Seems like a strange name for a craft blog, right? Well, I have always felt a little bit shy, or afraid to share my creativenss. When making something fabulous and someone compliments me, I usually play it off like it is no big deal. I have been a 'closet crafter' for too long! No more apologies! No more excuses! I love to craft and I am not ashamed!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Musical Stars and Stripes

It is Memorial Day today, and I would like to give my thanks to all of the men and women who have served, or are currently serving for my freedoms!  I can not even think of what life might be like if not for their bravery and service!  My Grandpa served in the Navy on the USS Nevada during WWII and was serving during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Such selfless dedication to our country!  I am so proud to be an American!  I hope you all have safe and fun Memorial Day!

Now, onto a project that I did with my girls!
The original idea is from the Family Fun Website.  For complete instructions, check out the link.
I knew it would be something pretty easy that my 8-yr old could handle, for the most part, on her own.
I picked up supplies at JoAnn's and we got to work!


Regular and decorative scissors
Red, white, and blue craft foam
Small hole punch
White paint
Small paintbrush or star stamp
30 small paper clips (ours were red, white, and blue)
12-inch wooden skewer with the sharp tips cut off
Ribbon or wire
13 bells (ours were 3/4 inch in size)
We made a few changes to the list:
Sticky Backed Jewels to use for the 'stars'
Metallic pipe cleaners instead of paper clips
First, we cut out a 4 x 4 1/2 square of blue craft foam.  My daughter went to town with the jewels making her design up as she went!
I measured and marked with pencil our white and red stripes and K used the decorative scissors to cut them out.
When we had all of the strips cut out, I used the hole punch to make a hole at the top and bottom of each strip, and along the top and bottom of the blue square. 
Next, K cut the pipecleaner into about 2 in strips.  We then used silver and bronze to attach the bells and the strips to the blue piece.  We used gold pipe cleaner to attach it all to our dowel.  We also used pipe cleaner to make the hanger for the flag.
Here is K showing off her work!
We hung it on our sliding glass door on our patio.  We now have a fabulous wind chime! 
This is my little one, who wanted in on the fun!
I used scraps to cut out the pieces of the flag and let her glue them all together.  Then, she used stickers and markers to accessorize!

We had fun making flags to hang around our house!  It is always fun to do crafts with my girls!
Happy Memorial Day!

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  1. This is really cute. My kids will love giving it a try. Found you through The Creative Girls New Friend Friday list.

  2. Very cute, crafty ideas and cute blog! I'm visiting from Girl Creative New Friend Friday :)

  3. How fun is that, my kiddos would love it!

  4. Ashley,
    Awesome project! I'll have to remember that one for when little man gets older. Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
    have a safe and happy holiday!

  5. Thanks so much for showing how great this can turn out!! It's so patriotic!


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