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DIY Wooden American Flag

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Memorial Day is Monday May 25th. 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 our hardware store 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 wooden, 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 Wooden Painted American Flag

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 and took on a life to its own. I also got glue on my hands which was very difficult to get off. I ended up using fingernail polish remover. **

DIY Wooden Painted American Flag

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 Wooden Painted American Flag

I printed out a star shape and heavily traced the outline with chalk…

DIY Wooden Painted American Flag

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 🙂

Easy DIY Rustic American Flag

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!

14 Comments

  1. Does anyone else hear ” Deep in the heart of Texas” playing? This is so cute. I love it and I can’t believe you made this for such little money! It looks like a million bucks. Hugs, CoCo

  2. VIcki and Jenn, I LOVE this. I just love the idea and the paint treatment!! It looks fabulous and is perfect for all the holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Great job and feel free to put that in the ship to Cali box…lol. Have a great day, xo Lisa

    1. Lisa – Thanks so much! They are so easy and fun to make! We wish we could deliver it in person!

  3. Oh my word y’all! This is just too cute! I wish that I had one of my very own for the holiday weekend!

  4. This is just awesome! The finished project has a prefect vintage look. I love the techniques you used. I’ve stayed away from Gorilla Glue for the reasons you mentioned. My husband gave me a warning of “it works great, but…”

    1. Thanks Beverly! We wish we were given the Gorilla warning LOL. But, it really does work great! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. So cute! Perfect for all the summer holidays and more. Great job on the paint treatment, and thanks for the GG tips. Who knew? 🙂 Bwg ~~~

    1. Hi Bobbi – Thanks so much! This was a fun project – minus the GG learning curve 🙂 Hope you’re soaking up the sunshine!

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