Patriotic Crafts

Patriotic Crafts

These projects were contributed by Crafter's Community.

Stars & Stripes Shirt

You will need:

  • Cotton or cotton-blend T-shirt
  • Red and blue fabric paints
  • Paint brush
  • Stiff paper or light cardboard for star templates
  • Heavy aluminum foil or shirt size cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape - 2 inch wide


Prewash and iron the T-shirt.

Fold the T-shirt in half lengthwise to find the center; mark with tape. Place foil or cardboard inside the shirt to stiffen the fabric and protect the back. Smooth the front of the shirt flat.

Cut off a strip of masking tape a little wider then the width of the shirt. Place it across the front of the shirt so the bottom of the tape meets the bottom of both sleeves. Place another strip of tape down the center front of the shirt between the previous tape and the bottom of the shirt. Measure 2-inches on each side of the center tape and mark lightly with a pencil. Place two more strips of tape with the edges along your marks so all strips of tape are 2-inches away from each other. Continue placing strips of tape in this manner across the shirt (see fig. 1). These will be your guidelines for painting the stripes.

Cut a star out of a piece of light cardboard. Use this star template to trace a star in the center of the shirt above the stripes. Trace two more stars on each side and slightly above the center star.

Paint the stars with blue fabric paint. Paint the stripes between the strips of tape red. Let dry for several hours. Remove the tape and the foil or cardboard from inside the shirt.

Press: Heat-set the paint if required by the paint manufacturer.

Patriotic Painted Pot


  • Small clay pot and saucer
  • 1-inch wooden ball
  • Red, white and blue acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Glue gun
  • Glossy spray varnish


Paint entire saucer blue. Paint outside of the pot's rim blue. Paint remainder of the pot white. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat of blue and white paint to pot and saucer.

Apply strips of masking tape evenly spaced vertically from rim to base of pot. Paint stripes with two coats of red paint. Allow to dry and carefully remove tape.

Create a star on thin cardboard to use as a pattern. Trace star outlines evenly spaced around rim of pot. Paint stars white.

Sand wooden ball in one spot to make a flat area. Paint ball white. Glue flat area to center bottom of saucer with glue gun. This creates the lid.

Spray pot and lid with varnish.

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