Hello and welcome to round two of the DIY Christmas series! This week is a much easier craft that happens to be American theme! I decided to make this gift with John in mind. Since he has an apartment now, I figured that dishes and decorations would be a great Christmas gift. Shh! Don’t tell him I’m sharing how to make his gift with the world.
The first thing I like to do is gather my materials. Maybe it’s just the scientist/baker in me. But I went to Michael’s and got a red frame (they usually run frames for a percentage off plus ask if they have a military discount--you can save an extra 10% that way!) Then I happened to be near Hobby Lobby and found this adorable paper that was navy blue with white stars, like the flag, so I had to get that even though I already had my paper. Anyway, point being… you’ll need a frame, paper and some vinyl or a stencil to cut out the shape of America.
Got your materials? Great let’s get to making some cool art! Start off by cutting your paper to fit into your frame. That’s a pretty easy task, so we’ll move onto the next step.
If you have a cutting machine like the Silhouette, go ahead and cut out your America and I wanted to put “LAND THAT I LOVE” on my picture as well, so cut out whatever saying you would like.
If you don’t have a silhouette, you can always do the old fashion way and print out the picture and trace it onto your scrapbook paper. Here is the picture that I used as my template for my Silhouette. As for the lettering, Michael’s has letters that are stickers in their scrapbooking section. Don’t forget to use your coupon! (Michael’s accepts digital coupons as well as competitors’ coupons)
|Right click the image and press save image as to use it|
Now that you’ve gotten your cut out of America and your letters it’s time to put it all together. I was going to put the whole shape on my paper, but decided that I really liked the look of the paper so only used the outline. I liked it this way, but y’all may like it to be bolder.
I think the hardest part will be finding a place to put your new artwork.