Originally posted for Amelia and Me
grew up in a small town in California called Ridgecrest. Every summer
my grandma would direct a children's 4th of July program called "Our
Country Tis of Thee". Over 100 kids would participate and it was full of
music, dancing, and fun! There were elaborate costumes, props, and a
band to help celebrate our wonderful country and tell the story of our
country's birth to present! Some of my favorite memories come from that
year I wanted to create something new for my patriotic display,
something that was symbolic and handmade. My mind went right to my Cameo
as I thought about how I could use it to help me create this 'emotion' I
had. I hope this project with be a jumping point for you in making a
new patriotic item to display for the 4th or to create your own collage
of a memory!
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Silhouette Printable Canvas
'Our Country Tis of Thee' file (includes image and colonial stars)
3D Star Style 4 from the Silhouette Store
13 5-gallon Paint Sticks (Sherwin Williams will give them to you for free!)
Red, White and Blue Acrylic Paint
started by making a flag out of paint sticks (compliments of Sherwin
Williams). I painted them, glued them together with hot glue and added a
Colonial Star with my Silhouette. Here is a nice tip- I ran out of
transfer tape when making this project so I grabbed some cheap masking
tape and it worked perfectly!
I decided what items I wanted to include on my flag. I knew I wanted to
use the image/logo from 'Our Country Tis of Thee' but I wanted to make
it 'pop'! I decided this would be a good time for me to try out the
I set it up in Studio to be a print and cut.
However, my printer had a hard time accepting the thicker medium so I
had to hand push it through and it barely printed my image on the canvas
So, I resorted to hand cutting my image out. I hope you have better luck!
wanted to include the lyrics from two of my favorite songs. I first
thought I would just print out the sheet music and use that, but then I
had an idea! I typed up the lyrics using an old style font. Printed the
pages out and then aged them with coffee and tore the edges. Now the
songs were poems written from the past!
I then needed something more to make the flag come alive. I went searching in the Silhouette store and came across this fabulous 3-D star! I cut it out and followed the fabulous tutorial by the designer to assemble!
adding the star, I got out some washi tape to spuce up the papers.
Made a simple paper medallion and realized it still needed something
I remembered the costumes always had sequins on them. So shiny and fun! I located some and glued them on to my board
It was just the perfect finishing touch!!
I can't wait to display this! Not just for the 4th- it might be added
to my year round decor! Memories are sometimes just as real as the
experience. Being able to create this is always going to keep those
memories alive in my home. What memory are you going to collage?