DIY Reclaimed Wood American Flag

DIY American Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

Here’s another painting I did last weekend from reclaimed wood….a rustic American Flag for our outdoor living area. It took under 45 minutes to paint:

Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

The only labor intensive part was making the canvas from a reclaimed wood pallet. First, the pallet was dismantled and then the pieces were attached to two boards:

Canvas Made From Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

Updated: Here’s the back view of the reclaimed wood so that you can see how it was put together:

Back of the pallet wood via lilblueboo.com

 

I used blue tape to mask off the red stripes of the American flag:

Masking with Tape Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

I used a roller to apply the red paint. (I used the same type of paint used in the Coca-Cola Sign tutorial) I painted very erratically to give it a distressed and uneven feel:

DIY American Flag Home Decor from (Painting Red Stripes) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

The thin red layer only took a few minutes to dry:

DIY American Flag Home Decor from (Red Stripes) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

Next I applied blue paint for the star area:

DIY American Flag Home Decor from (Blue) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

The red and the blue finished:

DIY Tutorial American Flag Home Decor from (Before White Stripes) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

Next I masked off all the red and blue areas so that I could paint the white stripes:

DIY American Flag Painting from (Before White Stripes) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

To quickly apply the stars I cut a 16″ x 20″ stencil into vinyl using my Silhouette machine.  Here’s template I set up…..if you have a Silhouette machine just click the image to download the template. You can resize it to your own canvas. Mine was so large that I had to print it in two pieces:

I applied the stencil to the wood and used my roller to apply a layer of white paint:

DIY American Flag Painting from (Star Stencil) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

The finished American flag!

DIY American Flag Painting from (Drying) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

I love all the imperfections of the wood:

DIY Rustic American Flag Painting from (Drying) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

Worn and distressed….it looks old and vintage:

DIY Rustic Distressed American Flag Painting from (Drying) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

A piece like this would cost hundreds of dollars unless you made it yourself for under $20:

DIY Rustic Distressed American Flag Painting from (DIY Home Decor) Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

Update: The finished signs was about 50 x 34 inches.

Make sure to check out the Vintage-inspired Coca-Cola sign instructions if you get a chance!

 

How to Make a DIY Rustic Palette / Pallet Sign via lilblueboo.com

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Subway Art Pillows: DIY Subway Sign inspired pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

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  1. 1

    WOWZA….I am in love! Lovin the patriotism :)

  2. 3
    Brandi says:

    Ashley, I love the reclaimed American Flag project. I am going to give it a try. First question, step one. LOL – I am not a pro at the DIY. Lol. Dismantle the palet and attach to two boards. Can I see a pic of the back?

  3. 7
    Danica says:

    My husband made us the same thing for our room as well! :) http://chicrunner.com/2012/01/pallet-board-flag/

  4. 8
    Madi W. says:

    Beautiful! I would love to have this hanging up somewhere… hmmm… but I definitely want to do something with reclaimed wood to hang up in my bedroom!

    -Madi

  5. 9

    I love it! And my husband goes crazy for Americana anything so he would love this! Would you consider selling your pre-cut vinyl star template for those of us without a silhouette? Pretty please?? :)

  6. 10
    Travis Nolan says:

    This is great. What size tape did you use?

  7. 12
    DKay says:

    Love your website.
    I made one yesterday using old porch boards.
    Slight design change from yours concerning the stripes- the US flag has six full stripes below the stars, starting with white. Kinda tricky to get the dimensions right.
    I love the precision of your stars.
    Good job.
    :)

  8. 13
    brandon says:

    Hi I am about to make one of these for myself and I really like the bright colors of yours. Do you remember what shade of red and blue you used? I know its americana acrylic but was it cherry red and ultramarine blue?

    • 14
      Lisa says:

      Sorry, we don’t have the names but they were as close to primary red and blue as Ashley could find :-)

  9. 15
    Donna says:

    Hi! I love the flag and am currently trying to make one of these myself. Can you give me the dimensions of the flag? I am trying to figure out how many boards to use.

    Thank you!

  10. 17
    Clara says:

    What is the competed size of the board? I’m totally in love with this :)

  11. 19
    Hillary Kulick says:

    Would you be interested in selling this?

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