I try to decorate our front door according to the seasons and holidays but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Just last month I wanted to change the spring front door basket for something patriotic for Memorial Day and never got around to it.

I wasn’t going to let the 4th of July come and go without some red, white and blue on the front door so I decided to do an easy American flag display using my trusty hanging basket. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

This is a quick and easy craft (typical for me) and it only cost $1 a piece for 14 flags. 

Supplies for American Flag Display for the Front Door

  • hanging basket (World Market)
  • floral foam
  • 13, 12×18 American flags (I got mine at Walmart)
  • utility knife

Add a bit of patriotic flair to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

As always, with the crafts I do, I went into this without a plan. I started by placing the flags here and there in the basket to see what I wanted to do. Once I took a look, I decided that I wanted to place them at different levels so you could see them all. In order to do that, I had to cut down the sticks of a few of the flags. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

It’s a pretty big basket so I ended up using 13 of the 14 flags (I didn’t want to use too many 😉 ). It took a few minutes to get them placed just so, but the floral foam helped to keep them in place.

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

Once the flags were placed, I tried a red and white ribbon around the basket. It was ok but I decided that simpler was best. The focus is the flags, as it should be. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

It’s definitely a large display but I think that if I would have gone any smaller with the flags, they would have gotten lost in the basket.

Once 4th of July and Labor Day have passed, I’ll remove the flags and store them away until next year. That’s why I love this basket. It’s so versatile and easy to change with the seasons.
Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display in a hanging basket.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

This hanging basket gets a ton of use. Check out a few different ways that I’ve used it for different seasons.

Make this easy summer front door basket in just a few minutes with faux hydrangeas.Summer Front Door Basket

Make this pretty forsythia basket to add a bit of spring to your front door.

Spring Forsythia Front Door Basket

 

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We used to enjoy the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs with our girls when they were growing up. Without fail, the Saturday before Easter we would grab our store bought kit and all sit down for an hour of dip dyeing fun. 

The girls are out on their own now so it’s been years since we dyed Easter eggs. I’ve missed our tradition of dyeing eggs, so this year I set out to do a dozen just for fun. No store bought kit for me this time though, I wanted to try doing it the natural way. Years ago I’d read about using red cabbage to dye eggs, so I picked up a large head and a dozen white eggs from the grocery store and got cooking.

Coloring Easter eggs a beautiful robin's egg blue with red cabbage. It's one of those easy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating dyed eggs naturally. | Chatfield Court

There are so many foods and spices that you can use to dye eggs but I was going for simple, and I really wanted robin’s egg blue Easter eggs, so I just went with red cabbage this time.

Natural Dye Supplies for Easter Eggs

  • large head red cabbage
  • dozen hard boiled eggs
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • pinch baking soda (optional)

The first step is to make the hard boiled eggs. Everybody has their own tried-and-true method of doing this so we won’t cover that this time.

While the eggs were cooking, I prepared the red cabbage by chopping it up and putting it in a large pot with 4 cups of water. 

Dye Easter eggs naturally with red cabbage | Chatfield Court

I brought the water to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

How to dye Easter eggs naturally with red cabbage | Chatfield Court

After 15 minutes, I took it off the stove and let it cool. Once it was cool, I strained out all of the cabbage so I was only left with liquid.

Next I added 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the strained liquid. 

Two glasses were filled with dye, and I was ready to color my Easter eggs.

How to dye Easter eggs naturally with red cabbage and vinegar | Chatfield Court

I’d never done Easter eggs this way before so I did a bit of testing to see how long the eggs needed to stay in the dye. In using red cabbage, I found that it takes a while for the eggs to turn color. My eggs were left in the dye for as little as 30 minutes and for as long as 12 hours to get different shades of blue. 

How to color Easter eggs a beautiful robin's egg blue with red cabbage. It's one of those easy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating dyed eggs naturally. | Chatfield Court I loved the variation in color I got and the robin’s egg blue was just what I was going for. The hubs had never heard of dying eggs with red cabbage so he was amazed that they turned blue. 

How you can color Easter eggs a beautiful robin's egg blue with red cabbage. It's one of those easy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating dyed eggs naturally. | Chatfield CourtTips on how you can color Easter eggs a beautiful robin's egg blue with red cabbage. It's one of those easy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating dyed eggs naturally. | Chatfield CourtBecause I can’t leave well enough alone, I did a little experiment with baking soda. I’d read somewhere online that adding a pinch will help the egg turn color faster and will change the intensity of the color.

