How to make a flag!

posted on June 21, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Patriotic Holidays  |  33 Comments

Make A wood Flag Decoration

hAPPY 4th of jULY

I guess I am excited for the 4th this year, because I’ve done 2 flag posts in a week.  Here’s the other one just in case you missed it:)Make A wood Flag Decoration

The parades where kids get more candy than on Halloween, cool smooth snow cones, bright loud fireworks, and kids running as they shrill in delight.  Oh, and did I mention snow cones?  Cherry, bubblegum,  blackberry, lime and then tiger’s blood????  Who thought up the name tiger’s blood for a flavor?  That name is really gross, but it has to be the absolute best flavor of  liquid sugary syrup!

Anyway, enough dreaming of the 4th, time to prepare.  Shelley, Missy and I all have our best eats…easy recipes to bring to a barbecue coming up next week and a new printable for summer!  YAYMake A wood Flag Decoration

So, on with the flag.  I have a great friend, Stephanie who made one of these flags last year in a craft group.  I talked her into doing another one so we could show you.  She was excited because she needed to make one for a friend, so it worked out well…2 birds with one stone!  Thanks Stephanie!

The wood that we used was cheap, pressed half inch wood.  I used a band saw to cut it out.  Make friends with your neighbors who have saws.  They come in handy {{both the kind neighbor for letting you use the saw and the saw!!}}Make A wood Flag Decoration

For the star, I just drew one.  It measures about 6 inches by 6 inches.  Nothing perfect.  The sides are supposed to be lopsided.  Perfect for my drawing skills!

Make A wood Flag Decoration

Shown above is the wood you need to cut to finish the project.  I even added the measurements with squiggly lines:)

Make A wood Flag Decoration

Then you’ll measure your paper to fit the board.

Make A wood Flag Decoration

I had to throw in the cute naked kid who ran out of the house and stole the head gear.  He thought he was funny…he was!

Make A wood Flag Decoration

This post came at a perfect time because someone asked me what I do with my paper when my wood is longer than the paper.   The wood measures 17 inches and the paper is 12 inches long.  So the answer is rip it like you mean it or buy really long paper.  You can use wrapping paper as long as it’s thick.  The cheap kind you find at the after Christmas sales won’t work.  It wrinkles and makes a mess.

Make A wood Flag Decoration

You’ll need 1 sheet of red paper, 1 sheet of blue and 2 sheets of white.   Mod podge the paper onto the boards.  The white you’ll need for the flag part and the star.  You can also see that Stephanie stained the edges of the paper to help it blend, but still look like it is supposed to be there.Make A wood Flag Decoration

Sand the edges.  If you’ve got her…use her.  The belt sander is what I’m talking about, not Stephanie!  If  you don’t have one, good ol’ sand paper will do the trick too!Make A wood Flag Decoration

Line up the planks so the back side is facing up.

Make A wood Flag Decoration

Now, enter in the long strips and staple gun.  No staple gun?  Don’t dispair…use wood glue.  Use about 8-10 staples per side.  Do it to both sides.

Make A wood Flag Decoration This was Stephanie’s first time using a staple gun.  No blood, no stapled fingers…she’s pretty much a pro and soon to be addic, she loved it!

Hint** make sure to double check the length of your staple vs the thickness of the wood so that the staples don’t shoot through to the front of the flag.  Otherwise you will have created a weapon instead of a flag.

Make A wood Flag Decoration

Flip the 4 boards over so the pretty side is up.  In the top left corner add your 7×7 inch block.  Make sure to put the staples (or wood glue) in the center so that you can’t see them after you put the star on top.Make A wood Flag Decoration

Use wood glue for the next part so that the staples won’t show in the star.  Let it dry.  After the wood glue is dry, drill 2 holes in the top corners of the white ‘flag’ part. Add your wire and twist so it won’t fall out!

Easy and cheap, but will hold up through all wind storms :)Make A wood Flag Decoration

Finished Project!

Make A wood Flag Decoration

Thanks again Stephanie for creating the flag!

