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This instructable shows you how to make a hanging American flag from a pallet, It doesn't take too long and isn't too difficult, so enjoy!

Tools/Items Required:

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sand paper
  • box cutter
  • Printer
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Paint - red/white/Blue
  • Varnish

Step 1: Setting Up the Pallet

  • Strip off all the wood except for the 3 vertical beams and the lowest horizontal beam.
  • Sand down all the beams so it has a smooth finish.
  • Place the beams one above the other as in figure 2 and hammer into place.

I used 9 vertical slats which gave me a near proportional flag, I used this website as a guide:

http://www.usflag.org/flagspecs.html

It also helps when painting to get dimensions right.

Cut off the excess vertical beams and sand down all the edges.

Step 2: Painting - Red, White and Blue

Mark of the areas to paint with masking tape using the proportions from the website:

http://www.usflag.org/flagspecs.html

I chose to use each beam as the stripes which is not exactly like the flag but it makes for easier painting.

I used spray paint because its quicker and cheaper then wood paint, I also didn't use a primer because I wanted the wood to show through which adds to the weathered look.

First do Blue, Then White stars, Then red.

I decided not to do white stripes and rather use the natural colour of the wood.

Step 3: Stars

Again the stars are not accurate with the correct proportions, but I felt it looked better this way for displaying.

There should be 50 stars, but thats a lot to fit.

Side note..

Originally in 1777. The blue canton contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies, in a circular fashion.

From then on stars were added for each state, so this flag would be from the mid 1800's.

Use Ms Word to make a star template and print it.

Cut out the stars with a ruler and box cutter. Use this as a stencil.

Do touch ups if necessary.

Step 4: Finishes

If you want to make the finish more rustic, then you can sand down the surface a bit. Else just varnish over the paint for a smooth finish. I left the wood untreated which gives a nice contrast.

Finally screw in 2 screws at the back on either side and use hanging wire to hang it on the wall.

Finally finshed!! I didnt have the patience to cut out the stars...so I traced them using the "country" looking star..my son loves it...getting ready to make another one for the hubby...but of course he wants the regular star!!! The final size came out 43" wide x 25" high...
Nice work! Well done
<p>Hi BlueBean, do you remember what color blue you used? </p>
What would you estimate the final weight of this to be using your dimensions? Great work by the way!
<p>Don't know for sure, round 5kgs? its not light I used a 80x100mm screw and anchor to hang it.</p>
Stripes on the flag are wrong.
<p>I mentioned that myself, thanks</p>
<p>also your's looks quite amazing if I don't say so myself.</p>
<p>thank you</p>
<p>I need them dimentions</p>
<p>120cm wide x 70cm high</p>
<p>what is the width and the length</p>
<p>This is a great idea. I have a bunch of hay pallets that will now look fabulous! </p>
<p>looks like you had fun. Being from one of the original 13 colonies (!) I'd want to have 13 stripes though. Which would make it a lot larger to maintain proportions unless you ripped the boards to narrow them. thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>Looks Great!</p>
<p>Awesome! 1846's version of the US flag with a fresh Texan star added to the mix. </p>
Haha, spot on!
<p>I love the vintage American look. Nice work.</p>
Thanks!

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