Patriotic door decor for the Fourth of July and other US holidays.
This large wood USA map is a great piece for door decor or to hang on your wall. I made this piece to enter DecoArt’s 1st Annual Paintriotic Contest. The USA wood shape is from Walnut Hollow, and all the paints are by DecoArt.
Base coat the entire map with white paint. I used DecoArt’s Satin Enamels paint in a color called Pure White. This paint offers really nice coverage, and I only needed two applications to achieve a solid white background. Since this is a rough cut pallet I had to work the paint into some of the more jagged edges with a smaller brush.
After the white paint dried, I used painter’s tape to make the stripes on the flag. To make the spaces even, use a small piece of the tape to make sure you space the stripes equally.
I used a star die shape with my Sizzix Big Shot to cut stars out of vinyl. I placed the vinyl stars on the top left corner of the map.
It takes a little time but this tip will save you so much time later! Paint over the tape strips and vinyl with white paint. This will “bleed” under the tape and seal the edges really nicely. This is especially important with an uneven surface like this rough pallet wood. Let the white paint dry completely.
I used DecoArt’s Americana Satins in True Blue to paint over the stars in the top left rectangle.
I used Americana paint in True Red to paint over the stripes.
This is what it looked like while I let it dry. I waited for the paint to dry before removing the tape and vinyl.
After I removed the tape and vinyl, I used some ribbon with my Bowdabra tool to make a bow to finish the piece off with. I stapled the bow to the wood shape. I tied knots in a piece of jute rope and stapled the ends to the back of the map so I could hang the piece. This patriotic door decor is perfect for Fourth of July and other US holidays. Have fun crafting and creating!