Decorating for the 4th!
June 27, 2011
I have a couple of really quick projects for you that can be adapted to almost any celebration. I created these projects from my stash, and you can make all kinds of substitutions from your stash to create something equally cute but not exactly the same as my examples. These projects were created to celebrate Independence Day!
This tribute to the stars and stripes is created out of ribbon, glue, paint, glitter and a wooden star wand I purchased a couple of years ago from my local craft store. I painted the star red and let it dry before applying a white glue and Martha Stewart Glitter. With my glue gun I attached the white and blue ribbons at the top of the wand and carefully turned the wand to create the candy cane effect. I put a little more hot glue at the bottom to secure the ribbons at the bottom. I cut six pieces of ribbon longer than the wand and tied them to the base of the star which also covered the glued ribbon part of the shaft. It's ready to wave at the fireworks on July 4th!
The second project is even easier if you know how to sew, or even staple! I love the look of pennant bunting hanging around a doorway or from the edge of a porch. It is so easy to make with cotton print fabric and ribbon. Here are some very simple instructions, but you can modify them to suit the look of the finished project.
Let's make a pattern for the pennant. Take a piece of 8.5'' x 11'' paper. The 8.5'' side of the paper will be the widest part of the pennant, or the top of the pennant. Measure down 9'' from the 8.5'' edge and draw a line. Find the middle of the line 4.25'' from the edge of the paper and make a mark. Create the triangle pattern by lining up the ruler with the edge of the paper at the top and the center mark 9'' down. Draw your lines on both sides and cut out your 8.5'' x 9'' triangle.
Cut a piece of 1/2'' ribbon (it can be a little wider or thinner and still drape nicely) 3 1/2 yards long.
Fold your cotton print fabric with wrong sides together so that you have at least 9'' of depth. Place the 8.5'' side of the pattern piece on the fold and pin. Cut out a total of 12 pennants, and iron down the folded side to make a crisp crease. Now you are ready to sew, or staple, it together.
Measure 4'' from the end of the ribbon and place your first pennant over the ribbon so that the ribbon is inside the fabric triangle and the fold is against the top edge to the ribbon. I zigzagged about 1/2'' from the top of the pennant to catch the ribbon and the fabric. You could also staple in the same manner. Space the rest of the pennants about an 1'' apart as you sew until you are at the end of your ribbon. Tie a loop at each end of the ribbon and find a great place to swag your new decoration!
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