6.26.2012

Sweet Land of Liberty {Free Printable}

We’ve had a rainy couple of days in Savannah so in between a whole lot of shopping and an afternoon at the movies, I put together this patriotic Sweet Land of Liberty canvas to decorate the porch mantle for the fourth of July holiday!
June 2012 514 June 2012 519 June 2012 515 June 2012 517 I had planned to order a canvas online but at this late stage in the game, I couldn’t get one in time AND I really didn’t want to spend a hundred dollars plus shipping for something that is seasonal decor on an outdoor porch!  So…Mother and I brainstormed a way to DIY the canvas.  It only took a couple of hours and cost about $40 to make (I already had mod podge.)
1. Gather supplies – you'll need:
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18x24 canvas (I purchased half off at AC Moore)
2 pages of 8.5 x 11 scrapbook paper OR a little paint for the edges (If I had it to do over, I would have just painted my edges aqua rather than cutting and mod podging the sides.)
Matte mod podge
Large 18x24 photo print.  (Staples printed mine on photo paper for $20 in about an hour.  Sign up for their rewards card to get 5% off.)
Paint brush
Scissors or paper cutter
2. Cut your scrapbook paper into strips sized to fit the depth of your canvas.  Mine was 1 3/8”.
3. Use mod podge to adhere scrapbook paper around edges of canvas.  Just follow the directions on the jar.  I used a spatula to smooth out any bumps and wrinkles in the paper.
June 2012 509 4. Coat the top of canvas with a nice layer of mod podge.  Press picture down and smooth out any wrinkles. (See that lovely spatula?  It’s older than me and I had no idea how my parents prized it until I got a little mod podge on it.)
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June 2012 511 5. Brush on another coat of mod podge right over the front of the picture and around all sides.  I did mine with a back and forth stroke so that it would leave brush marks when dried.
June 2012 512 6. I let mine dry overnight and gave it a new coat this morning.  It only took about 15 minutes to dry and looks fantastic!!!

If you’d like to make your own canvas, or just have it printed out and mounted on foam board, download the file for FREE here!!
Sweet Land of Liberty

We saw Madagascar 3 yesterday and LOVED it.  Who knew animals could be so hilarious!?!?  If this rain doesn’t move on out we’ll probably do Brave today.
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Rain, rain GO AWAY!
xoxo

7 comments:

  1. Love your canvas!!! Very cute (plus I am addicted to red!) Sorry for all the rain...my daughter saw Brave Sat. night (in a very packed theater) and LOVED it. So you all should go see it if the sun does not come out for you.

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  2. Your sign is so adorable. I just love the creativeness that you bring into your home. I read your blog all the time and so does my blog partner/daughter.

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  3. Oh this is beautiful -- one of my favorite ways to decorate is with phrases from seasonal songs -- thanks for the printable!

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  4. Thats awesome. I really enjoyed reading through your blog!

    Come say hi over at http://crazydayscrazynightsblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. What a gorgeous idea! What an inspirational post! I would love it if you share this awesome post at our What's It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh this is absolutely perfect, love it. I'll take your rain, we need some so bad. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Love it! I like the print on the paper on the side but I understand preferring paint! :)
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! I pinned for next year and am featuring this tomorrow!
    Happy 4th!

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