DIY Pallet American Flag {and wall mounting instructions}

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Pallets!

Okay, if you haven’t figured it out already, I am obsessed with pallet wood. I LOVE pallet projects! Since I’m on a pallet kick right now, I figured I would go ahead and share with you yet another pallet project that we completed a while back. The great thing about this one is that I actually have some step-by-step pictures for you. Oh boy!

The background of these American flag beauties is that one day I decided I wanted a pallet American flag. I think I randomly saw one on Pinterest or Facebook or something and, being the patriotic military wife that I am, knew I just HAD to have one! I pulled up a picture of one and showed my amazing handyman husband and he said, “Sure! I can make that!” I knew there was a reason I love this guy! So, he went pallet shopping scrounging and got to work.

Now, this is one pallet project that I can actually claim to have helped him with. Go me! If only I hadn’t messed up my part. You’ll see what I’m talking about later.

So, first you need a pallet. You can pick anyone you like, as long as you are able to lop off the top. (I don’t have any pictures of this beginning process. So, you will have to bear with me here.) The picture is pretty self explanatory (but don’t follow the picture exactly; please pay attention to the instructions). What you want is for there to be no space between the boards.

FIRST, carefully (oh so carefully) pry up all the boards except for the bottom one.

Then, scrunch your boards together. Re-nail all the boards, minus the top one. Using a screw gun, screw in the top board with three screws (one at each board intersection). There is a reason for screwing in the top board. You will learn why later.

Finally, chop off the remaining pallet support pieces with a saw.

Once your pallet is pieced together, get ready to paint. What do you use for paint? Why, spray paint, of course! Because we wanted to go for the rustic Americana feel, we chose a burgundy and darker blue colors. The first part you are going to paint is the blue.

Using painters tape, you will need to tape off your starry blue section. Depending on the size of your pallet, you’re going to need to measure about 1/3 of the way over and a little over halfway down. Then, cover the rest of your pallet with newspaper and spray away (with the blue, of course)!

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When the blue is dry, you’re going to need to start working on the red. You’ll first want to carefully cover up your blue section with newspaper and painters tape.

Then, measure your pallet and divide it by 13. Remember, you need 13 stripes. If the measurement doesn’t equally divide by 13, which it probably won’t, adjust the stripes accordingly. Sometimes, we would just add a little extra on the top and bottom stripes. Measure and mark where your stripes should go, with a pencil.

Tape off your “white” stripes. Don’t forget that the top and bottom stripes are red.

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Next, spray your red stripes.

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Once your paint is dry, pull up the painters tape strips. Then, you will be ready to paint on your stars. For the paint, you can either use white craft paint or white spray paint. I chose to use white spray paint that I sprayed on a plate and dipped my star sponge in.

For the star, I first created a stencil. This can get tricky. You’re going to want to make a star that is big enough to be seen but small enough that allows you to fit all 50 stars on. This is where I made the mistake with our the first pallet flag (which is the one hanging in our house). I made the star too big, so I wasn’t able to fit all 50 stars on. Ah well. It still looks good.

Anyway, I got some foam paper and used the stencil to create my foam star (and used extra foam to add a little handle with glue). I then had the perfect stamp. You can use a sponge if you’d like, but I didn’t like the idea of my stars looking spongy and bubbly, if you know what I mean.

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Then, carefully and evenly place your stars. You want five rows of 6 stars and four rows of 5 stars, starting and ending with 6-star rows.

Since we were going with a rustic look, I purposely made sure my stars weren’t perfect. I liked that some of the blue was kind of showing through.

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And voila! Your flag is done and ready to sit overnight to dry (or however long it takes for it to be completely dry).

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Once your flag is finished drying, you are ready to mount it to your wall! That is, if you’re wanting to mount it to the wall. If you are, then follow these next instructions . . .

Remember when I told you to use screws on the top board? Now is where you’ll see why.

First, take out the screws from your top board and set that board piece aside.

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Then, carefully place the flag up on the wall where you want it to go. You’re going to need two people for this part. With one person holding the pallet in place, screw two wood screws into the pallet and wall where you see the arrows pointing. Trust me, two good sturdy wood screws will be enough to hold this bad boy up.

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Finally, grab your top board and screw it back into place.

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You are done! Give yourself a hefty pat on the back for a job well done (and hopefully your flag has all 50 stars on it)!

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This is what our flag looks like with all the rest of the decor.

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I think the pallet flag goes wonderfully with our burlap pennant banner and pallet wood artwork display!

If you want an alternative idea for the pallet flag, like a darker wood color, then you can stain the whole pallet before painting it. Here is one that my husband stained first.

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I personally prefer the raw, natural wood color. I think it’s so pretty!

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What do you think of our pallet American flag?

Did we inspire you to make one of your own?

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