2X4 decor for 4th of July

A 2×4 Flag!

Just what you’ve been waiting for:)  another 2×4 idea!

Why the obsession  with 2×4 decor?  They are so cheap to make and fun to give!  All the ugly scraps of wood need is a little crafting love and wala – inexpensive home decor or thrifty gifts!

Just think how fun this would be to give this summer to a random person or as a gift to someone who you were thinking of.

Get together with a bunch of girlfriends and whip out 10 of them and then go doorbell ditching.  Imagine grown women doorbell ditching!  What a blast.  OH how you could make someone’s day without having to spend that much money!

Wood= Free (Just ask around.  There are always scrap 2x4s somewhere that would love to go to a good home)

Vinyl = $1.50 ‘ish’ I used some scraps I had around, but you can get them for super cheap…keep reading.

Paper and supplies =$3

Ribbon = $3

Serves: 10 complete flag gifts

=$0.759 per gift

=10 smiles you brought to 10 different people

Get out there and craft!

2X4 decor for 4th of July

These beauties were hanging out in my garage.   I recruited my sister into dreaming up another idea with a 2×4.  Thanks Annie for answering the HowDoesShe? question on a 2×4 decor idea!

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Do you like the #7?  It was once the 7 inch block that went to My Favorite Things post.

After cutting them down, here are the measurements:

3 -3.5×3.5 inch block

2 – 7 inch blocks

2X4 decor for 4th of JulyChoose some red white (or cream) and blue paper

And cut it out the size of your wood.

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Mod Podge  it on.

If you need to know how to mod podge click here for 10 steps for perfect mod podging.

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Sand the edges of your block.

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Cut your vinyl.

If you need a cutter we recommend Silhouette (which we have some news that is going to blow you away…it’s coming.  Just wait!)

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Vinyl lettering  info:

Black vinyl

Larger Mime font

6 inches long and 1.2 inches tall

For the star:

We just used something that was found in my computer ‘library.’

It was 2.8 inches x 2.8 inches.  We didn’t tweeze out the middle, hence the solid black star.  We know flag stars are white, but we had black vinyl and we like how it turned out:)

After you cut the vinyl, you have to pull the backing off or ‘tweeze’ it.

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Make sure to pull out all the centers of the letters.2X4 decor for 4th of July

Apply your backer paper.  If you don’t have any on hand, you can use the blue painter’s tape found at the hardware store.  Rub over it so the letters will stick to the backer paper

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Pull off the white part and put on your wood.  Press over it again and pull the backer paper off.  Did you know you can reuse backer paper? {{ I use mine about 4-5 times before it becomes ‘unsticky’.}}

2X4 decor for 4th of July

Finished fast and easy!  Thanks again Annie for sharing your

cheap home decor

ideas with us!  Next time I hope to get a good picture of your face:)

Happy FLAG day!


Happy almost 4th of July!

The Super Power Annie wants

To be in 2 places at the same time!

Five Fun Facts about Annie

1.  She and her husband found out she could get pregnant three weeks after they adopted their sweet baby! (Congrats!!!)

2.  She can eat an entire bag of Mother’s Animal Cookies (the ones with the frosting and sprinkles) in a day.

3.  She loves crafting.

4.  She loves a clean home.

5.  She is married to an amazing man who doesn’t care how many bags of cookies she eats!

 2X4 decor for 4th of July

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    1. June 14th, 2010 at 5:38 am
      Philip @ RAOP says:
      Very nice. We have done similar in our house but my wife paints the blocks with acrylics. I have the joy of making the blocks and distressing them when she is done. It is amazing how nice 2x4s can look. Thanks for another great idea!!
      .-= Philip @ RAOP´s last blog ..What Is The Right Family Size =-.
    2. June 14th, 2010 at 6:11 am
      Kim says:
      what a fun idea! and inexpensive!

      Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
      party inspiration
    3. June 14th, 2010 at 7:24 am
      shelly (cookies and cups) says:
      Absolutely adorable! Can't wait for your Silhouette announcement :)
      .-= shelly (cookies and cups)´s last blog ..Running and Roca =-.
      • June 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm
        Alison says:
        Woo it's going to be a good one!
    4. June 14th, 2010 at 7:28 am
      Christine (iDreamofClean) says:
      What a cute idea! So creative!!
      .-= Christine (iDreamofClean)´s last blog ..Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash =-.
    5. June 14th, 2010 at 7:33 am
      Missy says:
      I like the paper - fun idea!
    6. June 14th, 2010 at 7:34 am
      Amy Deschamp says:
      Great idea!! I am hoping your announcement means its now MAC compatible!!
      .-= Amy Deschamp´s last blog ..Baby Crafts: Bow Holder =-.
      • June 14th, 2010 at 10:01 am
        Alison says:
        Nope it's not that...I keep buggin' them about that though!
    7. June 14th, 2010 at 7:34 am
      Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas says:
      I love it!!
    8. June 14th, 2010 at 7:43 am
      Holy Cannoli Recipes says:
      I think that this is a great idea. I love how easy it is to make too. It is something that I could do and I am hardly crafty at all.
      .-= Holy Cannoli Recipes´s last blog ..Spicy Macaroni and Cheese =-.
    9. June 14th, 2010 at 7:50 am
      Briana N. says:
      Very cute! I'll have to make a few of these up this summer for relatives!
    10. June 14th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
      Mod Podge Amy says:
      This is too cute! I'm going to put it in my 4th of July roundup - whatever day that ends up being. . . :D
      • June 14th, 2010 at 9:36 pm
        Alison says:
        Yea! Thanks Amy!!!!
    11. June 14th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
      Gail says:
      I receive your emails and definitely enjoy them!
    12. June 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
      Shannon Spath says:
      I LOVE it and will definitely be making a number of them. How cute!!!! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I love to "borrow" them!
    13. June 14th, 2010 at 2:19 pm
      Lisa says:
      What a super cute and easy gift.
      Gotta love that.
    14. June 14th, 2010 at 6:35 pm
      suzanne says:
      Oh that is really cute! And maybe you'll be doing a giveaway for one???? Ooooohhh.

      .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Real Simple =-.
    15. June 14th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
      Janina says:
      Very Cute! Thinking I might need to make one as I have everything needed and need more 4th of July decor.
      One question... Where do you find the clear backing paper/tape? I love it!
      • June 14th, 2010 at 9:34 pm
        Alison says:
        You can get it from expressionsvinyl.com or use blue painters tape:)
    16. June 14th, 2010 at 9:20 pm
      Sharon Osborn says:
      Please please please tell me that what is coming is the MAC version of the Sillouette...I have been waiting so very patiently!
      • June 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm
        Alison says:
        Not yet...I think it should be soon though! Shelley has a mac and it's driving her crazy too.
    17. June 14th, 2010 at 10:10 pm
      Shan says:
      LOVE THESE! I had my husband cutting up 2X4's within minutes of seeing this post! Question- what kind of sander are you using, obviously not just sand paper....?
      • June 15th, 2010 at 6:40 am
        Alison says:
        I use a 4 inch power sander. I L.O.V.E. it!!! You can use sandpaper, but I like to do it quick!
        • June 15th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
          Shan says:
          Awesome! Thanks!
    18. June 14th, 2010 at 10:18 pm
      MJ says:
      Whar a great idea! I definately have some 2x4 scraps around this house. Even if I didnt, could prob run to local home improvement store like Lowe's and get a scrap from lumber cart for $.50. I made my raised garden beds from odd pieces of pre cut lumber. wonderful idea and im definately going to try it.
      .-= MJ´s last blog ..MANIC MONDAY.....MARSHALL'S STYLE =-.
    19. June 14th, 2010 at 11:25 pm
      Sam says:
      Oh My! This is adorable!! I love it!
      .-= Sam´s last blog ..Look What I Did! =-.
    20. June 15th, 2010 at 4:57 am
      beth anne says:
      i wish you rang my bell! that is wonderful!
      .-= beth anne´s last blog ..fathers day part 1 of ???? =-.
    21. June 15th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
      Ashley says:
      I love this!! Great idea!!

      I am sharing this on my site july 1st if you don't mind. Feel free to check it out and grab my "featured" button www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

      Thanks for you continued posting of fabulous ideas!

