My mantle needed a little red, white, and blue love so I whipped up this super easy
Patriotic Doily Banner.
And by super easy, I am so not joking. I let my Silhouette do all of the work!
I downloaded 3 doily images from the Silhouette library and staggered the images so that the 3 could be stacked on top of one another. Then I cut the images in half. I could easily cut the doilies in half myself after the Sihouette cuts them out, but this just saves me that step.
I cut each of the doilies out one at a time on red, white, and blue scrapbook paper.
I made sure to choose doilies with solid centers for my two bottom layers.
Now to glue all of my layers together.
I spread out some freezer paper (shiney side up) and layed out my largest doilies.
(And, yes, I totally used some of my son's blocks as anchors around the corners of the freezer paper!)
I used Mod Podge to glue the layers of doilies to one another.
In that magical way that Mod Podge works, it dried perfectly clear as you can see above.
It also gave my thin scrapbook paper an extra thickness.
I repeated the process glueing with all 8 doily sets.
With my scrapbook paper reinforced with the layer of Mod Podge, I was able to thread some thin ribbon through the holes of the red doilies so I could string them all together.
Just the coloring my mantle needed!
I'm thrilled with how they turned out!
I think I'll whip up a few more of these to string around in other places in the house.
Doily images from the Silhouette library:
Red - antique_doily_C00671_20509
White - antique_doily_C00669_20509
Blue - 3_set_doily_C00942_20509 (the largest of the 3)