Scrap Wood American Flag

I am always late to the holiday decorating game...if I show up at all...

Don't get me wrong I would love to do more holiday themed crafts, I just seem to never have enough time!

So, even though the 4th of July is only a couple of days away, it is not here yet!  Muaha ha ha ha (maniacal laugh) I am not late!

MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
Ok, so yes.  I wasn't actually planning to make this.  It just happened today, and I really had fun doing it.

Don't you just love spur of the moment projects?  I do.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
Several weeks back, I grabbed this wood and just decided I had to do something with it.  My friend had  given it to me (knowing my obsession with scrap wood).

I loved how the ends were just broken off and I started laying them out to see how I wanted to put them together.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
I decided to do one ragged end and one cut end.  Then with more of the scrap wood I got I glued them on the back of the boards and nailed them down, making sure to nail into every board.  I used my nail gun, it only took a couple of minutes.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
And this is how it has sat in my shed for weeks.  Waiting for me to decide what quote or picture or something to put on it.

Until today...

I have been seeing lots and lots of cute flags around the past week in link parties and when I saw one this morning I knew I had to make one.  And I already had the boards done!
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
I taped off a corner for the stars.  White washed it.  Then put on stars I cut out of contact paper on my cricut, and whitewashed the blue over top.

Everything was great.  Until I peeled off the stars.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
The blue had totally seeped under them.  What you see above is what I got.  Oh well, I swear most projects never go perfectly smoothly.  I just moved on and white washed the stripes.  White...
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
Then red.  I went back and designed a star stencil, with different contact paper.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
I slapped it on and lightly painted my stars (no white washing this time, I think it was the watered down paint that made it seep the first time, lesson learned).
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
To hang it I screwed in some eyes and attached some wire.  Then I hung it on my fence where I have a nail hammered in to take pictures.
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
Perfect!
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
I was feeling very festive at this point and had visions of making wooden firecrackers and cute patriotic banners....ha!  Maybe someday when I have more time...
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
For now I am quite pleased with my flag, and it will do quite nicely for my one and only 4th of July decoration!
MyLove2Create, Scrap Wood American Flag
Are you a holiday decorator?  If so, someday I want to grow up and be just like you!

Thanks for stopping by!  I am almost ready to share my husbands desk and hutch I just finished!  I hope to see you soon!

Hugs,
Mindi

I will be linking to these parties.

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43 comments

  1. Very cool...love that you left the ends "as is" :)

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  2. I absolutely love it! Pinning this!

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  3. This is so great and I love the tutorial.Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I wanted to invite you to come over to my blog and join the challenge this week. The challenge is Red, White and Blue. Each week we have a new craft challenge. The link up begins tomorrow, Wednesday so come on over!!!!
    You just might win!
    www.thecsiproject.com
    Cheers.
    Dee, the CSI Girl

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  4. Mindi, I LOVE your flag and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing - pinning! Have a fantastic holiday!

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  5. AWESOME! You are so talented. Thank you for the tutorial and wishing you and yours a terrific Fourth weekend ahead.
    FABBY

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  6. Love it, what a creative use of wood that someone else might have thrown away, awesome job!!

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  7. So great! Has the feel of a tattered old glory blowing in the wind!

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  8. very cool! I love the frayed side. happy 4th

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  9. Oh my gosh, I got so distracted, I forgot to leave a comment on your great project. I've done a couple of these kind of flags. I got some cool fence today that would be great for another flag.
    I love how you used the broken pieces of wood on the right side. Your flag looks great. When I saw you doing the stars, I was like "oh my" why didn't I do that.... but then, when it went south, I was thinking "glad I didn't do that" lol

    super job Mindi!

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  10. Boy did you show up!!! You so rocked it girl!!! This flag is rustic and just plain perfect! I am so behind...I was going to do a craft with the kids but well..ya know how time flies! I love this piece!!! Just so awesome!!! Happy 4th...I hope you and your crew have a wonderful day!!!

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  11. I have seen so many flags for 4th of July, but hands down, yours is my favorite because of the wood of all different sizes.

    I need to do something like this.

    thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Love this! The unevenness of the wood is awesome! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  13. I'm always late to the holiday decorating party, too! I love how rustic this looks. Thanks for inspiring me to maybe get to my 4th of July decorating a little earlier than a few days before next year :)

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  14. This is my favorite wooden flag I've seen in all the blog hops this year. Love the jagged edge. Great job.

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  15. I love this! Something to do with all the cracked pallet wood I have laying around, the jagged ends give it great character.. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  17. I love this! So pretty! Visiting from the Gotta Create blog hop! Feel free to link this one up at our Red, White & BBQ Ladies Only Blog Share link party which is now live! :)

    http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-red-white-bbq/

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  18. This is beautiful! I love the contrast of the clean edge to the jagged edge! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday this week. We'll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts later this afternoon :)

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  19. This looks great!! There's a new Link-up Party going on this weekend over at One Sharendipity Place and we'd love to have you join in! Here's the Link! http://thet2women.com/one-sharendipity-place-link-up-9/

    Thanks,

    All of us at The T2Women

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  20. Such a cool project! Love what you did with that scrap wood!

    Emilee
    http://thebirdandthebicycle.blogspot.com

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  21. This is such a cool project!! I love it! I am always late to the holiday decorating too! Thanks for linking up with at the Ladies Only Blog Share! Following you now!

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  22. What a great project to recycle old pieces of wood. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wow, this turned out great. Your tutorial is is excellent and your photography is beautiful! We would love to have you join us at our Saturday Show Us How You Rock Link Party starting July 13th.

    Have a great weekend!

    Tracy
    Made From Pinterest
    http://www.madefrompinterest.net/

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  24. THis looks so awesome! I love it. My spur of the moment projects always tun out the best!

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  25. This my kind of project. Loved it and pinned it. Nice to meet you....
    Holly

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  26. I love this...pinning! You should join me in the Whimsy Wednesday link party starting every Tuesday night at 7:00.

    Have a great weekend!

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  27. I confess, I rarely decorate for holidays (except for Christmas). I'm always too late too. I love your new flag though! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  28. This is very cool. Absolutely loving it.

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  29. Fabulous! Love it so much. Great idea and inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. I absolutely love this project! Great Job! Thank you for linking up at Hickory Trail!

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  31. This is so beautiful! If I saw it in a store, I'd buy it in a heartbeat :) Just pinned it so I can make it someday. (spotted in the Frugal Fit Family Linky Party #9)

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  32. Wonderful. So love it and will have to keep some old wood for this beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Love this!! Got it pinned and saved on our HITS board!

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  34. Hi Mindi, I thought for sure I left a comment, but even if I'm late, this is so fabulous!! I'll be featuring this in the Be Inspired Patriotic Party Showcase tonight, thanks for joining in!!

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  35. Yes, I love spur of the moment projects and sometimes they are the most successful, too. Featuring your flag. Beautiful work. Pinning also. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/07/what-to-do-weekends-28.html

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  36. Seriously love the ragged raw edges of the flag! Of course I am super partial to anything flag related! So cool! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  37. Love the "old and ragged" look of your flag...gonna be putting my husband to work on one , soon. Thank you for sharing....I pinned it for you!
    JP

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  38. Wow it's really nice...Beautiful layout. Excellent work you did. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Keep sharing more.
    Scrapbooking

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  39. This is so cute! Looks like an 'old glory'.

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