It’s Ornament Thursday time again, and this month, in honor of Independance Day, I created Vintage Patriotic Posters Drink Charms! They are colorful, fun, nostalgic, and celebrate the red, white, and blue in all their graphic glory. I just love them!
First off, you may wonder where I got these images? Well, straight from the net, baby! But, I didn’t “steal” them, they are images in the public domain, meaning that anyone can use them for crafting, brochures, web sites, or whatever! There’s lot of public domain images out there and a lot of great resources. I found this resource at Wikipedia. I actually acquired the images I am using for this project at the Online Library at Northwestern that I am using in this project. Their stipulation for using the images was that I state that in my reference.
Anyway, back to the project at hand. Here’s how you create these eye-catching charms:
– Computer with Inkjet printer
– Charm images (you can get your own at the Northwestern Library web site listed above or use the 12 I used. Find them here.
– White cardstock
– Therm-O-Web self-adhesive laminate
– Small wine glass hoops
– Various-sized beads in red, silver, and blue
1. Open up or layout your images in a photo preview program or Adobe Photoshop. Size, if needed where each individual image is about 1″ wide.
2.Cut out each individual image. Tear off laminate from backing and place picture onto sticky surface. Lay another piece of laminate on top. Press firmly over surface with finger to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles.
3.Cut out around each laminated image, making sure to leave 1/8″ of laminate around image.
4.Use pin or safety pin to poke a hole through top of image (not through laminate, or it will tear). Put small jump ring through hole to make a charm.
5.String beads in desired fashion onto hoop. Use pliers to bend end of hoop to fit inside wire loop. Undo bended end from loop to secure onto wineglass.
Showcase your charms with pride on the stems of your glasses! They will be instant conversation starters. Who doesn’t like retro Americana ads? If you don’t want to go the trouble of making wine glass charms, print the images out on label stock, cut them out, and slap them silly onto red and blue Silo cups!
And aren’t the old illustrations and fonts fabulous? Posters today don’t even compare. I love the simplicity and the importance of the image. Here’s a detail!
On a final note, when I reviewed these posters a few stood out to me…this one looked oddly familiar. Then I thought about it and realized it’s an image used in the opening credits of Desperate Housewives! There is also a series of ads I found (reposted on That’s my Skull’s blog called Jenny on the Job encouraging women in the war work force to keep restrooms clean, wear low heals, be “fresh” as a daisy, and wear styles designed for victory. They would be incredibly demeaning today, but I’m sure back then, seeing those wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow.
Check out what some of the other Ornament Thursday ladies have made this month!
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Celebrate the Independent Spirit
Jules by Lisa
Lisa takes a shot at teeny tiny beads for a change
Linda at BeadStyle Magazine
Childhood memories of Independence Day’s past inspired this necklace.
Michelle at HTTP Design
Over at http design, Michelle has scuplted a piece which gives a different perspective on independence.
Strands of Beads
Melissa sees stars this month while considering the meaning of independence
Michelle’s favorite words on our country…
Art Bead Scene
Field of Poppies bracelet project from Heather.
Hope you enjoyed this patriotic project. Until next time Swellions!
All content/photos copyright, © Alexa L. Westerfield, 2008
candie cooper says
Those are great! I’ve gotta zillion Christmas postage stamps—these would be a perfect way to use em’ up. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hey, found this through Craftster. I really, really like the images you chose to use. Usually I think of Fourth of July decorations as cheesy in a bad way, but these are like little pieces of history/art.
Distressing Delilah says
They are so cool! How creative!
I love all things vintage! Love the images and thanks for the tutorial! YAY for Ornament Thursdays!
Labyrinth Gal says
These are SWELL! 🙂 Hali
Melissa J. Lee says
These are so fun – I could definitely see using them for a July 4th party. Thanks for another great idea!
Linda at BeadStyle, Bead&Button, and Art Jewelry magazines says
Great idea, Alexa! I love those vintage posters too. You could also print them on shrink plastic and turn them into wine charms!
Happy 4th to you!
Always love your stuff and this is no exception… well done!
I love those…and I have bunches of friends who would love them too… 🙂 What a great project.
Beading Help Web Editorial Team says
OMG, how clever!!! What a great idea with so many possibilities!!!!
Elisa, 26, single says
Very beautiful idea !!!
Michelle McGee says
Alexa, these are truly great! I really, really love the concept, and the idea!
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