28 Jun Rustic American Wood Flag DIY
You really have to hand it to Betsy Ross. She knew what she was doing. The American Flag design is so simple, yet so distinctive and also open to beautiful interpretations. Do I sound patriotic? Well yes, I am! Here’s a craft project that’s fun for all ages, kids and adults alike. Show your patriotism; learn how to make your own flag or this Rustic American Wood Flag DIY with these easy instructions.
Gather up your favorite kids or girlfriends, and let’s prepare for the Fourth of July by creating our own version of this iconic slice of America. We will transform a piece of rustic wood into an American Flag with today’s easy DIY. This craft idea is about embracing your imperfection! The less accurate the better, like Folk Art, which according to Webster, is the traditional art of untrained people. Folk Art is characterized by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed, according to Wikipedia. I love that, don’t you? It’s all about being human. And imperfect. In fact, if the art is perfect, it’s actually not as appealing. The more mistakes the better it gets. Is this a message to us about life? Maybe so.
As a graphic designer, I was taught to practice fine craftsmanship in college. We were held to high standards and I have practiced this for 30+ years in my own design work, so imperfect art is against all of my instincts. Surprisingly tho, it is so freeing, fun, and a wonderful form of therapy.
If you hear a voice within you that says “you can not paint” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
– Vincent Van Gogh
Decorative Wooden Flag Craft Materials and Where to Buy
Flags are a perfect art piece for decorating year-round if you enjoy a rustic, eclectic, or whimsical decor in your home. A large rustic wood flag would look great over a fireplace, in a bar area, or out on the porch or patio.
Make one for your alma mater, your sports team, or your country. It’s also a great, handmade keepsake to pull out each year for your nation’s holidays.
Wood Flag Craft Materials and Where to Buy
Here’s what you need to make your own rustic flag. The craft supplies are inexpensive and easy to find. Your most important item will be the wood “canvas”. Old, rustic wood or planks from a pallet would be an amazing choice if you happen to have access to that. If not, there are a variety of options at your local (or online) craft store. We found ours at Hobby Lobby. Select a pre-made wooden signboard, or buy planks and glue them together yourself. Also, consider checking out the clearance section and purchase a ready-made sign and paint over it, for a fraction of the price. Next, you will need paint and inexpensive brushes. To roughen up or “age” the surface of the wood after the flag is painted, you will also need sandpaper. Affiliate links below in green.
Wood Canvas ideas HERE and HERE
Acrylic Paint ideas HERE and HERE
Paper plate or paint tray
Wood glue, optional
Vice grips, optional
Flag Craft Project Instructions
2 Glue your wooden craft planks together if necessary and trim to the desired size.
3 Prepare your paint and brushes. If making a US flag, paint the blue first. Dry.
4 Stencil or freehand paint your stars with white. Let the paint dry.
5 Paint your red stripes. Let dry. Paint your white stripes. Wait until dry.
6 Roughen the surface and edges with sandpaper. (Optional)
This is a great project for kids to make to celebrate the Fourth of July. It’s also a fun piece to hang up year-round. I hope you will give it a try and please tag me or leave me a note in the comment box below if you do!
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