Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Outdoor Patriotic Banner, More Patriotic Fun!

I have seen so many fun things being made with burlap lately that I wanted to make something fun to hang on my house for all the patriotic holidays. I love the red, white and blue buntings they sell at the stores around 4th of July, but find the price expensive, and the material, well crappy. Plus I am not the most traditional person and love to be a little outside the box.
 Here is what I came up with an Outdoor Patriotic Banner.
Items Used:
Spray Adhesive
Cardboard Cut Out Stars
Blue and Red Spray Paint
Blue Ribbon
Upholsterers Needle
Sewing Machine
 I started by measuring the area of the outside of my house that I wanted to cover. Next I went to my big box craft store and purchased burlap by the yard, enough for what I needed. I decided on the dimensions and folded over the top 2" and sewed a zig-zag stitch across to make a channel to hold a dowel rod in case I wanted to hang it inside.  I traced 5 cardboard stars from my scrapbooking templates and sprayed them with spray adhesive and placed them along the top of the patriotic banner. Then I tapped off the rest of the burlap and covered it with card board for protection. Grabbed my left over blue spray paint from my last project and sprayed away.
 Here is the finished result for the stars. I love the natural burlap color for the stars, it gives it a rustic, homey look with out much fuss!!!
 Next divide the bottom into stripes. Remember that odd numbers are always visually pleasing.
Because I was going with the rustic, homey look I only taped off and sprayed red stripes and left the rest the natural color. Beware I tried painters tape and duct tape for this and they both had their problems. You have to be quick and use lots of cardboard for protecting the natural colored stripes.
 I wanted a visual break to the top and bottom so I decided to  "sew"the ribbon through the burlap threads. I experimented and found that picking up two threads and skipping five threads had the best visual appeal as well as workability.
 I used a large, straight upholsterers needle to "sew" the ribbon through the burlap.
 Little Crafty Camper Girl got very excited and did much of the ribbon work for me!
Love that girl!!!
And this is the finished product! An Outdoor Patriotic Banner that looks great and is perfect for outdoor or indoor use! So just in case you were wondering how I hung this puppy up on stucco, let me introduce you to my new favorite product..... Scotch brand Removable Mounting Putty! I put it on several places along the top and sides of the banner and it did great for the few days I had it up. It will get more testing next year, but so far I am pleased with the strength, durability and easy, non-damaging removal!!!
What are you doing with burlap?
Have a great week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Patriotic Clothes Pin Wreath

I have seen some fun clothes pin wreaths being made and thought I would try my hand at one.
Items I used for this project:
Clothes Pins
Red, Cream, and Blue Spray Paint
Metallic Leafing Pen
Ribbon and Burlap Scraps from another project
Scrabble Tiles from another project
Cardboard Ring from a glass container I purchased previously
(Mr. Crafty Camper gets a little grumpy about all the things I save, until I use them for a fun project like this one.)
Hot Glue Gun

For the most part everything is self explanatory. Spray, draw stars, put on cardboard circle, etc. I used the burlap scraps to intertwine with the red ribbon and to make the bow for the side of the wreath.
 Then I hot glued the bow and the U, S, A, Scrabble tiles to the clothes pins through the burlap scraps.
I tied a knot on the ribbon and ran it under one of the clothes pins on both sides to secure it.
Not bad for under $10 and using a lot of stuff I already had.
Enjoy your week!