Independence Day Crafts

When I was a child, there was something magical about Independence Day. Starting, sometimes the weeks prior, with our fourth of July decorations. Not unlike my decorations from junk window…we would spend our efforts to make our celebration fun and unique. No matter what your style…it seems like Independence Day crafts…spans many tastes.

Today, I want to show you a super simple craft I came up with this week.

I’ve been racking my brains for a decoration to sit on my deck for the fourth of July. I could have gone and bought something…but if y’all know me at all…some cookie cutter accessory wasn’t gonna cut it! I’m still in this mind-set to this day.. It must be original.

DIY Landscape timber TNT


Yes…it’s a ONE DAY shot…but after all folks…let’s talk about what it is!! Not to mention it comes during the best part of the year….the days are long…and the nights are warm.


“The fourth of July is my favorite holiday!”


In my quest for porch decor…I found myself at the hardware store.  I’d come up with an idea…but didn’t think I had the right materials to make what was streaming in my head.  The hardware guy and I had an extended conversation about what he had in stock that fit my discription…he’s beginning to understand my language…I’ve only lived here seven years now! lol

At some point during the conversation…I’m pretty sure a HUGE light bulb went on right over my head…just like in a bugs bunny and road runner cartoon…I had everything I needed at my house….and you might too.

If you don’t have these supplies…they won’t cost much if you decide to make it anyway.

You’ll need:

  • Approx 8 1/2 – 10 ft of landscape timbers (depending on how large you want yours to be)
  • Wire
  • drill and drillbits
  • spray paint in red white and blue
  • stencils (optional)
  • saw


Cut your timbers into three staggered lengths.  Mine are  26 “,  21 ” and  11 “…but this is strictly a personal preference.

Remember when making your own Independence Day crafts….don’t take yourself too seriously.  It’s suppose to be fun!


“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously”

After cutting the timbers to length, prime them. I use Kilz…but any all-purpose primer will work.

Kilz Spray Paint Primer

All the Primer to dry well…it takes some time…longer than paint, but well worth it!

Primed Landscape Timbers

….paint them red, white and blue.  

I drilled through mine and ran my wire through them to hold them together….then wrapped some raffia around them several times for a fun accent. 

DIY Landscape timber TNT Decorations

You could stencil an explosive pattern on them to carry the TNT theme over….I decided I liked them without anything extra.

These timbers are meant to be outside…and should last a life time!

TNT Decorations from landscape timbers

I actually think…these could be a really fun kids craft, as long as someone drilled the holes for them.

DIY Landscape timber TNT Decorations

I adore them sitting on the side of my door with a planter box sink.  What holiday is your favorite?  Do you dress up your house for the fourth of July?

Before I sign off…I want to tell you about an awesome give away that some friends of mine and I are doing for Father’s Day….or Just for you if you like! 😀  Follow these awesome friends on Facebook for several opportunities to get your name in the contest.  We’re giving $150 to some lucky reader…don’t miss your chance to enter! We’ll draw the winner of the ecard on Saturday…June 15th


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Love Y’all!



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About Tammy Killough

I'm a stay at home wife and mother of four. I began my career in the medical field, but art kept calling me back. I love art of all forms, and wish to inspire this love in everyone I encounter. My hope is that I will teach something or inspired something in everyone I meet.

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  1. WOW! Tammy! What an awesome project. You “blew the lid off” of this one.. 🙂 You’re creative vision is such an inspiration.
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  2. Love these, Tammy! Spray paint, wire AND landscape timbers…who doesn’t want to use those???? Thanks for the inspiration!
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  3. Oh my goodness…this is just so cute! You could use it inside or outside ~ perfect for celebrating Independence Day!

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