Tin Patriotic Flags

4-DSCF1446Tin Patriotic Flags

1-Minettemaze Tin SignsI have lots of scrap galvanized roofing tin in storage. I usually cut it to size and attach it to things without painting it, but I have become so inspired by Shelly at MinettesMaze.

I had no illusions that my painting would look anything like hers. Shelly has mad painting skills that I don’t, but with the Fourth of July coming up quickly I decided I could surely manage painting flags.

1-DSCF1395I didn’t re-cut the pieces I had, I just grabbed a stack and went for it.

I usually use the rust on junk to my advantage, but in this case I turned the rust to the back so that I would have a smoother surface for painting. Each tin got a base of white. The humidity is kinda icky right now so I waited a day before continuing.

2-DSCF1433I taped off the stripes and blue fields, which I am sure Shelly probably doesn’t do, but I was severely challenged by the hills and valleys of the tin. Taping was the only way I could paint a straight line.

I cheated a bit with the stars by using stencils.

3-DSCF1434I liked the way they were coming along, but they didn’t seem quite right. They needed something more…light bulb moment…I spattered red, white and blue paint over the surface. Yep, much better.

4-DSCF1446The flags can be propped up, displayed on walls or fences with screws, or hung by the baling wire hangers I attached to the top of each one.

Check out another of Shelly’s posts HEREIt has a similar flag to mine and lots and lots of painted patriotic inspiration.

Happy Fourth!

Enjoy!

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Rustic Window Lath Flags

6-DSCF1452Rustic Window Lath Flags

1-DSCF1398I love old windows, even the ones that are missing glass. I had two like the one above. Actually, one window still had one pane still intact. It was easily removed. ;) Yep, I’m fearless that way.

2-DSCF1415I decided to turn them into American flags just in time for the Fourth of July. The inside dimensions were perfect for using 13 laths for the flag stripes.

3-DSCF1418After placing the laths together to trace the edges of the blue field, I separated them and dry brushed each lath with the appropriate color.

4-DSCF1431I hemmed and hawed over what to do with the window frames, so I asked a few friends what their thoughts were. The choices were to leave them as is, stain or clear coat them, or dry brush them red, white or blue. The clear winner by all was to dry brush them red. I have the smartest friends.

5-DSCF1435I attached the laths to the back of the frame, leaving small gaps between each one to fill in the space.

6-DSCF1452Lastly, a large star was stenciled over the blue field.

Okay, maybe the star wasn’t last…I decided to add two laths running vertically on the back to give the stripes more stability.

I love, love the way they turned out.

Enjoy!

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Corrugated Tin Flag

 

7-DSCN6491A little Americana from the junk pile.

1-DSCN6474My son was cleaning up some stuff beside the garage today, so I had to check out what treasures he was unearthing. This piece of corrugated tin was just one of the treasures that had the wheels turning in my head. It was already the perfect size. No cutting needed. If you are interested, the tin was 6 1/2 inches wide (5 rows of bumps) by 33 inches long.

2-DSCN6476I really wanted to make something quick and easy to use as a Fourth of July decoration. I got out red, white and blue spray paint and just went for it. I lightly sprayed one side with the white spray paint. “Lightly” was the name of the game for this project. You will notice all of my pictures look a bit fuzzy. Actually, it is the paint that is fuzzy. I didn’t want the colors to be solid and crisp. Yep, it’s probably an acquired taste, but I think it gave the flag a rustic appearance.

3-DSCN6480I cut a 5 1/2 inch star on my Cricut and placed it on the left-hand end of the tin, positioning it a 1/2 inch from the long edges and the end. I placed a sheet of newspaper over the tin, 1/2 inch to the right of the star. The newspaper masked everything to the right of the star. I lightly sprayed blue paint over the star.

4-DSCN6484See where I’m going with this?

5-DSCN6486I then cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper and placed them over the second and fourth vertical bumps, then covered the blue field with more newspaper.

6-DSCN6488Red paint was sprayed over the paper strips to create the stripes.

7-DSCN6491Small holes were drilled 4 inches from each end and about a 1/2 inch from the top long edge. I attached rusty wire through the holes for the flag’s hanger. A little raffia and I was finished in less than an hour.

Enjoy!

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Birthday Junking Adventure

1-DSCN6145After all the preparations that went into my son’s graduation a week ago, we planned a quiet, relaxing Memorial Day weekend with visiting friends. Yep, you know how that probably went. We ate too much, tried to do too much and stayed up too late. I think when we were younger we could have handled all those things just fine…hmm, maybe we’re getting old. (sigh) On that note, my birthday also happened to be this weekend. On Saturday we all went yard sale junking. We found some really great things.

This bench is already going through a transformation, but it isn’t done yet. The yellow fabric is part of an old bedspread. I think pillows and/or tote bags will be produced from it. Those wooden candle holders might become legs for a chair I have been holding onto for way too long.

2-DSCN6149I’ve also started transforming this chair. It’s painted, but I haven’t recovered the seat and back yet. The end table is actually half of a vanity. These halves seem to be everywhere. I even have another one in the barn. I’m hoping to get to at least one of them this week.

3-DSCN6150I found lots of good deals on lace…

4-DSCN6154…linens and doilies.

5-DSCN6157This freaky Halloween fabric looked pretty intriguing. Not sure what I will use it for. Fall crafts, shabby chic decor…?

6-DSCN6158Another light fixture for a birdbath and a few other odds and ends.

7-DSCN6163A partial bolt of blue tulle, a wire basket, metal bowl, flower petals and (my favorite find) black lace tennis shoes.

6-DSCN6147My husband found this great banana box. It is way cool! I’ll be posting on what he did to it very soon.

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Quick Patriotic Tutes

Are you ready for a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends?

With that in mind, I decided to post the links to a few of my patriotic tutorials.

Have fun and enjoy!

Primitive Applique Flag Pillows-Mini

Sew Patriotic Coasters From Scrap Fabric

Primitive Star Bowl Fillers

Sew a Chenille Flag Throw Pillow-Long

Sew Patriotic Favor Bags

Blue Jean Independence Day Banner

Transform a Book Into a Flag Decoration

Primitive Fabric Summer Bowl Fillers

Have a great weekend!