Learn how to make this DIY Wood Flag Sign for your red, white and blue Fourth of July decor with this simple step-by-step tutorial!
Last week I shared with you a Summer Mantle Hop that I was part of where I shared my Fourth of July Mantle. I had several of you interested in how I made this Farmhouse Wood Flag Sign, so today I am going to share how I made it. You can make one too!
I just LOVE the Fourth of July Holiday…don’t you? It has been my favorite since I was a little girl. It might have something to do with the fact that my birthday is on the 2nd of July and the 4th of July and my birthday always got wrapped up into a few days of celebration! It seems like we always have something fun planned and something to look forward too.
I had created a wooden flag out a pallet a couple of years ago that I put up on the back porch to celebrate Independence Day, but I wanted something a little classier to go inside my home over the fireplace. I LOVE how it turned out! I only wish I had made it sooner!
1 piece of wood (mine was 17 inches x 32 inches)
2 side pieces (17 inches x 1.5 inches x 3/4 inches)
2 side pieces (33.5 inches x 1.5 inches x 3/4 inches)
painter’s tape (1 inch in width)
red paint (I used this one)
blue paint (I used this one)
paint brushes/roller (I use this one)
star stencil (download the svg file I used for mine here)
stain (I use this one)
picture hanger (I used this one)
1. Cut your wood to your desired measurements, or use the measurements I did.
2. Measure out the 13 stripes so that they spread out evenly over the length of the board. It worked out to be roughly about 1 and 3/8 inches for each stripe.
3. Measure this on each side of the board and then tape off every other stripe with your painter’s tape. I used two strips of tape so that the whole 1 and 3/8 inch is completely taped off.
4. The top stripe needs to be red so be sure to leave that first stripe without any tape and then start taping every other stripe.
5. Be sure to leave room for the blue part of the flag that holds the stars. It should measure down to the 7th stripe with the 8th stripe going all the way across the board. The blue square should measure about 9 and 1/4 inches tall and 12 and 3/4 inches.
6. Paint your red stripes. I like to use a small sponge brush when I do the stripes and sponge the paint on. This gives it a little bit of an uneven look which adds a little bit of distress to the overall look of the flag.
7. Carefully peel up the tape before the paint fully dries. If the paint is fully dry it can pull up in unwanted areas.
8. When the red paint has dried, you can place your star vinyl stickers on the flag or wait to stencil white stars over the blue paint depending on what you use. I used vinyl stars so I put them on the white board before I painted it blue. I used this svg pattern, click on the link to download it and cut it on your own cricut or silhouette machine.
9. Paint your square blue. Pull up the tape before it is completely dry.
10. Peel off each vinyl star very carefully.
11. Let the sign dry completely at least a few hours so that the paint will not smear when you sand it.
12. Sand the sign down roughly on the edges as much as you want it to have a distressed look. Run the sand paper over the entire flag so that it looks a little worn and aged. Again, do this to your own personal preferences.
13. While the paint is drying, you can cut your side pieces for your sign frame. You will need to cut two different lengths of your frame using the measurements above. Two will be the top and bottom frames and two will be the sides of the frame.
15. After the stain has dried and the sign is sanded, you can nail or staple the frame onto the flag.
16. Add a picture hanger to the back of the sign and hang in your home!
This sign is so easy to make even though it seems a little complicated. Just take it step by step and you will be so glad you made one! I love making signs and have made several for my home lately.
I will share with you my cut file for the “Land of the FREE because of the BRAVE” sign here soon as well. That one is not as time consuming, but harder to make if you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine. I suppose you could print out the file and then cut out the letters and make your own stencil too. The old way is tried and true!
Happy sign making! Thanks so much for stopping by! xo
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