Learn how to transform an old window into patriotic American flag art to display for Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th.

I tend to think of upcycling and repurposing as old-fashioned American virtues.

Transform an old window into patriotic American flag art using vinyl. Click for step-by-step instructions, plus the free cutting file, and dozens more patriotic craft and decorating ideas.

So when it came time to share a patriotic project for our monthly Celebrations of Home blog hop, I started rooting around in my stash of salvaged treasures.

Your favorite bloggers share patriotic crafts, recipes, decorations, DIY and more. #CelebrationsofHome

Every month, my  friends and I join to share seasonal crafts, decorating projects, DIYs and recipes. With Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th coming up, we decided to roll out the red white and blue. You can see what they made at the end of this post.

For my project, I found a crusty old window with layers of peeling red and white paint.

Learn how to make American flag art from an old window. This blog has so many amazing patriotic ideas for Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th.

Did I get lucky with that patina, or what?

Learn how to make American flag art from an old window. This blog has so many amazing patriotic ideas for Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th.

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I didn’t even have to paint the window frame to make the American flag art. (But you totally could; I recommend using milk paint; it’s great for layering and to get that aged, chippy look.)

When working with old windows, especially those with a peeling and chipping finish, be sure to test for lead paint and take the proper precautions.

You will need an electronic cutting machine, like a Silhouette or a Cricut, for this project.

You’ll also need red vinylblue vinyl and vinyl transfer tape. A vinyl weeding tool is also helpful, but not necessary.

Use red and blue vinyl, cut with a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, to make American flag art from an old window. #CelebrationsofHome

Cut the red stripes and blue star field out using your electronic cutting machine. If you have a Silhouette, you can use this free file and scale it to fit the window you’re using. (Mine was 23.5 inches by 16.5 inches.)

Use red and blue vinyl, cut with a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, to make American flag art from an old window. #CelebrationsofHome

After you’ve cut your vinyl and weeded it, I recommend using vinyl transfer tape to transfer the blue star field to the glass.

I recommend putting the star field on first, in the upper left corner of the window, and then adding the stripes.

Use red and blue vinyl, cut with a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, to make American flag art from an old window. #CelebrationsofHome

You can use transfer tape to attach the stripes, too, or just carefully peel them off the backing and stick them to the window glass, smoothing out any air bubbles.

Learn how to make American flag art from an old window. This blog has so many amazing patriotic ideas for Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th.

Keep in mind that the American flag has seven red stripes and six white stripes, representing the original 13 colonies.

It starts and ends with a red stripe. Remember that!

Transform an old window into patriotic American flag art using vinyl. Click for step-by-step instructions, plus the free cutting file.

Otherwise, you might have to rearrange your stripes after you’ve finished your flag and had your husband climb on a ladder to hang it. (And also after you’ve taken photographs of it for your blog. Oh wait, that happened to me, even though I knew about the stripes and how they are arranged on the flag. I’m sure it won’t happen to you! )

My husband is definitely a true patriot when it comes to this blog. Though he was relaxing (and probably trying to nap), he climbed back up on that ladder for me to hang the correctly striped Old Glory.

Transform an old window into patriotic American flag art using vinyl. Click for step-by-step instructions, plus the free cutting file.

That man deserves a medal!

If you liked this American flag art, be sure to check out these other stars-and-stripes inspired projects and my other patriotic ideas, crafts, recipes and party inspiration.

American Flag Mason Jar Decorations

Mason Jar Flag Artwork

Stars and stripes meet sand and surf ! Make these patriotic nautical flags for July 4th and leave them up all summer.

Patriotic Nautical Flag

Betsy Ross Flag Chair for July 4th

Betsy Ross Flag Chair

Easy DIY Patriotic Bunting: Make one in 5 minutes or less!

Patriotic Bunting




Comments

  1. What a fun idea, Amy, and I love that it could works all summer! Now I need to find an old window! BTW…funny story about your re-do. :-) Hugs…Debbie

  2. I love this project, Amy! One of my summer goals is to use my Silouette. Making my own window flag just might be a project that I try to complete.

    There’s a “Yankee Doodle” patriotic party going through July 4 on my blog and I’d love for you to add your project to it. http://www.virginiasweetpea.com/2016/05/yankee-doodle-party-get-inspired-red-white-blue.html

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      You have a Silhouette and you haven’t used it? You definitely need to make that a priority this summer! I use mine all the time for all kinds of projects. There can be a slight learning curve — or at least there was for me — but once you figure it out, you will love it. And I’ll definitely check out your Yankee Doodle party, Paula. I love all things patriotic and Americana.

  3. I love this!! So creative:)

    I’d love it if you shared this at my weekly link party!
    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-008/

  4. This is so cute! I love things in old windows.

  5. That is adorable!! I love it when something old can be made into something new! Thank you for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty
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  6. Your ideas are so unique -and spectacular! This is a fantastic DIY for Memorial Weekend!! Makes me mad at myself for getting rid of an old window I had. :-( Love your site!
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  7. Thanks for sharing this post at the Pin Me Linky Party at Diana Rambles. It is being featured today at part of a 4th of July food & craft collection. It’s also been pinned and tweeted. Have a great weekend! ~Diana

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