I really love the 4th of July. Probably because it means summer is here and we get to get yummy grilled food and watch fireworks. But also because I love to celebrate America and all the wonderful ways I’ve been blessed as a citizen. We like to show our American pride with decorations like our DIY Patriotic Pillow or our Red, White and Blue Ruffle Skirt. Whether you are American, or from another country, we all love to show pride in where we live and who we are. That is what patriotic holidays are all about.
When it came time to start thinking about putting up my 4th of July decorations, I knew I needed some new ones. We’ve lived in our home for 2 years, but I’ve yet to get my holiday decorations filled in. I knew I wanted to do a DIY God Bless America sign. So I turned to pinterest and to my Cricut Maker for some ideas and inspiration.
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I tried a few different things like doing the liberty bell but it wasn’t ringing true for me. (Get it, ringing true.) That’s when I decided to use the idea of the American flag and the silhouette of the United States. I used the knock-out method to make my patriotic sign for adding the text on the country and stars. I really love how it turned out.
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I wanted not just to share my sign with you, but you can get the SVG files for my sign for free in our free Subscriber library OR my Cricut Design Space. Just head on over and grab them for yourself. I also put together a little tutorial video below so you can see for yourself how I did it.
Paint your wooden slats different colors. If you paint the slat white, you’ll paint over it with either red or blue. If you paint it red or blue, you’ll paint over it with white.
You'll notice in the video how I have a small square on the bottom right hand side in red, that is for the word “love”.
Cut out your God Bless America SVG files. You can grab them for free in our GYCT Subscriber Library. Use your Cricut Maker to cut them out.
Weed your pieces and put them onto the transfer paper. Transfer to your wooden sign.
Tip: If you don’t want your design to bleed, you can paint a little bit of Mod Podge around your letters to help them stick better. I want more of a vintage, weathered look so I didn’t mind the bleeding.
Paint over your vinyl pieces using the directions in step 1 as your guide. Let it dry completely.
Peel off your vinyl pieces.
Sand down your design with some sandpaper.
That’s it! Now you have a sign to add to your mantel, porch or wall to celebrate America.