XO Tin Star and Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Down-home charm transforms a tin star into a sweet, subtle patriotic display. Hang it in remembrance this 4th of July and leave it there year-round.

Materials

  • Tin star, 7-3/4” across
  • Stampin Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: white printer-weight, red/brown dot, cream/brown text
  • Clear button
  • Hemp
  • Brown/crème gingham ribbon

Tools

  • Stamps: flower, alphabet
  • Stampin Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads: Chocolate Chip, Early Expresso
  • Sponge dauber
  • Tag punch
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Trace one section of star onto white printer-weight paper and cut out for pattern. Cut five from either dot paper or text paper. Turn pattern over and cut five from remaining paper. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink along paper edges. Adhere to star.

STEP 2

Cut and adhere two 4” ribbon lengths into loops. Cross loops and adhere to center of star.

STEP 3

Trace button onto brown cardstock and cut out slightly inside traced line. Adhere cardstock to back of button; poke holes with needle or similar tool. Tie hemp through holes. Adhere button to star.

STEP 4

Stamp Early Expresso flower on cream cardstock; punch with tag punch. Stamp Chocolate Chip “XO” over flower. Sponge same ink along edges. Mat tag on dot paper. Tie tag to star with hemp.

by Lindsey Botkin

God Bless America Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

So patriotic, you may find yourself humming “God Bless America” while painting this pin!

 Materials

  • Wooden shapes: rectangle, 2”x2-1⁄2”; circle, 1-1⁄8” diameter; star, 1-1⁄2” across
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Tomato Spice, Midnight Blue, Spice Brown, Golden Brown
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: round: Series FAB, #4; Series 4000, #5; wash, Series 4550, 1⁄2”; angular shader, Series 4400, 1⁄4”; DES Stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Black ultra-fine tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use wash brush to basecoat rectangle and circle Light Ivory and star Golden Brown.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use #5 round brush to basecoat left corner of circle (“union”) Midnight Blue, and to paint Tomato Spice stripes. Dot union field Light Ivory. Use angular shader to float Spice Brown around inner blue edges. Transfer lettering and details; trace with marker.

STEP 3

For worn look, sand edges of shapes; wipe with soft cloth. Apply varnish to all shapes. Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Pledge of Allegiance

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Display your loyalty to America not only on the 4th of July but throughout the entire year. Stitch this Pledge of Allegiance cross-stitch design to express your pride and devotion to America.

Materials

  • 14-count light blue Aida
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid

Tools

  • #24 tapestry needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand braid
  • French knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 7″x5″; Stitch Count 98 w x 70 h

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Using two strands floss or one strand braid, cross-stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch words using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue. Stitch all other backstitch using one strand Anchor 403 Black. Stitch French knots using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue.

4. Frame as desired.

by Lois Winston

Red, White, & Blue Anklet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this patriotic anklet to celebrate America’s birthday in style! Show your patriotism by wearing this red, white, and blue anklet to backyard barbeques, parades, fireworks displays, or any other Independence Day festivities.

Materials

  • Beads: 12 silver star beads, 12 blue tube beads, 11 red tube beads, 24 white seed beads, 2 silver round beads, 2 silver crimp beads
  • Beadalon 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Silver findings: lobster claw clasp, two jump rings, 1-1/2” headpin, 1-1/2” eye pin

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, crimping

Basic Supplies

tape measure

Directions

STEP 1

For dangle, thread: white seed bead, blue tube bead, white seed bead onto headpin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around headpin.

STEP 2

Thread star bead onto eye pin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around eye pin. Attach headpin with beads onto end of eye pin. Attach jump ring onto top of eye pin. Set dangle aside.

STEP 3

Measure around ankle for anklet length; cut bead wire to length. String crimp bead on wire length, leaving 1/2” on end. Insert wire through lobster claw clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead.

STEP 4

String beads on wire as follows: silver round, beaded dangle, red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, star. Repeat pattern (omitting dangle) nine times (or more).

STEP 5

To finish, string: red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, silver round. String crimp bead and jump ring on wire end; bring wire end back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead. Trim excess wire.

by Sandy Parpart

Denim Star Placemat and Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a splash of patriotic color to picnic tables with these easy-to-make placemats and napkins.

Materials

  • Red placemat, 12”x18”
  • Red dinner napkin, 18” square
  • Denim fabric, 1⁄6 yard
  • Red Felt, 6” square
  • Thread: navy rayon embroidery; all-purpose navy, white
  • White embroidery floss
  • White star buttons, 1⁄2” across, four

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pellon: Wonder-Under Iron-on Adhesive Regular, Heavy-duty; Sof-Shape Tear-away Interfacing; Stitch-N-Tear Stabilizer
  • Pressing cloth (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one placemat and napkin.)

Step 1

Wash placemat, napkin, and denim without fabric softener. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply interfacing, then regular iron-on adhesive, to back of denim. Apply heavy-duty iron-on adhesive to one side of felt.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut stars and hearts as indicated. Position three stars and hearts on left side of placemat, and one star and heart in one corner of napkin. Remove paper backing; fuse shapes in place.

