Nate and I were asked by one of my good friends, Andrea, to create a pallet inspired flag sign for her grandma to hang up at their cabin. 4th of July is a big holiday for her family, like ours, and we were so excited to make it for her.
What you need:
- Aspen 1×4 Boards
- Wood Glue
- Staple Gun
- Chalk Paint – Red, White and Blue
- Paint Brush
- Photo Wire
- Sand Paper
- Sticker Paper/Vinyl
- Star Stencil – you can make your own. We got our stencil at a local crafts store for 35 cents!
Here is what we did:
Nate and I – mostly Nate – cut our aspen board into 16 inch pieces and sanded the edges. We used aspen because the wood is smooth and required less sanding than a standard board. You will need seven total boards.
We cut one of the seven boards in half the long way to attach the rest of the boards to.
To attach the boards and create the “pallet-feel”, Nate and I used wood glue and a staple gun. We attached the boards one at a time and used two permanent markers as spacers – this part is your preference – if you want more or less space, just adjust. 🙂
We used the staple gun to attach a piece of wire to hang the sign and then started to paint.
I started with the white chalk paint and painted the entire 2, 4 and 6th boards and the left half of the 1st and 3rd. This white is the base for the stars and will be painted over with blue.
I love using chalk paint because the dry time is really quick and I can get projects done in no time.
Once the white paint dried, I used the red and painted the right half of the first and third boards and the entire 5th board. To get straight halves on the first and third boards – I used blue painters tape and pulled it up almost immediately. If you want until it dries – you can pull the paint up with it!
For the stars:
- We used a stencil that we purchased at a local crafts store to trace nine stars on a full sheet label and cut them out with a scissors. If you have a silhouette, you can use the machine to cut out the stars and save some time. You can also use adhesive vinyl as a substitute.
- One row at a time, place three star stickers on the left side of the top three rows and paint over the top with the blue chalk paint.
- Carefully remove the star stickers from the paint while it is still wet. We used tweezers to lift all of the corners and slowly peeled them off. Let each row dry before beginning the next – it is pretty difficult to cover up blue paint if it gets inside the stencil so this is key!
And that is a wrap! 🙂
This project took us one day to complete and Andrea’s grandma loved it. As soon as we purchase a house – fingers crossed for soon! – I plan to make one for our front door for next year!