Julie and I wanted to make a “distressed” flag that would look like the people-sized pallet wood flags, using reclaimed wood. So this is what we came up with and here’s what we did:
- Big wood craft sticks – we always called these tongue depressors 🙂
- Regular wood craft sticks – like the ones in Popsicles
- Ruler or straight edge
- Paint & paintbrush
- Knife or saw
- Glue (not shown)
- Sanding block or sandpaper
- Star template (optional)
You can use a saw or other cutting method, but I just score the sticks on both sides with a knife, and then just pop the ends off. Just apply a little pressure to where the scoring is and they should pop right off.
Sand the ends of any roughness. Sand the corners so they look more “worn” and less sharp.
Your sticks probably look better on one side than the other. Line up the 6 cut sticks, good side down, leaving a tiny bit of space between them. This will make them look more like separate pieces of wood in the final stage. You can choose to put them tightly together and you’ll get a look that hardly shows the space between the sticks and will look more like a solid object than separate pieces. You decide.
Apply the “support” pieces. These are the 2 smaller craft sticks. Glue them down so that they cover all the 6 pieces. My sticks were a little long so I cut off the ends. These will be on the back so they won’t show. This is what is going to hold the sticks together.
Use a template, stencil, or freehand a star where you want it to be. Doing all the stars was a bit ambitious for me, so I used one big star; you use what you like.
Paint just the star area white; doesn’t have to be perfect.
Paint the blue background around the star.
Distress and Sand!
I used my knife and scored a bunch of lines going with the grain of the sticks. I thought this gave them a more aged look.
Then I sanded and sanded and sanded the whole thing.
Finished! Julie loves it and I think it turned out pretty cute and true to what the big ones look like.
To see more of Julie’s outfit, click here.