In honor of Independence Day this week I decided to do a patriotic upcycling project. I have seen the big wood pallets painted in the American Flag but not small wood pallets. I’m going to show you how you can make a cool American flag out of a small wood pallet.
The first step before all steps is to find a small piece of wood. I had mine pre-cut by a friend who has given me old pallets. (Thank you Don & Nicole)
First, sand the piece. I used a simple sander.
Second, draw the lines for the stripes. I used whatever was near me. It happened to be a stick.
Tip: Don’t aim for perfection. The more imperfect the better!
Finally, I used clear wax and dark wax to seal and darken a little. I used hot glue with a little of a Gorilla glue for the star shell. The rope was stapled on the back with a staple gun.
I love how simple it was to make.
I hope this inspires you to do something too!
Feel free to comment below. Happy 4th!
*update* Another way to make these are to go ahead and paint the entire pallet old white and then paint the red stripes. I found this to be a little easier.
* note I was planning on making two but made one instead because I ran out of time.
Annie Sloan paint (Emperor’s silk, old white, Provence)
small paint brush
clear & dark wax
straight edge tool