    22. June 15th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
      Kimberly @ Attempting Creative says:
      Love love this! Too bad there's not much time left for crafting before the 4th! I'll totally have to work on some stuff THIS weekend! Thanks for sharing.
    23. June 15th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
      Kristina says:
      I love this idea. Where did you buy the paper, I love it!
    24. June 16th, 2010 at 9:34 am
      Jennifer says:
      LOVE THIS!! I would love for you to ring my bell too! (**that sounds like I'm saying something different! he he). Great idea!! Can't wait to try it out!
    25. June 16th, 2010 at 8:38 pm
      Michelle @ Sweet Something says:
      Great project! Doorbell ditch over here!! :)
    26. June 17th, 2010 at 11:33 am
      nancy says:
      I just love this idea. I do have a cricut expression and would love to know what fonts you use. I have gone back through most of the 2x4's and checked the comments and have found some. Would you be kind enough to mention what font is used when you do the projects and what size you have them set at. It would make it so much easier for me then wasting good vinyl trying to get it sized properly. The fonts are what make it soooo cute to me. They just seem to fit so perfectly. I am tired of wasting materials. THANKS. What is the font used for the 4th by the way?
    27. June 17th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
      Nancy says:
      Very cool...I have the perfect paper to do this and since I don't have vinyl I will try the transfering of words with packaging tape. Thanks!
    28. June 20th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
      Liz@Its A Blog Party says:
      Thanks so much for sharing on Blog Party! I have been dying to do a projects with vinyl letters!
      .-= Liz@Its A Blog Party´s last blog ..Weekend Warriors ~ Week #2 =-.
    29. June 21st, 2010 at 12:38 pm
      Liz@Its A Blog Party says:
      Such a great idea! It looks amazing!
      Thanks for linking up!
      .-= Liz@Its A Blog Party´s last blog ..Weekend Warriors ~ Week #2 =-.
    30. June 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 pm
      Tif says:
      I love this!
    31. June 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 pm
      Megan says:
      love this! what a cute idea! I hope you don't mind, I'm featuring this on crazydomestic.com tomorrow! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    32. June 25th, 2010 at 2:46 pm
      Liz@Its A Blog Party says:
      I shared your flag with my readers on Blog Party for the Fourth of July Linky Party!

      .-= Liz@Its A Blog Party´s last blog ..Fourth of July Party =-.
    33. June 26th, 2010 at 10:10 am
      Tracie says:
      Making one of these too. I'm an Army Wife and I'm going to be making these for my friends.
      .-= Tracie´s last blog ..Purse-Diaper Bag Tutorial =-.
    34. June 30th, 2010 at 5:49 pm
      Liberty Cameron says:
      Love the blocks. We made a version last week and thought we would link back you to. Thanks for the great idea.

    35. July 1st, 2010 at 1:19 pm
      Nicole says:
      For those of us without a vinyl machine (sniff, sniff) why not skip the vinyl and just print it on your paper with your printer???
      • July 1st, 2010 at 1:44 pm
        Alison says:
        YES! Thanks for adding that...and I hope you win a vinyl cutter soon:)
    36. July 3rd, 2010 at 2:29 am
      Krista @ The Dabbling Crafter says:
      Linked back to your project..love it and can't wait to try it! (also agree with some other comments about this being a great gift...maybe a hostess gift for a Fourth of July party?)
      .-= Krista @ The Dabbling Crafter´s last blog ..Idea Thief- 4th of July Home Decor =-.
    37. August 13th, 2010 at 12:01 am
      Cleanroom Curtains says:
      Amazing. You are very creative. Thank you for sharing it.
      I'll share it also with my friends.
    38. October 16th, 2010 at 4:38 pm
      John J says:
      Cute blocks! I have some old wood scraps in the garage. I think this will be my afternoon project tomorrow. Cheap and easy, my daughter will love this. Thanks.
    39. March 24th, 2011 at 7:18 am
      Victor M. Settle says:
      Wow! these old scrappy wood are impressive I might say. since you're one of a magician yourself, I need some advice and suggestion on this www.woodenblindsforwindows.org I am actually in need of a blind for my new house and this is one of the best sites that I have gone through so far. Since you're well with wood, I want to hear from you about this. Hoping for your response! Great day.
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