Patriotic Crafts, Summer Crafts

We Always Remember

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Wow, it’s May, when did that happen?  Can’t believe my kids are just weeks away from the last day of school and then it’s Memorial Day.  Many people see Memorial Day as the kick off to summer, but it is so much more.  We Always Remember is a patriotic craft with an important message about supporting our troops and honoring those in service and especially those who gave all.

This day of remembrance was originally called Decoration Day and started some time after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives in that war.  However, after World War I, the day evolved to include all wars.   In 1971 Memorial Day became an official federal holiday and moved from its original date of May 30th, to the last Monday in May in order to make a 3 day weekend.

For this project I used:

Blue heavy paper
Red heavy paper
A canvas board
Star Stamp
Alphabet Stamp Set
White and Black Stamp Pad
frame to match the size of the canvas used
I tore the red paper into strips.  Yes ripped, by hand.  If you are one of those people who like straight lines . . . then this project may not be for you.   Next, I tore a square out of the blue scrapbook paper.   The size of the strips and square will depend on the size background you are using.  I used an 11×14 inch canvas board.

Using a white stamp pad and a star stamp, I stamped random stars on the blue paper.


I used standard craft glue and only put glue on the ends of the paper and attached the red strips to the canvas board.     Next I glued the blue square in the corner.  I was a little more liberal with the glue on the blue square and lightly covered the entire back with glue.


Using my alphabet stamps and a black stamp pad,  I stamped on the words I wanted.


Once the glue dried, I trimmed the edges where the paper was hanging over the canvas.

I popped it into a frame for display.    This was almost too easy and it really turned out just like I had envisioned.


What I love most about this is how the ripped paper gives the picture a feeling of movement, almost like the flag is blowing in the wind.
If you enjoyed this project, we’d appreciate if you’d pin it!  Thanks for sharing.


If you are currently or have ever served in the armed forces, we thank you for your service.
Thank you for sharing!

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28 Comment

  1. Beverly Roderick
    May 2, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I love this, Laurie! I think tearing the strips instead of cutting them gives it much more definition and character. It looks great in the white frame.

    1. Laurie
      May 3, 2016 at 5:28 am

      Thank you Beverly! Seems I've been doing a lot of framed art lately, but this one had to be the easiest one yet. Thanks for stopping over. Hope you are having a great week!

  2. Marilyn Lesniak
    May 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Love the frame and stars! Where have I seen those? Have a great Mothers Day and thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings!

    1. Laurie
      May 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Marilyn! Happy Mother's Day weekend to you!

  3. Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
    May 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Laurie, Pinned, tweeted and shared. We must always remember the brave men and women who have fought for their co untry. I love this cute flag and especially like the ripped effect that makes it look like a waving flag. Very clever of you. And your photography is fine. I'm sure that half of us can see just as wellas you without our glasses. We are so happy you were able to join us over at Sweet Inspiration.

    1. Laurie
      May 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks Mary and I appreciate the pin, tweet and share 🙂 I enjoyed being a part of your wonderful link party! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  4. The Lazy Gastronome
    May 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I really like this – especially the sentiment. Thanks for sharing on the DIY party at Pleasures of the NW.

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you! I enjoyed sharing at Pleasures of the NW 🙂

  5. Crochet Hooks
    May 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    beautiful! love this artwork and so appropriate to support our troops! thanks for sharing!

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you! God bless our troops and the USA!

  6. Patti
    May 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I would LOVE to pin this but I don't see where to do so. I love this project. Great idea and it turned out so pretty. Not expensive, quick and easy. I'd call that perfect.

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Patti, Thank you! Glad you like the project as much as I do. If you'd like to pin it, there is a pin button on the left side or you should find a small pin button in the middle of the picture you want to pin if you hover there. Or, I have pinned it to my Pinterest Board you can find it here:

  7. Jess
    May 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Oh this is just too cute! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you Jess! I love joining your party! Thank you for hosting!

  8. Art From My Table
    May 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    This is amazing! And do-able!! Thanks for the idea! So glad you joined the party at FTAF! Pinned.

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 2:16 am

      This is a highly do-able project! Thank you for hosting, I enjoyed linking up!

  9. Robin @ ReDo It Yourself Inspirations
    May 9, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Beautiful. I adore our Flag and any creation inspired by it. Pinned to my "American Flag" board. Another amazing creation, Laurie!

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Thank you Robin! I appreciate the pin 🙂

  10. Julie's Lifestyle
    May 10, 2016 at 1:17 am

    You did a great job making this patriotic craft Laurie!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Thank you Julie! I love linking up at your lovely party!

  11. Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    May 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Creating this awesome frame is really a lovely patriotic idea, Laurie! It certainly puts your love of country on display and is an endearing way to celebrate our fallen heroes and all the servicemen, not just on Memorial Day but everyday of the year! Great job!

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks so much Gail! It was a joy to put together.

  12. Kathleen Aherne
    May 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    May we always honor these heroes. Your framed picture is so effective.

    1. Laurie
      May 13, 2016 at 4:19 am

      Thank you Kathleen!

  13. Sherry Nappa
    May 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love the look of the torn strips, too. It gives the flag a vintage historical look.

    1. Laurie
      May 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you Sherry!

  14. Raising Samuels
    May 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Love this! I can't believe it is May either. Time feels like it is going so fast. Thanks for sharing this amazing craft with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

    1. Laurie
      May 17, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Thanks so much! Always happy to join your party 🙂

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