Thursday, June 18, 2015

Patriotic Plywood Flag

Posted by Devin

To me summer decor equals patriotic decor. After all, the 4th of July is sort of the peak of summer and represents all of it's awesomeness, am I right? And I have really been wanting something to show our love for our country and make our porch more festive for the summer so I settled on a rustic, do-it-yourself, plywood flag! I am so in love with this thing and the fun summer feel it adds to our home. Here's what you need for this project!

Large piece of plywood (the rougher, the better)
Red, white, and blue paint
Painter's tape
Paint brush (large and small)
Ruler/Measuring tape

Step 1 - Clean and sand down your plywood a bit, just so the paint will stick.

Step 2 - Take your piece of plywood and paint it white using your larger paint brush. It doesn't need to be a perfect, solid coat. Mine had a rough, white-washed look to it for more of a rustic feel.

Step 3 - Tape off your stripes and the top left rectangle. You will need 13 stripes so divide the height of your plywood by 13 and you will know how many inches you need to measure each of your stripes. The top and bottom stripes should be red so tape accordingly (i.e. leave the red stripes exposed and tape over the white stripes). To determine the size of your top left rectangle, multiply the stripe height by 7 to get the height and then make the rectangle slightly wider than that (I made my rectangle a 7 to 9 ratio). There should be 7 stripes along the side of the blue rectangle and 6 below it. Once the taping is done, paint the red stripes, being careful to paint away from the taped edges and not towards them to minimize bleeding. A little bleeding won't matter as we want it rustic, but you don't want a ton. Once you're done painting the red stripes, remove the tape except for the taped white stripe below the blue rectangle.

Step 4 - Remove the tape along the right side of the rectangle and replace it so that it is on the outside of the rectangle and not the inside. Paint the rectangle blue, again painting away from the taped edges and not toward them, and remove the tape.

Step 5 - Paint the white stars on the blue section. To make 50 stars you paint 9 rows of stars, alternating from a row with 6 stars to a row with 5 stars and staggering them as you go. You should begin and end with rows of 6 stars. To make each star I used my small paint brush and simply made an asterisk type symbol, as seen below.

And you're done! I finished my sign off with a little clear finishing spray to help it hold up to the elements, but if you want it to look really rustic and get super weathered just leave it as it is!

Doesn't my porch look so cute and festive now?! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a great summer and a fantastic 4th of July!

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At June 19, 2015 at 1:07 PM , Anonymous Joor said...

Devin, that piece really transforms the porch. You are totally ready for the 4th of July.


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