You can see the difference in the color of the dye in the glasses. The glass on the left, with the lighter liquid, has no baking soda in it and the glass on the right, which is darker, had a pinch or two of baking soda. 

Dye Easter eggs naturally with red cabbage and vinegar | Chatfield CourtI kept one egg in each glass for the same amount of time but didn’t see any difference in the color. Either way, they are beautiful.. 

I’m so glad I spent the time to dye a dozen eggs. It brought back wonderful memories of Easter’s with our girls. 

How to color Easter eggs a beautiful robin's egg blue with a head of red cabbage. It's one of those easy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating dyed eggs naturally. | Chatfield Court

Have you ever used food to dye Easter eggs?

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great week.

Happy Easter!!!

 

Check out these other easy spring crafts …

An easy but pretty spring forsythia front door basket to brighten up the entrance of your home. | Chatfield Court

Spring Forsythia Front Door Basket

DIY chalk painted mason jars turned spring planter for your kitchen window | Chatfield Court. DIY Spring Mason Jar Planters

 

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The craft supplies and paint brushes are all put away but I’m keeping busy this week baking, getting the house ready for our daughter’s visit and wrapping gifts. I know you are all busy too, so I thought I’d pop in one more time before the big day and share a bit more Christmas around the cottage. (If you want to see more, you can check out our cozy Christmas cottage and front porch tours here and here).

Christmas around the cottage. Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comUnfortunately, the kitchen doesn’t look like this right now, there’s boxes and gifts and cookie making ingredients all over the place. It’s how it should look the week before Christmas, right? 

Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.com I took a few pictures of our living room dressed for the holidays. I haven’t shown this room a whole lot since we moved in. It’s a small, dark and awkward space and I’m still learning how to photograph it. I’ll keep at it and share more as I fix this space up. (Room sources listed at the end of the post)

Christmas around the cottage. Our cozy cottage living room is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comOur cozy cottage living room is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comI couldn’t fit our big tree in here but I found a little one that was the perfect size. 

Our cozy cottage living room all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.com Our fireplace isn’t in working order this year so the Yule log will have to do. At least there’s no mess to clean up. 😉

A peek at our cozy cottage living room all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.com We’ll be spending a lot of time in this room during the holidays watching movies, playing board games and catching up with our oldest daughter. Sadly, our youngest won’t be able to make the trip out from San Francisco. 

A peek at our cozy cottage living room all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comMoving outside…

I couldn’t let the holiday season pass without sharing a fun tradition that takes place in our new neighborhood. I won’t get into the whole story but years ago a family in the neighborhood started hanging lighted balls in their trees during the Christmas holiday. 

Lighted Christmas balls hung throughout the neighborhood. www.chatfieldcourt.com Over the past 15 years or so, it’s grown to where most of the whole neighborhood is glowing with these lighted orbs. It’s truly magical to walk or drive through at night. 

Hundreds of lighted Christmas balls hung throughout the neighborhood. www.chatfieldcourt.com Actually, this tradition has turned into a fundraiser to help feed those who are hungry. It’s a wonderful and very worthy cause.

We wanted to take part, so we built and hung 15 balls in our own trees. Normal sized balls…just like everyone else.

Making lighted Christmas balls to hang in our trees. An easy DIY project. www.chatfieldcourt.comOf course, the hubs had to be different so he, along with a few guys from work, built this massive 6 foot 2 inch lighted ball. 2000 lights (I know because I picked them out) and weighs about 50 lbs. Ummm, yeah…it’s huge.

Making an extra large lighted Christmas ball to hang in our tree for the holidays. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I’ll be sad when everything comes down and gets put away. I don’t want to think about that right now though, I want to enjoy this coming week and all that comes with it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Hope you have a great week!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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  • Red velvet and plaid pillow – Pottery Barn (affiliate link)
  • Entryway bench – LL Bean (affiliate link)painted and upholstered by me 
  • Black Cabinet – Pottery Barn (years ago)
  • Mercury trees – HomeGoods, Pottery Barn (affiliate link) (collected over several years)
  • Round wooden mirror – HomeGoods
  • Silver mercury lamp and shade – Pottery Barn (affiliate link)
  • Grain sack stockings – Flea Market in Oakland, CA
  • Christmas tree –  Balsam Hill
  • Tobacco basket – Flea market
  • Mirror stars – West Elm (affiliate link)
  • Glass Lamp – DIY by Me
  • 3 tiered tray – Vintage Farmhouse Finds 
  • Wooden chair – Restoration Hardware
  • Pillow with red truck and tree – Porter Lane Home (Etsy)
  • Round jute rug – Overstock (affiliate link)
  • Dining room light – found it in a little shop at the beach in NC
  • Mini faux tree – Crate and Barrel (affiliate link)
  • Reindeer mugs on tray – HomeGoods
  • Red mercury glass ornaments – DIY by Me
  • Bar stools – Target (affiliate link)
  • Couch – Taylor King
  • Coffee Table – West Elm

 

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Today’s the day…it’s my day to share for the Home for the Holidays blog tour, and I’m thrilled to show you around our stone cottage dressed for the season.

