Wood Pallet Art – American Flag

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!

boards_measurementsStart by purchasing 7 – 1×3 furring strips at 8′.


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!


attach_boardsWhen 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.

painting_blueFlip the pallet over and tape off the top 7 boards with painters tape. Leave 22″ open to paint.

brilliant blueI chose Rust-Oleum Brilliant Blue for this part and I LOVE this blue!  It’s so pretty :)

star_stencilNow, 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.

DistressingTo 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!





DIY_PalletHappy 4th!  If you love this American Flag Pallet, I would love your pins :)


  • Jill Marr Griffin

    Wish the snow would stop so I can hang it on our old building!

  • Kathleen Bell

    I am making one of these for over my fireplace. Glad to have found your for the star tutorial. It will be for Labor Day as I didn’t get it done for the 4th!

  • Susanna Goodwin

    I used some of the pieces of Australian jarrah from my old garden gate! It weighs a tonne but I love the fact that it already looks old. Plus some of my stars went wonky but I still love it! Thanks again for the project idea!

  • Kellie horsman

    After my last post, I realized I had miss counted the stars. It’s been fixed and looks great!

  • Kellie horsman

    Thank you for the great idea. We made our flag today, it was easy and fun!! Happy 4th of July!

  • Corinna Henderson

    This is awesome! I would love to make one of these! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Olivia Kneip

    My kids and I made our own version of this today! It turned out great! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • Terry

    Hi, I love this idea and all your ideas, really. A gentle reminder of flag etiquette:

    The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

    This can be a fineable offense and I know you don’t want your readers to find out the hard way.
    That said, your flag is beautiful

  • Dakota Creek Chic

    The flag looks great! I did a smaller version for my front door, but love the larger size for an outdoor statement!!

  • Julie

    Oooh…I love this!!!

  • Nicole Copeland

    very cute LOVE it

  • Kristan Elyse