Whether it's for the Fourth of July or just a rainy day when you're feeling patriotic, check out these red, white and blue how-to's. (They're simple enough for kids as well.)
Purchase clear acrylic frames. Glue down ribbon along the edges of the frames. Try layering thinner ribbons on top of thicker ones. Embellish the corners with oversized buttons.
Purchase red, white or blue ankle socks and embellish them with thin satin ribbon bows. Add a jewel in the center of the bow for extra sparkle. Embellishments can either be sewn on or glued on with fabric glue.
Purchase a plain white porcelain mug and use porcelain paints to decorate. Paint the top half of the mug blue, leaving small white spaces for the stars. Paint the bottom half of the mug with red stripes.
Lay a strip of strong double-sided tape along the length of your pencil. Beginning at the bottom end of the pencil, wrap two or three colors of embroidery floss around the pencil, angling it up as you go. Continue until the entire pencil in wrapped. Finish by gluing the ends of the floss down.
Purchase wooden star shapes and paint them in a variety of patterns using red, white and blue. Vary the patterns of the stars
Ribbon belts are back in style again! Purchase 1½ yards of red, white and blue striped ribbon. Slip two D-rings onto the end of the ribbon and sew the ribbon closed around them. Embellish with jewels, as desired.
7. Antique Flags
Purchase small flags at the variety store. Take them off the dowel and soak them in warm water that has four to five tea bags steeping in it. Allow it to sit in the tea bath for about 20 minutes. Remove the flags and lay on towels to dry. Instead of replacing them onto the dowels, tie them onto sticks with twine, for a real country look.
Rip thin strips of red tissue paper and a rectangle of blue tissue paper. Glue them onto a white card with a glue-stick so that it looks like a flag. Write your message in the white "stripes" of the card.
Reduce and photocopy a picture of a flag so that it measures about 3/4" tall. Cut it out and fit it into a soda bottle cap. Working on a protected surface and following manufacturer's directions, pour in enough 3-D Crystal Lacquer (or any liquid resin that dries hard and clear) to fill the cavity of the bottle cap. Let it dry over night, Glue or tape on a pin back onto the back of the bottle cap.
Embellish thick, stretchy poly/cotton headbands with red, white and blue jewels.