Not only am I participating in Sondra’s blog tour, but I’m also joining in on Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk link party, where she’s giving bloggers a chance to be a part of next year’s Holiday Housewalk.  In order to be chosen though, I need some likes on my photo. If you wouldn’t mind visiting and clicking “Like” on my photo, I’d appreciate it. Here is the link…Jennifer Rizzo 2016 Holiday Housewalk link party

Thanks!!!

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Ok, no more blog business, let’s start the tour!

We just moved into our 1946 stone cottage in July, so this will be the first Christmas we’ll be spending in our new home. I’ve been so excited about decorating and creating our cozy Christmas cottage that I may have started 2 weeks ago, which is the earliest I’ve ever started decorating, but it’s been fun taking my time and finding the perfect spots for all my holiday decor. (You can check out last year’s Christmas tour of our Illinois home HERE). I’ve also added a Source List at the very bottom of the post.

Our house is definitely a work in progress, which means some rooms are half painted (sad but true), there’s quite a few large, spackled holes in the walls that have yet to be sanded and the beat up front door still hasn’t been replaced, but it hasn’t dampened my holiday spirit. 

A rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com Our family has lived in a lot of homes over the years and, although it’s not the smallest house we’ve lived in, it’s definitely been the most challenging when it came to the all important tree placement. 

The entryway of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

You see, we have a tiny living room…tiny. There’s only room for a couch and a chair so adding a big tree, or even a little one, was out of the question. We discussed putting it in the sunroom but that’s tight too, so the only spot left was the dining room. 

The dining room of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

Not the most ideal and definitely not the best when you’re sharing on a blog. I mean, you can’t help but look on Instagram and Pinterest at all of these big beautiful family rooms with gorgeous 75 foot trees all decked out and ready for a magazine photo shoot. I have to admit, I love looking at them too but that’s not our reality.

So it was either the dining room or no big tree at all.

Not having a big tree wasn’t an option, for me anyway (although the hubs has a different view), so we started a new trend and put it in the dining room.

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I was a little bummed when it first went up because I’m so used to seeing it in the living room, but we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining room, so now we get to eat dinner by the twinkling of the tree lights. Not a bad trade-off.

We bought a new, slimmer profile tree last year from Balsam Hill and I’m so glad that we did. If we’d had a bigger tree, it wouldn’t have fit.

The Christmas tree in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I kept the tree pretty simple this year. Red, silver and a bit of gold, including the mercury glass ornaments that I made, and a bit of rustic, like the stick ornament I made last year. I guess it’s a little bit of everything. 

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of mercury glass. www.chafieldcourt.com

So, since the tree found it’s home in here, and we spend so much time in this space anyway, that’s where most of the decorating took place.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com When we first moved in, I envisioned this window decorated for the holidays with a beautiful live garland. It’s my favorite thing in the kitchen right now.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of live greenery. www.chafieldcourt.com

I used a lot of the holiday decor I already had packed away. Having never decorated this house for Christmas before, I didn’t want to go crazy and buy all kinds of new stuff that I didn’t need. 

Welcome to our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com I usually end up decorating with a lot of natural elements anyway, and don’t like to spend a lot on new decor that I don’t have room to store. 

The sunroom in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

So, that’s our cozy Christmas cottage all dressed up for the holiday season. I’m ready to enjoy it and make new family memories in our new house.

The tree at dusk in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I’ve been busy decking the front porch too, and I’ll share that sometime next week.

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Holidays!!!

 

I’m so excited to join in on this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It’s gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over this week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

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Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle  

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels

 


Holiday Recipes

 


Holiday Crafts

 


Holiday Decor

 


Holiday Tablescapes

 


I also made the faux deer antlers that hang in the entryway and shared a free holiday printable so be sure to check them out, HERE

Sleigh Bells Ring Printable

DIY Faux Branch Antlers and a Free Printable 


 

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