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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Add a patriotic touch the fast, cheap & easy way

Don't have much time or money to decorate for the 4th of July? Don't worry, Martha & I will help you.

See? All I had to do to this little vignette to make it all patriotic is to add a little patriotic fan and a hat for my girl. Or is it a boy? I can't tell.

Remember yesterday when I showed you my red, white & blue hutch? I made a bunch of patriotic fans and I learned how from Martha. She even gives you the color pattern templates. So you don't have to go out & buy any special scrap booking paper. Isn't she nice?

I made this fan by using the stars and stripes template Martha provides. Instead of making a complete circle. I only glued one side & made it a half circle & placed it behind my new family sign that I got with my free money from Tai Pan Trading.

Instant patriotism. Can't you just hear the Star Spangled Banner?

Do you remember making these paper hats when you were a kid? We used to make them out of newspaper. Well I just enlarged Martha's stars and stripes template to full page & printed it out on regular paper. Cut it out & folded it and presto, a hat.

Now I couldn't remember how to fold the paper to make the hat. It's been a long, long, long, long time since I was a kid. So I cheated. I found this video on YouTube to show me how.

Now you know how to fold one too.

I couldn't make up my mind which side of the hat I liked better. The one in the photo before, or this one. This is the side that hubby likes the best. I think I do too. Shows more contrast.

Doesn't he look like Napoleon Bonaparte with the hat? That, or a patriotic pirate. I love it!!!

So now you have no excuse as to why you can't decorate for the 4th of July. If you have a computer, a printer and some paper. And we can't forget some hands in which to fold the paper, and a little bit of glue or double sided tape, then you too can do this.

And you have me to thank. Oh, and Martha too. But she gets enough thanks, so you can leave all good wishes and thanks here, on my blog. I'm sure Martha won't mind.

Now get busy adding some patriotic pizazz to your house.

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  1. I just watched MS on Comcast On Demand last night, and now I want to make her paper fans and her paper stars! All I need to do is find some cute paper. Love Napoleon's little hat ;0)

  2. So cute Kim. I just love the hat on the bust. So whimsical and lighthearted!

  3. Now this is just so clever and so cute. What a great tutorial too. You always come up with the neatest things. I love your vignette. Just wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love the hat...will have to try that with the grandgirls - thanks!

  5. Oh Kim, how adorable! I had forgotten about making those little hats. So glad you reminded me AND showed me the how to video. (I couldn't remember how either). I WILL give you all of the thanks, because I don't visit Marth's site very often, so were it not for you, I would never have known! laurie

  6. Kim, thank you for sharing yet another clever idea. Love the hat on the bust of the child. Your red, white, and blue patriotic touches are charming, and I love the way you've added these in your hutch and this vignette. Hope you have a terrific 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  7. You get my vote as the most creative and cute Independance Decor!

  8. What a great way to decorate with what you already have. I heart Martha, too!
    Smiles from Texas!

  9. Fun ideas, thanks! I think your little person may need to wear holiday hats more often!