Make a pallet wood DIY flag, without having to break down pallets or use power tools. I love this farmhouse style patriotic American flag decor project!
Raise your hand if you love the whole “reclaimed wood” or “pallet wood” decor trend! Now, raise your hand if you don’t want to bust out power tools for every single DIY decor project that you tackle!
OK – good. We’re on the same page.
Now, what if I told you that you could make reclaimed wood signs all day long, without having to salvage, saw, or nail a thing?
I recently decided to make a little summer update to my new farmhouse style kitchen shelves with an American flag pallet wood sign. And since I prefer to DIY these kinds of things, that’s exactly what I did. This project was so, so , so easy to make.
My key to DIY success: pre-made unfinished wood signs from the craft store.
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Here are the supplies you’ll need to make this DIY flag:
- unfinished wood sign – I like these ones from the craft store or else you can get them with free shipping here
- wood stain – I used a combination of golden oak and dark walnut.
- paint brush or rag for staining, and brushes for painting
- masking tape
- 50 star stickers – I bought mine in the teacher section of the craft store
- white chalk paint
- gray chalk paint
- medium grit sandpaper
- newspaper – to protect your work surface
DIY flag full tutorial:
First, stain the wood sign. I like to use a combination of golden oak and dark walnut.
Let the stain dry completely.
Using masking tape, tape off your 13 lines.
Be sure to wrap the tape around the edges.
Paint white stripes. Peel off tape at an angle while the paint is still a bit tacky. You won’t get crisp lines if you allow the paint to dry completely.
Add 50 star stickers (hit up the teacher section at your craft supply store). Stipple on gray paint. Don’t use brush strokes!! Your edges will bleed, and the stars won’t look quite like stars.
Once all of the chalk paint has dried, sand down the sign. Sand as much as you like, until you reach your desired “distressed” look.
Wipe down the sign with a barely-damp cloth. You could seal the sign with a clear coat of wax if you would like.
My Finished Neutral Pallet American Flag
Do you love my kitchen shelves? Well, they were a super easy DIY. You can read all about them here.
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