decorated wagons, parades, 4th of July outfits, sparklers, fireworks, picnics, parties, a day with family and close friends. The 4th of July has become one of our favorite holiday, and I love the fact that we are creating such fun memories with our kids.


My mom always says, "It's too bad kids don't come with instruction manuals"....and I couldn't agree more. It's not easy being a parent, that is for sure. But creating fun, lasting memories is something that anyone can do! And so is this 4th of July Bandana Flag. All you need is a large stick, red/white/blue bandanas, and sisal rope. I picked up the supplies this morning and made it in 10 minutes. So I have more time to spend making memories with my kids. Just the way it should be.


Supplies Needed:
2 blue bandanas
3 red bandanas
3 white bandanas
1 large stick
approximately 6 feet of sisal rope


Happy 4th of July!


Looking for more simple ideas for July 4th? Check out my Simple Slipknot Napkin Rings!




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling....
I hope you feel right at home!
-Cathy

19 comments :

  1. I love this post - very honest Cathy! I'm right there with you, questioning every. single. thing. I think fostering self confidence is really difficult, especially with girls but so important! And, I agree with your Mom - if we could just have an instruction manual, we would be way better off! 4th of July is a great holiday to focus on the family - sounds like you do just that :)

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  2. Cathy - You are a great mom, and your girls are all wonderful. This flag is really cute. You could take off the bandanas for the girls to wear to the July 4th parade, and then put them up again...unless they are covered with ice cream or some other snack. ☺

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  3. So cute Cathy!! And seriously. You are one of the greatest moms I know. Your girls are BEYOND lucky to have you, and even if they don't realize it until they are in their late 20's, I will be there along the way to remind you :)

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  4. Cathy! This flag is so cute...I think I could even do it;) You are doing more than "all right", and the memories you're making will stay with your girls their whole lives! I KNOW they will want to be a mom just like YOU! <3 You!

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  5. The love your bandana flag! It would also make a cute curtain in a boys room. Happy Summer!

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  6. Very unique and creative :) Love it! Visiting from Bouquet of Talent - have a great evening.

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  7. First - I Love your 7/4 door decoration, it's perfect. Something we can almost all afford to make.
    second - just the fact you wonder and think about what kind of Mother you are says you're a great Mom. It's sure not easy and there'll always be somebody to tell you what you're doing wrong. All you can do is what your heart and head tell you is right. Your instincts as a Mother will tell you. Ask your Mom.
    Kids don't come with instruction manuals and even if they did that kid would make a liar of it.
    I've raised 4 of them, 2 boys, 2 girls, not easy. My hardest one was the youngest as a teenager, oh boy was she a handful. Now she's a Mother of teenagers 13 and 16, girls. Have fun kid. Happy Summer

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  8. Simple, clever, and oh so pretty....Love it!

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  9. This is such a different idea, and we need some ideas for the 4th that aren't overdone. Besides which, I love bandannas. And as an older woman (a grandma of 7), I'd tell you to lighten up on yourself as a mom. You are definitely going to make some mistakes....we all do. But too much stress is put on moms these days. We can't create the perfect child. We can only do our best, change when we do something wrong, and realize that it's in God's hands.
    I hope you have a blessed 4th.

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  10. This is so super fun!! Thanks so much for linking it up at our link party :) I am going to feature it later tonight!!

    Ashley

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  11. Bandana lover here! Pinned your cool project to my Americana board! Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/06/summer-chalk-boards.html

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  12. Cute idea. Found you over at In and Out of the Kitchen

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  13. Fun!! Adorable and fun! Come link up to my centerpiece Wednesday linky party! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-decorations-and-centerpiece.html
    Karin

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  14. This is a super cute craft! I love it and it's totally simple! I also love working with scraps of wood!


    I'd like to invite you to come link up with our party this week also!
    http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/06/on-display-monday-7.html

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  15. This is so cute! Saw you over at Craftionary and pinned so I can make my own!
    Have a good one, Kim

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  16. Love it! I know you already saw that I featured this in my Fourth of July Roundup today, so I'm just stopping by to pin it! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/06/25-last-minute-fourth-of-july-ideas/

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  17. This is a super cute idea. I love the simplicity of it too! & your napkin rings...Looks like your set for the 4th of July Thanks for sharing & linking up! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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  18. This is a clever and easy idea. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend?

    We're having a Burger Bash June 29 - July 3 to get ready for the grilling on the 4th. Come on over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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  19. This is such a great idea! We'd love if you shared it at our Super Summer Saturdays link up! www.thechirpingmoms.com

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