Step 3

Using two floss strands, blanket-stitch around hearts. Use white thread to sew button to center of each heart.

Step 4

Cut squares from stabilizer to fit over design areas; pin in place on back. Using navy rayon for top thread and navy all-purpose in bobbin, satin stitch around stars.

by Angie Wilhite

Bead and Craft Foam Flag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate the Memorial Day holiday! Here’s a quick-and-easy project to make that’s great for any patriotic celebration.

Materials

  • Craft foam: blue, white
  • White iridescent cording, 112” length
  • Pony beads: 49 red, 42 white

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Beacon Adhesives Craft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, transparent tape

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow directions on pattern.

STEP 2

Cut blue craft foam to 2-3/4” square. To make the flag, see Figure 1. Use hole punch to punch nine holes in blue foam where indicated by dots. Cut seven 15” lengths and one 7” length from cord. Wrap a small piece of tape around each cord end and twist tape into points. (Note: The tape makes it easier to thread cording through holes and beads.) Thread both ends of each 15” length through bottom holes of square from back to front, then thread ends through loop formed by cord, and pull cord ends tight. See photo. Thread seven red beads and six white beads onto each cord group alternating colors, beginning and ending with red beads. Repeat same for remaining cord groups. Remove tape. Knot ends of each cording group 4” from bottom edge of blue foam square.

Figure 1

STEP 3

For hanging loop, thread each end of 7” cord through top holes of blue foam square from front to back. Knot cord ends at back to secure. See photo. Adhere star to center front of blue foam square. Let dry.

by Mary Ayres

God Bless America Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Show your American spirit by wearing this patriotic pin this President’s Day. Kids can also create this pin for a fun school or scout activity.

Materials

  • Craft foam: red, white, blue
  • Bar pin, 1”

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Blue Jay, Mendocino Red, Midnight Blue, Light Ivory, Black
  • Round paintbrush
  • Lowe-Cornell DES Stylus
  • Ultra-fine black permanent marker
  • Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut craft foam as indicated.

STEP 2

Drybrush edges of heart Mendocino Red, sign Blue Jay, and star Midnight Blue. Transfer lettering; trace with marker. Use stylus to dot letter ends Black and star Light Ivory.

STEP 3

Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Going Nuts Over Bunting

At the recent Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, I wasn’t surprised to see that bunting is still big in the craft world. I saw it decorating booths and table spaces and made from all sorts of materials from paper to burlap.  Oh! and just so you know, burlap is also a big trend in the craft world. But I digress, back to bunting. Bunting is a fun way to add a seasonal decoration – think pink and red for St. Valentine’s Day crafting – and perhaps cut the bunting into heart shapes. Go green for a great St. Patrick’s Day craft project – though I would skip the clover shape unless you have a die-cut machine – that sounds more like hard work than fun. For July 4th, go red, white, and blue – you get the idea. And experiment with shapes… the pieces don’t have to be triangles. They can be rectangles, half circles – in fact, any shape you like and can cut out reasonably fast.

What you need

  • Felt, fabric or paper
  • Scrap paper for a template
  • Baker’s twine or string
  • Good scissors (you’re going to be doing a lot of cutting!)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

For my bunting, I used felt pieces in multiple colors. The color palette is mixed, but there are no really bright colors. Start by making a template for your bunting shape. I made a triangle and then because it was easier to cut a few at a time, I duplicated it so I had a few template pieces. Assemble your material – paper, fabric, or felt and start pinning the template and cutting the shapes.

I laid out the first few pieces on the table and measured them to work out how many triangles I would need. I had about 10 yards of baker’s twine (I needed a lot of bunting), so with 4 triangles laid out measuring a foot that meant I needed 4 x 10 x 3 = 120 triangles. So, I put on a good movie and got to work cutting.

Once the pieces are cut, stack them on the table, grab some pins and the twine and start pinning. I pinned about half the pieces, sewed them and then finished the rest.

Once pinned, you can sew them. I found the easiest way was to zigzag stitch on the sewing machine – it was quick and it will stand up to a bit of wear and tear. To allow for easier hanging, I left the first and last foot of twine empty and sewed the rest.

When I was done, as I was taking the bunting with me to the show, I cut a piece of recycled cardboard box into a yarn winder shape and wound the bunting neatly around it for safe storage. This stops it from getting tangled up and it actually looks wonderful all wrapped up as a cute little bundle.

You can make your bunting long or short, big or small. It’s a great way to use up little bits of paper you love and have in your stash and as a bonus you get to enjoy them all over again. Make mini bunting to decorate a card and super big bunting to decorate a window or your entire house. Draw on it, paint it, or even dye it! There’s so much you can do and you know what – bunting is one of those decorations that just makes people happy – it’s hard to have a bad day when there’s bunting hanging around.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)