Summer Decor and DIY Paper Pinwheel Garland

Summer decorating with patriotic decor ideas and the cutest mini DIY paper pinwheel garland. Watch the video below for details on making the pinwheels.

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Summer is here and the 4th of July is just a couple weeks away! πŸŽ‰πŸ’™ 

All week long we are celebrating summer with the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour, hosted by my friend Kelly of The Tattered Pew. This is a talented group of 30 bloggers who all have different decor styles and ideas. You can catch up and find all the links below my post. If you hopped over here from The Ponds Farmhouse, welcome!

My name is Cindy. I'm a pastor's wife, mom of 3, Canadian-born now living in southern Texas, and the voice behind DIY Beautify. I love an eclectic mix of styles, I guess I'd call my style Modern Farmhouse Cottage 😍 You'll find a little bit of everything here, from affordable home decor and decorating ideas, to DIYs and crafts and some of our family's favorite homemade recipes. If you're not already a part of the DIY Beautify family, I invite you to subscribe and join me. You can also find me on Facebook, PinterestInstagram and YouTube.

Summer Decorating

There are so many patriotic holidays to celebrate from May to September, I thought it would be fun to pull out all my DIY patriotic decor and really make it feel like a celebration. 

Do you have a 'happy room' in your home?

I would say that our sunroom is definitely a favorite room in our home. This room gets so much light from the wall of windows, and it's become one of our favorite rooms. You can click here to see all the things we've done to it. I really wanted to get my cottage white dresser up against our reclaimed wood wall. I knew it would look gorgeous and it does, especially with those pops of red and blue.

My daughter Abby was sweet enough to paint me some watercolors to hang on the wall. This wall used to be a busy  gallery wall, but I was craving something a little simpler so we took everything off to start fresh. It feels so much lighter and I have lots of ideas for switching out the decor in those whitewashed frames.

I am blessed to have such a talented daughter who is willing to paint for me! πŸ’—
painting watercolor greenery for gallery wall
When I was pulling out my patriotic decor for this space, I was torn between hanging the blue berry wreath that I recently spray painted (YES, I spray painted a thrifted berry wreath, and it turned out soooo good!), or this sweet scrap fabric and ribbon flag. You can see which won out, but I'm sure I'll switch it out again before the summer's over.

I love crafting with canvas drop cloth and a couple years ago I made the hanging flag banner. It was a quick and easy craft and can work both outdoors and in. Rather than hang it on the wall this year, I just draped it from an old chippy shutter and leaned it up against the wall.


All the light in this room makes it the perfect place to grow plants, and I have been fortunate to keep most of them alive! I moved a vintage table in front of the window and filled it with houseplants that like to have their leaves's easy to mist them daily. I love this mister that I originally bought for my curly hair...I've since bought a second one that I keep in our bathroom. It delivers continuous mist and is so sturdy and easy to use.

Paper pinwheels

Pinwheels are a classic summer favorite and they're even cuter tucked inside a denim pocket garland! Who doesn't love a cute pinwheel? The following tutorial is for mini pinwheels and how to make the denim pocket garland. If you'd like to make larger pinwheels, you can follow this tutorial from a few years ago. While the process is virtually identical, you may find it easier to follow the step by step picture tutorial, especially if you're making them with kids!

You can see how easy the pinwheels and the garland were to make by watching the video below.

How to make paper pinwheels - video tutorial

Our vintage style daybed is by far the coziest place to chill and read a book! I have spent many blissful hours here. We also use it as a guest bedroom when we have overnight guests. It faces our double sided fireplace. I left the side in the sunroom the original red brick, but I painted the opposite side with chalk paint to lighten it up! Click here to find out how easy it is to update a brick fireplace with chalk paint!

As soon as I pulled out my camera, Millie sat herself down to pose (she cracks me up!) 😍 This pup is ready for a summer haircut!

