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Star stencil: left from a project that I did when my now 17 year old son was two years old and going through his "spaceman" phase. Whenever the Pottery Barn catalog shows up in my mailbox, I know I’m going to be inspired. Recently, I decided to do a complete ┬ámake-over of my screened-in porch for the 4th of July. I had seen an awesome flag in a Pottery Barn catalog but the $129 price tag was way more than I wanted to spend. The hutch is around 37 inches wide and the stakes were 36 inches long in their present state, so I knew they would be just about right.
I had planned to saw off the pointed part of the stakes when I got home, but the nice Home Depot guy offered to run them through their giant saw. I brought the wood strips and frame inside and created the flag in the air conditioned comfort of the breakfast room. I decided to paint all the stripes prior to using the Liquid Nails to attach them to the base. I started by painting all the white stripes first, including a white background for the canton. In the pic below, you can see I went a little further over with the red paint on that top stripe than I did with the other red stripes. I let it dry for about 15 minutes (acrylic paint dries quickly) but before it was completely dry, I took a straight pin and began lifting the stars off, one at a time. The only bad thing about building the flag with the beveled side facing up is, the star stickers kind of wrap around the beveled edge which can sort of give the impression the top or bottom tip of the star is missing, even though it isn’t. If that bothers you, design your flag with the FLAT side of the stake facing upward and the beveled side facing down.
Another variation you could consider doing is to make your base frame bigger than I did and space the wood strips out a teeny bit using a penny or some slender object as a spacer, creating little gaps between the slats of wood. Because I wanted my flag to look pretty crisp and near perfect (before I distressed it) I touched up a few of the stars with the white paint and a really skinny paint brush. I put two short screws into the back when I initially built the base frame so I could hang the flag with picture wire once I was done. If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday you will need to link up the permalink to your MM post and not your general blog address. In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch so your regular readers will be able to find the Met Monday party which ensures your friends and fellow bloggers will receive lots of visits, too. Make sure to check out the Vintage-inspired Coca-Cola sign instructions if you get a chance! Slight design change from yours concerning the stripes- the US flag has six full stripes below the stars, starting with white. Hi I am about to make one of these for myself and I really like the bright colors of yours.


I thought about rope, considered dipping it in Elmer's Glue, then, in what was either a moment of brilliance or a rush that was likely induced by the three Diet Coke's that I had before eleven  this morning, I figured out that I could "write" on a nylon cutting board with hot glue and stick the rope to the glue. There’s almost always something in there that grabs my attention and gets those creaky wheels in the brain turning. In the end, the Liquid Nails was all I needed, except for the frame which I nailed together with skinny. After my Home Depot trip, I had stopped by Michael’s and picked up some small bottles of paint.
I just took each piece of wood over to the kitchen counter and painted it while I watched TV. Apparently, I forgot to take pics during the gluing process (bad blogger) so I’ll describe it. It’s best to squirt the glue on the base frame, press the strip of wood down, let it set a few seconds, then lift it off and place it again. I did that, but apparently I swapped a couple in the painting process, so once I started gluing them down, I had to do a little repositioning. When I first started thinking about how I wanted to build a flag a few weeks back, I had an idea I hoped would work for this star section. They had stickers in a couple of different sizes and these looked like they just might work. I bought this tape to use when I painted the crown molding in my Pottery Barn Bedford office.
I did the top row and then moved on to the second row, etc… I left all the stars I had cut out in place as I worked, just lifting the one I was working on at the moment, to stick it down. I thought of doing that, but in the end I decided to just squish them up close to each other.
The stickers worked great so the only touching up I did was just due to the beveling where a tip might be missing here or there. Please visit the person who linked before you and after you…that way everyone will get some visits.
In this case, we have a lot of weathered pallet wood lying around, and a lot of extra paint samples. I would love to have this hanging up somewhere… hmmm… but I definitely want to do something with reclaimed wood to hang up in my bedroom! I used an old trick that I learned in art school: I applied several different colors of red using a plastic spatula. Then, when I allowed it to cool, I simply peeled it from the board and, viola!, the letters held their shape!!!!! Before heading off to The Home Depot for supplies, I measured the area where I wanted to display the flag. He immediately understood what I was trying to do (YAY!) and showed me several different options.


I pre-drilled the holes for the nails because I didn’t want to splinter the skinny frame pieces. I just pulled up a flag online, noticed the star section (known as the canton) didn’t go quite to the center of the flag and I eye-balled it from there.
Somehow that helps the Liquid Nails bond everything better, per the directions on the tube.Liquid Nails works quickly.
You have about 15-20 minutes before the Liquid Nails sets up, so that gives you time to move them around.
This testing process also helped me to know exactly how much of the canton I wanted to paint blue and how much I might need to extend the red stripes over. I do recommend trying to keep it even, though, because the blue won’t totally hide the red paint. A few seemed to be beveled on both sides, but mostly they were flat on one side and beveled on the other. I have always wanted a rustic pallet wood American flag, so I figured it would be the perfect time to make one, with Memorial Day so close!
So when I realized that I could use pallet wood or fence boards to make my own DIY American flag for the 4th of July, I knew that I had to do it!  It all started with THIS adorable mantel.
I envisioned hanging it above the hutch for my 4th of July porch redo, replacing the large platter that normally lives there. I also bought another red called Americana Primary Red, but after testing the reds on the back of the flag, I liked the Cherry Red best. It was firmly set up within 24 hours, but I was able to move the flag around and even try it out on the porch just a couple of hours after gluing all the wood strips down.
Here’s how my flag looked after all the star stickers had been removed with a straight pin.
They looked just like the stakes used to hold a sign on the side of the road for a garage sale or open house.
I asked the Home Depot guy to cut them this size because I wanted the base frame to be smaller than the finished flag.
I didn’t leave it in the upright position, though (just to be safe) until 24 hours had passed.
I was trying to emphasize the fact that this flag wasn’t a solid piece of wood, but was made by individual strips of wood assembled together. That way when I glued the strips of wood across the frame, it wouldn’t be visible from the front.



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