Happy Monday! With The 4th of July coming up this week, I got an itch to make something patriotic!
I just love it! We are going to put it outside for our 4th decor but I think it would be super cute in one of my boys bedrooms, our study or our game room too!
It’s super easy to build and only cost about $10-$15! Here’s how you can build your own in about an hour!
Then, I made 13 cuts at 47″. I used my Ryobi miter saw to make these cuts! If you don’t have a saw, this miter box (below) is the perfect saw for this project!
I painted 7 of the boards with Rust-Oleum Colonial Red
and 6 with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White!
When the boards dried, I flipped them over alternating red and white. You will start with red at the top and end with red at the bottom. Next, I used 2 -1×4 furring strip scraps cut down to 32″ and used my Ryobi Airstrike to nail the 1×4’s into the painted boards.
I chose Rust-Oleum Brilliant Blue for this part and I LOVE this blue! It’s so pretty 🙂
Now, for the stars, there are many options. I want this pallet flag to look a little worn and I found the perfect foam stars at Wal-Mart. They were only $1.88 and I used the largest ones to make a little stencil on a piece of cardboard. I just dry-brushed the stars on with acrylic paint. To dry-brush, just dab a little bit of paint on a brush and dab it on a scrap paper until it is almost dry then dab over the stencil. You will do 9 rows of stars. 6, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 6.
To finish it off, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat to distress all around and on top of the boards.
And, because I am displaying it outside, I decided to protect it with Rust-Oleum Spar Varnish in satin. This is the perfect top coat to protect any outdoor project! I just painted on 2 coats!
That was it! Such a quick and inexpensive project and a fun way to celebrate the 4th!