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Frame a Patriotic Rustic Flag for July 4th!

It’s time to make another addition to our holiday frame project! This time, we’re creating a rustic flag insert for the frame that will be perfect for showing your patriotic pride for the 4th of July or the upcoming Olympics!

(For those new to the series, the holiday frame project is a 8″x10″ frame that I’m creating a series of decorative inserts for to celebrate various holidays and occasions. To see previous installments in the series, click here.)

Rustic Flag Frame

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The hardest part of making this rustic flag project is…the math! To start, you are going to need to measure the opening on your frame, and decide how much border you want around your frame. Then use the painter’s tape to mask off the edges right up to the area that you want to paint.

Divide the remaining vertical area by 7 to determine the width of the stripes on the flag. Use painter’s tape to mark off the bottom stripe and fill in the stripe with paint. Remove the tape right away. While the stripe dries, determine how wide you want your blue area for the stars (I suggest about 40% of the width). Then mask it off with vertical strip of tape to protect it while you paint the top two red stripes. Measure down from the top to create your first stripe, lay down a piece of painter’s tape to protect the “white” stripe, and fill in the red stripe with paint. Remove the tape immediately after painting.

Letting each stripe dry before painting the next one, continue measuring and masking with tape before taping, until all 4 red stripes are painted.

Holiday Frame Flag in progress

Once all of the red paint is dry, then you can lay down painter’s tape to paint the blue area.

Holiday Frame Flag in progress

Peel the tape up as soon as you are finished painting, while the paint is still wet. Because of the open weave of the burlap, your paint will appear “patchy”, since in some places it will fill in the weave and in some it won’t. This adds to the rustic feeling of the project!

Painted Rustic Flag on Burlap

The final step is to select 13 small to medium sized white buttons from the Patriotic Mix of Button Basics. Arrange them in a random way in the blue area, and use a hot glue gun to attach them to the flag.

Flag buttons close-up

Now you’re all ready to put your flag in your frame and celebrate the 4th of July or cheer on Team USA for the Olympics this summer!

Rustic Flag frame is great home decor for the 4th of July! Created by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore.

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Paint up a Patriotic Simple Pallet Flag!

The summer holidays coming has many of us here in the U.S. wanting to display our more patriotic side. This simple pallet flag will help you show your love of country while bringing some country charm to your home as well!

Easy Pallet Flag project by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

To create this pallet flag, I started by painting the entire pallet white. Then, to create my stripes, I measured the tallest height of the pallet and divided by seven (the number of stripes that I wanted) to get the width of my stripes.

Using painter’s tape to block off the areas that I didn’t want to paint red ensured that I got crisp edges on my stripes. I just measured the width I wanted and laid down a strip of tape at that mark. Then from that edge, I measured again and lay another strip of tape at that mark. That left a small open area between the two strips of tape. To protect my white paint from splatters while painting with the red, I laid down an extra strip of tape on top of the others to fill in that gap. When I was done, I had blue and white stripes like this:

Painting flag stripes on pallet

Once the tape was in place, I painted the areas that weren’t covered in blue tape with red paint. The paint below appears patchy because I peeled up the tape while it was still drying – an important step to keep the edges of your paint crisp. Once dry, the paint is much more even.

Finished flag stripes on pallet

Instead of painting the blue field for the stars I chose to use a paper background. The paper filled in the holes between the planks on the pallet, allowing for even spacing of the stars. It also allowed me to extend the paper above some of the shorter pallet planks, to the height of the taller planks. This gave me more room to work with for the stars. The paper was adhered down with matte finish white glue.

Easy Pallet Flag project by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Before attaching the stars, their shanks had to first be removed. Placing the stars required a lot of patience. I worked in sections, letting glue dry on each row before moving to the next so that I wouldn’t push previous stars out of position placing the next row. It’s difficult to get the arrangement exactly perfect, but on a rustic pallet flag like this, that is part of the charm!

While I used silver quilted stars for this project, any of our 3/4″ or less sized stars would work (like our Texas Stars, our Gold Stars, or our Silver Star assortment, or the white stars from our Stars & Stripes assortment). If you don’t have the patience to do all 50 stars, try arranging 13 of them in a circle.

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Button up a Patriotic Picnic for July 4th!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and for many of us that will mean taking our food outdoors for a party!

A $1 bucket can be a practical and festive way to hold your party’s utensils, with the addition of some jute ribbon – and of course, buttons!
Patriotic Button Utensil Bucket

Patriotic Utensil Bucket rear

Buttons used in this project came from the Buttons Galore Patriotic Value Pack.

Constructing this project is easy:

1. Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around your bucket. Sew patriotic themed buttons from the Patriotic Value Pack along the middle 3/4 of it. Use adhesive dots to adhere the ribbon around the bucket.

