I love Summer, and I really love July 4th! Despite what goes on here, we are still the best and most blessed nation on earth! So, to celebrate, I made a super cute Uncle Sam hat/box. I hope you like!
I found some digital papers online and printed them off at home. I like the shades of the reds and blues in this collection. I believe they are from My Grafico. I'll have a link at the end of this post. I am totally in love with making rosettes and try to use them often. I chose 4-5 of the patterns and then cut them in 2 1/2 inch wide, 6 inch long strips, scored at half inch increments, and then pleated and glued end to end. Then closed it up to form the circle, pushed down gently to get the rosette. I used my hot glue gun to attach a circle to the top and the bottom to keep the rosette shape. Then cut another circle, slightly larger than the box, but smaller than the rosette, to layer on the top.
To make the box, I used a Lori Whitlock file from the Silhouette store. You can find a video tutorial on YouTube. I then picked my dies and stamps from My Creative Time and set about making the elements for the front of the box. I used some Martha Stewart glitter to add some cool sparkle. Happy 4th is embossed with white embossing powder.
I wrapped some red gross grain ribbon around the lid and tied a bow. I then created some wire springs and used hot glue to put the glittered stars on. I tucked the wire in behind the ribbon. It's snug enough that I didn't even have to glue them in place, but a dab of hot glue would make sure they stay put.
So, here are the things I used to make this piece.
There you have it....my list of ingredients. Pull out your stash and whip up some things to celebrate the 4th of July! The nice thing is, you can save this for Labor Day as well. And really, if you did this for Memorial Day, you could use it three times! Happy Crafting everyone!