We celebrated my sister’s birthday last night. It was a super fun get together out in the country, which was the perfect setting for giving Tina her gift!
A little bit ago Tina sent me a picture from Dishfunctional Designs of an American Flag made out of a pallet saying she would love something like it.
The link to the original post was broken, so I decided I would wing it and make it my own way.
I made a bit of a smaller version, using a miniature pallet which my local grocery store was nice enough to give to me (the bigger pallets have to go back to the vendor I guess, but the smaller ones they are happy to give away).
- Mini pallet
- Sand paper
- Paint brushes (bristle and foam)
- Wood sealer
- Short nails (1/4 in in length should be good)
- Mending plates (Example here)
- Thick string or wire to hang
I tore up the pallet gathering 5 of the boards, doing a light sanding just to get the biggest rough spots out. I probably looked like a crazy person spreading all of this out on the sidewalk in front of our house. We live on a really busy street, and don’t have a yard at all (one of the downfalls to renting a townhouse). It’s really fun to take a hammer and go to town, though. Just HULK OUT and pry those boards apart with your hammer (wait a second… Thor’s the one with the hammer)! I brought my phone out with me and was listening to the show “Once Upon a Time” on Netflix while I was working. Wearing ear phones makes it easier to ignore people walking by 🙂
Line up the boards how you would want them to look. I particularly went for the boards with character because I wanted a rustic and weathered look.
You really only need the three paint colors. (Ignore the white, I decided not to use it). I used a light beige color instead of the white so it wouldn’t look so new.
I watered down my brush quite a bit and did one layer of really watered down paint to sort of act as a stain. Then I dry brushed on top of it.
Make sure to tape off the blue square.
I created my own stencil of a star using a note card and used a foam brush to apply the paint.
Hold your horses, I know you’re excited, but you are not done yet! You’ll reallllly want to make sure you put some kind of finish on your wood, especially since we used a pallet. That pallet has probably gone through all sorts of nasty stuff, and you want to protect your home from it. I used a spray-on finish. Next time, I would use a paint-on one instead, just because I inhaled way too much of that crap and I want to be able to control where it’s going better. Use whatever method you are comfortable with.
Here’s where you’ll have to use a bit of your imagination. I realized after finishing all of this, I had no way to hold the boards together. Basically, I used thumb tacks and some finagled metal pieces and a huge dose of luck to hold it together. I will fix it for Tina as soon as I get the right supplies.
What you will want to do is, on the backside of the boards, connect them together using mending plates and nails. I bet you could find one long mending plate… ? You will also want to attach a string to the back with nails to hang the flag with. Here’s my fancy diagram.