It all started with an American Flag transfer… my inspiration for this project. I wasn’t so sure about putting it on furniture… not my style. But an American flag pallet sign is DO-able, and I have just the spot on my front porch that needs a little patriotism. I don’t think you can ever have too much red, white, and blue.
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American Flag Pallet Sign – Before
Here are the products you will need to complete your DIY American flag pallet sign.
- pallet wood or weathered lumber
- American flag transfer (or hand paint)
- Cotton (chalk mineral paint)
- Bunker Hill Blue (chalk mineral paint)
- Barn Red (chalk mineral paint)
- 2-inch Chip Brush
- Mini Angle Synthetic Paintbrush
- Artist Brushes (for hand lettering)
- Gator Hide (water-resistant topcoat)
- Sanding blocks 220 grit or sandpaper
- Jute (to hang wooden tags)
How To Make The Pallet Wood Sign Base
Application Of The Transfer
After I built the base of my sign (of course, I could have just painted this American flag pallet sign), I found this transfer. I have used them on painted furniture many times, and they work great, so I was ready to find out how well they would stick to a rough pallet wood surface. The application is simple… peel off the backing and rub it on. This transfer comes in two pieces, so be sure to measure where you want it before applying the sticky side to the wood. You cannot reposition it once it attaches to the wood.
How To Waterproof The Transfer
After transferring the design to wood, you will need to seal it with a waterproof topcoat. This American flag pallet sign will be displayed on my front porch and exposed to extreme temperatures. Here in Texas, the humidity is always a concern, so I used Gator Hide… a water-proof topcoat, to seal it. Use two coats for maximum protection on wood and painted surfaces for best results.
When you don’t have stencils, you hand paint, and this project was one of those I need to “create something” projects. In other words… paint therapy. I used a pencil to draw a rough outline of the stars and filled it in with paint. Don’t worry too much about being perfect. If the sign is going on your front porch, I seriously doubt anyone has eyes that good from the road. Besides… it’s rustic and oh so charming. If you need to, practice on a scrap piece of wood first.
I added jute to the wooden tags and hung them from the American flag pallet sign’s backside. It was exactly how I pictured it in my mind. That’s rare, but it’s nice when it happens. 🙂
Welcome to my new spot! This is my retreat when I need fresh air or a coffee break. It is a place to meditate, read or listen to the birds, and be thankful for another day.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope this inspires you to create and find that happy place where ever you are. And if you need a little diversion from the craziness, grab your paintbrush and favorite paint and get to creating. Paint therapy is the best!
Until the next project… xo, Do