When you need to decorate for the 4th of July, and you wait until the last minute… this is what you do. Make this quick and easy wooden American Flag sign for your front porch. It’s those last-minute ideas that sometimes are the best. Right? And I got a chance to repurpose some of the old hardware I’ve been hoarding + 1 board. Who doesn’t have that laying around?
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Wooden American Flag – 1 Board Project
Here’s how easy this was… all I did was take a scrap board (1×10 x 28 inches in length) that I had leftover from another project. I didn’t even have to cut it. I save most of my scrap pieces of wood for quick DIY woodcraft projects. You can never have too many scrap wood pieces, and I always need a cute sign for something or someone. They make great gifts also.
Here is what you will need to recreate this easy wooden American flag for your front porch display.
Painting The Wooden American Flag Sign
STEP 1 Use painter’s tape to tape off the top sections above and paint it with the traditional red, white and blue. I just eyeballed it. No measuring is needed. If, for some reason, someone from the road wants to come and measure your lines… well, that’s not gonna happen. I hope, LOL.
STEP 2 Start with the red paint first; carefully paint in the tape line’s direction. This helps prevent bleeding under the tape. Remove the painter’s tape immediately after painting the stripes. I recommend painting both sides of the wooden American flag sign so you can change it up when you get tired of looking at it. You can always stencil a message or a quote across the flag too. That can be cute!
STEP # 3 Use a sander (or sandpaper) to scuff up the whole flag to give it that distressed look. It added just the right amount of distressing and blended the harsh lines for a vintage-aged look. The painted wooden American flag was looking good, but it was too clean for my taste. So, I took a super fine piece of wool and gave it a good distressing. This gave it an aged gray look while sanding it super smooth at the same time.
*If you want to seal your sign at this point, you can. Any water-based topcoat will work. Gator Hide is a water-resistant topcoat and would be perfect if the wooden sign is exposed to the rain. I have a covered porch, so I skipped this step.
Mismatched Hardware Knobs | Stars
STEP 4 Now, here is the most fun part of the whole project. I was feeling a bit lazy and didn’t want to design a stencil. Finding some mismatched hardware knobs that I had saved (because I’m a hoarder of good junk) was just the right amount of eclectic I wanted for this project. Some were wood, and some were metal, but they all had the same white painted distressed look. PERFECT! I glued them in place, staggering the ones that matched to create a more random look.
This whole project was literally free. I just used what I had on hand. You most certainly can use acrylic craft paint, too, if that’s what you have on hand.
God Bless America
I’m a proud patriotic Mom and blessed to have 2 sons serving in the united states military, and displaying my colors on this Wooden American Flag is one way to show my love and support for them and this great country. The USA!
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope this inspires you to create your own DIY patriotic signs for your front porch. I’d love to hear from you and any thoughts, comments, or ideas for a future project. Could you leave me some feedback below? I’d love to hear from you.
Until the next project… xo, Do