A must-do event during summers in Georgia is the Stone Mountain Laser Show. It’s quite the cultural event down south and I’ve been going to it since I was a child. Anyone that has been a part of the Laser Show tradition knows that the grand finale is a rousing rendition of Proud To Be An American with plenty of Americana and tons of fireworks. This year we stood with mouths dropped open as the show wrapped up void of the traditional finale!? How could they leave out the show stopper? I left feeling jipped and like my kids had been robbed of a part of their childhood.
Since this event, I decided I need to ramp up the patriotic decor and compensate for Stone Mountain’s total lack of good judgement. Ok, so I’m being a little dramatic, but I did make some pretty sweet patriotic decor out of recycled items around the house and I thought you’d enjoy them.
I’m going to first show you how to make some fabric scrap flags, and then a few ways to create things to help display them. I started by gathering a pile of scrap fabric and felt. I have a hard time throwing out little bits, when there are projects like this one that just needs a little bit. So, I was thankful I had some scraps on hand that worked perfect.
I cut out a few flag pendents. You might remember this technique with my fabric arrows. I cut the flags out on a piece of fabric folded in half, so I had a fold that separate two sides. This worked perfectly to glue my stick in the middle and then glue one side over to create a clean and front back on my flag.
After I made one, I made a few more and made sure to have two different styles cut to add a little variety and fun.
The flags were so cute left like that. I decided to embellish two of mine with some materials I had left over from my Christmas Spoonful Lab. Aren’t these leftovers fun? 🙂
I love how easy these flags were to create, yet what a fun little embellishment they can make! I see these helping to decorate a food spread. For example, how cute would they be sticking out of a of big bowl of popcorn!?
I displayed my flags by simply adding them to a few recycled crafts. I took an old beer bottle and literally just wrapped a piece of fabric around it. I used some jute rope to hold the fabric in place. This was much easier than trying to peel off the beer label or heating my hot glue gun back up to glue it place. I love how it turned out. I also used a little white acrylic paint and painted a recycled refried beans can. I used a little sandpaper to scratch it up to look a bit more rustic, and it was done! A few of these cute cans would look great holding silverware on a party food table. The possibilities are endless! Have fun creating and using your imagination!
What other trash could you turn into patriotic treasures?
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