USA Map Flag

 

american flag map decor square

 

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”

Albert Einstein

 

4th of july american flag map

 

Although I always celebrate the 4th of July, I have never decorated my home specifically for Independence Day before.  It was time to change that.

 

decoart products

 

If you remember from my DecoArt giveaway (which you can still enter), I received a box of Americana goodies to play with.  After some small purchases from the Target dollar spot and Goodwill, I was ready to create some patriotic décor.

 

american flag map materials

 

To make a USA Map Flag, you will need:

bamboo placemat

an old map of the US

Decoupage

foam brushes

scissors (if your map is much bigger than your placemat)

Americana paints in red, white, and blue

pearlizing medium (optional)

 

 

 

apply decoart decou-page

 

I chose to make my flag on a bamboo placemat that I bought in a package of 4 from the Target dollar spot.  You could easily make yours on a piece of scrap wood, some paint stirring sticks, or even a piece of sturdy cardboard.

 

Apply an even coat of Decoupage to your base surface.

 

coat the map with decou-page

 

Press the map onto the decoupaged surface and use your foam brush to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.  The Decoupage dries fairly quickly, but you will have enough time to get them all out.

 

Apply another coat of Decoupage over the map. Give it time to dry before moving on.

 

stick down corners

 

After it has dried, flip your placemat over and decoupage the edges down to the back side.  Pay special attention to the corners which will want to pop out at you.

 

Let it dry.

 

mix paints

 

After the decoupage medium has had time to dry, it is time to paint!

 

In order for the map to show through the painted flag, the paints need to be thinned.  I mixed together equal parts paint and decoupage medium.  I also added a small amount of Americana’s pearlizing medium to give the paint a little shimmer.

 

map flag detail

 

From there, it was just a matter of painting on the stars and stripes (or STAR and stripes in this case). 

 

Don’t be too precise with your lines or your flag will lose that “folk art” look.

 

map decor

 

It is that easy to add some festive Fourth of July décor to your home. 

red white and blue decor

 

Since maps are so trendy right now, this is easily a piece that could stay up in my kitchen past the holiday too.

 

What are your plans for the 4th?

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    I love this! Thank you for posting, I think I will give it a try! We are changing our living room to "Vintage Americana". I can't wait to add this!Adriana

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