Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rustic Pallet Wood Flag

Hi there!  I think next to my favorite color being red, my next favorite is red, white and blue!  When my kiddos were little my whole kitchen and dining room was all done up in the patriotic colors.  I love it!

Anywho, I always love adding to my collection of the patriotic stuffs, so this year I made this little project.  I found the idea on Pinterest.  That one was a bit more polished than mine, but I love me some rustic goodness!
I like the REALLY rustic look in case you couldn't tell.  The more beat up and chippy, the better.
First, I picked out a few beat up pallet slats from our giant stash of wood and my honey cut them to the sizes I needed using our circular saw.
Next, I drilled the holes that would be needed to "tie" everything together and hang the flag once it was finished.  I just laid the pieces out the way I wanted them, marked each drill spot with a pencil and then drilled each hole.
Now I'm ready for paint.  I just used acrylic paints in the colors flag red, real blue and antique white.  These are just paints I have in my stash.
I mostly used a dry brush technique which means, dab your brush in the paint and then pounce off most of it before you start brushing it on.
See the little wooden stars up there? I got a pack of (6) at Walmart for $1.48.  I painted those with the antique white color.  I made them look older by using an antique glaze in charcoal that I got at Lowe's and have used on so many of my projects.

Now, the flag looks way too new for me, so I took it back out to the shop and used our mouse sander with 220 grit paper and lightly sanded the edges and some on the top where I painted to make it look more rustic.  While I was at it, I sanded all the other edges just so they wouldn't be so rough for handling.
Ok, old and rustic looking, check!  Now its time to tie the pieces together and I needed my honey for this part because he's better at it than I am.  He cut each piece of wire and using needle nose pliers, he twisted the ends to make a little spiral "knot".  Lastly he added the hanging wire using the same technique.
After all the wire was attached, I hot glued the stars on the blue strip of wood and I was finished!

I made a little hook using the same wire that he tied it all together with so I could hang it on my old shutter out on the front porch.
I love it and it just added a little more red, white and blue goodness to the front porch decor.

Want to see more patriotic projects?

How to Make a Patriotic Rug Wreath
2 x 4 Block Flag
My 4th of July Mantel Scape

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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12 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I love the uniqueness of it and rustic is right up my alley. Beautiful job.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Nikki, it sure was fun to make!

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  2. I love how rustic this is and that you used scraps. I'm all for repurposing. So dang cute. Just love it... and you use tool to boot. Just wow ;) I love to upcycle but never do the tools myself lol
    http://thriftytonifty.com/thriftydecoratednewhome/

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    1. Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment! You should try using tools, just start small and move up, that's what I did. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I still ask my honey to do the big stuff! LOL!

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  3. I love the rustic look of your flag! Thanks for sharing at Brag About It. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving a sweet comment Beverly!

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  4. I love how rustic it looks! Pinned.

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    1. Hi there! Me too, thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment!

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  5. I love your flag. Please stop by on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this week because you are my feature pick.
    Have a wonderful 4th.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Bev! It's always exciting to be featured and your party is always awesome too!

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  6. This is so cute! Your directions are so good, you make it sound easy and I can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate It!

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    1. Thanks so very much Teri, I really appreciate your sweet comment! Have fun if you get to try it! :)

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