I have really been enjoying making friends in the blog world and one of my first friends was Lauren from My Wonderfully Made. We instantly connected....both being wives of pastors!
A few weeks ago, Lauren linked a really fun Fourth of July craft to Thrifty Thursday! She made a flag from an old book! So....I copied her and made my own!
I started with a book that, quite honestly.....I never read even though it was required reading for my Astronomy class.....oh well Mr. Schaeffer....
I primed it with some horrid spraypaint that I got on sale....sorry Krylon, but I don't know what happened when you made this version....maybe that's why I got it on sale for 99 cents?
Then I taped off my flag and started painting....
I asked my artist hubby to help paint the stars.....they were too tedious for me! (and I know him well enough that crooked stars hanging on the wall would drive him batty!)
I also wrote the words of The Star Spangled Banner in sharpie marker and went over it with some distressing ink....and do NOT judge me for my crooked handwriting!! I would have straight A's in school and then a C- in cursive....I just can't write straight and even!
Be careful when you add the distressing ink though....I did smudge mine a bit...
I cut a piece of twine to hang the book and added pieces of ribbon for a little "frou-frou".....how do you spell that??
Overall, I love it and I love even more the fact that it was FREE!!!
So far, I've spent nothing to decorate for the Fourth!