I'm super excited to watch the Olympics. I love the swimming, gymnastics, and mostly the Equestrian events , which they put on at weird times because it doesn't make alot of sponsor money. It definitely on my bucket list of things to do someday, actually go to an Olympics.
I was all trying to get some decorations made for the fourth of July and had everything bought but I never got to it and I thought to myself, well, it would kinda work for 4th of July/Olympics. So I went ahead and made them.
I started off with these wooden "college letters" they were called from Micheals. They were about $3.99 a piece. Normally, that's kinda pricey for me but hey were exactly the size I wanted.
I also found this craft tape on clearance for $2 a piece so I bought two not knowing how much I would need.I started off spray painting the letters white outside. It was 100+ degrees that day so think the paint kinda got baked on which worked to my advantage. Then that night I took the tape and carefully wrapped it around the letters to the edge. I didn't want to waste any tape on the back. Who would see it anyway?
Then I bought this Modge Podge sampler pack also at Micheals and went about covering all of the letters with a layer of regular Modge Podge. I can't wait to use the other kinds of Modge.
I knew I need something more for my mantle so I saw this awesome post by Amber at Crazy Little Projects for a felt star garland. Lately, I'm all about the garlands and the felt so this was perfect.
I went to Hobby Lobby and got three pieces each of red, white and blue felt rectangles, They have every color you can think of and they are 25 cents a piece which sounds like a good price to me.
The next day I cut out the stars out of the felt. This took a while let me tell you. Having Amber's templates really helped me out. Then I took the star and pinned them in the order I wanted, got out the sewing machine and started to sew them in a line. Being that I am a sewing novice, the star and the line across them is far from perfect but I really liked it. Keep in mind the color of thread you use will be seen across all of the stars. I liked the way the white thread looked. I capped both ends off with a little grosgrain white ribbon I had left over.
That also didn't seem like enough. I wanted something to go along with the whole USA theme. I had an idea for a USA map that was just the shape of the country . I found some blue poster board and a piece of foam core.
My godmother had this awesomely ancient school projector that she let me have to help decorate S's room. Isn't it kinda cool and funky?
All you have to do is place anything , B&W or color in the drawer and slide it in and ta-da... there it is on the wall. I put in my map, traced it backwards ( so wouldn't draw on the front side) and i was done. It was so much easier than free handing it.
I cut out the map and then cut out the same outline on the piece of foam core. They were glued together. The clear glue didn't work as well as I hoped. Don't use that! I would say a spray adhesive.I added a felt red heart over Saint Louis for our home town, of course.
Then everything was added to the mantle. I really like it but I think I still need something else. I feel like ti's still missing something. Hmm..... what else do I need?
|I kinda liked it with the fence outside too. A white fence would have been awesome.|
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