Sunday, June 24, 2012

3 Quick and Easy Fourth of July Projects

Independence Day is less than 2 weeks away.  Whether you're planning a big bash or just want some cute decor for your home, these three projects are quick, easy and inexpensive - perfect for crafters of all skill levels!

Patriotic Garland

Scrapbook Paper Scraps
Hole Punches (mine are 2" and 3")
Sewing Machine


1. Punch out all the paper you want to use.  Stack in whatever order you would like (random or in sequence).

2.  Feed through sewing machine.  Wide stitches work better than tight - the tight may cause the paper to tear.  

3.  Hang up!

Hanging "USA" Sign

Wood Letters
Hanging Eyelets
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge


1.  Trace shape of letters on backside of scrapbook paper and cut out.

2.  Mod Podge scrapbook paper onto letters.  Allow to fully dry.

3.  Attach eyelets to all connecting points of letters by screwing into top/bottoms of letters.  Tie eyelets together with ribbon.  {Using ribbon to directly tie the letters together is a good alternative.} 

4.  Hang and enjoy!

1776 Sign

Wood Board
Wood Numbers
Glitter Glue
Hot Glue
Painters or Masking Tape
Sand Paper
Paint Brushes


1. Prep all wood pieces by sanding them first.  This will ensure clean pieces and help the paint sink in evenly.

2.  Paint wood board white and number blue. Lay aside to dry.

3.  When board is dry, mark measurements on board to lay stripes.  Lay out tape and ensure it is completely flat with no bubbles, especially along the edges.

4.  Paint in red stripes. Allow to dry.

5.  While board is drying, use glitter glue to add to sparkle to your numbers.  I found the best technique for me was outlining the number, filling with a giant squiggle and using a cheap paint brush to move the glitter glue around to fully fill in the letter.  This gave me a little more control and saved me the trouble of making mistakes.  Set aside to fully dry.

6.  Now, back to the board.  Make sure paint is completely dry.  Gently lift tape, pulling directly up.  Once all tape is removed, touch up your edges.

7.  When all of your pieces are completely dry, use hot glue to attach numbers to your board.  


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