Saturday, June 1, 2013

Firecrackers for the Flowerbed

I've had fun today making these firecrackers for my front flowerbed.
John found me some old wood out in the garage.  I had one board about 6" wide and cut them in various lengths - 12", 15" and 18".  Then we took lathe and cut the bottom at an angle to put into the ground.
Nail and/or screw the lathe into the big boards.
I spray based all of the board with white primer paint. 

Then, I started painting the three in various red, white and blue patterns.  One was striped, one polka dot and one solid. 

I used these foam stars that were sticky that I had gotten at Michaels.

I bought this spray of red, white and blue sparkly things - also at Michaels.  I think they were made to hold balloon bouquets.
I cut them off and stapled them to the tops of the painted firecrackers on the back.
Then, all you have to do is hammer the stakes down into your flower beds.
My flowers are so green and lush, but then, if you'd had as much rain as we've had mixed in with tornados, you'd be green and lush too.

Take a look at my hydrangea bush.  Isn't she gorgeous?

It's hard to believe that in a short time of our horrible heat everything will be wilted and dried out.  But, we're enjoying it all now.
Thanks to everyone who checked on us during the storms last night.  John and I went to a Martina McBride concert.  They announced at the start that they knew the weather was really bad and they had storm facilities if we had to use them.
So, we enjoyed the concert.
Till next time, Judy


  1. I love Martina McBride! I listen to A Broken wing...over and over! I'm glad you are doing okay! It's been a terrible couple of weeks!! Sweet hugs!

  2. Judy, Your idea would work great for my daughter's 4th of July family reunion. She' always decorating for that .Glad you are safe. xoxo,Susie

  3. I'm really hoping that this crazy weather will at least mean we don't have a crazy hot summer. LOVE your flower bed fire crackers!

  4. Glad to hear that you are OK, it's certainly been a string of bad weather.

    Loving those creative.


  5. Those "firecrackers" are adorable. xo

  6. Judy...I heard about the storms this morning and thought of you and Brenda. Glad all is well and that you had a good time at the concert.

    Very clever idea with the patriotic signs! Love them!!!


  7. Judy- That is an adorable idea. I just love it- patriotic and they make me smile to boot! xoDiana

  8. Hi Judy, I love the firecrackers in your flower bed. I know you enjoyed Martina last night. We have seen her in concert when she first started opening for Garth Brooks. My hubby watched her and slept through Garth's. He still gets teased about that. Hopefully you get a break from the storms. We all need it from the weather. I enjoyed your previous post. Have a wonderful Sunday. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  9. What a cute idea, Judy. You are so creative! And I love all the Christmas stuff you are working on. hard to think about right now as we are having a heat wave. J

  10. I'm so glad you and John got to enjoy your evening out. And I love your fireworks display amongst your flowers!

  11. Glad you were able to enjoy your evening at the concert. Those firecracker garden stakes are too cute! I think I just might copy you! Hugs!

  12. Those firecrackers are as cute as they can be, Judy!

  13. What a fun project. Always nice surprises on your posts.

  14. Adorable! As usual! This one should go in the book! I'm so glad you are okay. I'm so sick of the storms and they are saying that next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be more of the same. At least this year we are getting rain before the summer heat. Take care!

    Cheery wave from

  15. Gorgeous project, Judy! I would love some of the decorations and the red white and blue.....maybe I could make some for my 4th July birthday?? Glad you are safe and survived the storms ok. Love your pretty flowers too.
    Have a happy week.
    Helen x

  16. Love love love!! How cute Judy! I hope the weather takes a break now, it's been terrible. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  17. Love your red, white and blue signs, they are terrific.
    So glad that you and your family are okay with all the storms in OK. Be safe.

  18. I just love this. I am a huge fan of the red white and blue and love to decorate the yard too. My little one would love to help with this too. Great idea Judy!! Glad you are safe and I sure hope the weather gives your state a break. So heartbreaking.

  19. Love your firecrackers, Judy. You have just the best ideas. They look so festive in your garden.
    It's great that you and John could enjoy an evening of country music.
    I'm hoping and praying that you folks in Oklahoma will be free from bad weather for the remainder of the summer..
    Take advantage of all the fun times you can.
    Charlotte in Va.

  20. How cute! Nancy@Little Homestead in Boise

  21. Cute decorations for a lovely flower bed!

    Yep anytime I see the WORD Oklahoma or Storms on the Net anymore I go to check where, etc ...'cause of you and Brenda or as we'd say in Western PA, 'cause of YOUINS or YINZ

    Yea, Yinz :)



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