Our home has a lot of patriotic themed décor. Not only because I love the combination of red, white and blue together, but because my husband is a veteran.
Over the last twenty seven years of marriage, we have slowly collected patriotic artwork and décor with battle scenes of historic civil war battles, paratroopers, and our latest is a special edition print for the 278th Army Calvary Regiment which he served with in Iraq.
We display these things because it is so much more than just being an Army veteran, but it stems from a love of God, our country and honor for those who have served before him.
I love to decorate our home for the warmer summer months with little touches of red, white and blue. Not only can you leave them up from Memorial Day until Labor Day, but they also provide a festive touch to regular family gatherings.
This month I have embarked on a creative endeavor to make a patriotic themed project for each week during the month.. A few are quick and easy projects but a couple require a bit more time, for instance, the Four Sided Patriotic Blocks I worked on this week.
For this project you will need:
- Artminds™ Whittler’s Kit
- Acrylic paints in Navy, White, and Red
- Painters Pens in Navy, White, Red and Silver
- Craft brushes in various sizes
- Vinyl letters and stickers if desired
- PolyAcrylic top coat in semi-gloss
I chose the Artminds™ Whittler’s Kit because it comes with three precut wood blocks in different sizes. No cutting or sawing required for three different sizes of blocks to stack together. I painted each block entirely in one color of the red, white or blue. I found that this took several coats to get a nice paint cover.
The next step is entirely up to you. I chose to use a method of creating the words for the blocks on my computer, printing them out and then cutting out each individual word as a template. Using colored chalk on the back of the word template, I then traced over the original side with a pencil on the wood to leave a chalk image of the word to fill in with paint.
This method is fairly easy but took much longer than I had planned. And it did not give me clean crisp lines for the letters that I wanted. But I had already committed myself too far in to this process to change it at the last minute. If I ever make a set for another holiday or for inspiration, I will shop for vinyl letters in different fonts and colors to stick to the blocks. This would also be less time consuming than painting each individual letter and word.
I chose to create four sides to each block to be able to create several different patriotic sayings to display and change as I liked throughout the summer months.
“Pray for our Troops”
“God Bless America”
“Pray for America”
“God for America”
“Faith Family Freedom”
“Home of the Brave”
“Pray for Freedom”
“God Bless our Troops”
Any combination of words and sayings can be painted on each side of the blocks. The trick is to plan them out beforehand on which side of the block so that you get the words in the right order when stacked.
I can already imagine making a set of these blocks with portions of Bible verses or daily reminders of God’s love, faithfulness and provision. Every day you can rearrange the blocks for new inspiration.
I may leave this set of blocks out all year!
Donna Powell is a Christian wife and mother, and a Certified Interior Designer. After leaving a demanding career to take care of her father, Donna now spends most of her time blogging about home decor and renovating her mid-century modern home located in the hills of East Tennessee. Her blog can be found at www.modernonmonticello.com She has been married to Brian for 27 years, an Army veteran and Physician Assistant working in Neurosurgery. Donna and Brian have two grown children. When they aren’t renovating their rental property or planning a future in flipping houses, they also take in abused and rescue animals and currently have four dogs, a cat, and a rabbit.
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