If you are looking for easy patriotic craft ideas for all ages here are some you’ll love! For these budget-friendly decor projects, only a few items are needed! You can download the “free printable” images here & get started creating!
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Printing on Brown Paper Grocery Bags
I printed these images out on a brown paper grocery bag for something different. You can cut pieces of the bag the same size as a standard sheet of copy paper 8.5″x11″ and these printables are ready to download and print!
The bags I used were thick enough to go through the printer without a problem. To avoid a jam, I did iron them prior because mine were very wrinkled. If your paper is thin or you’re concerned about a paper jam, you can cut your bag slightly smaller and tape the edges to a piece of cardstock or copy paper and run it through the printer.
If you like the “aged” look of the grocery bag but don’t have one on hand some other alternatives are to use a lunch bag, tea/coffee-stained copy paper, kraft paper, or use watered down brown acrylic paint to stain paper prior to printing.
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A Few Things to Create using Paper Bags
Did you know you can even sew a paper bag? It is a great way to teach kids how to hand sew or use a sewing machine! You can use just about any glue to adhere to a paper bag even a glue stick.
- Name or Gift Tag
- Junk Journal Embellishments
- Mini Bag
- Drink Coaster
- Fillers for Tier Tray & Bowls
- Insert for Photo Frames
Materials & Tools for Patriotic Crafts
- brown paper grocery bags OR any paper you choose
- printer (I used a basic inkjet printer)
- dishwasher safe Mod Podge
- image download
Images are sized and ready to download and print for the projects shown. Images CAN be resized easily (I use Canva.com) for other projects.
Folded Paper Flag Printable
Fold over, insert a stick or dowel & glue to make mini flags to wave or place in plants or wreaths!
1776 Patriotic Squares – Free Printable
These images are perfect to create DIY coasters! Just print, and apply two coats of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge!
Lord Heal Our Land – Free Printable
I used this image on an upcycled wooden tray, you could use a photo frame to create a tray or add some knobs for feet and create a riser!
Patriotic Crafts – Hearts & Stars
This set can be used to create tags, embellishments or even stuffed as bowl fillers. They can even be used as decoupage paper!
For more Printable Patriotic Paper Decorations:
Eagle Clock & Tag – Patriotic Crafts
I cut the “Home of the free, because of the brave”, out & used it as a tag. I like using clock face images to upcycle anything from plates to cd’s.
You will find more vintage inspired clockface in this post Vintage Inspired Clockface Image Projects where you will find 22 more FREE PRINTABLES!
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Circle USA Flags – Patriotic Paper Crafts
These USA flag circles are ready to download, print and be applied to a DVD or cd to create coasters or hang as a decoration!
To make your coasters waterproof just apply two coats of Dishwasher-Safe Mod Podge (bottle says it takes 28 days to fully cure). I used my coasters the next day & didn’t have any issues, I dried them off after use and they are ready to use again.
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USA Bunting & Stars Printable
Very simple to create a USA decorative bunting using this printable. Cut a piece of string to the desired length for your banner. Create a small crease by folding down the top edge of the paper, apply a generous amount of Mod Podge or hot glue then place string inside of crease. You can use clips or clothes pins to keep the edge folded over until it dries if needed.
The stars can be used as embellishments to any project you choose.
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- Polycrylic Sealer by Minwax (Brush on)
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- Lavender (faux) is AMAZING for the price
- Oil-based Paint Marker by Sharpie (set of 3)
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge (gloss) 8oz. – Regular Mod Podge (matte) 16oz.
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