DIY – USA Wooden Flag Made with Grade Stake Pickets…

Memorial Day is Monday May 24. It makes me think of the men in my family that proudly served our country. I decided that I wanted to make something that would honor my father and remember my maternal grandfather and father-in-law.

Honey Bee and I have been working on a project and on one of our MANY visits to Home Depot I found these stakes…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)At first, I passed them by but then I glanced at the price tag. For a box of 12 pickets the cost was $3.47! Pretty great, right? At the time I didn’t even know what I was going to use them for – but then I came up with the idea of a rustic, antiqued flag. This is perfect for Memorial Day and Forth of July.

I got to work laying out my flag design…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I only needed to use eight of the stakes. Stay tuned next week to see the sign I made with the other four :) I painted every other stake red.

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)And the other stakes were painted white, being sure to leave an area to paint blue.

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)Painting the left corner blue…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)After the paint dried, I turned the pickets over. I used Gorilla Glue and paint stirrers to brace the back side of the pickets for stability.

**FYI** I had never used Gorilla Glue before. I didn’t realize that when the glue dried, it expanded. Well, I used too much glue and it expanded a lot. I also got glue on my hands which was very difficult to get off. I ended up using fingernail polish remover. **

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)When the glue was totally dry – after about two hours – I turned the flag over. I used a palm sander to distress the paint finish.

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I printed out a star shape and heavily traced the outline with chalk…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I placed the chalk side down in the blue square area of the flag. I rubbed the chalk line well…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)This gave a great outline for white paint placement…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I filled in the outline with white craft paint…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I let the paint dry…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I then gave a thorough coat of clear paste wax to the entire flag front…

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)Followed by a coat of dark wax. In my opinion, the dark wax gives an instant vintage look.

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)Here she is…all complete. I really love the rustic finish.

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)This project was fairly easy – minus the Gorilla Glue learning curve :) My total cost was less than $3.47. I only used eight of the pickets and I had all of the other materials on-hand. The other materials were leftover from other projects. The glue I “borrowed” from Honey Bees cabinet :)

DIY tutorial - USA wooden flag made using grade stake pickets from the hardware store. Used a sander and waxes to give the flag a vintage, rustic antique finish. I'm proud to be an American :)I thank and appreciate the military men and women whom protect me on a daily basis. I am proud to be an American!

Comments

  1. Juliw says

    I love this flag! I truly hope it is as easy as you say. Making this tomorrow!

  2. 2 Bees in a Pod says

    Julie?

    So happy that we have inspired you to make this flag. Let us know how it turns out!

    Vicki and Jennifer

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