Memorial Day is Monday, May 26th that means it’s time to start celebrating. To get into the holiday spirit, Walmart asked me as a part of the Walmart Moms to share a craft with all of you. Whenever I think of Memorial Day, immediately what comes to mind is red, white, and blue. This Memorial Day many will be inviting family and friends over for a cookout so I thought today’s craft would be an easy way to welcome guests to the party. In patriotic colors this Memorial Day Door Hanger is a simple craft that looks great hung on a front door to welcome guests.
To put together this Patriotic Door Hanger first you’ll need a few supplies. All of the supplies listed below can be found at Walmart:
- Apple Barrel Paint in 21469 Flag Red, 21484 Admiral Blue, and 21884 Snow White ($.50 ea.)
- Plaid Hanging Frame with 3 1/2 in X 3 1/2 in openings ($4.77)
- MPI Wood Letters- U, S, A ($1.47 ea.)
- Offray 1 1/2 in Ribbon– flag design ($2.97)
- Also Needed:
- paint brush
- Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
- scissors for cutting the ribbon
Putting together this craft is simple and can easily be completed in an afternoon. This craft uses Apple Barrel paint for it’s color. I like Apple Barrel paint because it’s affordable paint that can easily found at Walmart. Also, the names of the individual colors, Admiral Blue and Flag Red, I thought were appropriate for this particular craft.
To start crafting first clear a hard surface and place some sort of protective material (ex. newspaper) over top to catch any paint or glue spills.
- Place the 3 hanging frame face down onto your work surface. Pry the metal prongs up to release the frame backing, photo, and plastic protector. Remove these and bend the prongs the opposite direction so that they are flush up against the back of the frames. Do this with all three frames. Save or discard the frame backing materials as we will not be using them in this craft.
- Next, squeeze a small amount of each color of paint onto a paper plate or craft paint tray. Keep the colors separate from each other but squeeze enough out so that you have enough paint to paint one frame and one letter.
- Start painting your frames and letters. I alternated colors, for example on the frames I painted blue, red, and white. While on the Letters I painted white, blue, red. This will give the letters and frames a contrast against each other when we assemble our door hanger.
- Once all of the letters and frames are painted, set aside and allow to dry completely before proceeding to the next steps. Apple Barrel paint dries fairly quickly so let dry about 1 hour. Also, I only applied 1 coat of paint to my frames and letters but if you want I more opaque look feel free to add more coats of paint just remember to allow each coat to dry for 1 hour each.
- After all of the letters and frames are completely dry, it’s time to assemble our door hanger. With a hot glue gun, glue 1 letter to one frame to spell out “USA” and allow to dry.
- Once the letters are glued and dried, then it’s time to add the finishing touch of a festive bow at the top of the frame hanger. I want to add a flag somehow in our design other than the patriotic colors, and loved finding this flag ribbon at Walmart to create our bow. To create our bow, first cut 8 10″ strips of ribbon. The particular ribbon that I found I just cut after each blue stared square but if you use a different type of ribbon you’ll need to measure the length.
- After cutting the 8 10″ strips of ribbon I was left with 1 long 40″ strip of ribbon for our bow’s tail.
- Now to assemble our bow, I first place two strips in a cross with the pattern facing down. With the ribbon strip on the bottom I tied a single knot in the center of the other ribbon. I continued doing this by add another piece of ribbon and tying a single knot in the middle until all of the strips of ribbon were tied in the center. Turn the bow over, fluff and turn the ends of the ribbons so that that all of the piece of ribbons have the pattern side showing outward.
- Lastly, it was time to add the tail. I found the center of our long piece of ribbon and aligned it with the center of our bow. I tied a single knot then I placed the wire from our wire frame in the center of the knot and tied one more knot in the opposite direction (from the first single knot) around the wire to form a square knot. I love the way that this bow turned out. Does it remind you of fireworks, too?
- Your Patriotic Door Hanger is now complete and ready to be proudly displayed!
How will you be celebrating Memorial Day?