I have been eyeing several wooden American flags online, but I just couldn’t pay the price they wanted for them. I tried to convince myself that one would look amazing in my entryway, but I just couldn’t break down and make the purchase. So, I decided to try to make my own version.
I was very nervous, but if it flopped, it was my reason to tell the hubby I needed to purchase one online.
And, here is how the process went…
Step 1: I purchased lumber from Lowe’s & nailed them together.
Originally, I was going to do this project using pallets, but the boards were not long enough for my entryway. So, I went to Lowe’s, picked out my lumber and had them cut each piece to measure 48 inches long. I think I ended up getting 14 pieces, which gave me a few extras (you know, in case I made a mistake).
I wasn’t sure how tall the flag was going to be until I connected the pieces and eye-balled it. After connecting them, it ended up being 32 inches tall.
So, my flag measurements were 48 inches x 32 inches.
Step 2: Using painter’s tape, I marked off the section for the stars.
Once again, I eye-balled it. The stars section measured 19.5 inches x 14 inches.
A look at my painting supplies. For this part, I used:
- $0.97 set of foam brushes from Wal-Mart
- Apple Barrel acrylic paint in Real Blue, White, & Flamenco Red from Wal-Mart
- Aleene’s spray acrylic sealer from Wal-Mart
Step 3: Using the Real Blue acrylic paint, I painted the star section of the flag.
I ended up doing three full coats of paint, plus touch ups at the end after the stars were placed on the flag.
Step 4: Using the White acrylic paint, I painted the rest of the flag white.
It took three full coats of paint on this part as well. I decided it would be easier to paint the entire flag white first, then add the red stripes.
Step 5: I applied the painter’s tape on the sections that would be the white stripes.
Now, this took some patience. I took the height of the flag and divided it by 13 (for the number of stripes on an American flag). Then, I marked the flag lightly on both sides with a pencil. I marked both sides to ensure my lines were straight.
I made sure to check out several American flags before starting this step. I wanted to make sure I started with the correct stripe color at the top and bottom.
Step 6: Using the Flamenco Red paint, I painted on the red stripes.
It took approximately four coats to complete this step. Remember, I had originally painted this whole part white. So, I had to make sure I covered up the white entirely.
Side note: Even though I peeled the painter’s tape off immediately after the last coat, it still created bleeding and uneven edges. It took four coats, so by the time the last coat went on, the first three were already stuck to the tape.
It actually turned out good because I wanted a rugged look, and the rough edges helped create that effect.
Are you ready for the HARDEST part of the entire process?!?!
Step 7: I created an outline for the star placement.
I had NO IDEA how I was going to get the stars on the flag. I didn’t really even know if I had the tools to pull it off. Sorry folks, this girl has no drawing abilities.
So, I made a template using white paper.
I connected and cut white paper to be the size of the section: 19.5 inches x 14 inches.
Then, I sectioned out the paper according to where the stars needed to go. I needed the flag to have 9 rows:
6 stars, 5 stars, 6 stars, 5 stars, 6 stars, 5 stars, 6 stars, 5 stars, 6 stars
So, I made 9 horizontal boxes and 6 vertical boxes. I punched a hole in the center of the boxes of the rows that contained 6 stars. And, a hole on the center of the lines on the rows that contained 5 stars.
Clear as Mud?!?!
The picture below will probably help tremendously. If you have questions, please let me know.
Step 8: Using a silver Sharpie, I marked inside the holes.
I laid the sheet over the section before completing this step. This showed me where each star needed to be placed.
Step 9: Using my Cricut, I made a 1 1/2 inch star & used it as a stencil.
I punched out the center of the star and used the outline as my stencil. I ended up making about 6 of them, so I could switch them out as I went.
Step 10: I touched up the blue because I made some boo-boos creating the stars.
Step 11: I applied an antiquing glaze to make the flag look aged or rugged.
I didn’t want my flag to look brand new. I wanted it to have an aged look, which meant my imperfections would add to the look. So, I applied Valspar’s antiquing glaze that I purchased at Lowe’s. I love that stuff!
Step 12: My husband cut the extra wood off the bottom using a saw.
And, a look at the final product hanging in my entryway!
If you are anything like me, you may dissect posts you read and wonder where they purchased EVERYTHING in a photo. So, I wanted to share that info with you.
- Silver Ole Miss Rebel Beverage Bucket – gift from my mom
- Dresser – my dad’s when we was a boy
- White wash large lantern – Pier One
- Candle inside lantern – Luminara via Zulily
- Vintage clock – Pick Your Plum
- White porcelain pitcher – Threshold @ Target
- White flowers – Michaels
- Black frame – old and spray painted
- Be Still & Know print – Pen & Paint
- Figurine holding flag – Demdaco Willow Tree Hero Figurine
- Happy Everything big neutral platter with attachment – Coton Colors
This flag isn’t just for the 4th of July. I plan on keeping it in my entryway year round. Overall, this project cost approximately $55.00.
- $40.00 – lumber
- $15.00 – paint, tape, & brushes