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Neutral ‘Pallet’ Flag {and $310 Target Gift Card Giveaway}

June 22, 2014
Neutral Pallet Flag Art | View From The Fridge

Wood, Burlap, Lace, and Leather

What can you make with these random supplies?!?

Well … a piece of very subdued Fourth of  July wall art (obviously!!)

Now … before I get started on this project, I have to warn you I COMPLETELY messed it up!!  Like … beyond repair, un-fixable, un-hideable, very obviously … messed up!!  So … I really hope you’re in the mood for a good laugh at my expense.

A little background to this project …

    1. It’s all part of a Summer ‘Challenge’ to create festive Fourth of July crafts or recipes without using the traditional Red, White, and Blue color scheme.  This challenge is going on now with 30 of my favorite bloggers and we’re topping it all off with a HUGE giveaway to my favorite store … Target.  Enter below!!
    2. I started this project while 40+ weeks preggo.  On a very hot day.  Outside.  With a hand saw.  Hoping to induce baby to be born (didn’t work, if you were wondering … he took a good 4 more days!)
    3. I finished this project with a one week old at home and two other crazy little boys on my heels.  I place complete blame for my huge mistake on them (still love you, boys!)  actually, this was completely and solely my fault, but why not blame the one’s who aren’t going to be reading this?!?
    4. Despite the mess up … I’m still proudly displaying this art in our home as we speak … err, as I write and you read (?)

 

Now … after all that, are you ready to see it?!?  Well … wait no longer, here it is:

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It doesn’t look so bad, right?!?  Well, keep reading to find out what really happened …

I’ll take you through how I made this, and see if you can spot where my huge mistake comes in.

SUPPLIES:

  1. 6 Craft boards 3/8″ x 4″ x 36″ (I bought mine at Michael’s)board1
  2. 1/2″ x 2″ x 36″ boards for back frameboard2
  3. Craft paint (I used white and grey)
  4. Scrap pieces of grey or silver leather (or faux leather) … enough for 5 stars
  5. Roll of 2″ grey burlap
  6. 2 yards of lace trim ~ 2″ thick
  7. Wood Glue
  8. Craft Glue
  9. Wood sealer or wax

 

GETTING STARTED:

First … you’ll need to measure and cut your boards to length.

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Measure Boards and Mark

For the cuts, here’s what I ended up going with:

  1. Cut all 6 boards to 30″ long (you can discard the 6″ sections)
  2. Then, make another cut in three of the boards at 20″ (you’ll need to keep both the longer section and smaller 10″ section for your flag)

Note:  using a hand saw to make these cuts does NOT help induce labor in an overdue lady … FYI

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Make your cuts!

 

And here’s how you’ll layout your pieces (10″ pieces turned 90 degrees in top left corner):

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Layout of Flag

 

You’ll notice in the picture above, I sanded the boards on the top surface as well as all the corners and edges to give the wood pieces a more ‘rustic’ and ‘weathered’ look.

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Sand face of wood, corners, and edges.

 

PAINT YOUR FLAG!

Since we’re going for a neutral, subdued look here, I choose to use GREY and WHITE (but you could totally use the traditional red, white, and blue here, too).

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White and Grey Craft Paint

 

I wanted some of the wood grain to show through on the boards … more similar to a stain rather than a paint.  To do this, I simply watered down the craft paint.  I used about a 2 to 1 ratio of water to paint to achieve this finish (you can adjust to your preference, accordingly).

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Watered Down Paint Mixture

 

Then, I simply put a coat of white or grey on each board as shown and let dry:

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Paint your flag!

 

APPLY A WAX OR SEALANT TO WOOD

I used some Americana Clear Wax (sold at Michael’s near the chalk paint).  You could also use any other wood sealer (Polycrylic is another one I often use).

wax

ASSEMBLE YOUR FLAG

Once all your paint and sealant/wax is dry … layout your flag with the boards FACE DOWN and glue on your ‘frame’ made with pieces of the 1/2″  x 2″ boards.

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Glue 1/2″ x 2″ pieces on the back to act as a frame

Apply a generous amount of wood glue to the 1/4″ pieces, and stick onto the back of your flag pieces.  Put something heavy on the boards and allow to dry (for a good 12 hours).

Don’t judge my ‘heavy’ objects holding my boards in place :-)

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Putting those bottles to good use!

 

STOP!!!

Did you spot my fatal flaw in those pictures above?!?

Hint:  It has nothing to do with the alcohol!!

Now … keep in mind I was working quickly as Ben was sleeping for an unknown amount of time.  I also had two other little boys ‘helping’ me assemble this pallet.  Excuses, Excuses ….

Well …  If you notice, when I flipped by boards over to lay face down, I obviously should have laid them out ‘mirrored’, that is the vertical boards should have been in the top RIGHT hand corner when flipped over (so that they’re in the correct, LEFT hand corner, when flipped over to the front).

Well, you guessed it!  I failed to notice this until I flipped my flag over the next morning … after the glue had dried for a good 12 hours!

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Oops!!

Matt got a good laugh, at least!  I tried for about 5 minutes to pry off the frame on the back in hopes of fixing it.  The boards didn’t budge.  One bit.

So … I decided it was going to be an abstract, artsy flag.  You know … a piece of art that I intentionally flipped for a good reason.  Sure.  We’ll go with that!

