Friday, June 17, 2011

Patriotic Door Decor

 To make this Thrifty patriotic door hanger you will need:
2 cedar fence slats  (about $2 each)
bailing wire
some type of saw, I used a jig saw
and paint
*I also added a wooden star, fake peat moss and some twine with hot glue for accents

Start with the cedar fence slats and cut both of them the length you want your flag.  I made the outsides of the wood a little wavy so it looked like a flag.

Then cut out the blue square section from one of them. I cut mine out with wavy cuts on both sides, then flipped it around so the edges didn't fit correctly.  I hope that makes sense.  I wanted it to look like it was a separate piece.  If I cut it out and attached it as it lay, you couldn't tell it was cut out.  It would fit like a puzzle and I didn't want that look.
Then cut one more piece to use as the top piece from the extra wood.  I painted the words "Let Freedom Ring" on mine.
*Here's a tip when you are painting words.  Figure out how many letters and spaces you will need.  For Let Freedom Ring I needed 16 characters including spaces.  Split the number in 1/2 which would be 8 in this case.  Then count in that many characters and start there.  For this phrase between the "e" and "d" in Freedom is in the middle.  So I started in the middle of the sign and wrote "dom Ring" with a pencil from the middle going right.  Then I went back to the middle and started the other direction and wrote "eerF teL" going backwards.  This technique will help you center your wording.  I then painted over the pencil with black paint.

Then paint the red and white stripes and the blue square.  I splatter painted mine a little with an old toothbrush.  White and red speckles on the blue, blue speckles on the white, and white speckles on the red.  I sanded the edges to give it the worn look.

Drill holes in about an inch from the edge so you don't pull through the side of your wood and attach your pieces with bailing wire. (I got mine at a Cal-Ranch store.  I know you can find it at Lowes or Home Depot near the Re-Bar.) 
Attach the pieces together like a sewing stitch and twist them on the back side like a bread tie.  Make sure the ends are pointing into the wood so they don't scratch your door.

I added the wooden star on the blue square.  I drilled 2 holes though the star AND through the blue square, much like a button.  I used hot glue to add some moss and then attached the star with the bailing wire.  This one I attached with the wire pointing out and curled it with pliers for decoration and tied a small piece of twine around the curled wire.  I also added the 2 little stars on the sign.  They were attached with one hole and twisted wire on the front.

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  1. This door-hanger is really beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is so cute, I love the rustic feel to it. You should link it to my Front Porch Party! Going on now until Friday.

  3. This is SO cute -- what a great look for your door!

  4. You did a great job. It's creative and pretty! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  5. It's awesome! And your description of the blue square made perfect sense! I'm loving this door hanger! {visiting from the Summer Safari!}

  6. adorable! new follower from Ladybug Blessing link party.

  7. So cute! I'm a total sucker for patriotic decorations and yours is awesome. Thanks for sharing

  8. Very nice! I love 4th of July decorations - and it's that time of year again. Thanks for sharing :)

    I'm a new follower via GFC
    They All Call Me Mom

  9. This is very cute! I love Patriotic Decor, and leave it as my kitchen theme through the entire year.

    I am a new follower from the Wandering Wednesday Hop and am really looking forward to reading more :)



  10. OMGoodness I am in LOVE! So awesome I am doing an America the Beautiful series right now on my blog. I hope you will hop over and check it out!
    Jenni (your newest follower)

  11. Beautiful country decor for the door! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  12. What cute door decor! Love it!
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  13. That looks lovely. What a great way to greet your visitors...

  14. that's darling! what a crafty gal you are! working from the middle out is almost always failproof! thanks for sharing this at my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again next week!


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