DIY: Planked American Flag

The 4th of July is just a week away which means the buntings, banners and flags will be adorning porches and yards across the country.  Fireworks, rodeos, barbecues and parades are on the schedule and camping equipment is being prepped. 

We will be spending the day with family and doing the small-town-parade-and-barbecue-and-fireworks thing.   Norman Rockwell style…right?

My contribution to the patriotic décor is my planked flag I made with pallet wood – with a twist.

Rather than paint, I did it all with various stains.  Mahogany and pecan for the stripes and weathered gray for the stars.   It can almost be considered as a minimalist flag. 



The intent is to hang this on the porch but for sake of time and pictures, I have it hanging on the wall. 






13 stripes and 50 stars?  Not quite, but this is a representation, not a replica.

Besides, do you know how heavy this thing would be if I had 13 pieces of pallet wood connected together?! 



I used my metal stamps to stamp words of patriotism on each of the big stars…(and I just realized I duplicated one of the pictures and omitted “Liberty!” )  Yikes! 



Defend.  Honor.  Observe.  Freedom.  Glory.  Salute.  Respect.  Liberty.

Can you spell American any better than that?

Be inspired,


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  1. Representations are good… Your interpretation is FABULOUS! I love it!

  2. How cute!

  3. Love it,, different from all the other flags that have been done.. (including mine).

  4. I love the idea of using stain instead of paint – very clever! Looks great!

  5. Yup pinned it. And the star details – awesome!


  6. Wonderful!! It’s beautifully made – something like that would cost a fortune in a shop!

  7. Your flag is so pretty – so much charm and character there!
    Would love if you stopped by to link it up to my linky party happening now!
    STacey of Embracing Change

  8. I love how you used the stain and the words on the stars! Would you be willing to link this up to my Red, White, Blue & You Link Party? I’d love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

  9. Lindy@itsybitsypaper says:

    What an outstanding project! I hope you will add this to my Patriotic Project Parade going on now through July 4th!

  10. This is really nice! I love the colors and the rustic look.


  11. This is adorable and so creative. Hope you can link this up at my trendy tuesday party!!

  12. Love the variation from the standard RW&B – another craft to add to my list

  13. This is amazing! You should come link this up to the CSI Project. The challenge this week is wood. SO come on over. You just might win!!!!
    Each week is a new challenge so come over and have fun!

  14. absolutely love this!!

  15. I love how it turned out it looks fab i have a party that stars tonight i would love for you to come show it off
    thankyou aimee xxxxx

  16. Oh my – super cute! Pinning to my Summer pin board on Pinterest. Thank you!

  17. I love the patriotic words stamped on the stars! What a fantastic detail on your project! Stopping by from Met Monday.

  18. Love your flag!!! you did a fabulous job.
    thanks for sharing at catch as catch can!

  19. I love this! Very cute idea…and the words on the stars are a very special touch!!

  20. Love it~ it’s so charming and what a great idea!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  21. Beautiful job, Shari! I love it!

  22. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I love the soft colors and the way you stamped the stars!

  23. What a cool idea =) With a new interpretation, you can also make it fit more easily into your home!


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