Happy July 4th week! We had a few more pallet boards left over from our DIY: Pallet Mirror so we decided to make some Folk Art for Georgia’s boat dock. We will reveal the flag ‘flying’ on Wednesday!
This is a great project for anyone – kids, craft novices or experts. Here are our instructions:
We removed the boards from old pallets with a crow bar. Just like with the Pallet Mirror, carefully inspect the boards. Since some boards split after removal, we needed to nail and glue the boards back together.
Next, line up the boards horizontally. For durability and stability, a new 2 x 4 was used for the two mounting boards.
After the boards were in order, just use nails to secure the pallet boards to the 2 x 4s.
Finally, the fun part! We really want the flag to be rustic and imperfect so we watered down the paint. This method allows the wood grain to be seen and appreciated.
Here is a look at the project half way through painting the stripes and blue square and before the stars were stenciled on.
To create the stars, we took a kitchen sponge and simply free-handed a star. It isn’t a science so you might have to cut a few stars to find the right size and shape.
We used a ‘disc golf’ aka Frisbee to draw a light circle on the blue square as a guide for the 13 stars. We carefully planned the location of each star. The first star was painted on at ‘due north’ or 12 o’clock and then went to East (3 o’clock) and West (9 o’clock). For the South (6 o’clock) location, we split the location for two stars. Finally, we just filled in with the other stars.
At first, we thought we would sand down the bright colors to add some character but Georgia thought the intense colors would show up better from the lake. The American Pallet Flag will add the perfect Folk Art feel to the boat dock! Can’t wait to show everyone!
We are hoping the weather cooperates for July 4th!
~georgia & daughter