Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2x4 Firecracker Tutorial

I LOVE 4th of July decorations! Probably more than the average person I am sure. These were super easy and fun to make!
All you need is...
3 2x4 chunks cut at random heights ( I just plucked 3 from my big box of wood scraps)
red, white and blue paint
tape, stickers or vinyl
foam paintbrush
sander
any dark stain
hammer and a thick nail
rusty (or not rusty) wire

I started out painting all 3 blocks with an off white spray paint. I use Rustoleum 2x coverage in Heirloom White. It's my go to spray paint!
So after those all dried, I taped off stripes, and stuck some random vinyl stars on one. Then I painted over the other parts of the blocks with the red and blue paint.
When that paint was dry I removed the tape and vinyl. The lines weren't perfect, but that was fine with me because I wanted the vintage-y look. Anyways so then I sanded around the edges and rubbed some stain on them.
For the wire sparks, I took some old wire my husband had in the garage, cut it into some short peices and curled them around a pencil. Then I took a large nail and hammered 3 holes into the tops of the blocks and stuck the wire in.
that brought me to this point. They were cute, but a little too plain for my taste. SO I raided my craft room, and found some netting and metal numbers to spruce them up a bit!
I was really happy with how they turned out! And even happier that they costed me nothing!

10 comments:

Maria Nielson said...

You always have such cute deccoorrrrrr :)

Mindy said...

lvoe love love! quick question: do you know where you can get 'scrap wood' chunks like that? with out paying tons? we are not a wood crafting/cutting people, but i want to make this!! ha!

Karen said...

I love them! A different twist and they look fabulous!! Love the wire, netting and metal number. Great job!!
www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

Mindie Hilton said...

I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
Hope to see you soon.
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come strut your stuff

Michelle said...

They turned out cute. I really like the addition of the 4. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

shopannies said...

super cute

Catch A Falling Star said...

They are adorable!
I have a love for 4th of July too!

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. Hope to see you again this week. Love your patriotic decor :)

Amanda said...

I've put together a round up of fun 4th of July projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/6-fun-projects-for-the-4th-of-july/

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Denise said...

I just adore this project! I featured it this morning!


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