Don’t you love making holiday crafts? I do! And I especially love it when a craft can be used for MULTIPLE holidays! This darling flag is perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Flag Day! And the best part is the whole thing is literally made from wood scraps, so it costs almost nothing to make! These are super simple and look really cute when you are all done!
For this project, you will need some 2×4 wood pieces. I happened to have some old wood scraps in my garage, so I used them. You see how weathered the wood is? That doesn’t matter a bit…in fact, the more weathered, the better! You will need to cut your 2×4’s into 6 pieces…two of them should be 7” long, and four of them need to be 3 1/2” long. I like to sand all of the edges and surfaces of mine to give them a softer look and feel…so if you want to do yours that way, go ahead and do that now.
Now, it is time to paint! Paint two of the short pieces dark blue. Paint one long and one short piece white, and the other long and short pieces red. You can use regular acrylic craft paint for this. I like to thin down my paint to make it look a little more like a stain…or like a watercolor effect, so I thin the paint with a little bit of water before I brush it on. You can do yours either way you like! Paint the whole surface of each block, and set them aside to dry.
After your wood pieces have dried completely, take a piece of sandpaper and scuff up all of the edges and flat surfaces to give them a distressed, aged appearance. There is no right or wrong here…just do it as much or as little as you like. after you have finished, dust off the wood pieces to remove any sawdust.
Next, draw a 5-point star on the flat side of one blue piece. This doesn’t need to be perfect. Paint the star white, and let it dry. After it dies, use your sandpaper to scuff it up a bit. Now stack the blocks as shown, adding a little hot glue or carpenter’s wood glue between each block to hold them in place. When you add the blue blocks, they will not completely fill the space on top of the block below it. They sit on the front edge…and that is okay! Also, the blue blocks will be slightly higher than the striped blocks…and that is okay too! This is all about the primitive, imperfect look and style of this piece! If it drives you mad, then cut a slight bit off of the blue blocks to make them exactly the right height when the flag is put together. I added a torn piece of white muslin around mine to dress it up a bit, and to make it match our mainly white, beachy decor a little better. You could also use a piece of burlap ribbon or plaid flannel, or nothing at all….it’s your choice!
These are perfect on your mantle, sofa table, or even on a front porch bench to welcome guests. You could also use it as table decor for your holiday parties. The sky’s the limit here! Make one of these today and brighten up your next holiday gathering! For another fun patriotic craft, check out my DIY Patriotic Firecracker Decor
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Salty kisses and sandy hugs! xoxo – Michele
- 2 pieces of 2x4 wood, cut to 7" lengths
- 4 pieces of 2x4 wood, cut to 3½" lengths
- Red acrylic craft paint
- White acrylic craft paint
- Blue acrylic craft paint
- Craft paint brush
- Torn piece of cloth for bow (optional)
- Cut all of your 2x4 pieces to the lengths specified
- Sand all edges and surfaces of each wood piece
- Paint two short pieces of wood blue, set aside to dry
- Paint one short piece and one long piece of wood white, set aside to dry
- Paint one short piece and one long piece of wood red, set aside to dry
- Scuff up edges and flat surfaces of all wood pieces with sandpaper
- Draw a 5-point star on one flat side of a blue piece
- Paint the star white and allow to dry
- Scuff up the star with sandpaper
- Stack the wood blocks as shown in the picture, adding a little hot glue between each block
- *You may also use carpenter's wood glue if you prefer
- Wrap a long piece of scrap cloth around the entire flag and tie a loose bow (optional)