These free hand lettered patriotic cut files make it super easy to make your own projects this Fourth of July! Just cut the designs from vinyl with your Silhouette or Cricut and apply them to really any surface. Free SVG, PDF, PNG, and Studio files. This post may contain affiliate links, which help to support this site.
It is officially summer here, and that has me looking forward to the sunny days by the pool, warm nights, barbecues, and the Fourth of July! I just love the Fourth of July and love to make patriotic gear f0r me and the family to wear to celebrate. Today I’m joining with some of my creative design-y blogging friends to bring you all a bunch of cute and FREE patriotic cut files to make it super easy for you to make your own projects for the Fourth this year. Oh and P.S. you can also enter to win a $50 gift card to Expressions Vinyl, my fave place to get vinyl. Woot!
I came up with two star shaped, hand lettered designs for you guys. One says “America” and the other says “Land that I Love.” You can use these files to cut vinyl decals using your Silhouette or other cutting machine and apply them to pretty much anything. You can also use them to create stencils or print them out as printables – so many uses!
I used the cut files to create a cute little baseball cap and a wooden sign for a bit of seasonal home decor to give you an idea of what you can make with these versatile designs. I will give you a quick overview of how I made both projects, but really you can use these designs for anything you can think of – mugs, tumblers, t-shirts, wall decals, etc. etc. etc.
For the wooden sign, I started by painting a couple of base coats of white paint, then I used masking tape to create a striped background design.
Then, I peeled up the tape and allowed the paint to dry completely. Next, I painted a white star background and allowed that to also dry completely. I cut the land that I love design out of removable vinyl and applied it to the wooden canvas using transfer tape. Here’s a tip for getting really clean lines when using vinyl stencils: do a very thin coat of matte decoupage over the edges of the stencil to seal it down. Finally, I painted over the stencil pulling the brush from the outside over the stencil edge rather than pushing the brush towards the stencil edge.
And that’s it! Just peel off the vinyl stencil and use a small round brush to make any touch ups. You could also just cut the design from red vinyl and apply it directly to the sign. That would be a lot easier, but sometimes I just like the look of paint. 🙂
When I was walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby recently, I spotted these cute trucker hats and thought they would be really fun to customize for the Fourth. This hat was so simple to make! First, I cut the America design (don’t forget to mirror the design when working with heat transfer vinyl!) from Easyweed HTV in fluorescent blue. Then I weeded out the excess vinyl and placed the design on the front of the cap. When using HTV on smaller or oddly shaped surfaces like this, I like to use my mini craft iron. When using the mini iron, be sure to be extra careful, the rod going out to the iron part gets very hot and will burn you. I like to wear a heat resistant glove to protect my other hand.
It may take a bit longer to apply the HTV using the small iron. Just give it heat and pressure until you can see the texture of the cap’s fabric through the heat transfer vinyl.
And that’s it for these little project ideas. If you are interested in learning more about using cut files with your Silhouette and learning how to create all those fun vinyl projects, then you need to check out my online course – Silhouette Saavy: Venture into Vinyl, you can read all about the class here. If you are just interested in these free patriotic cut files, you can grab them in all the different formats below.
And don’t miss my friends cute projects! I think I may have to make one or two or all of these. 🙂 And don’t forget to enter the Expressions Vinyl giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below!
Miss America from A girl and a glue gun
Stars and Stripes pillow from Tried and true
Patriotic Pinwheels from Hey let’s make stuff.
Land that I love from Persia Lou
God Bless the U.S.A. from Pitter and Glink
Stars and Stripes from Sugar Bee Crafts
Party like it’s 1776 from The Scrap Shoppe.
Throwing away my shot from Sew what Alicia