Monday, June 10, 2013

American Flag from Pallets

So we have really gotten into doing a lot of projects using pallets. I will post more later. But I wanted to tell you about our latest...

the American Flag

Materials Needed:

  • Any used discarded pallet (don't worry about it being perfect or discolored. This will add to it's character)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Paint (I used acylic paint) Red, blue and white
  • Paint brush 
  • Nail puller (To pull apart the pallet)
  • Tape measure
  • Wire hanger and screws
  • Straight level (I think this is what it is called. You know that long thing that helps you level out stuff and draw straight lines)
  • Pencil
  • Work space (Saw horses, table, etc.)

1. Pull apart the pallet using the nail puller and hammer. Or Here is a link to that shows you how to remove the boards from the pallet very easily using a Sawzall.
2. Arrange the boards. I placed mine close together with no spaces between.
3. Flip the boards over so you nail them to the frame. Sorry, I do not have a picture of the back. Basically what I did was use some left over pallet boards (2) and placed them vertical to the front boards all the way to the edge, one on each side. Then nailed them in.
4.For your stripes - Measure the length of your board and divide by 13. We wanted 13 stripes and wanted them all equal sizes. Draw lines with a pencil using the straight leveler.
5. Measure out the section for your stars. My husband did this part and not real sure which method he used. You can just eye ball this part.
6. Paint your blue square
7. Paint the stripes (I was not going to paint the white stripes but since the kids helped we had a few paint drops and was forced to paint them to cover up our mistakes. As you can see, it turned out great anyway)
8. We attached the wire photo hanger with screws. Screw the screws (one on each side) almost all the way in to your frame. Measure your wire to fit. Be sure to wrap it several times around your screws. Tighten your screws securely.
9. then HANG! and enjoy!

We had the best time making this American flag. Most of all we made memories. This is easily a family project where everyone can participate.

This project is not complete. We have a very large " United States Constitution" that we are getting framed and it will go beside this early American 13 colonies flag! I'm just stoked about how it turned out. Not only does this represent our family and our nations history but this will help our children in their studies next year. We are preparing to study the US Constitution starting in the fall. 

Happy Crafting
~Dee Dee~

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