DIY Patriotic Wall Decor

For quite a few years, I wore a cute blue 4th of July summer sleep shirt. It is a dark blue with a cute embroidery decoration on the front.  When I could no longer use it, I put it aside planning to make a patriotic decoration one summer.  This past January when I was purging and organizing my craft supplies, I made a promise to myself that I would use or lose lots of old items I’ve saved for crafts.  Today’s simple craft is based on my old night shirt and an embroidery hoop.





I have an 8.5 inch embroidery hoop which is a perfect size for the embroidered expression:  BE FREE.





I cut the shirt front to have a nice large piece of material to fit to the hoop.  I placed the material in the hoop and adjusted it until I was satisfied.




I cut a circle around the hoop and then glued the edge of the material to the back of the hoop.  I have a bag of acrylic red gems and velcroed them to the rim of the hoop.






Then I glued a red and white bowed strip of ribbon at the bottom of the hoop.





Finally I glued and pinned a red white and blue ribbon I got last year at the dollar store. I used 2 red acrylic gems in the middle of the ribbon to top the hop.





It’s ready for the wall.





It upcycles a vintage shirt,  and I only used supplies I had on hand to create a fast and simple new DIY patiotic wall decoration.







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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

29 thoughts to “DIY Patriotic Wall Decor”

  1. How creative and patriotic is this! And it looks lovely on your wall! What a great way to recycle/upcycle a favorite item!

  2. Your project turned out great and I love that it can be kept up all summer long. Wonderful crafting with you.

  3. What a great idea to up-cycle the tshirt! This wall decor turned out beautifully and so perfect for summer!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. And it hangs quite nicely I bet. What a wonderful, crafty idea. You are so talented, Carol.

  5. I have been doing the same, of trying to use up what and create with what I have. I learned I have things, I had no idea I even had. So pretty and patriotic. Embroidery hoops work for so many things- this is great!

    1. thanks Jenny – I just reached a point where I couldn’t save anything else until I got rid of things; sort of too much of a good thing. Happy Wednesday!

  6. What a fun and festive upcycled craft! That was a very clever idea to use the embroidered section of your sleep shirt. I love learning new ideas for crafting! Pinned.

  7. What a great way to upcycle a shirt. I have a few shirts that are past their prime but I haven’t wanted to get rid of them yet. This would be a great way to upcycle them.

    1. I really didn’t want to lose the little be free embroidery and it was easy to make wall decor.

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