It’s Scrappy Saturday, Patriotic Edition! Independence Day is exactly one month away, so what better time to share a simple version of the American Flag, a la a knock of Pottery Barn’s version using a pallet?
I did this last year, before I considered creating tutorials or blogging. But, guys, this is pretty simple. I dismantled 2 pallets (our new flooring came on them) and ended up with 13 good boards. My degree is in early American history, so naturally the first thing that came to mind was the 13 stripes that make up a flag. But that would have made a pretty massive flag, so I ripped them all down in half and made two flags.
I attached the pieces with a couple wood strips on the back. The stars were the trickiest part. I simply sketched up a couple and made them into a template…then penciled them on… and hand painted them… all 50 of them. Not going to kid you, this may not be the greatest method. I’m totally open to better ideas!
I painted this pretty sloppy because I wanted it to look old. Then I did a light sanding to finish it off.
- dismantle pallet
- rip boards in two
- attach “stripes” using two boards screwed into the back
- paint stars and stripes
- pat yourself on the back for saving a lot of money
Total cost can be anywhere from a few bucks for some cheap craft bottles of paint to nothing if you have paint on hand. Compare that to $159 if you purchase one instead. What’s not to love about that?!
This is a great weekend project and a great way to utilize the ever-popular pallet wood. If you decide to build one I would love to see a picture!