USA Banner for July 4

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Ever wonder what to do with old jeans you no longer wear? This is a great DIY project that uses jean pockets to create an adorable patriotic banner to hang on July 4. The project was inspired by the blog, That’s What Che Said.

Supplies

  • 2 pairs of jeans that have back pockets in similar sizes (without designs)
  • Scissors
  • Alphabet stencils (I used 3 ½” stencils from a craft store)
  • Tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Blue paint (fabric or multi-surface paint)
  • White paint
  • Red paint
  • Red, white and blue glitter (optional)
  • Red, white and blue rhinestones
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Red, white and/or blue ribbon
  • Felt stars in complementary colors (I used precut felt stars with adhesive backing – easy!)
  • Red tissue paper (optional)

Directions

  • Cut out three back pockets just under the pocket seams. Keep the back part of the jeans so they are still functioning pockets.
  • Place a “U” stencil on one pocket, “S” stencil on another and “A” on the third pocket. Tape stencils down so they don’t move.
  • With stencils in place, paint the letters on to the pockets with red, white and blue paint.
  • Optional: While paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter (in coordinating colors) on each letter or after paint has dried, brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
  • Remove stencils once paint has dried.
  • Glue rhinestones on each corner of pocket and bottom tip in coordinating colors.
  • Lay out ribbon, pockets and stars and space accordingly (approximate spacing between pockets is 3”). Ribbon ends can be any length you choose.
  • Glue ribbon to back side of pocket—do not glue the pocket closed!
  • Adhere stars on both sides of each pocket.
  • Optional: Place a piece of red tissue paper in each pocket and arrange so it’s sticking out.

You’re ready to decorate for Fourth of July! Hang your decorative banner on a mantle, wall, on the patio or in a doorway.

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Diana Buell is a local mom and crafter at heart. To see the original project that inspired her, visit www.thatswhatchesaid.net/JEAN-POCKET-USA-BUNTING.

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