I keep a pallet flag on the wall of my shop year round, and every year around this time crank out a few more for others. They are fun to make, and, really, great year round.
But, also, it’s kind of huge. So while I was making a few this round, with my kids next to me begging to paint, too, it occurred to me, “why not?!” And the idea of a miniature American flag was born. Because everything is cuter when it’s miniaturized.
As my favorite teacher used to say “Now, isn’t that just cuter than a bug’s ear?!”
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Here’s what you’ll need to create a miniature American flag…or two or whatever:
wood – you can make this size from like a 24″ long 1×3. Or whatever wood scraps you have around
paint – I used these acrylics
a small star stamp – I used this one.
a saw – I used a table saw. A bandsaw would be great, too.
some wood glue
4 screws, around 3/4″
some inexpensive paint brushes
The sizing on this is totally up to you. I had some uniform pieces and simply ran them through the table saw. Here’s a lovely sideways shot of that. I’m better with a saw than a computer, apparently.
I brought in some special guests to demonstrate how these are made from this point on.
I think it is important to involve the mini me’s whenever possible when it comes to DIY. This is the perfect project to get little ones involved and have some fun. The first step is to mark off where you want the blue area, and paint it first. (Okay, that’s just what we chose to do first.)
Wipe each piece with a rag or napkin or rag after painting to show a bit of wood grain. I also don’t worry about painting perfectly. You can get a more rustic feel by skimming rather than aiming for total coverage, if that makes sense.
Next, paint the red stripes. Properly speaking, the American flag starts with a red stripe and ends with one as well.
Finally, paint the remaining six white stripes and wipe the paint back. After that you’ll need to cut a couple strips of wood to attach to the backside to hold it all together. You’ll want it to fit the full height of the flag.
Glue the back of the wood strip and attach it to the flag.
Pre-drill and add a few screws, one each top and bottom to squeeze all the strips together while the glue sets. (The wood will split if you don’t pre-drill.)
Yep, I let my kids be involved with every step. Except cutting the wood. They are 3 and 4 years old. I’m a very strong believer in kids being capable of a lot more than we give them credit for.
We sanded lightly to give them a more faded appearance and to show the wood texture.
Because who doesn’t sand like this?!
(Side note: I love how my kids were in swimsuits in the last photos and Christmas pajamas in the next.)
Finally, stamp on some stars. You can be literal or artistic with this detail.
Check out those proud little faces!
Display them in a place of honor and enjoy!