DIY Rustic Pallet Wood American Flag
DIY Patriotic Wood American Flag | Learn how to make a Patriotic Wood American Flag from pallet wood with this step-by-step tutorial.
PATRIOTIC WOOD AMERICAN FLAG WALL ART
Originally Published May 21, 2014
For years I have been looking for a way to add a rustic and patriotic wood American flag to my decor in a way that both fits with my style and is affordable. I decided the best way to get what I was looking for was to make one myself. This American flag wall decor is made with (untreated) pallet wood and leftover paint, so it was virtually free.
Before we start, I should mention that this was not a precise project. I have rounded to the nearest even dimension to make things easier for you in recreating the piece. My pallet boards were warped like crazy, so there was no way I was ever getting it perfect. I embraced the imperfection. I like the call this look “Colonial Tavern”. There are gaps, cracks, rough cut marks, and knots. I love that look! For more inspiration, you can check out the rest of my Patriotic Summer Dining Room here.
Rustic Pallet Wood American Flag Tutorial
Final Dimensions: 22×36”
You will need:
4- 1x6x8 Pine Boards (cut list follows) If using pallet wood, 6 boards at least 36” long.
32- 3/4” Wood Screws
120 Grit Sandpaper or block
12×18” Stars Stencil
Red, White, and Blue Paint
4 @ 1×6 at 36” (I used slightly variable lengths for a rustic look)
2 @ 1×6 at 22”
I started out by gathering my materials. I knew I wanted this to be fairly substantial, so I found my longest boards. Six were used in total. Four to make up the flag, and two for the back support brackets.
I do want to mention that these were untreated raw pallets. I know there’s some concern over pallets treated with chemicals, but that was not the case here.
I cut the two pieces down to 22” for the back supports. I left the front boards at slightly varying lengths to add character, but they are all around 36”.
Next, I laid them out and made sure they were flush on one side (the left side of the flag). I decided which side of the board I wanted to face downward (which would be the front of the flag). I didn’t worry about the spacing between boards. They were far from perfect, and I had already accepted that there would be gaps!
Finally, I lined up the back brackets and attached them using wood screws.
Note: The best policy, especially with dry wood like pallets is to pre-drill the holes so the boards don’t crack. I skipped this step because I wasn’t worried if boards cracked a bit. Luckily just the right amount of cracking and splitting happened.
After the whole thing was solid, I gave the whole flag a light sanding with a 120 sanding block. Just enough to get rid of the grime and splinters without going down to a fresh layer of wood.
Next, I applied a light coat of whitewash to the whole front of the flag with some plain white latex paint. The key is to mostly dry brush this. Although this will make up the stripes, I intended for it to have a lot of wood grain showing through.
Once the white paint was dry, I measured out and painted the blue area (painting over the white in that corner) which is approximately 12×16”.
Once that was dry, I taped off to create the stripes. I used 1.5″ painters tape, but had to layer two pieces as my stripes had to be slightly wider. Each stripe is approximately 1.75”.
I painted the red with another paint sample we had kicking around. Since the pallet wood is so rough, there was some unavoidable bleeding under the tape.
Then, it was time to add the stars. I sanded a bit first to allow more of the grain to show through the blue. I created a vinyl stencil with my vinyl cutting machine and applied it to the blue area. However, I found this handy stencil for you that’s already made and is pretty close in size. You’ll just have to make sure to center the stars on the blue area, and it will work perfectly!
Then, I very carefully dabbed white paint with a foam brush to create the stars. I wanted these to be fairly crisp. Once those were dry I removed the vinyl and touched up where needed.
I succeeded, and was riding the adrenaline rush of a completed project… but then I noticed that I had goofed. While laying out the stripes I was so busy worrying about the proportions according to USFlag.org that I missed that the red stripe does not extend past the bottom of the blue area. So, I fixed my goof with a sponge brush and more blue paint. All better!
After letting it also sit overnight, I went back over it with the sanding block, distressing where it seemed to need it. Sanding also helped blend in the edges of the different colors. Then I gave it a coat of clear finishing wax.
