Sunday, July 3, 2011

Americana Wood Flag

I hope you are all having a safe and happy Holiday weekend!

Just in case you missed my guest post over at Chicks Dig Deals, here is fun Americana DIY project you can whip up this summer!
I really heart this wooden flag from Pottery Barn. But not for $129! Ouch!

I thought I would make one of my own with stuff I already have at home.

I cut lathe wood to the length I desired. I wanted to make my flag light weight but you can make it with any kind of wood your prefer.

Lathe comes in a bundle for probably around $6-$7. I am still using my bundle of lathe from my purchase more than 2 years ago. So it lasts a long time.

Here are the measurements that I used but you can use any length/number you choose.

6-10 inches
6-26 inches
7-36 inches

I went ahead and painted the pieces red, white and blue. And also stenciled on stars. Hobby Lobby and Michael's both carry cheap star stencil sheets for around $2-$3. If you don't want to stencil then you can hand paint. Since I love the distressed look, I sanded the wood and added Early American MinWax Stain.

After the stain dried. I attached 3 pieces of lathe to the back of the flag with Gorilla Glue. I love Gorilla Glue! It's strong and waterproof. I then stacked some heavy boxes on top and let dry overnight. 

Then at one end of the flag I attached one 1x3 with glue and nails. I'll be hanging the flag vertical with wire so that is why I added the 1x3 for added support. If you want to hang horizontal then you don't have to do this step.

I want to hang my flag with wire, so I drilled two holes at the top of the flag through the lathe and 1x3.

I cut 2 pieces of wire from my bundle I have below. You can find wire at any home improvement store.

Before I show you the reveal...I wanted to show you my daily frustration with my outdoor flags. They always look like this. :( I'm always unraveling them. They're supposed to unravel themselves. So I was tired of the daily battle. LOL

A light weight wood flag looks so much better! Great for summer! Plus it was Free for me!

Thanks for visiting today. Be sure to come back for Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!

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  1. Awesome job, Kindra. Love it!
    Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

  2. I love this idea! I'm definitely going to try this project! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great idea! And I'm thinking of other ways to use the lathe strips for other projects, too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love it!! Hope you are having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.
    Thanks for the invite to Pinterest.

  5. That is amazing! I love it

    I'm having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to join in on the fun by linking up.

  6. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

  7. Beautiful work! Pinning your fabulous idea!

  8. I love this flag! Going to have to make one. Thank you so much for sharing at Momnivore's Dilemna! It's too late to make one for the Fourth for me but this is something I would enjoy all year!

  9. I absolutely LOVE your wooden flag! I have loved the Pottery Barn version for awhile, but not the price! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  10. That is absolutely gorgeous! What a great DIY project!

  11. Kindra, we are looking to make this flag but have been unable to find Lath wood in any of the web sites we searched. Where would we go about getting it? Also what shades of red and blue did you use?

    Thank you!!!


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