Double sided cardstock – Red, White & Blue
1”, ½” circle punches
Pencil and ruler
Cut five 4” X 6” pieces of double sided cardstock.
Cut each piece into a triangle. Find the middle 2” point and draw diagonal lines to each corner.
Use the first triangle as a template to create the other triangles.
Embellish each triangle with a different pattern created from patterned papers. Suggested patterns: horizontal, vertical or diagonal strips, layered circles in different sizes and colors, mixed layers of circles and stars.
Attach the triangle flags to a string or a rope with a stapler.
- STYROFOAM* Brand Products:
- 1 sheet, 2" x 12" x 36"
- Star pics:
- 4 blue; 3 red; 2 red, white and 1 blue yards Blue or Pink Jumbo Loopy Chenille (FloraCraft)
- 1 Blue and white star
- 1 Red and white stripe
cotton fabric, 6" x 19"
- 1 cup lead fishing weights
- 1 Red felt, 2" x 7"
- 1 Silver metallic basket and
- Silver glitter spray (optional)
- Serrated knife
- Melon baller or sharp spoon
- Wire cutters
- Thick white craft glue and/or low temperature
glue gunand glue
Using the melon baller or a sharp , carefully scoop out a cavity in the vase bottom large enough to hold the lead weights and leaving a 1/2" wall intact around the cavity.
Center and glue the red and white
Using the cookie cutter as a pattern, cut out two star shapes from the blue fabric. Glue to the upper left-hand corner on each side of the vase.
Glue weights into the cavity at the bottom of the vase. Glue scraps of 1" foam around and over weights to hold them in place. Glue felt to bottom of vase,
trimming edges if necessary.
For added sparkle, spray vase with glitter spray (optional).
Using scissors blade, curl selected streamers on several of the pics.
With wire cutters, trim 3 1/2" from stem of each pic. Arrange pics in center top of vase.
Glue basket filler to top of vase
3. Grand Old Flag
Styrofoam block (at least 10” x 10”)
2” x 2” fabric squares (red, white and blue)
Continue doing that until the whole flag is complete.
To finish off the sides of the flag wrap ribbon around it. Glue it in place as you wrap around it.
1½ yards fabric in a patriotic print (you need less fabric for fewer napkins)
4 packages of red (or dark blue) double-fold binding/bias tape
Thread to match
Cut out 8 10-inch-square pieces (they don’t have to be huge, they’re for packing in your picnic basket).
Zig-zag or stay-stitch around edges to prevent fraying (optional but recommended).
There are varying ways to sew on binding tape, here are just a couple to consider:
(A) One is to simply sew by hand. To do this, fold the binding around the napkin perimeter, cutting it off 1-inch past your beginning point. Pin in place, folding the short edge of the end piece under ¼ of an inch (run your fingernail over it to crease it into place) and position it to overlap your starting section. Pin in place and slip-stitch around the napkin on both sides.
(B) Alternatively, sew the
After sewing, press your napkins, pack them in your picnic basket, and have a happy Fourth of July.
5. Americana Mason Jar
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Calypso Sky, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Enamels™ Mediums - Flow Medium, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Brilliant Blue, 2 oz.
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Old book pages
Remove the label from the jar. Wipe the jar clean with rubbing alcohol.
Blend equal parts of calypso sky and flow medium. Paint the jar with the mixture. Allow to dry and paint a second coat.
Cut random sized stars from old book pages. Working on the outside of the jar, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the jar, position the stars onto the jar, top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add stars until the jar is covered. Allow to dry.
Paint a star with brilliant blue paint.
Using hot glue attach a ribbon around the jar and glue stars to the ribbon.
Bubble wrap - hopefully you have some left over from a package that came to your house.
Toilet paper roll - start saving a few of these as they always come in handy for crafting projects.
Pipe cleaners - these are also great to have handy.
Decorations - paint, markers, paper, stickers, tissue paper, etc…
First tape both ends of the pipe cleaner to each end of the Firecracker. You could staple the pipe cleaner in place as well. Then twist your pipe cleaner together for more of a fuse look.
Then roll up a 2×3 inch size of bubble wrap. Using a little glue or tape, stick it into your empty toilet paper roll. I just taped mine on the top and the bottom. The tape is going to get covered with your decorations anyway.
For the decorations, you can paint them with red, white, and blue paint. Or glue on paper. Or use markers to make a flag or stars. We even cut a little orange tissue paper and simply stuck them to the tops of the fuse to make it look like it was ready to blow!