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?