I’ve been a little obsessed with vintage stuff lately. I have a pretty awesome collection of vintage figurines, plates, and kitchenware. As the 4th of July approaches, I’ve been finding really adorable old patriotic decorations on Ebay and Etsy. Since I’m good about sticking to my ‘vintage collection budget’, I decided to come up with a way to make my own vintage 4th of July decorations.
These paper crafts are super-easy to make. If you are glitter-adverse like I was when my kids were younger (it’s still in my couch cushions!!!) then omit the glitter and simply paint the paper with red and blue water colors.
You might even already have everything you need at home. If not, head out to your local dollar store to get the rest!
Round coffee filters
8 inch doilies
Water based paints (watercolors or acrylics)
Optional – spray adhesive
Print and cut out one or more of the vintage art printables above.
To make sure they are the correct size, be sure to tell your printer to print at 100%. Most printers will ‘shrink to fit’ the images – that will still work, but they will be smaller.
Put a small line of glue around the edge and dust glitter on it.
Paint one coffee filter in red or blue. The center is covered so you can leave that part dry if you want.
Let it dry. (Or use a blow dryer if you are impatient like me!)
Put a small line of glue around the edge and dust a different color of glitter on it.
Cut a 12-14 inch piece of ribbon and fold it in a V. Glue it on the bottom of the coffee filter.
Either use spray adhesive or paint glue onto the doily. Dust glitter around the edges – you can again avoid the middle to save glitter and time.
Once everything is dry, you can star sandwiching the layers together with glue:
Put the coffee filter with ribbon on the bottom, next the doily, and finally the vintage artwork on top. And you’re done!
You can print out the vintage artwork at a smaller size and use cupcake liners instead of coffee filters. Just make sure to also buy smaller doilies!