2. Cut another length of ribbon, and tie into a bow. Sew star buttons to the end of the bow’s streamers.

This concept could be adapted for plenty of holidays just by changing button theme pack. Need a utensil holder for that holiday buffet? Try the Christmas Button Grab Bag instead. Or make it a holder for Halloween candy with the Scary button assortment. The options are as limitless as our button selection!

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Cute as a BUTTON – Snacks for the Fireworks

It’s Fifteen MINUTE Friday and the 4th of July.  Here is a really quick and cute way to pack up some snacks for the fireworks show.  This little packaging idea would be great in a variety of colors for lots of occasions, goody bags and school treats too.

Button Snack

Put you snacks in bags that you can tie closed with ribbon or raffia then add the buttons with Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue.  The super cute label is from Expressionery.Com and was designed by me so totally matches the colors of the buttons that come in the Laura Kelly Patriotic Mix.

Buttons RWB

Happy Celebrating!

Laura

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Patriotic Gift Bags

Summertime is a great time to get creative and break out the tie dye.  For Fifteen MINUTE Friday, I am sharing this quick and fun craft that you can create to share patriotic gifts in cute little bags.  You will need little bags (cotton ones work best), a Tulip One Step Tie Dye Kit and Laura Kelly BUTTONS (of course)!

Tie Dyed Gift Bags

Tie dye your little bags first.  You will need to plan ahead to give them plenty of time for the dye to set.  I did my set up on a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and paper towels.

Prep

Then I filled the bottle with water, shook them up and squirted on the dye.

Dyeing

When they are all done, stitch on a few fun buttons to complete your gift bags.

Patriotic Gift Bag

Then fill them up with goodies and your gift giving is ready to go.   There are LOTS of great ideas for tie dyeing and many of them can be embellished with buttons.  Check them out here.

And enter to win this fabulous contest – a Tie Dye Party for TEN!

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Happy Making Fun Things,

Laura

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Patriotic Pail for USA Fun

Here is a festive, fun and simple to make PATRIOTIC PICNIC PAIL, great for holding snacks, silverware, candles, etc. and totally useable for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans’ Day too!

PatrioticTinPail

I gathered the products and materials I would need first.  You can get my patriotic mix of buttons from Buttons Galore and save yourself from having to buy all of the colors individually.

LK_PatrioticButtonMix

I painted the tin pail with blue paint, applying three coats to get it bright and covered completely.  Then I added polka dots with white, applying two coats.  To complete the painting, I added polka dots inside the white ones with red, again applying two coats.  I also painted inside of the bucket.

Paint

When the paint was totally dry, I used decopauge to add a few “I Love the USA” additions.  I printed them out on the computer and cut them first.  My favorite choice here is Matte Collage Pauge from I Love to Create.

Collage Pauge

To decorate the handle, I added buttons from my Patriotic Mix from Buttons Galore by threading them onto red wire and twisting in onto the handle as I went from one end to the other.  I added a few ribbons tied in knots.

Button Handle

Then I added my favorite red, white and blue packaged snack to complete the project and turn it into a great hostess gift!

Happy Celebrating the USA and Creating with BUTTONS,

Laura

 

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Red White and Blue Button Flower Vase

I love decorating empty cans and turning them into something fun and useful again. All those canned beans and soup can really be a DIY project waiting to happen. Add some fabric, ribbon and brightly colored buttons and you have yourself a whole slew of possibilities. For today’s project I decorated a can with patriotic colors and turned it into a pretty little flower vase, perfect for adding to the table for July 4th.

Red White and Blue flower vase

Red White and Blue flower vase

Materials:

  • Empty aluminum can, washed and dried
  • Blue fabric
  • Red ribbon
  • White card stock
  • White and Blue embroidery thread
  • Red, white and blue buttons
  • Red eyelet and eyelet tool
  • Glue
Patriotic flower vase DIY

Patriotic flower vase DIY

Instructions to make your own patriotic flower vase decor

  1. Cut fabric and wrap around the outside of the can. Glue in place.
  2. Wrap ribbon around the can, tie in a knot, trim edges. Tie a red and blue ribbon together using white embroidery thread. Tie to center of ribbon covering the knot.
  3. Make a mini gift tag using the white card stock. Apply ribbon, wrap with blue embroidery thread and attach a white button. Add an eyelet with eyelet tool and then attach the tag to the button/ribbon on the can.
Recycled can to patriotic vase

Recycled can to patriotic vase

Simple patriotic flower vase

Simple patriotic flower vase

 

You can make a bunch of these patriotic flower vases to decorate for your July 4th festivities. I use these same kind of decorated cans as utensil holders and pencil/marker holders for parties. You can add a little sparkle by using glitter or rhinstones to the tag and ribbon wrap. You can even add buttons all around the can. Get creative and make your own fun patriotic decorations!

 

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