Pallet projects are very trendy right now in home decor. Pallets make the perfect base for rustic style flag projects. This pallet flag provides a twist on the usual flag design by replacing the blue field of stars with a cutout map of the United States with a string art star! Perfect for the 4th of July, this pallet flag will bring flea market style to your patriotic celebration!
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This pallet flag is created from two Plaid products – a 12″ x 16″ unfinished wood pallet, and a brand new wood string art cut out from their Bucilla String Creations brand.
I started by painting the pallet base in two coats of White Adirondack chalk paint. Once that was dry, I taped off my stripes using painter’s tape. I wanted three white stripes and four red ones so I divided the vertical dimension by 7 and then started measuring in from the edge and filling in the tape.
(Make sure to press the edges of the tape down securely to prevent the paint seeping under it. If it doesn’t seal properly you will find yourself having to do touch-ups after the tape is removed.)
After the tape was in place I painted the red paint over it to create the red stripes.
While waiting for the red paint to dry, I painted the map blue. Then the clear wax went onto both items after they were dry, and I buffed it to a nice soft sheen.
I die cut a star of approximately the size I wanted to string on my die cut machine to use as a template, but you can skip this step if you are confident free handing the stringing. I was careful when threading my string to not have any threads on the back pass anywhere but directly underneath threads on the front. With a bit of forethought to the pattern of stringing, it can be done.
The finished map was attached to the pallet background with hot glue. And my flag was all ready to hang to celebrate the 4th of July, or any patriotic occasion!
- Plaid 16×12 pallet
- Bucilla String Creations Map
- Plaid FolkArt Chalk Paint in Nautical, White Adirondack, and Imperial
- Plaid FolkArt Chalk Paint Wax in Clear
- White Twine
- Star Die Cut