Monday, June 28, 2010

Early Happy Birthday to the USA!

I absolutely L-O-V-E the Fourth of July.  We have so much fun celebrating our Country's Birthday.  We're so lucky to get to see family and extended family and eat delicious summery foods, AND watch fireworks AND get a day off from house projects -- who could ask for more!?!   So since this is one of my favorite Holidays, you'd think I'd have some cute house decor to show it.  But, nope.  I have  not one stitch of 4th of July love to decorate my house with.  Sad, isn't it?  Let's fix that, shall we?

I started with two cheap-o frames I found at Goodwill this last weekend -- they were matching frames -- and for 2.00?  How could I have passed them up??(plus I actually kind of liked the saying on this one --  it convinced me to buy it)  So I removed everything, like the glass and picture.  Then I spray-painted each  frame - one red, and one blue.







I had found these super cute wooden stars at Joanne's -- and well, that's very patriotic too, don't you think?  So I spray-painted them red, blue and off white.  There -- the hard part of the project is already done! :)

I took some Independence Day Scrapbooking paper (which after I bought and cut up realized I had a ton of 4th of July themed paper in my stash -- oh well) and cut it down to the frame size.  I then put the back of the frame back on and got ready to attach my red, white and blue stars.



I took each of the little stars I painted and hot glued them together with a piece of twine in between.  I used different size and color combination to keep it interesting.

Next I attached a hook -- you know like a jewelry hook that goes into a wall or something?  I had spray-painted it black since we only had gold ones.  Then I hung the stars from the hook and began to strategically place my stars around the frame.  I glued them to the frame since I wanted them to stay put  -- but you could let them hand down if you wanted.

Finally I attached the frames together using some twine glued to the back of each.  I decided to hang it on my front door -- but it may move.  I haven't decided yet.


The Cost Breakdown:

Frames:  $1.99
Twine:  Had
Wooden Stars:  $2.49
Spraypaint:  Had
Hooks:  had
Scrapbook Paper:  $.59 x 2 = $1.18
TOTAL:  $5.66


Note -- If I had one of those heavenly Silhouettes I would have put "Welcome" on one of them -- but since my freehand is pretty scary I left them blank. :)

I'm linking this up to the CSI 4th of July Themed Challenge:



Also - a HUGE thank you to the gals behind Fireflies and Jellybeans for spotlighting my solar lights yesterday!  They have a wonderful blog that spotlights TONS of other crafty crafters.






41 Hand-Me-Downers Shared:

niartist said...

$5.66!?!?!? You've gotta be kidding me! Do you know how much this would have cost if I purchased it here? It's so great, and so inspirational. I've had my eye on a few 4th of July things lately, and this has been moved to the top of my list. So excited to see this - you did a great job! Thanks for sharing! http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com
Artie

Katie said...

Adorable!

Lisa said...

SO cute! I love how you added the 3-D elements and have the stars going over the frame to give it more dimension. Love it!

Kaysi said...

Those are awesome!!! I love them!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Ro Magnolia said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for the encouraging comment! I love what you did with just a very few supplies. I'm Canadian, but still I can appreciate how much you enjoy celebrating July 4th. One of my fav memories is celebrating July 4th in Massachusetts with a good friend. I'm following you now and look forward to seeing more of your creative ideas! :)

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

Wow! That is too stinkin' cute! I wouldn't be able to dream that up, much less put those colors together. I want one! And what a great price!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

I love it and a great price too. :-)

Mandi said...

Too cute! I love crafts that cost next to nothing to make. Way to go!

Terrell said...

This is way adorable!! Love it! I'm happy to be your newest follower as well. Be sure to check out my blog :D
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Jane said...

I love these!! Following from Anything Related. :)

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

What a great project and adaptable for so many occasions!

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

This is great! What size frames did you use?

Diane said...

Love the frame. That turned out soooo cute Ü

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

They turned out so cute! I'm loving the jute twine. Almost like burlap, you know? Love it with the red, white & blue.

Would love to have you stop by Thursday & link it up to Fab Finds for the Fourth!

freckled laundry said...

Found you on night owl. This a fantastic idea! They look great. I can't believe it only cost you $6. Thanks for sharing.

Jami

Brie said...

Very cute! I saw your link on Centsational Girl's Stars & Stripes party. I think I may have to save this idea for future 4th of July decor.

Petie said...

Great job and great idea! Guess you could do something similar for all the holidays. Thanks for sharing!!

Chase and McKell said...

they turned out so cute! and super cheap to make too, awesome. i need to make 4th of july decor. a little late huh? haha.
thanks for sharing!

*come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

C.R.A.F.T. said...

i featured you today :)

Maureen @ Cottage 960 said...

Oh my, that turned out so stinkin' cute. And love the price. :) I'm off to see what Americana scrap paper I have in my stash, maybe I can get one of these done by the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

jen @ {decor junkie} said...

I love how it turned out -- especially the blue frame. What a cute idea!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

So cute!!! Love those neat little stars. :) And you can't beat the price, huh? I'm visiting from Centsational Girl's Stars and Stripes party. :)

Michelle said...

FABULOUS and I am shocked at how cheaply you were able to do it. Love.

Kenzie said...

Love this!

Sam said...

Great job! I love that!

Sam
Mom.Undecided.
http://momundecided.blogspot.com/
(Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway now!)

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Cute & quite the deal! Have a great 4th...

RenaeF said...

Adorable!

cherry said...

Super cute !
Happy 4th to you & yours
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Shop Without Money Sisters said...

I love it! I have to remember there are other fun things to do with frames besides put pictures in them! Just passed on a couple of good frames yesterday at Salvation Army because I wasn't sure what to do with them. Thanks for the ideas!
Heather

Jenni said...

so pretty! i am going to have to make this for the next 4th! love it!

The Writer Chic said...

Eeee! Love it. One of my VERY fav decorations I've seen this year, and the low cost takes it right to the top of the list!

Nikki said...

LOVE that!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it at gettin' crafty on hump day :)

Centsational Girl said...

So festive Amanda, thanks so much for sharing, and linking up!

Happy Fourth of July !

Kate

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

What a great idea. I'll have to keep this in mind for next year. So easy but adorable. Thanks for sharing your creativeness.

Connie said...

FABULOUS!!! LOVE THEM.

Sam said...

Hello!

Just a heads up that I'll be featuring this project on my Lazy Sunday page on July 4th!

Thanks!
Sam
Mom.Undecided.

Leslie said...

How adorable! I love how cute these turned out and you can't beat the price! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Amazing!! I love how these turned out!

Thanks for linking up!

Julie @ Frugal and Fabulous Design said...

Amanda, you are so creative!

Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday -

Cheers!

Rachelle said...

Girl, I swore I wouldn't go gaga over 4th of July crafts since the holiday is over for a year but you're making it hard.. :)

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