Friday Finds: Vintage July 4th Crafts

Dear Friends,

Somehow, the Crafts Gene wasn’t turned on when I was born. Whenever The Mister and I are in an antique mall, I always go scouting for vintage patterns and cookbooks.  Occasionally, craft magazines will be nearby.  I fondle them but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to buy them…yet.  I recognize many of the activities in the magazines from my maternal step-grandmother’s projects.  It seems to me that a big part of making a 1950s home is creating fun crafts to decorate tables, walls, and beds.

Here then are three vintage-inspired crafts for those of us in The States to make this July 4th weekend to celebrate Independence Day:

Patriotic Chenille Doll at Vintage Image

Chenille figures were popular in the 1930s and 40s.  Martin (Kindergarten teacher) and Scott have created this adorable tutorial (and include a PDF for the face images) for how to make these patriotic chenille dolls.  By the way, they have several other cute crafts there, too.

Patriotic Chenille Doll (Image courtesy of


Confetti Launcher at FamilyFun.Go.Com

What do you tell the kids when you live in an area where fireworks–even sparklers–are illegal?  The confetti launcher still enables them to have a shower of sparkly stuff (and there are not dangers of getting burned, either).

Confetti Launcher (image courtesy of


Free Vintage July 4th Clip Art at Vintage Holiday

Carla has created a collection of vintage inspired July 4th clip art that would be perfect to use in a scrapbook, pasted onto paper fans (it gets hot outside!), or as place card decorations.

Image courtesy

Do you have a favorite vintage-inspired crafting project that you will be doing this weekend?

To your fabulous Technicolor life!

Dr. Julie-Ann

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I'm Dr. Julie-Ann, living life in its Technicolor finest by channeling my Grandma, Donna Reed, and June Cleaver with a bit of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly glamour thrown in for good measure, too. I work outside of the home full-time as a university administrator but I nourish my soul and find my greatest happiness by trying to be the "perfect" 1950s homemaker.

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    The downside to some vintage crafting is finding the materials. My mother made darling Christmas pixies out of extra-fluffy (chenille) pipe cleaners and velvet piping. My sister and I have always wanted to give it a try, but we can’t find those essential items.

    I’ve never decorated much on the Fourth of July theme, but I have a friend who decorates with “Americana” beginning at Memorial Day (late May) through Labor Day (early September).
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