There it is! I am so excited to finally have a patriotic accent in my decor. This DIY Patriotic Wood American Flag is perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July. I hope that you enjoyed this project and would love to see a photo of your completed flag! For more summer project, decor, and entertaining ideas you can click here.
Last but not least, If you’re more of a shopper than a DIYer, there are some great handmade options here ! You can support a handmade seller and still get your perfect rustic and patriotic piece.
45 Easiest DIY Projects with Wood Pallets, You Can Build
A home with all the desired sections, stylish furnishing and gorgeous embellishing is the dream of every homey person. An accomplished home with all the functional and beauty applications gives us a sense of satisfaction and pleasure and those who come with the silver spoon in their mouth spend a big fortune to get such a fancy house. But not everyone is born rich and wealthy, the majority of the people are those who live on budgets and monthly incomes and for such people, a dreamy house is somewhat impossible to achieve due to the inflaming prices of the furniture and decor things in the market.
But through the pallet projects we are to give you some useful and budget free ideas by the reuse of discarded pallets for a better home with all the stylish and functional furniture gain along with some creative and amazing decor ideas too. And today we are going to share with you almost 45 creative wood pallet projects and ideas ranging from indoor furniture and decor to outdoor improvement projects and they are easy and too feasible to deal at home with. So have a sneak peek into these 45 DIY pallet home improvement ideas and you would come to know that there is not even a single thing that cannot be attained from the pallets.
We have divided the 45 ideas into small roundups so that they are easy to brief about. In the first group of the pallet ideas we have included the gorgeous collection of furniture and decor items with a touch of rustic style in all, some of them belong to the basic home furnishing like a dining set with large table and benches, an XL size multi stained pallet coffee table, lounge chair made all from the slat arrangement and stacking method.
For the outdoor bar area stools with and without back have been yielded from 50+ Best-loved pallet bar ideas with lovely and bright hues of stain. To jazz up a bedroom dwelling a trendy bed with crate like hanging shelves and a super cool media table with drawers would grab your attention below. And for the walls there is cute clock made from dice section pieces and a big mirror with pallet plank frame adding more beauty and fun to your home decor and interiors.
These multi colored pallet stools are one of the easiest things that you can feasibly make from pallets at home with pallet slats,some nails and a hammer to enjoy a fun seat in the outdoors or indoor to enjoy some drinks on.
This pallet bed frame is really something unique and modern in its style and shape and can be easily adapted to a contemporary styled bedroom. The single face skids have been joined to form the bed platform and large boards have been turned into the headboards while the crates have been hanged on its top for book storage.
This bench seat for the kids is double functional as it would allow the kids to have a fun seat on it and to climb it up at the side stair steps and pergola and the purple color makes it look damn cute to attract the little girls.
This is a master piece from the pallets made with skillful and and talented hands with fine crafting when pallet slats have been stacked tightly together to shape up the giant table, benches and the stools at the sides to sit.
This coffee table is one of its type for for two main reasons one is its large size with double shelves and the other is its finish in the rainbow colors making it look quite a shabby chic piece of decor for your living or outdoor.
Pallet skids are when dismantled we get slats and dice sections and the small and cute dice section pieces have been stacked together here to shape up this utterly creative and unique clock for the decor of your walls.
To shape up this pallet made lounge chair first make a rectangular frame from thick pallet bars and then fill it with gap using pallet slat pieces same slat would be used as hinges to support the back at a tilted angle.
This cute and small size media stand would a proud part of your bedroom decor holding your tv on the top, remotes and Cd’s in the drawers and some other things like these int he base shelf being an entertainment center itself.
If you are working on pallets then you must have some pallet scrap of left out piece different in pieces don’t throw them away as they can be used to make such a gorgeous mirror for your hall or bathroom decor.
Apart from the sofa side tables and console table one more type of table is used in the living and that is this behind sofa like that of a console table to up grade the decor of the house by holding the candle jars, flower vases, photo frame and lot more on it.