Imagine your 10" tall Uncle Sam figure, all spangled with mica powder,
as the centerpiece for your Independence Day display! He'll
be impressive in his vintage image star-studded swallow-tail
This craft is a standout for a few reasons. Not
the least is how easy it is. But we think the big bonus is the template
we provide for the simple cardboard stand glued behind Sam. You can
resize and use this template again and again, for all kinds of
professional-looking standee figures.
The Uncle Sam figure vintage image comes from a
patriotic postcard, circa 1906. His name (with his U.S. initials) first
appeared in print just after the War of 1812, and his familiar likeness
started taking shape around 1840. His most famous portrait was painted
by James Montgomery Flagg in 1917 for the US Army's "I Want
You" recruitment poster.
This classic vintage image and the folding stand
template is yours FREE as a PDF download. Just click
the "vintage image and stand template" link in the list of
Foam sheet, 6" X 11", any color (we used white)
Matte photo paper.
Transfer (carbon) paper.
Tagboard or other stiff,
Ultra-fine glitter or powdered mica.
White craft glue.
Tacky craft glue (like Aleen's) or contact
Fine-tipped paint brush.
Straight-edge or ruler.
the Uncle Sam vintage image on matte photo paper. Trim the image to
roughly 5" X 11". Apply spray adhesive to the back of the image and
to the foam sheet, smoothing out bubbles and pressing until dry.
With a sharp craft knife on a self-healing mat,
cut around the outside of the foam-backed image. At Sam's feet, cut
straight down from the tips of his shoes to the bottom border of the
image, and then across the bottom border. Do not cut out
between his legs or in the crooks of his arms.
Dilute a nickel-sized blob of white glue with a
drop of water. Using the paint brush, apply the glue to the stars on
Uncle Sam's hat and jacket, and the white stripes of his pants (or
anywhere you really want glitter).
Sprinkle with ultra-fine glitter or mica powder, tap off the excess and
let it dry.
the folding stand template onto plain white paper. Using
paper, trace the template onto tagboard (stiff cardboard). With a craft
knife and straight-edge, cut on the solid lines. Use a bone folder to
score heavily on the dotted lines, and fold and burnish them. The
little tab, when folded down, should keep the stand rigid. If
doesn't - add a piece of tape under the tab to hold it.
the foam-backed figure face down and glue the cardboard stand to the
back, centered and flush with the bottom of the figure. Press until
Your Uncle Sam figure is now ready to lead
your 4th of July parade!
Foam sheets are semi-rigid, thin sheets of
"extruded closed-cell Polystyrene foam material," used for
crafts and model-making. We used 1/8" (3mm) thick sheets, but
available from 1/8" up to 3/8" thick. For adhesives, the manufacturer
recommends using spray adhesive, contact cement like
epoxy, or tacky craft glue (like Aleen's).
Plain white craft glue worked fine for us.