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 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 Colonial Red



and 6 with 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 brad nailer 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 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 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 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 🙂


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  2. ok – we had a really bad storm in Austin last week so there are tons of privacy fences in the trash. Soooo….I just got back from curb shopping one of my neighbors and picked up 10 boards (they had already taken them apart for me) that I plan to split and then assemble together to my a version of this!! Thanks SO much for inspiring me!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

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

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

  8. 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

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