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Patriotic Prep – Our Festive Fourth Decor!

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This weekend my family will be coming to visit for the Fourth of July. We’re so excited because my brother and sister-in-law are coming in for the holiday but the real the guest of honor is this little squishy cheeked boy.

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My boys are super excited to meet their West Coast cousin for the first time. We don’t have a lot planned for their visit other than hanging out and catching up so I’ve been trying to prep out outdoor space to make it a nice spot for all of us.

At the beginning of the summer all we had was a concrete slab for our patio that held the baby pool and…not much else. My husband added some shrubs and we purchased some furniture. But we still needed a little more seating and some accessories (of course).

This bench was a hand-me-down from my inlaws.

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They had painted it black to match their outside decor and I stripped and sanded it…and sanded it and sanded it…it took FOREVER. Then I stained it to match the furniture we’d bought. I made the cushion which included making the piping (NEVER again). The accent pillow is from TJMaxx (of course). As is this little glass candle holder.

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I made a couple of cushions for the furniture we already had just to add some color.

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I actually saw these pillow cases on both Jane.com and Etsy for around $13/piece + shipping. After doing a little research I found the fabric (by Premier Prints) online at Fabric.com for around $9/yard. I was also able to get the actual pillows from the same company and found a 20% off code + free shipping.

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So for $54 I was able to get enough fabric to make 8 pillow covers and 4 pillow inserts (it would have been close to $80 for JUST the pillow cases elsewhere).

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This hammock I actually bought last year right before my wreck. So I only recently finally got around to hanging it.

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Our Adirondack chairs were from Walmart. I actually was going to build my own off Ana White’s plan but I was kind of short on time and for the price these were worth it not to go thru the trouble (plus I wanted to have them for this weekend).

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I still may make some for our deck since they’d end up being around $20/chair based on her plans.

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I changed out the spring flowers for baseballs and flags. The best part is my husband didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him I needed his old baseballs to decorate with (he’s accepted it…he married a creative). He’s even used to the excessive amount of pillows I insist on placing everywhere.

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Lastly I made a couple of wreaths for our front doors. I used pool noodles since I didn’t want to pay $5.99 for some tiny forms from Hobby Lobby.

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The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I found the anchor ornaments in the dollar bin at Michael’s.

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I wanted to create something that was a happy medium between patriotic and nautical so I could leave them up for the rest of the summer.

So now we’re ready for family, fun and fireworks! What are you up to for the Fourth?

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