How To Make A Cute Flag Decoration

    1. June 21st, 2010 at 7:51 am
      Jill says:
      That is super cute! Love the paper you choose. Do you sell these?
      • June 21st, 2010 at 8:18 am
        Alison says:
        Hi Jill
        We don't sell them...we are getting ready for tomorrows post:) Thanks for the kind comment though! Happy 4th
    2. June 21st, 2010 at 7:51 am
      lindsay lee says:
      THis is adorable. Thank you for sharing!
      .-= lindsay lee´s last blog ..Chalkboard Fun =-.
    3. June 21st, 2010 at 7:54 am
      stacey says:
      Very cute!
    4. June 21st, 2010 at 8:35 am
      Philip @ RAOP says:
      You ladies come up with some of the nicest home decor crafts. This one is amazing. Texas would love you! :-)
      .-= Philip @ RAOP´s last blog ..DAD: What Fatherhood Means =-.
    5. June 21st, 2010 at 9:10 am
      Tiffany says:
      U gals make me want a saw, any ol' saw will do!
    6. June 21st, 2010 at 10:45 am
      Karen says:
      Sorry for this question, but how did you get the paper on? Modge Podge? Love this project! Thanks!
      .-= Karen´s last blog ..Rainbows! =-.
      • June 21st, 2010 at 9:00 pm
        Alison says:
        Oh, yea...I forgot to add that detail! Mod Podge the paper to the board:) Thanks! I put it in.
    7. June 21st, 2010 at 12:09 pm
      Andrea Leland says:
      awesome. My mother in law has a patriotic theme decorated bathroom and would love one of these. I might have to make one for each of us!
      .-= Andrea Leland´s last blog ..Auntie Ann's Pretzels =-.
    8. June 21st, 2010 at 1:55 pm
      nancy says:
      darling craft for the 4th! thanks for sharing!!! :)
    9. June 21st, 2010 at 2:34 pm
      chantielle says:
      I have the same question, how do you get the paper on?
      And how do you affix the metal string that you hang it with?
      • June 21st, 2010 at 9:02 pm
        Alison says:
        Sorry, I added that to the post. Mod podge the paper to the wood. The wire...just drill a hole in the wood and then pull the wire through and twist it. Thanks for asking so I could edit my post:)
    10. June 21st, 2010 at 5:35 pm
      Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:
      This is just too cute! Thanks so much for sharing! Love it!
      .-= Amanda@The Hand Me Down House´s last blog ..A New Twist on our Faux Six-Panel Doors =-.
    11. June 21st, 2010 at 7:03 pm
      meghan says:
      How cha cha is this!!!
      Luv this.
      .-= meghan´s last blog .. =-.
    12. June 21st, 2010 at 7:43 pm
      Melanie @ Whimsical Creations says:
      Very cute!
    13. June 22nd, 2010 at 12:06 am
      Kari@Ucreate says:
      I. LOVE. THIS!
      .-= Kari@Ucreate´s last blog ..Personalized Nursery Art =-.
    14. June 22nd, 2010 at 7:43 am
      Kera Butler says:
      I L-O-V-E this!!! Quick question. What product do you use to stain the edges?
      • June 22nd, 2010 at 9:21 am
        Alison says:
        We used a stamp pad! Just one from the craft store. The color was 'tea stain'
    15. June 22nd, 2010 at 8:14 am
      Aubrie knight says:
      This is so cute and I love the step by step. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      .-= Aubrie knight´s last blog ..FHE Board Reveal =-.
    16. June 22nd, 2010 at 2:32 pm
      Rose :: says:
      actually this one came out really good.

      yep, you are amazing with all those tools in the toolbox!
      .-= Rose ::´s last blog ..Crafting World Peace =-.
    17. June 22nd, 2010 at 3:56 pm
      Life n Reflection Kristy says:
      Girl, you've got skills!
    18. June 22nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm
      Stephanie@cre8tive says:
      I was so excited when I saw this post, because I thought at first you used acoustical ceiling tiles! But then I read on and noticed it was wood. I have a bunch of acoustical tiles laying around, they make great tack boards, but how many tack boards can one person have? Maybe I should try it using the tiles and see how it turns out. It would be lighter right? Thanks for the idea.
      .-= Stephanie@cre8tive´s last blog ..img_6502 =-.
    19. June 23rd, 2010 at 5:45 am
      Melissa says:
      So cute! Thanks for making it look so 'do-able'!!!!
    20. June 23rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm
      Amber says:
      Steph LOOKS like a PRO!!!!
    21. June 24th, 2010 at 1:20 am
      Raelyn says:
      Love to make one!
      .-= Raelyn´s last blog ..Been a while..... =-.
    22. June 24th, 2010 at 11:01 am
      debbie says:
      Hi, I love how you did this flag.. I got to make one.. Thanks
      .-= debbie´s last blog ..Win Win Situation =-.
    23. June 25th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
      Jessica Jensen says:
      Beautiful and such a creative idea! I have featured this project on my blog:
      .-= Jessica Jensen´s last blog ..Friday's Creativity =-.
    24. June 26th, 2010 at 9:48 am
      A Scrap of Time says:
      I always love your blog! I just wanted to let you know that I passed on the Trendy Blog Award to you! So, stop by my blog to pick it up, and then pass it on to 10 of your favorite trendy blogs. =o)
      .-= A Scrap of Time´s last blog ..Thank You- Thank You- Thank You- =-.
    25. June 26th, 2010 at 10:08 am
      Tracie says:
      I love it. My dad is helping me cut out the pieces for mine today!!!!
      .-= Tracie´s last blog ..Purse-Diaper Bag Tutorial =-.
    26. June 29th, 2010 at 11:07 am
      megan - a ruffle in time says:
      just shared this on my blog.. i love it! thanks for sharing!
    27. July 2nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm
      Rachel says:
      That is so cute! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
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