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So remember how I got some pallets a few weeks ago and I’ve been busy trying to deconstruct them and make them into something awesome? Well, today I am excited to show you how I made this pallet into an American flag decor. I love the simplicity of it and how it’s not so in your face hello America like lots of 4th of July decor. Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own.
Blue acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Foam paint brushes
Star brush or stencil
120 grit sandpaper
Chopsaw or some sort of saw
1. Start by deconstructing your pallets. Unlike the industrial pallet picture frame I shared with you last week, you’ll probably want longer boards than just cutting out the middle. The best way to do it is to use a crowbar and hammer and start pulling them apart. Or recruit your handy husband to prove his strength like I did.
2. Once you have your pallet boards take your crowbar and hammer and split the boards in half. It’s best to split them naturally rather than cutting it with a tablesaw to get a natural look.
3. Now that you have thinner pieces, cut them to the length you want using a chopsaw or a hand saw. Like a puzzle, decide how you want your flag to look. I love how I was able to piece my flag together so that it almost looks like it’s waving in the wind.
4. Next, flip over your boards and take two of the short boards and cut them to the right length so that you can use those to hold your flag together. Take your micropinner and attach all of the boards together.
5. Now’s your chance to make it pretty. First I mixed up some white acrylic paint and a little bit of water. Use this to do a light whitewash on every other board. Mix together some blue paint and water and paint a rectangle in the top left corner for your flag. You want to water down the paint so that it doesn’t go on so heavy and make as much work for you to rough it up in the end.
6. Once that dried, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a stencil with the 50 stars and I painted those white. Be sure to not paint it on too thick. If you do, just take a rag or paper towel to dab some of the paint off before it dries. If you don’t though, no worries, you’ll just sand the excess off later.
7. After it dried overnight, I took some 120 grit sandpaper and roughed up the whole thing and then it was all done!
I love how this flag is subtle and rustic. It is the perfect addition to our floating shelves but would also be perfect hanging on an outdoor fence as backyard decor.
If you had a pile of pallets laying around, what would you make with them?
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