The Craft In Me

A blog devoted to all my crafty endeavors.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

4th of July Appreciation!

Many of us, and I'm referring mostly to myself, take our freedom for granted too often. With Independence Day approaching, I came up with this chalkboard plaque to remind myself of the day-to-day things that I can easily take for granted. It's fun for my daughter too. It gives us a chance to highlight something daily or weekly to focus our gratitude on.

First I stared off with a wooden board from Hobby Lobby. It cost $2.99 which is not bad. But I can also picture this with a stressed and weathered piece of wood too, it could give a lot of character.

I primed the board first.

Next using a sponge brush I painted the wood red.

And then used chalkboard paint on the bottom half of the board.

For the flag written message, I initially wanted to use a patriotic scrapbook paper but surprisingly the craft stores did not have a large variety of patriotic paper.

So, I decided to print my own. I found some patriotic clipart that would also leave room for a visible message.

I came up with this “With My Freedom I Will...” message and added a few bulleted highlights.

I printed the clipart and message out on a colored printer.

Then used a couple of coats of mod podge to seal up the paper.

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  1. That turned out great! Love anything red, white and blue.

  2. It's wonderful. I love the message. Something for all of us to take to heart - every day of the year.
    Hope you'll stop by Thursday & link up to Fab Finds for the Fourth!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up today! Adore this project.

  4. Just a quick HELLO, hopping over from New Friend Friday!

  5. Great job!
    Happy new friends Friday!
    Following your blog and would love for you to say hi and do the same!
    Xo Frenchy

  6. How darling! I love how this turned out! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  7. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  8. What a terrific project! You did a fabulous job on it! Thanks for visiting today.

  9. This is a wonderful project!

    I've given you an award over at my site today!


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