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Celebrate with a Handcrafted Sequin Flag

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team! This fun handcrafted sequin flag project is great to create with children, and will look fabulous in your home or on your front door, tucked into a grapevine wreath.

sequin flag project

This sequin flag project was created using the brand new Bon Voyage Sequin tin by 28 Lilac Lane. Take a closer look at this beautiful new premium sequin tin!

28 Lilac Lane LL318 Bon Voyage sequin tin

The inspiration for this sequin flag project came from the Bon Voyage sequin tin itself.  It is full of red, white and blue sequins along with white hearts and blue stars – so lush!  Can’t you see a child waving this flag at a celebration parade and then saving it, by tucking it away in a grapevine wreath for the front door?  Or displaying it in a vintage soda bottle? Either way this flag will be a super cute was to display your patriotism!

Supplies needed to make a sequin flag:

sequin flag instructions

How to make your sequin flag:

(1) Sketch out a USA flag on white cardstock that is about 4″ X 6″. Separate the large blue sequins, using a toothpick, from the sequin tin.

(2) Glue the large blue sequins on the flag with clear drying glue. Add the white hearts to the blue section and let dry. Do the same with the small red sequins, placing them in strips. Let dry.

(3) Cut the blue section out, and then the red strips. Piece them on a 4″ X 6″ piece of white cardstock or grid paper. When it is dry, mat the flag on black cardstock.

sequin flag project

(4) Glue the flag to a piece of burlap ( 5″ X 7″ ) and then glue a stick to the reverse side. (I used a stick from my yard.)

sequin flag project

(5) Use twine and buttons, create streamers for the side of the flag. Tie these to the top of the stick.

I chose the vintage soda bottle to display my flag instead of a grapevine wreath. The soda bottle is full of red buttons to hold the stick in place. I really love the finished look!

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member

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Make Patriotic Hoop Wall Art with 28 Lilac Lane [free download]

Summer time is kicking up into full gear and July 4th will be here before you know it! Red, white and blue and backyard BBQs are on the horizon! This little patriotic hoop is a great way to get started on those patriotic decorations.

Patriotic Hoop Wall Art

Supplies Needed:

Patriotic Hoop Wall Art

This patriotic hoop features the Stars & Stripes sequin & bead mix that is a mix of larger blue beads, small and large sequins, star sequins and smaller seed beads and glitter. I used the blue beads and sequins to create beaded thread for my hoop.

To get started: take about a yard of each thread; using only 1 strand of the blue divisible floss. Thread all three colored threads onto your needle and pick up different bits of the sequin and beads and push them along down your thread. Continue until you have distributed the beads and sequins sporadically along the thread. They don’t need to be in any sort of order, just make sure that they are spaced out well.

Patriotic Hoop Wall Art

Find a sunny spot and transfer your embroidery pattern onto your fabric. Use three strands of the blue embroidery floss (#336) and backstitch the text. Lay your beaded thread on one of the star lines and with the white cotton perle, use a couching stitch to sew down the beaded thread along the outline of the star. Couch your beaded thread around the star two times.

To finish your hoop you can wrap it in a mix of blue and red fabrics, as I did, or you could even paint the hoop. Set your finished piece inside the hoop, trim your fabric about one inch from the edge of the hoop and hot glue it to the inside.

Patriotic Hoop Wall Art

This patriotic hoop wall art is a great project for even a beginner at embroidery. It’s one that looks like it took hours and advanced skills, but is made up of basic embroidery stitches and techniques and can easily be finished in an afternoon!

patriotic hoop wall art using 28 Lilac Lane sequin & bead mix. Design by Aimee Davis for www.buttonsgaloreandmore.net - easy embroidery project for 4th of July.

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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

Supplies:

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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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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Seasonal Door Wreath – Red White and Blue

If you visit my house during the month of July this seasonal door wreath will welcome you at my front door. I decided to go big and bright this year using festive patriotic ribbon, painted stars, and red, white & blue buttons from Buttons Galore. I love the nostalgic look of the dimensional stars and the traditional Americana design.

