Patriotic Shim Sign

Well, I'm at it again...crafting with my hand-me-down shims. Wanting to add a little red to my Summertime Blues Mantel, I came up with this Patriotic Shim Sign. The DIY Cherry Blossom Branches remind me of fireworks in this setting too.
Here's what I used: shims painted white and red, cut out images from a printable, ModPodge, red/white twine, and a glue gun

This printable that I had displayed last year had seen better days, so I cut out the words and the pennant banner of "America" to be adhered to the shims.
I used five shims for the "flag" and another glued diagonally on the back to hold them all together. (I forgot to take a picture of this step.) Using ModPodge, I glued the words to the shims and went over all the shims to give a little sheen to the project.
Finally, I stuck the banner onto some red/white twine using the hot glue and then attached it on the backside of the sign, draping it in the gap of the words.
There you have it! Another "upcycled" project using items from the crafting stash! If I had one of those awesome machines that cuts vinyl, I would have done that for the lettering. Since I don't,  I was happy to use what I already had. Oh, it's nothing fancy, but it does convey a beautiful message..."God Bless America". Now my mantel can be festive for the 4th of July (and maybe the rest of the month too)! For all my USA readers, do you do much decorating for Independence Day?
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18 comments:

  1. Good morning Nici! Your mantel looks so festive now. I love that you were able to upcycle the art you had created and turn it into something new. It looks great. I don't typically do a lot of decorating for the 4th, but if I did, I would probably start with my mantel, which is still sporting a rabbit! Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  2. LOVE this, Nici!! So much so that I went back and edited a post I just published just so I could feature you! ;) Check it out here: http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/06/lets-have-pinteresting-4th-of-july.html ... Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

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  3. That is so adorable! I love how you repurposed the printable from last year into this. Very clever!

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  4. Cute idea. I see making adjustments to other holidays, not just the 4th. :)

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  5. What a cute idea for using those shims! I love it and your blog!!

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  6. How sweet and I always love a project that uses up some of my craft stash. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

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  7. Oh my! I love the sign you made. What a wonderful idea!

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  8. I love all things patriotic, so I am loving this! Great job! I wish I had more time before the 4th to make something similar!

    I hope you come and link up with us today at our Monday link up party!
    http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/07/on-display-link-up-8.html

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  9. Creative way to use shims. Thanks for the idea. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Cute idea for the fourth. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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  11. So sweet and clever! Love the red, white, and blue decor!

    Stop by to enter my giveaway: http://makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love this- simple and sweet way to decorate and remember Independence Day!

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  13. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party. I'm featuring you in a special 4th of July round up! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/07/4th-of-july-round-up-link-party-features.html

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  14. That is the sweetest little sign, Nici! I love it. Thanks for sharing how you made it. I do that also, forget to take some pictures. Your friend, Linda

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  15. I love the way it turned out, very festive!

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  16. I love recycling crafty things! This sign is adorable! Thank you for linking to Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  17. I love that shim sign! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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