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American Flag wall hanging

With Memorial Day and the 4th of July quickly approaching, we thought it would be very appropriate to show everyone out there how to make a stylized American flag out of lumber.




 This piece measures 4 feet by 28 inches and takes about 4 hours to complete (with paint drying time). This can be a wonderful wall hanging on a giant wall and can also be hung outside. Let’s get started!


 Things you will need:

  • 4- 1" x 4” x 8’ pieces of wood cut in half *
  • 1- 2” x 4” x 8’ piece of wood cut into 3- 28” pieces (you will have some wood left over)*
  • Sample size of red, white and blue paint (if you are planning on hanging this outside, make sure to use Behr Ultra samples)
  • Paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Hammer
  • Nails 
  • Star stencil
  • Steel Wool (optional)

*At your local Home Depot a lumber associate can cut the wood for you if you would like.


Step One

The first thing you should do is lay out your 3- 28” pieces of wood and place one of your 1” x 4” on top of them. Make sure everything is straight and square and nail down the first piece. Then lay the 1” x 4” pieces side by side and nail them down until you have used them all.


Flag_a.JPG Flag_b.JPG



Step Two

Next, using your painters tape, tape off a corner that measures the height of 4 boards and a foot and a half in width and paint this area blue. Remove the tape as soon as you are done painting.




Step Three

From here you can choose which color to do next. I just happened to choose white. Figure out which boards will be white, and paint all of them at the same time. Make sure to put tape on the boards that will not be painted at this time. After you are done painting, remove the tape immediately. Do not put tape on your newly painted blue because the tape will cause the paint to come off. Instead, use an angled paint brush and carefully cut- in.


Step Four

After it is dry to the touch, you will need to paint the other color for the stripes. For me, it would be red. Do not put tape on the newly painted areas, instead, like before, cut- in with an angled brush.



Step Five

Last, but not least, it’s time to paint on the stars. You can use a readymade stencil, or you can make one yourself. I made one out of a paper plate.  Gently place the stencil where you would like your star and dab on white paint on with your paint brush. Make sure to place them randomly in the blue area.




Here is the finished product!



The finished product looked great but then we decided to push it a bit more and give it some personality by distressing the paint. Distressing will keep your piece from looking “too” new and is a fun technique that’s almost impossible to mess up. In fact mistakes and being rough are encouraged!

For this process you will need your hammer, nails, and a course steel wool.




To begin we took the steel wool and used it to thin out the paint in some areas by using it to scrub the paint on the piece. The nails were repeatedly poured onto the paint to create pits and scratches. Be careful when pouring the nails to pick up as many as possible after each pour and to also wear closed shoes. Lastly the hammer was dragged across the surface to simulate the wear and tear that a wood hanging might suffer after years of weathering. There are a million other ways to go about distressing paint so feel free to experiment with chain, other tools, and washes of paint stain.



We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Holiday!



ChrisFixit & ChristineClaret

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Posted 2012-05-25T18:06:29+0000  by Chris_HD_ATL Chris_HD_ATL

Cute project, just two things: When the Flag isn't flying from a pole, the Union (blue) part should be on the LEFT from the viewer's perspective. Also, technically, the Flag (or anything recognizable as the Flag) should NEVER be allowed to touch the ground. Not a hater, just a patriot!

Posted 2012-05-25T19:00:51+0000  by jat

What a fun and appropriate project for this weekend. Great project Chris.


I think I have all of the materials needed in my shop already. So I know what I'm doing when I get home.


I'm going to make it a little bit smaller and add a stake to display it proudly in my front yard. I agree with Jat that a flag shouldn't touch the ground. Chris I know your picture was just to show us the completed project :smileyhappy: The name of the post IS “American Flag wall hanging".


I can't wait to see everyone's completed flags flying proudly up on the wall or in their yards.


Thanks again for the fun project idea Chris.


Posted 2012-05-25T20:37:58+0000  by Christine_HD_OC
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