The daybed is always piled high with cozy pillows and a few throws so you can really make yourself at home!
And when the book is really good, it's important to have a yummy snack close at hand! I love using these willow trays for both decor and function.

The armchair and ottoman that used to be on the wood wall, were moved to the other side of the sunroom, next to my fiddle leaf figs. This is another super comfy spot to sit and read a stack of magazines (if the daybed is currently occupied) 😏

I purchased the distressed side table at the beginning of summer, thinking I'd use it on our back patio, but as you can never made it outside!

Over in the living room I decorated our fireplace mantel quite simply. Something I've never done before is to use plates as decor on the mantel. I have so many vintage plates and I love having them out where I can enjoy them!

A couple vintage doilies, some red, white and blue books in the plate rack, and some greenery were all it took to add that patriotic vibe.

I can't forget the hearth. I took out my spring flowers from the vintage pickle crock and replaced it with white and blue flowers from the dollar store, and a vintage feedsack that I bought from the Country Living Fair in Nashville when we lived in TN. The faded colors tie in so well.
If you're wanting more patriotic inspiration, check out my kitchen breakfast nook. I decorated the table with charming cottage decor pieces. Here's a peek...


Bloggers Best summer home tour links

Be sure to hop over to Amber's tour at Follow the Yellow Brick Home next. Her home is filled with vintage goodies, more ironstone than one person should have the right to own πŸ˜‰ and SO MUCH inspiration!

Monday's Tours

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The Tattered Pew / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

White Arrows Home / Fiddle Leaf Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Tuesday's Tours

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The Flowering Farmhouse / Sanddollar Lane / Cottage In The Mitten

Up To Date Interiors / Bricks 'n Blooms / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday's Tours

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Open Doors Open Hearts/ Pasha Is Home / Shiplap and Shells

A Blue Nest / Cloches and Lavender / Simply 2 Moms

Thursday's Tours

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Cassie Bustamante / First Day of Home / Midwest Life and Style

County Road 407 / She Gave It A Go / Robyn's French Nest

Friday's Tours

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The Ponds Farmhouse / DIY Beautify / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

My Thrift Store Addiction / Tatertots and Jello / Sweet Pea

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  1. Your home looks so good decorated for summer. The pinwheel garland that you created is darling.

  2. Cindy,
    I just loved all your patriotic touches. The cute denim garland and pinwheels are adorable! You are so creative! I love doing these tours together.

  3. I love all the summery and patriotic touches you added in your home, Cindy. And that denim pocket garland with the pinwheels is adorable!

  4. Your home is so gorgeous, Cindy. I enjoyed seeing all of the ways you added pretty touches of red, white and blue for the summer. And that garland and the pinwheels are too cute!! Pinned!

  5. Such cute patriotic ideas! I saved some jean pockets years ago and still haven't done anything with them. Totally doing it now. Thanks for the tour and inspo. Loved it!

  6. The denim pocket garland is precious!

  7. Cindy, I loved your tour! The pinwheels are so fun, and what beautiful watercolors by your daughter! I adore that daybed! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  8. I just love everything you've done for summer! The patriotic touches are beautiful and I now have an idea of how to use the rest of denim pockets from last year. Thanks for the inspiration Cindy!

  9. Cindy I always enjoy your posts! Thanks fir the tour. Your patriotic decor is just beautiful!❤️

  10. Your summer decor is so lovely, Cindy! Those pinwheels are perfect, and I love the denim pocket bunting! So smart and pretty! Your daughter did a lovely job on those botanical prints! You are indeed blessed!

  11. Your home is gorgeous Cindy! I love all the red white and blue and those pinwheels are awesome!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous home tour! Love all the patriotic touches!

    We are planning to add on to our family room to create a sunroom, so I am loving your sunroom photos! Pinning for inspo!

    Happy summer!

  13. Cindy, your sunroom is so pretty and cozy! I can see why it's a favorite spot!
    I can't wait to make pinwheels, they are so cute and summery!


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