In a world that’s quickly forgetting how we received our freedom, I want to teach my children the significance of the flag. We have so many liberties in America, and I want my kids to know that it came at a cost. They say nothing is free. While I can dispute that our salvation from Jesus was a free gift, our freedom in America was not. This Fourth of July I want to celebrate those that sacrificed their lives for our freedom by teaching my children the significance of the flag. What better way to do this than by sharing how to hang the flag and a few fun American Flag inspired decor and DIY’s too!
As a child growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, it was understood that every morning before school we would stand and say the pledge of allegiance. We were taught to have honor in the American flag and fly it with pride.
Things have changed. Times have changed. Oh how they have changed.
I can’t say that my kids will be taught the same values and honor about the flag in school.
One thing I do know; if it’s not standard practice to teach the history of the American Flag anymore, and it’s not taught at home, IT WILL BE FORGOTTEN…
My kids are four and seven. It’s time they learned a little history about why we are so blessed in America.
Things to know about The American Flag
There is a great website for flag etiquette HERE.
- There is a right and a wrong way to hang the flag. It should always be hung with the blue field on the left.
- Don’t ever let the flag fall on the ground.
- Don’t ever throw the flag away because it needs to be disposed of with honor.
- When the flag is flown at “half-staff” this means that the country is mourning something.
- Below is a great rendering of how the flag always needs to be hung.
My kids helped me hang the flag on our porch and add a few “flag decorations.” It’s always fun to get them involved and teach them a little history at the same time!
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Simply hanging an American flag is by far the easiest way to decorate for the 4th of July!
How to incorporate the American flag in your decor
American Flag door or wall hanging decor
Dee, from Meatloaf and Melodrama shares How to Make a Wooden American Flag.
I love how easy her tutorial is. Chances are, if you work out in the yard, you probably have all the supplies on hand!
If you’re looking for another door hanger idea, Christine at Where the Smiles Have Been created an awesome Patriotic USA map out of wood.
Another great door hanging idea is from Chelsea from the blog Making Manzanita. You can see all about her DIY Patriotic Door Sign HERE.
If you’re looking for more subtle 4th of July decor, look no further than with Chrysa’s No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting DIY Craft. This is an easy way to add just a hint American flag decor.
Speaking of garland, I also wanted to share a DIY American Flag Garland project from Alecia at Chicken Scratch NY.
You know I’m a fan of anything created from the Target Dollar Spot :).
Check out this Patriotic Wreath from Coffee with Us 3. Who knew clothespins could be so cute!
Looking for an Easy to Make DIY 4th of July Wreath? This tutorial is from the blog This Ole Mom, and she does a great job of sharing how easy it is to create this wreath.
Check out another great Dollar Store DIY with this Fourth of July Dollar Store Bandana Wreath. Michelle from the blog Our Crafty Mom does a fabulous job of creating something festive from a few bandanas!
You know I’m not much of a sewer, but if you are, Heather from Heather Handmade shares a great tutorial for a Heart US State Map Quilt.
DIY American flag decor ideas
I love this Easy DIY 4th of July Planter.
Lastly, aren’t these little 4th of July Signs from the blog Kippi at Home the cutest!
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I can’t wait to try a few of these festive DIY’s with my kids.
Do you do anything special on the 4th of July to help teach the younger generations about America’s history?
If you do, I would love to know about it! Leave me a comment below with all the details.