4th of July Bunting Banner + Blog Hop

I feel like the summer holidays sneak upon us, probably because we’re busy with vacations, ball games, swimming, and keeping the kids corralled during school break.

Well I thought this year I would get ahead of the game a bit and make a fun little bunting banner for the Fourth of July!

fourth of july bunting banner

And it’s super simple. Just print, trim, and string together.
Or you can use clothespins to attach to twine.


4th of july bunting banner printable And if you want to see more amazing FREE patriotic printables,
my friends and I are having a 4TH OF JULY BLOG HOP today!

Fourth of July Printable Hop


Lots of adorable 4th of July printables, right?
Hope you enjoy them!

4th of july bunting banner

Stained Bunting Sign Tutorial

For some reason I got home from the Snap Conference and just want to try all of the products that I witnessed in action. Yep, I’ve been on a crafting kick for the past couple of days! Today’s feat? Minwax Express Color Stain.

minwax express color stained bunting signI decided to make a little sign for my craft room, something that could tie in with the DIY craft desk that I built last year.

I gathered my supplies:

  • Minwax Express Color Stain in mahogany
  • Staining pads
  • Wood cutout
  • American Crafts Thickers stickers
  • American Crafts bunting paper garland
  • Twine

minwax express color stained signMinwax seriously did not pay me to promote this one bit. I promise. But I’m going to say that they could pay me in free Express Color Stains forever and I’d be one happy girl. Seriously, this stuff is awesome.

minwax express color stainJust squirt a little bit onto your bare wood and rub it in. Yep, that simple. I’m a complete novice when it comes to staining and I felt like a pro afterwards. Seriously, what was I so scared about?

minwax express color mahogany stainOnce the stain was dry (about 5 minutes, no joke),  I added my thickers stickers to the sign.

minwax express color stained wood bunting signThen I added the cute little bunting paper garland and strung some twine through little drilled holes in my wood cutout to hang.

handmade bunting wood signYep, really that easy.

stained bunting sign tutorialI just love how the natural tones and variations of the wood still show through after I applied the Minwax stain.

minwax express color stain signAnd it looks perfect above my craft room desk. The color matches perfectly, whew.

stained bunting sign in craft roomSo, are you a pro at staining, or a novice like me?
I promise you, this Minwax Express Color Stain will change your life!

minwax express color stained bunting sign


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