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How to Make Patriotic Home Decor

Creating 1776 home decor is easy, simply because old scrolls are so very decorative. Here I made patriotic home decor from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

I love the way old scrolls look. And I admire the history of the United States, where individual rights became the basis for a system of government for the first time in human history.

So when I came across replicas of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, I wanted to make patriotic home decor out of them. And here's what I did.
How to make patriotic home decor

Finding the Scrolls for Making Patriotic Home Decor

Visiting a fair, I found the historic scrolls for making my patriotic home decor. You can also find the Declaration of Independence 1776 document and the U.S. Constitution online, and I'm sure there are other stores that carry the scrolls besides.

Next, look for a picture mat board at a craft store. Because the historic scrolls come in unusual sizes, you can't simply buy a picture mat. You'll have to cut the mat board down to the right size for making your patriotic home decor.

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Measuring the Picture Mat for Making Patriotic Home Decor

I began by measuring the size of the scrolls (both length and width). I then marked these dimensions, minus an inch on the back of the mat board. The inch would allow the picture mat to overlap the scroll once I finished cutting.

To cut through the thick picture mat board, I used a sharp utility knife and a large wooden ruler that kept my cutting lines straight. I worked very slowly, so as to put enough pressure on the knife to cut all the way through the mat board.

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Putting My Patriotic Home Decor Together

I used leftover strips of mat board to attach the historic scroll to the back of the picture mat. I used tape to adhere the scroll, and glue to adhere the mat strips to the custom picture mat.

Finally, I glued a strip of blue ribbon to my patriotic home decor, so as to hang it on the wall. I also glued a blue quill to the top left corner of one of the framed scrolls, just for fun.

Beneath my patriotic home decor I display a decorative plate with an ornate magnifying glass, so anyone who wants to read the scrolls can do so. I also keep a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Consititution right there, for curious, serious students of history.

Questions? Comments? Drop me a line.
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