If you’re attempting this … just be aware of your layout when it’s flipped over!

 

FINISHING TOUCHES

I cut some stars (freehand … I wanted them to look ‘imperfect’) out of some faux leather I had left over from this project, and stuck them in place with upholstery tacks).

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Add leather stars stuck on with upholstery tacks

 

I thought about stopping there … with more of a simple flag, but then decided to add a couple more details.  Enter the burlap and lace.  I first glued the middle of the lace to the burlap:

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Glue the center of the lace to the burlap pieces

 

Then I glued the burlap to the boards:

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Glue the burlap and lace in place

 

Trim the edges (or fold ’em under and glue), and you’re done!

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USE TECHNOLOGY TO FIX YOUR MISTAKE

(well in pictures, at least!)

I used some fancy photo editing tools to mirror the actual image and look as it was originally intended:

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DIY Wood Flag Art … FINISHED!

 

HANG AND PROUDLY DISPLAY!

To hang, I simply hung the whole pallet on two nails right between two of the boards:

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Hang your ‘flag’

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That’s it!  I hope you got a good laugh out of my messed up flag!  And … like I said, it’s still proudly on display in our house right now!

Now, before you head out, be sure to check out the AMAZING projects that were shared the last two weeks AND be sure to enter for your chance to win a $310 Target Gift Card by using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post!

MUST PIN!  Amazing patriotic project ideas that DON'T use the traditional colors!  Very creative!  1. USA Map by Paper & Fox
2. Let Freedom Ring Gold Art by Life on Virginia Street
3. Wood Shim Flag by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
4. Corrugated Metal Star Art by Addicted 2 DIY
5. Neutral Nautical Pallet Flag by Southern State of Mind

 

Patriotic SBH Week 2 Collage

  1. USA String Art by Sypsie Designs
  2. Lady Liberty Art by Delineate Your Dwelling
  3. Planked American Flag by Maison de Pax
  4. Fireworks Drink Stirrers by Homey Oh My!
  5. Mounted Declaration of Independence by Everyday Enchanting
  6. Land of the Free Because of the Brave Printable by Black and White Obsession
  7. Fireworks Table Runner by One Krieger Chick
  8. Chalkboard Bunting by The Dolen Diaries
  9. Vintage USA Framed Art by Made to Be a Momma
  10. Let Freedom Ring Utensil Caddy by Tiny Sidekick
  11. Wood Slice Canadiana Coasters

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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29 Comments

  • Reply Crystal Green June 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    My husband makes all kinds of things from pallet wood and I have to say that this is the cutest flag I’ve seen yet. I didn’t notice your mistake. I just thought it was very unique and awesome to add those details to it.
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    • Reply Katie June 24, 2014 at 4:41 am

      Thanks do much, Crystal! You’re too sweet! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Steph @ Crafting in the Rain June 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    This looks so cool, and man, I’ve totally had messed up moments like that! Thanks for sharing at Do Tell Tuesday!!
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  • Reply Lisa June 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I’m impressed – I would not be able to handle an inverted flag! I would’ve had to make a second one!
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    • Reply Katie June 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      I would love to have made another one, but I just don’t think I’ll get around to it this summer! A newborn and two other small little ones have changed my priorities a bit! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply caia June 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    You could hang it vertically …. :)

  • Reply kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor June 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    This is SO pretty, Katie! Love it! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  • Reply ang June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Katie,
    This is such a cute project! I love the pic of your baby bump! :)
    Ang

    • Reply Katie June 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Ang! Glad that the ‘bump’ is finally here!!

  • Reply Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body June 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Katie, this post had me laughing out loud! That is SO something I would do! Love that you tackled this super pregnant {and finished it with a 1 week old baby–God bless you} and with materials you already had. So creative and cute! Thanks so much for participating and for the laugh :)
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    • Reply Katie June 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Seriously … I was so angry when I flipped it over, but Matt was laughing so hard I just had to laugh instead. I blame lack of sleep (but I’m pretty sure I’ve done things equally as dumb prior to the newborn days)!

      Thanks again for organizing this blog hop! Everyone’s creativity astonishes me!! Have a great weekend!

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  • Reply Phoenix tears healed June 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I love this post for so many reasons 😀 ‘Wood, Burlap, Lace, and Leather’ is a great name for a rock band; your ‘heavy objects’ are the best; and your tospy flag is a joy; this was a fun read; and I have possible good news for you, it looks (from here lol) like you can still swap the boards round if you saw in between each slat with a thin metal saw-blade in an electric saw; that’s a thought, but it does look real cute as it is too 😉

    • Reply phoenix tears healed June 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      lol I think I sent you to wrong link to me oops 😀
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      • Reply Katie June 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Hilarious!! Yes … Burlap, lace & leather is a great rock band name!! I’ll keep it in mind if I ever find myself as a up-and-coming rock star (ha!!!). I totally could fix this flag, I think. I may try it when I take it down for the season. I would love to fix it for next Summer. I’m glad you enjoyed my complete disaster of a project! Thanks so much for the note!

        XO,
        Katie

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    I love your 4th of July pallet flag! The neutral colors are great! Thanks for sharing it at The Pin Junkie Pin Party last week. Your patriotic project is being featured in a 4th of July roundup today on The Pin Junkie at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/07/4th-of-july-crafts-and-recipes.html
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