You know when you go through phases of doing certain things & not doing certain things. I get that a lot in my “DIY life”. For a while this past winter I was painting a lot of signs & small things for our home & my booth at Painted Farmgirl, but lately I’ve been painting a lot of larger items & I haven made a sign in quite some time. This memorial day weekend has inspired me to make a pallet sign again & this time I wanted to honor the men & women who have given their lives for my freedom so I decided to make a wood pallet american flag. While making the DIY flag art it really gave me a long time to reflect on the sacrifice so many selflessly make for this beautiful country we live in.
I mean so much patriotic goodness right?! & it was pretty easy to make too. I have to say our flag is not accurate in many ways, but there are 50 stars & 13 stripes & that’s what matters right? I wasn’t necessarily going for accuracy, but more of a representation of the flag as art & for what the flag stands for. Freedom.
– Wood pallet [you can find them almost anywhere or you can make your own with scrap wood]
– Red, white, & blue paint
– paint brushes
– Star stamp or star stencil [or you can freehand the stars. Go on with your bad self!]
– sand paper
-Paint the whole pallet with your white paint.
-Tape off the rectangle for the stars & your red stripes.
-The size of your rectangle is determined by how large of a star you use. We picked up a rubber start stamp at Michaels. Lay out your stars & see how big the space will have to be. Paint the rectangle blue & wait for it to dry. We stamped the first star in the top left corner & used the stamp as the size of the space in between each star.
-Tape off the stripes. We taped off 13 sections [as seen below] This part was hard for me to visualize with the tape how the stripes were laid out but after a few minutes I figured it out. Use a level & some good painters tape. We didn’t have any painters tape on hand so I actually used 3m electric tape. Hey, it worked! Use what you got.
– Before you paint the stripes I suggest marking each red stripe so that you don’t accidentally mess up & paint one of your white stripes red.
-After everything was dry I ripped up the tape & made any touchups I had to do like filling in gaps, fixing stripes, & so on.
– I then sanded the whole piece & sealed it with some Maison Blanche Dark Wax.
I hope I explained that so you can somewhat understand how I made the flag. I feel like when I made it I really didn’t go in with a plan at all so do whatever feels right to you & how you want it to look. This is just how we made ours. I love how it turned out & I think this is the perfect addition to any room in the home, a porch, or a patio. I styled ours in our dining room for the holiday & I just love how patriotic it makes the room look…
What do you think of our DIY pallet flag? I am really happy with how it came out & kind of want to make 10 different versions of this. I might even make some for my booth so stay tuned locals if you are in need of one. & this Memorial Day & everyday let’s remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live freely & enjoy our lives. I hope you are surrounded my loved ones this holiday & truly get to feel freedom no matter where you are. xx