How to Make Patriotic Decor

This Memorial Day, add a little red, white and blue to your decor to give your celebration a patriotic feel! There are at least a dozen places you can find tablecloths, dining ware, streamers and more, but really, the best decorations are always handmade. Today I’ll be sharing with you a fun tutorial for making these festive cards that can be used in a variety of different ways.

Add these “Freedom is not FREE” cards to your place settings, buffet style serving station, or to a pretty potted plant. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s what I used:

Once I’d collected all of my supplies, here’s how I created them:

  1. Using navy ink, stamp the “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE” onto white cardstock.
  2. Next, I cut off the excessive cardstock around the impression.
  3. I cut the red cardstock slightly larger than the white cardstock to create a mat, then adhered the white cardstock onto the red.
  4. I cut the navy cardstock and patriotic scrapbook paper in the shape of a pennant or flag. These can be any size, depending on how you’d like to use them. I chose to make them the base of my decor, so I cut them larger than the red cardstock, then used scrapbook adhesive to adhere them together.
  5. Finally, I glued the cards to a popsicle stick, but you can adjust this step to suit however you decide to use them.

There are so many fun things you can create using this great patriotic stamp! Use them on your BBQ invitations, the bands for your napkins, or tents for labeling your food, just to name a few!  Use your imagination and these few craft supplies to create easy decorations for your Memorial Day cookout.

Best of all, your patriotic decor can be used again and again throughout the year. There are so many holidays they’ll be appropriate for, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, Patriot’s Day, and Veteran’s Day! I hope you’re inspired to create these on your own. Have a happy Memorial Day!


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