Most Americans love their country, and who wouldn’t want to show their patriotism with a beautiful pallet flag? Both classic and easy to make, this pallet flag is the perfect fit for any American home.
What You’ll Need
You will need a few items to make your all-American statement piece. Before you jump in with both feet, make sure you have the following:
- Pallet wood
- Red, white, and blue wood paint
- A wide paintbrush (two if you are unable to wash your brush in between paint sessions)
- A small paintbrush
- Small wooden stars (if you cannot find this in your local craft shop, you can sub in a star stencil and fill with white paint using a small paintbrush)
- Binder twine or thin rope
- Hot glue or wood glue
- Four nails
- Ruler (pick one you don’t mind getting paint on!)
- Painter’s tape
- Newspaper (for easy cleanup)
Step One: Section off a piece of your pallet in the left hand corner. Using the ruler as your guide, make a perfect square and fill it in with your blue wood paint. You should use the wide paintbrush for this feat; this will assure proper saturation. Let dry and wash your wide paintbrush.
Step Two: While your section of blue is drying, you can paint your wooden stars using the small paintbrush and white paint. Set these on the newspaper. Then, let dry. (When it comes to placing the stars on the flag, you may find that they stick to the newspaper. If this happens, give them a good pull and scrape off any unsightly newspaper bits.)
Step Three: Once your section of blue is fully dry, apply painter’s tape to the entire section.
Step Four: After the painter’s tape is applied, begin painting each wooden plank using your wide paintbrush, starting with red on top. Alternate red and white until you have finished each slat. If you prefer a more natural look, forego the white paint and let the white stripes go au naturale. Finally, let it dry.
Step Five: As soon as your pallet is fully dry, you may remove the painter’s tape from the blue section. If the paint pulls up any paint chips, fill them in as necessary using a small paintbrush. If you must do this, let the touched up spots dry before moving onto the next step.
Step Six: Dab wood glue or hot glue on the back of your white stars. Stick them in a pattern of your choice in your blue square. Your stars can be arranged in a more traditional manner or even in the shape of a circle, heart, or cross! If you are going to go with a less traditional method, map out the shape before adding glue. You don’t want to commit to a shape that you will not have room to implement. Once your stars are glued down, let them dry. If you are painting them on rather than gluing wooden pieces, stencil them and paint them on at this time. You will then let the paint dry. Note that this is a less recommended method, due to paint bleeding when it comes to small details.
Step Seven: Once your paint and/or glue has finished drying, cut four small pieces of binder twine or thin rope and loop them. Glue to the back of your finished piece. Let it dry again.
Step Eight: Hammer nails into the wall where you would like to hang your pallet flag.
Step Nine: Hang it up and show your friends!
Every American should have a flag in their house, but who says it needs to be traditional fabric? If you prefer to stand out among the crowd, make your own rustic-looking pallet flag. Your friends and family are sure to compliment you!