Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Uncle Sam

First up, confession.  One of my favorite catalogs to browse for craft inspirations is Terry's Village.  A lot of their stuff is pretty kitschy, but it does get my mind going and has inspired a few of my creations.  My candlestick rabbits were inspired from there.  That being said, when I saw their Uncle Sam made from a balustrade, I loved it so much that I basically copied it exactly.

Here is the original, straight from the catalog.


And here is mine.  :)


Hehe....  the only difference being that I took a page out of Wendy's book and made it out of a table leg.  Also, the original was a garden stake, but I gave mine a base so that it could hang out on my front steps.

I just love him!  I think he is super cute!


My hubby asked if it was a little early to start decorating for Independence Day, but I didn't think so.  I LOVE the 4th of July! (as in my all time favorite holiday hands down)  So the fact that I can kinda get away with it just makes me super excited!

Do you need your own Uncle Sam?  If so, here is how I made mine.


Step 1:  Gather your supplies.  You will need a table leg, a square piece of wood for the base, a smaller square for the hat, 2 square blocks, a beard (I cut mine out of 1/4" plywood but craft foam would be a good substitute) hot glue, ribbon, a couple of wood screws and craft paint.

Step 2:  paint your red.  I painted the base, the bottom of the table leg, and one of the blocks.

Step 3:  Paint your blue.  I painted the rest of the table leg, and the smaller square.

Step 4:  Add your white.  I used painters tape and a vinyl stencil to add my stars and stripes.

Step 5:  Paint the last block flesh toned and paint your beard white.  I used a brown sharpie to draw in the definition on the beard before painting it white.  The brown sharpie bled through just enough to give me the look I wanted.  I also added a little nose to the beard.

Step 6:  I then took all the pieces out and gave it a bit of distressing with my sander.  This is optional of course. 

Step 7:  Time for assembly!  I used a couple of wood screws to attach my base to my table leg, but then just hot glued together the rest.

Step 8:  The last step is to add in the details.  I added a little mouth to the beard, eyes, painted on some eyebrows, and tied a bow around his neck.

And there you have it.  Uncle Sam!


And because its too cute not to share, while I was making this one of my little neighbors was over playing with my daughter.  She sat and watched me paint almost the whole time and then asked to get a picture with "the old man."  hehe


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20 comments:

Jill said...

You make this look easy - and it looks exactly like what's in the catalog! And the girls are adorable too :)

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

That uncle same is super adorable. Love it. Great replica. You're so talented.

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

are you freaking kidding me? you just MADE that!? WHO ARE YOU!? THis is crazy. I'm so impressed with the "old man"

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Jun 10:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

OMG! Love this. Would you like to put this in my Red, White & Blue Roundup for July? I would LOVE it!

Chad and Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country said...

I love this uncle sam. I cant wait to make one myself. Looks easy enough for me. :)

Would also love to invite you to our link up party at Nothing But Country. Would love to share this idea with our readers as well.

Great job!!

Simply AJ said...

Girl... This is awesome!!! I am going to make one for my front porch. Will send you a link when I get it made & posted to my blog - I will make sure to list your blog and link to your project! Love it!
AJ - queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

Jill said...

Oh he is soo cool!! What a great use for a table leg!! Fantastic job!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

KAT said...

so cool looking
Thanks for sharing uncle Sam! Do you have a pattern for an eagle by any chance?
KAT

KAT said...

Making an eagle for a friends eagle scout son do you have any eagle projects or patterns?
KAT

Michelle said...

So cute!!! I am going to pin this onto pinterest!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I would LOVE if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed Fridays Linky Party!!
Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

bkrlclayton said...

oh, those girls are so adorable! (So is uncle sam.) She really watched you the whole time?

sharon said...

What a great idea! I will be linking to this post and including a picture in my Sunday (6/11) Links to Love post over at www.momof6.com!
Warmly,
Sharon

Mindie Hilton said...

Love it, I need more 4th of july patriotic decore

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

Come strut your stuff.

phyllisspawdesigns said...

How cute is this! I did santas and snowmen out of porch spindles last year and they sold very well. I will have to dig one out for one of these lil guys. Thanks for sharing.

phyllisspawdesigns said...

How cute is this! I did santas and snowmen out of porch spindles last year and they sold very well. I will have to dig one out for one of these lil guys. Thanks for sharing.

phyllisspawdesigns said...

How cute is this! I did santas and snowmen out of porch spindles last year and they sold very well. I will have to dig one out for one of these lil guys. Thanks for sharing.

phyllisspawdesigns said...

How cute is this! I did santas and snowmen out of porch spindles last year and they sold very well. I will have to dig one out for one of these lil guys. Thanks for sharing.

phyllisspawdesigns said...

How cute is this! I did santas and snowmen out of porch spindles last year and they sold very well. I will have to dig one out for one of these lil guys. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Hughes said...

I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

Jennifer
thejennyevolution.com

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