Wood Pallet American Flag

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I have been wanting to make an American Flag out of a wood pallet for a couple of years now.  I have a long list of projects that I hope to be able to get to (someday) and it feels nice to be able to cross one off of the list.  Will I ever get tired of projects? Ha! I am not sure. I really enjoy creating things and the whole creative process…so I doubt it!

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I have a spot on my back deck that I thought would be a great place to display this flag during the summer for the Fourth of July.  We had picked up a few pallets almost two years ago when we needed some to make my son’s Pallet Headboard and a Wood Pallet Map for his room.  So, I just used what we had left over in our stash.  We picked up the pallets from a local nursery who just gave us a few for free!

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The wood slats can be VERY difficult to remove from the pallet itself due to the long nails they use.  So we just take our saw and cut the wood slats near the end nails and then pull out the nails in the middle.  It takes some elbow grease to get it done…in my case, my husband was a great sport and took care of it.  I used 7 wood boards from the pallet.  Don’t worry if they are beat up…I like that they add some fun texture and an aged look to the map.

If you don’t have access to a wood pallet, cedar fence post from Lowe’s are perfect for this!  They can be found in the lumber section.  Line up your boards and then staple or nail them to three strips of wood that are on the sides and in the middle of the boards in back.  This will hold all your boards together.

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I googled an American Flag and studied it very closely to know how I should paint the wood pallet boards so that it resembled a real flag.  I had one board that was missing a section on the lower corner so I just used that board on the bottom of the flag so that it looked like the flag had a piece missing on the bottom stripe.  I then drew out where I wanted the blue section and the 13 stripes.  I started with a red stripe and ended with a red stripe.

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I painted the blue section first and made the bottom of the blue section line up exactly with the bottom of the seventh stripe.  Then I painted the red stripes by starting at the top and moving down.  By the time I had finished painting the red stripes, they had dried enough for me to start painting the white stripes.

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When everything has had a chance to dry and cure, you can take some sandpaper and rough it up a bit.  I actually did the roughing up part before I painted the stars on because I was still trying to figure out how big of a star I wanted to do.  I finally just decided to go with a star stencil I had on hand from Martha Stewart.  It ended up being the perfect size for my taste.

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We relied heavily on a picture of the American Flag to get the dimensions and the layout of all 50 stars as correct as possible.  It ended up being 5 rows of 6 stars with 4 rows of 5 stars in between the rows.  Then when the stars were all painted on and dried we roughed them up a bit too.

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To hang the flag, we put a couple of screws on the back and threaded some heavy wire around them so they could act as a picture hanger.  This makes it super easy to hang it up.

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Now we are ready to host the Fourth of July BBQ!  Want to see some of our other Fourth of July projects?  Check out these past Idea Room posts:

Fourth of July Projects

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How do you celebrate the Fourth?

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*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Lowe’s for my time and participation in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer Network. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

 



DIY Pallet Headboard

So…I promised this DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial that we made for my son’s room, several weeks ago…oopsie.  I don’t know what took me so long to finally share this…but nevertheless…here it is for those of you who are interested.

I decided to build the headboard after seeing my friend Char from Crap I’ve Made’s pallet headboard for her daughter’s room.

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This is one of the simpler projects we have made.  The hardest part is getting those darn pallets boards off the frame.  Those nail/screws are brutal.  We pried a few off and then just ended up chopping the boards off of the pallet with a chop saw…so much easier!

Some people have raised concerns about possible chemicals in pallets.  If this concerns you, simply use other boards.  You can also google how to make new wood look old.

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Here is what you will need to make your own Pallet Headboard:

Materials and Sizes:

2 – 2X6 48 inches in length

1 – 2X4 61 inches in length

1 – 2X4 50 inches in length

2 – ½ inch plywood pieces 10X22 inches

Enough 40 inch long pallet boards to make a width of 61 ½ inches

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We made the frame by placing the 61 inch 2×4 piece at the top and 2×6 pieces on each edge of the 2×4.

We then placed the bottom of the 50 inch 2×4 28 inches from floor end of the 2x6s.

Then you will need the plywood pieces to provide support to the connections of all the pieces (we inset the plywood ½ inch from the top and side to make the piece hidden from view on the completed head board).

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Flip the frame over and lay out the pallet boards on the frame (we had the top and sides over lap the frame by ¼ inch).

Use wood glue and a staple or nail gun to adhere the boards to the frame. Stain and varnish completed the finish.

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We drilled holes (aligned with the bed frame) in the bottom of the 2×6 posts of the headboard and then bolted the bed frame securely in place.

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That’s really all there is to it.  Such an easy project and it has been perfect in my son’s room.  To see the entire room reveal you can go here:  Boy’s Room Reveal.  We also made a fun Pallet Map for my son’s room.  You can see that here:  Wood Pallet Map.

Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

Several of you requested the tutorial for the wood pallet map we made for my son’s room that I shared with you the other day.  This was a super simple project and cost literally nothing for us other than the cost of the map.  You can’t beat that now can you?

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First of all we picked up some pallets for FREE at our local nursery.  They will allow you to take up to 8 pallets before they charge.  Score!

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Then comes the tough part.  These pallets have some serious nails holding them together.  It takes some serious muscle strength to get these planks off.  We ended up cutting off the two ends right up to the nails and then just pulling out the middle nails.

Then I took a heavy duty file and sanded down the edges and the rough spots of each plank.

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Make sure you have enough pallets to have a bit of overhang on the map so you can see your pallet wood.  It gives it an antiqued look.  You can cut your map down a bit so that it fits better too, which is what we did.

We connected the pallet planks together with a piece of plywood on the back and then glued them into place with Gorilla Wood Glue (my favorite wood glue).

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We found our map on Amazon for a $1! They had a few different styles and we went for a more Old World look.

Trim around the edges in a non-patterned way to give it a more worn look without crisp clean edges.

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Then take a candle and burn the map around the edges.  We did this outside and had a pitcher of water on hand….just in case.

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We burnt the map all around the edges and then even burnt some holes in the middle of the map in some of the less prominent areas on the map.

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Lay your map onto the wood pallets.  This next part you will need and Exact-o Knife to cut the map into long strips.  Now I debated about cutting the map, but I wanted the individual wood planks to show through and give some detail to the map.  I was worried that if I just Mod Podged the map without cutting it, it would just be a flat map.

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I am SO glad I decided to cut the map.  It added so much more detail and un-perfectness to the overall look.

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We recruited the kids to help us hold the map into place while we cut it.  We did not want it to move at all and mess up the cut.

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We cut the map one section at a time.  When we had a new strip, we Mod Podged it onto the individual plank.

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We purposely left a small space between each plank.

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After all the strips were glued onto the pallets, we let it dry completely.  Then we put two coats of water-based polycrylic in a satin finish on the map to keep it nice and protected.

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I LOVE it! And so does my son!  He wants to pin the places he has been to on this map as well.  What do you think?

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I was inspired to make this map when I came across this image (below) on Pinterest.  I searched all over to find the original source of the map so I could link back and give credit to who made this and I could not for the life of me find out where it is from.

My search led me to believe that it may have been sold at Hobby Lobby a while ago. If anyone knows where I can find the original site for this I would love to know so I can give them credit and a link!

 

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