America the Crafty by @RuthlessCrafts

America the Crafty by @RuthlessCrafts

Happy Independence Day tomorrow! The 4th is one of those holidays you just can’t celebrate by yourself… freedom, food and fireworks are best enjoyed with family and friends. What better way to commemorate our unique country than with this one-of-a-kind crafty flag display?

Here’s what you’ll need:

IMG_4281Skill level: Beginner
Time: 15-30 minutes
Drawer organizer (plastic, wire mesh or bamboo)
Small objects; I chose game pieces
Hot Glue Gun Kit
Imagination

We played a lot of games growing up so I selected game pieces for my small objects. You could also use dollhouse miniatures, funky costume jewelry, candy, hardware or other collectibles. Some of the pieces I already had and the rest were procured at various thrift stores in the area. I bought a few actual games for a couple bucks a piece; sometimes it’s easier to get the whole thing instead of overpaying for just the pieces at a vintage store. Or you could use completely random items; whatever you want to do.

If you don’t like the utensil holder idea (I removed the expandable sides) you could use a letterpress tray from a craft store, various shallow boxes held together, charcoal boxes, valet trays, etc.

Then comes the fun part: assembling and reassembling your little treasures until you are satisfied. Since I was aiming to make an American flag I arranged my items in that form. Don’t feel constrained by the compartments; use them to your advantage. It took a few times until I achieved the final result. Once happy, glue your items creatively and carefully so you can stand the tray up to be displayed. If you’d prefer to hang your creation, screw eye hooks into the top edges and lace a wire or string.

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Well there you have it! Where will you be enjoying the fireworks this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ruth is a DIY blogger; mixing manic over-achievement & disproportionate attention to detail with an uncontrolled overactive imagination since 1982.

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