Are you looking for a kid friendly project? Or a scout troop project?
Our 4th of July DIY series is in full swing and I am excited to introduce project #6.
Before we jump into project #6, here’s a quick list of the projects we’ve already completed.
- Series #1 Patriotic Word Printable post
- Series #2 Wooden blocks with Inspirational Patirotic Words and Phrases
- Series #3 Framed bunting image + mini cards printable
- Series #4 Wooden Stars
- Series #5 Patriotic Printables
Its been a long time since I’ve ventured into the garage to use the scroll saw or the jig saw, but project #6 gave me the perfect reason to dust off the saw.
The simplicity of the palette flag project is perfect:
- opportunity to teach (age appropriate) “tool use and safety”
- project for a beginner
- time to use your scrap wood
- kid friendly activity for painting the stars and stripes
I love rustic wood projects but didn’t have any palette slats to use; I bought simple pine slats (they were already pre-cut to size). I think this would look fantastic if you use weathered barn wood or palette wood. If you try this with uneven, weathered wood tweet me a picture. I bet it turned out fabulous. Do you like wood projects? What inspires you?
- Palette, pine, MDF scraps, or uneven, imperfect boards, barn wood (use what you have)
- (8) 1/2″ x 2″ x 24″ slats
- Brad Nailer or glue
- Painters tape
- Varnish (optional)
- Download your Free star pattern
- Cut 8 slats to size
- Sand the boards
- Trace and cut the stars (Download your Free star pattern)
- Sand the stars
- Paint the stars white
- Put 2 boards aside for the back of the flag (These will become the vertical slats that the horizontal stripes will rest on)
- Paint two boards white
- Paint one board red
- For the last three boards, tape off about 6 inches (or 1/3 the length of the board) from the left. This will be the “blue” part of the flag
- Paint the blue area, let dry
- Remove the tape and place over the blue paint to protect the “blue line”
- Paint the red stripe on the other end of the two blue painted boards
- Paint the white stripe on the other end of the two blue painted boards
- Assembly the boards
- Place the horizontal stripes across the vertical boards (the ones you didn’t paint)
- Leave a small space (~1/4″ – 1/2″) between each stripe
- Glue and clamp each stripe or attach with a brad nailer
- Glue or brad nail the white stars to the blue part of the flag
- If you are hanging the wood flag outside, apply varnish to protect it against the elements
- Great hostess gift idea to take to the neighborhood BBQ
- Instead of small wooden stars; sponge paint, stamp or stencil white stars on the blue part of the flag
- Sand down the edges of the stars and stripes for a rustic look and feel
- Buff or sponge brown or black ink on the edges of the stars and stripes for an antique look and feel
- Show your state pride and paint your state flag
- Place vinyl star shaped stickers (as a relief pattern) and then paint the blue over the stars
- For the blue part of the flag, paint it white first
- let the paint dry
- place the vinyl stars on the white part of the stripe
- paint over the vinyl stars with blue paint
- let paint dry and remove the vinyl stickers
I was really happy with how easy this project came together. I hung mine flag on my front porch and might just leave it up all year long. Where did you hang your finished flag? tweet how you used today’s DIY project #tth4thofjuly Here’s to a Happy and decorated 4th of July.
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