Monday, June 20, 2022

Patriotic Holiday Assemblage in Vintage Tin


Hi Friend!

I wanted to make a small addition to my

patriotic decorations and

I was inspired by 


I started with a vintage tin,

 I had in my collection.

Do you remember Sucrets ?

I liked the cherry !

An ALTOID Tin would work just fine!

I  found a Patriotic songbook.

Picked a song and

I used my printer to shrink it to size.

Made a pattern by tracing the outside of the tin.

I glued the song sheet to cardstock.

Then crinkled and folded and inked up the edges.

I had a lace applique that I glued on top of the song sheet.

Print 1 copy of pins and flag below

I used the flag above and a toothpick, but you may have

a cupcake flag

I used brown ink on the 'flagpole' and rolled and crinkled

the flag before gluing in place.

To make my 'vintage pins', 

I used white glue to adhere to pins.

Do not Mod Podge- The ink will smear!

If you don't have a pin, you could use a bottle cap or

another item to give it some dimension.

Even these cork pieces were the right size.

I helped an older friend down size

and move into an assisted living facility last summer.

I was surprised she and her family had no problem

getting rid of her possessions!

When it came to family photos, I had to ask if I could save them.

This adorable photo below was one I found.

It was my friends mother and her uncle.

Print and shrink to size

I used my printer to shrink my photo to wallet size.

I have some scissors that cut a 'vintage photo' edge.

For the background, 

I glued a scrap of navy homespun fabric

and some vintage lace

I glued the photo on the cloth.

The pins are pinned to another 

scrap of lace applique and glued 

under the photo.

I found a star button and glued it in place.

Lastly I added a scrap of garland at the bottom.

I wanted the tin to be able to close- 

so I kept checking.

I can close it up and

 put it away after the 4Th of July :)

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

xo, Lisa S


  1. Love it, Lisa! I created a similar craft using a small Christmas tin several years ago, but I love your patriotic version! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    1. Cecilia,
      Thank you so much! OKAY I just looked up your Christmas tin, it's adorable!
      xo Lisa S

  2. Michele, You are too kind! Thanks:)
    xo Lisa S

  3. Such a creative little project - and by little I mean the tin. I remember those as well from my childhood. I liked the cherry ones. You did a wonderful job creating such a unique piece. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Donna,
      Thank you so much! I'm so glad you came over to visit.
      Thanks for hosting!
      xo Lisa S

  4. That is adorable. I'm so surprised that your friend was happy to let photos go! That's the one thing I don't think I could ever part with :-) How lovely that you were able to use this one so beautifully.

    1. Thank you Julie!
      Most of the photos were of children and my friend didn't know who was who. I have been tucking them into journals to sell with little sayings attached. At the flea market, I fill a suitcase and call them 'Instant Ancestors'.
      xo Lisa S

  5. Love your patriotic tin. So clever and not too difficult. I have some tins that I could give this a try.

    1. Thanks Judy! So glad you stopped by. I hope you get inspired to make one- It's easy.
      xo Lisa S

  6. Lisa this is so dang cute!!!
    I have tons of tine, this is a great gift idea!!

    1. Karen,
      I love and collect tins ;)
      It fits into my 'JUNK' decor.
      Thanks for your sweet comment!
      xo Lisa S


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