Grapevine Star Wreath

Patriotic Wreath with Stars and Buttons

I’m a sucker for wreaths. It’s a rule in my house to have a seasonal wreath on my door at all times. Of course, if I made a new wreath for every season, I’d have a lot of them to store. My husband wouldn’t like this very much either. I have a little secret to share when it comes to my seasonal wreaths. I don’t make a new wreath – I just recycle this grapevine wreath into something new every season.

My secret is to use a heat gun to melt off the hot glued embellishments. It works great every time!

Supplies used to make seasonal door wreath:

painted paper mache star

Paint Paper Mache Stars with Plaid Craft Paints

Twine Paper Mache Star

Add a dab of hot glue onto each side of star and wrap twine around
Add festive button from Buttons Galore to center.

Hot glue painted stars onto a grapevine wreath

Hot glue painted stars onto a grapevine wreath

buttonbow

Add stacked buttons to the center of your patriotic bow.

I hope my idea of recycling the same wreath for the seasons inspires you to creative you own festive wreaths to welcome visitors at  your door. Seasonal door wreaths are a nice festive touch.

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Patriotic Craft – Country Chic Flag

Patriotic Craft – a Country Chic

Hi, Allie here and I’m sharing my Patriotic Craft – a Country Chic Flag. We are your LAST stop on the I Love the USA Blog Hop today. Are you hopping with us for this amazing Patriotic Craft Party? You should arrive here via Jen Hadfield’s Tator Tots & Jello Blog.

 *******If you’re just getting started – be sure to visit Laura Kelly at Laura Kelly Designs so you don’t miss a SINGLE project!  (Also, this is where you enter for the great prizes)******

 

The designers have worked long and hard to bring you patriotic inspiration.  We have gathered top name designers in their respective fields such as: sewing, scrapbooking, card making and many more.  We hope you can share in their pride and enthusiasm for all that America stands for and the beautiful country that she is.

Patriotic Craft - A Country Chic Flag

I Love the USA Star Pennant Flag Close Up

designed by Allie Gower for Buttons Galore

Patriotic Craft – a Country Chic Flag

Materials needed:

 

I’ve used lots of Patriotic Buttons along with Laura Kelly’s Beautiful America Fabric. (click the links to purchase) We really appreciate you hopping with us today.  Are you inspired to create something patriotic?

If so please share your projects with us on our Facebook page or on Pinterest or even Twitter using hashtags #ilovetheusabloghop  #craftpatriotic #laurakellyart    

 

Four more days left of the I LOVE THE USA BLOG HOP… so, keep hopping. Don’t forget to share your crafts too.  We really do love seeing what you all create. Comments are always welcome.  We all like a little love now and then, right?  From all of us at Buttons Galore and More, we wish you a creative, happy and safe  Flag Day and 4th of July too! Keep crafting!!!

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Button Hair Accessories

It’s so easy to make hair accessories with buttons.  My daughter has long hair and the start of summer means lots of ponytails!  I stitched up a couple of super cute ponytail holders for her using buttons and hair elastic.  It’s a great project to do together.  I just pulled out my button jar and let my daughter pick the ones she loved and then I quickly stitched them up for her.  I have to admit, the wood button hair accessories are for me!  I couldn’t resist the look of them.

DIY Button Hair Accessories by Laura Bray on the Buttons Galore & More Blog

Supplies:

DIY Button Hair Accessories by Laura Bray on the Buttons Galore & More Blog

Directions:

1. Hand stitch the button onto the elastic.

That’s it!  You can make dozens in a an hour.  They would be great to make for  little girl party favors.

DIY Button Hair Accessories by Laura Bray on the Buttons Galore & More Blog

To make these ponytail holders, it’s better to use buttons without shanks.  Of course, my daughter chose some with shanks.  (I mean, who can resist butterfly buttons?) So I made a couple of additional ponytail holders using Jen Goode’s brilliant tutorial.

DIY Button Hair Accessories on the Buttons Galore and More Blog

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