As promised, here are the little patriotic projects I made. I do realize they are a day late, but they were just too darn cute not to share.
I have been lightening up the decor in out living/dining room as of late & wanted my 4th of July decor to blend in a bit more. Without altering the colors too much, I broke out some lighter linen fabric & set out to design a flag.
|I would use watercolor pencils to draw the lines if i did it again. Some of the pencil marks showed through in the end, but since it's just for my home it's no biggie|
Once I got that done I taped off the lines to paint the white.
I just used a foam roller and went over the fabric lightly 2-3 times. I did not want complete coverage on this. I wanted it to look like it was a bit faded & worn.
I use paper plates when I just need very small amounts of paint & I need to roll it.
If you buy the foam plates & rinse them as soon as you're done using them, you can actually put them away with your supplies & get several uses out of them.
I did the same with the light blue by rolling it on in thin coats leaving some of the fabric exposed.
|Hmmmmmmm, could that be a peek at another project in the background there???|
I let it dry overnight before I painted the stars on so nothing would smudge.
I traced a paper plate the next day & used the negative space from the star stencil I used on my wooden flag. (bottom of post)
I try to use as much as possible wherever I can & waste as little as possible.
(When I cut vinyl with my cricut I go ahead & use whatever parts I need, but then save the other, usually being the negative, for a stencil on another project.)
Anyway, I just used the negative star space as a stencil & dabbed on some white paint.
I didn't take pics of this step, but it was pretty cake.
I also printed, traced onto a board, & then cut out an XL plywood number 4.
I thought the chunkiness of it would look pretty nice on my 4th mantel.
|I used the poster setting on my printer to print this in a 3x3 then cut/taped it together|
Once it was all taped & attached to the board, I cut it out using my jigsaw.
It got a good sanding & a few layers of paint in varying shades of blue.
|I just used regular ol' craft paint for the differing shades of blues|
I gave it a topcoat of white & sanded it again.
|sitting on my mantle in not very good dusk lighting|
I took everything outside for some pretty pictures.
There might be just a few pictures here, I just couldn't decide which ones to use :)
|My pretty little turquoise shutters finally found their way into a photo op!|
|Ii really liked how the muted colors turned out|
Annnnd just because blue Ball jars are so pretty, here are a few more.
|I just could have shot pictures of this vignette all night.|
Here's a real quick shot or two of the wooden flag I did as well.
I've been making these for years, but there's so many beautiful ones out there in blog land with detailed tutorilas, I won't go into how it was done.
|That little fan just cannot stay out of the photos. He's kind of an attention hog isn't he?!|
Thanks for checking out my 'late to the party' patriotic decor.
I hope you all had a safe & wonderful holiday.
I will be back in a bit to show off a pretty little armoire & her new outfit.
Until next time!