A large rustic Canadian Flag that I made earlier this year sits in our front garden. It won’t fly away, get tangled, or rip. It will be enjoyed all summer for years to come, showing our patriotic support.
But of course we needed more, and so my creative wheels turned.
Canada Day use to be a big deal around here, a tradition we adopted from hubz parents. We shared it with them, his siblings and eventually my brother,sister in law and nieces.
We would pack our coolers with lunch, dinner, drinks, and snacks. Bags full of more snacks and blankets galore then head to a local park long before noon for a carnival, and fireworks, an all day family get together.
The siblings have grown, our children have grown, the fair has lost its lusture, some of us have been stuck working, and others have formed new traditions. The once highlight of the year, next to Christmas for everyone else and Halloween for me and hubz, slowly faded and sizzled out like the fireworks we all loved to watch under a dark Canadian sky.
I decided to do some more Canada Day décor, to be displayed by our front door, knowing for sure fireworks would be the “theme” in honour of those memories.
I hit my wood scrap bin pulling out an old oar handle painted red, white and distressed that I had kept just in case, a thick dowel and some 1×2 wood pieces.
I had my “firecrackers”.
I’ve seen many 4×4 post and 2×4 firecrackers, but I wanted more of odds and ends looking fireworks, grouped in some kind of wooden box . Problem is my scrap bin had run dry of larger pieces, and while some men bring their wives flowers or chocolate, my hubz brings me scrap wood.
Wood is free soooo many places, I don’t have the patience or strength to take apart pallets though. Thankfully many factory roadside bins always have wood of various shapes and sizes.
He turned my frown upside down and I got to work.
I started by building my fireworks box and painting it grey, leaving the inside brown because I love the look of painted and “stained” wood on a project.
I then painted the wood firecrackers and using floral wire for the “wick” by wrapping it around a pen to curl it, and then putting a bit of hot glue on the end and pushing it into a tiny hole I drilled at the top. The Oh Canada sign was done with sharpie paint pen on a broken piece of board hubz was attempting to remove a nail from.
Next came a large piece of brown wood, I made a vinyl stencil and painted a maple leaf on (I don’t have a vinyl machine so I use vinyl shelf liner rolls and hand cut my own stencils). I used behr outdoor paint in red leftover from Christmas projects.
I sat it on an old white chippy chair that I almost threw away after our flood, hubz saved it and placed it in our back garden.
To keep it in place I used an L bracket attached to the back of the sign and then into the chair seat.
It was all coming together but still not non-traditional enough for me, I then thought of some buffalo plaid fabric scraps I had from a dog bandanna I had sewn and that’s how this firework came to be.
If I’ve learned anything about displays that I can pass on is that you should always have something in the back to tie it all together.
I borrowed the black and red flag that I made hubz for the Olympics, it is the Canadian Team colours but ironically enough ties nicely with the buffalo plaid.
I then added height to the back with a fence board sign with red on both ends and distressed black in the middle with a rustic white heart.
Lastly, this display wasn’t complete without a rag garland, made with more plaid and white fabric scraps.
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