Old Crib to Old Glory

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While cleaning out an old shed to give our chickens more room, we came across this old set of crib springs. I told my husband to just put it with the rest of his scrap metal, to get rid of it. But, the next day I was struck with inspiration... and, luckily that scrap pile was still there, as it has been for the past 5 years, and probably will be for the next 5 years...
Old rusty crib springs - Ready for something... First, I started with this awesome blue burlap ribbon, printed with stars!! How perfect is that! It was 5.5 inches wide, which wouldn't work for this project, so after cutting to length, I just cut it in half down the middle.
I used hot glue for this project, but didn't glue anything until all the weaving was complete. Next I started on the stripes. Each of these burlap ribbon rolls measured 2.5 inches wide, and that worked perfectly. They were, however, a little thin, for my taste, so I doubled them back to give two layers for each stripe.
Everything is in place, time for glue!
The final project! I haven't yet decided where to display this, but it's so big, I'm sure it will end up outside somewhere... I need to spray it with a waterproof protector, and we're ready to go! I am so happy with how this turned out!
Visit my blog, to find out where to buy the supplies for this project.

Suggested materials:

  • Off-White Burlap Ribbon  (Amazon)
  • Red Burlap Ribbon  (Amazon)
  • Navy Blue and Star Burlap Ribbon  (Amazon)

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Jackie
    on Jun 16, 2016

    how many rolls of each ribbon would I need to order?

    • Tracy Schmiesing McVety
      on Jun 16, 2016

      The blue roll I bought was 10 feet, and the other two rolls were 10 yards each. I doubt if I used half of each roll, so I would definitely have enough to do another, if I had another set of springs.

  • Erin
    on Jun 16, 2016

    where did you purchase the burlap ribbon?

    • Ann
      on Jun 18, 2016

      I absolutely love this! I have been trying to decide on a large flag to hang on. The front of our house. Now I know what I'm looking for.

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  • Joanne
    on Feb 14, 2017

    OK!! This is an idea I'm stealing...I have enough time to find the springs, the burlap and put it all together. My neighbors will flip!! Thank you!!

  • Joanie
    on Sep 15, 2018

    ANYTHING about OUR flag is a blessing. I stand and wave my flag everyday. God Bless America and God Bless you.!!

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