If you love the history of the United States, why not turn a sheaf of history into patriotic home decorations that tell the story of the American experiment? I stumbled across this inspiring idea in a craft show, where someone was selling replicas of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Each scroll looked aged, as if it had truly lived 250 years among us.
To turn the scrolls into patriotic home decorations, I framed them with a picture mat board and hung them with silk ribbons. The small addition of a blue feathered quill that matched my ribbons gave the finishing touch to my patriotic home decorations. I hope you will find the idea as inspiring as I did and create such patriotic home decorations for your walls. Here’s how I did it.
#1. Find Patriotic Home Decoration Scrolls
Replicas of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence are extremely affordable if you buy the imitation scrolls created as educational materials for classrooms. Many stores sell them online. The Declaration of Independence, which established the principal of inalienable individual rights as the reason and justification for the separation of the United States from the English crown, is called the Declaration of Independence 1776 document, and the Constitution, which provided the political framework for the United States, is called the Constitution of the US 1787 historical document.
#2. Find Picture Mat Boards
You’ll find the cheapest picture mat boards at craft stores. Don’t buy the pre-cut mats as none will fit the dimensions of your scrolls. To create your patriotic home decorations you’ll need to custom cut a large mat board. If you buy an extra-large board, one will be enough for both scrolls, which will save you money further.
#3. Cut the Picture Mat Boards
Cutting the picture mat boards is the most challenging step in creating patriotic home decorations. Accordingly, I’ve divided this section into easy-to-follow steps:
1. If you don’t have a sharp utility knife, be sure to buy one at the craft store.
2. To keep your lines straight as you cut the picture mat board, you’ll need something that can act as a firm ruler. I used a large wood cutting board, but you can create patriotic home decorations with any item that will keep your knife gliding in a straight line.
3. By sure to apply pressure to the knife and to cut very slowly. This will ensure that with a single cut you will penetrate both the back of the picture mat board and its decorative top.
4. Begin by unrolling the scrolls over the board to make sure that both fit. If so, cut the board in half.
5. Set the first half aside and turn the other face-down on the table. Cut a piece of masking tape and roll it so as to create a loop with the sticky side facing out. Use this to stick one corner of the scroll over the picture mat board. Do the same for the other corners until the scroll is stretched over the board. Make sure to position your patriotic home decoration squarely in the middle of the upturned mat board.
6. Use a pencil to trace a line around the scroll on the back of the picture mat board. When finished, remove the patriotic scroll and set it aside gently. You’ll now have a penciled frame on the back of the mat board.
7. Pencil a second frame at a distance of one inch from the first, to create a frame within a frame. This will ensure that when you cut the picture mat board it will create a frame that is one inch wider than your scroll. Your patriotic home decoration will then overlap behind the mat and stay stretched in place.
8. Cut along the inner frame, using force. Be sure to protect the table underneath. Repeat these steps to cut the picture mat board for the second scroll.
#4. Frame Your Patriotic Home Decorations
Use scotch tape to secure each scroll to the back of its picture mat frame. Use craft glue to secure a silk ribbon at the top of your patriotic home decorations on either side. Using craft glue you can also attach a quill to the front of one of the scrolls for added beauty.
Your patriotic home decorations will become even more meaningful if visitors to your home will be able to read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I hung an ornate magnifying glass between the scrolls, hung on the same silk ribbon. In this way my patriotic home decorations became an interactive historical lesson.
For more of my home decoration ideas, discover 5 ways to create your own art.