Sunday, June 14, 2015

Patriotic Simple Gift

I will admit it.....anything red, white and blue catches my eye.  I love the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, etc.  We fly our flag on any patriotic holiday!

With the Fourth of July just down the road, I took a look at my red, white, and blue decorations.  I really did like the plant wrappers that I made a few weeks ago (see our Simple Gift Update or Simple Gift posts) so thought I would make one for the patriotic summer holidays.

I am short on sponges so I actually found a new car wash sponge in the garage (yes, a car wash sponge) and used a template (for scrap booking) I had of a star to cut a star-shaped sponge.

I cut it about an inch thick so that I could have a firm hold on it.

I then added red, white, blue, and silver acrylic craft paint to parchment paper as my palette.

I cut a brown paper lunch bag to fit over my mint plant.  I used a pair of scrap booking scissors.  I then dipped my sponge in each color, rinsing it with warm water after each color.

I used the slightly rounded end of a paint brush to "dot" paint around the stars.  Of course, I allowed each side of the bag to dry before turning it over to paint the other side.

After drying, I placed the plant inside the wrapper and tied it with craft ribbon.  This is really a simple craft but kind of fun.  I think this would make a nice hostess gift when going to a Fourth of July barbecue!
I hope that you will give it a try.  People who have received these as gifts really think they are quite cute!

Please check out the blog hops and link parties I am enjoying and participating in this week:


  1. Very cute! A good idea that you can adapt to any gift occasion.

  2. I've chosen your patriotic gift idea as my weekly bonus feature for the Happiness is Homemade Link Party. Stop by Sunday to see your picture and description! Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers

  3. Thanks for sharing this cute idea. I'm always giving plants away and this would be perfect.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 594. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This is such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing with us at The Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #39.


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