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Patriotic Banner with a Bleach Pen

Patriotic Banner with a Bleach Pen

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Summer decorations are sparse around my home, especially inside.  I try to spend my days outside with my kids, family and neighbors enjoying the weather.  My porch, deck and yard are decorated with bright lively colors of the season, but inside not much has changed since Spring.  I thought I would change that with a simple patriotic banner for my living room. I was inspired by some navy blue fabric scraps and a surprise supply from my laundry room.

Make this vintage looking patriotic banner with fabric and a bleach pen.

I am joining with some very talented friends for this month’s Dose of DIY blog hop.  Be sure to check out their patriotic projects at the end of this post.

Dose of DIY

I made this vintage looking banner with a few simple supplies I had at home.

  • Navy blue fabric scraps
  • Red polka dot ribbon
  • Twine
  • Bleach pen

I cut three pennants from the navy blue fabric then used a bleach pen to write USA on them.  I let the bleach sit for a few minutes, it’s a gel so it stays in place and works quickly to fade the fabric.  Then I washed the pennants in the sink with soap and water and hung the out to dry.

Patriotic banner with fabric and bleach pun

Patriotic banner with fabric and bleach pen

The bleach pen gave the letters a worn vintage look, and washing these unsewn pennants allowed the edges to fray a bit.

USA patriotic banner with fabric and a bleach pen

I assembled the banner using twine and red ribbon and hung it in my living room to add a little patriotic cheer to the room.

patriotic banner with fabric and bleach pen

Now be sure to check out these other patriotic projects in this month’s DOse of DIY blog hop.


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