The American flag as home decor has always appealed to me. There’s something so traditional about the stripes and stars, yet timeless. The colors pair just as well with deep wood tones as they do with bright whites. And the Fourth of July holiday has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young girl walking to see the fireworks display with my family and staying up late to play with sparklers in the backyard. Although I’ve moved away from home, the rituals remain the same. To quickly add some festive flair to the apartment this year, I made these American Flag luminaries, which double nicely as flower vases.
All you need are a few mason jars (old pasta jars work nicely too), those cheap little American flags that they sell at Michael’s for about a $1, and Modge Podge. First I separated the flags from their poles. Then I spread a little Modge Podge on a jar and pressed a flag firmly on that spot. Next I added a second layer of Modge Podge over the flag to help secure it. Then I let them dry. Finally, place a tea light in the jar or some pretty hydrangeas and you’re all set.
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Ever since I saw this bib necklace at Anthropologie for $138 I thought, “This can easily be made into something almost completely the same for much less.”
Well, as you can see, there is a difference in quality. I did only spend $10 on my supplies. I will take you through how I made it, and maybe you, my dear readers, can offer some advice and suggestions to improve my poor attempt at making jewelry.
My materials were trimmings that I picked out at Jo Ann Fabric. I thought I could cut the flowers in this lace trim so that each individual flower could stand out as a piece on the neckalce.
I positioned my different flowers over a pieces of felt and pinned them. I then began to sloppily sew the pieces to the felt, which would serve as the backing.
I then cut away the excess felt and sewed two pink strands of ribbon to the ends to tie the necklace.
And voila! I have something that maybe, slightly resembles the original. Granted, I think I can add some gems, beads, or pearls to spruce this up a bit. And I could add different flower pieces as well. Any other suggestions? What do you think of my first attempt?