Welcome the Red, White and Blue!

I wanted to have a new something on my door as a welcome to visitors but, I haven't figured what it was. And as we got close to the Fourth of July, I wanted something that represented our country. But, at the same time, that would mean it would be up for awhile and then need to be stored when I put something else on the door. So, I tried to come up with something that could be "changed out" from time to time.

I went through all my thrifty loot that I had recently gotten and decided to use this old Home Interiors picture from 1981. A mighty fine year, the year I graduated! Oooh, that hurts to think that it was almost 30 years ago!!

Okay, let's move away from that depressing thought! Anyway, remember this picture I showed you last week that I got for $1.00?

Yup, the one with the fun but plastic frame. I told you that I bought it for a redo project. Well, that is what I did.

I started by cleaning the frame. Then taking the picture out. The picture was copied onto the backing of the frame. So there was just a frame, glass and picture. I painted the frame white. I also painted the picture. I didn't need for it to be completely perfect and covered, I just needed it as a blank background.

I did a couple coats of white spray paint. A kind of cool surprise was the plastic frame mimicked a wood grain so, that showed through when it was painted. I really like the effect it gave.

Once everything was dry, I grabbed a bandanna that I had gotten on sale (ironed it) and covered the picture with it.

Make sure you pull the fabric tight. You don't want wrinkles. Once it was in place, I put the glass back in and screwed the whole thing back to the frame. Another nice thing about this old picture was that everything screwed in.

Then trim away the excess fabric.

I bought little wood letters to spell out the word "Welcome" and painted them white. I then glued them to the glass.

Knowing that this would end up bumping on the door every time it opened, I took and old t-shirt that I was going to cut up for rags and cut some pieces off and glued them to the back so it would "soften" the banging.

Then a little red, white and blue ribbon to hang it. I glued the ribbon onto the white wreath hanger. Oops, you can see the "glue string". And I thought I got all the dirt off the door. Arghh!! They are putting in a bike path in the wildlife reserve across the street. So, we are dealing with everything being covered in dirt theses days! I do need to get a bigger ribbon to make a larger bow.

I really love the way it turned out and I love the fact that I can change the background design to fit whatever holiday or look I want. Just unscrew the back and pop in a different bandanna, piece of fabric, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper...you name it! How cute would this be if your were having a birthday party and slipped in a bright colored happy birthday piece of wrapping paper? Lots of fun options!!

I am joining these fun parties:

"Red, White and Blue Project Challenge" at The CSI Project

"Stars and Striped Party" at Centsational Girl

"Thrifty Thursday" at Tales from Bloggeritaville

"Vintage Thingie Thursday" at Coloradolady

"Treasures and Trinkets Thursday" at My Cottage Charm

"Transformation Thursday" at The Shabby Chic cottage

"Show Off Your Stuff" at Fireflies and Jellybeans

"Look at Me Party!" at It's Fun to Craft

"Under $100 Party!" at Beyond the Picket Fence


  1. Wow what a great idea and wonderful picture that came out to be..

    Have an amazing day..

  2. Oh my gosh this the THE NEATEST IDEA! Now I need to go find a frame and do this for an anniversary party I'm having at our house on July 17th...this is wonderful and thank you for the tutorial, its great!
    By the way I love your blog and I'm now a follower and would like to extend the invitation to you to come be a follower on my little blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Diann you are too talented. That turned out so cute and I love that it can be changed!! I like that much better then a wreath on the door, it just looks so fresh!!! High Five!!

  4. That's a great idea! I'm so glad I found your blog! Can't wait to repurpose an old frame as a wreath!! So clever!

  5. Diann I LOVE what you did for your door!! It is so cute! Oh and you're right, I was doing the great find happy dance after finding all that great stuff at yard sales! I can't wait to finish my chandelier so I can show it to you guys! I'll let you in on a little secret, I ordered about 75 prisms yesterday...hee hee hee...my chandy is gonna be gorgeous!!! :) Can't wait!
    Blessings & Hugs!

  6. That is an absolutely adorable remake, great job! I might need to borrow this idea for my own house, I just love it! I'm going to look at all those old 80's "art" pieces with a different eye now, lol! Happy VTT!

  7. Great job! I especially like that the stars & stripes are different than most.

  8. Some people have all the talent. That is truly a remarkable idea and job you did.

  9. That was genius! Who would have thought that old pheasant could turn into something that cute.

  10. Terrific idea! Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  11. No doubt about it that is a beautiful patriotic sign!!! Great job and idea!


  12. What a great idea! That is a wonderful redo :)

  13. How very cool! Great idea!


  14. amazing idea and what a neat way to save an old outdated picture from the dump! This is really great and I just love it! Have a great VTT!

  15. this tutorial is totally up my alley! Thanks for sharing, I LOVE IT:)
    - Amanda

  16. How wonderful! What a great front door decoration! Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. Oh my gosh--this totally beautiful!!! And you are SOOO clever--have a Happy 4th of July!
    I hope you'll come visit my new blog!

  18. wow what a simple and great end result project! very creative of you!

  19. Beautiful welcome, so imaginative. Enjoy your day!

  20. Very cute! and a great idea!

    Happy 4th of July!

  21. I just came over from the CSI project and wanted to say how cool this welcome sign is! And even better is that you can change out the back ground. So creative!

  22. I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

  23. Excellent! What an original idea and a great makeover.

  24. Love it ! Awesome ..Happy 4th to you & yours
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  25. This turned out Great! Happy 4th! Lezlee

  26. That's ingenious! I love it. Great thrifting and repurposing.


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)