How to Make American Flag Pallet Artwork

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how to make an American flag from a pallet from mommy is coocoo

Pallet Artwork

When osama bin laden died I got out all of our Americana decor.  Although I had had my American flag cross for many years, for the first time I was deeply moved by the scripture on the cross, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.”  This scripture helped me explain to my children why we were hanging all of decorations and celebrating.
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After looking for inspiration for a pallet I brought home on big trash day, I knew I wanted to make an American flag.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate the scripture into my flag artwork.  I am thrilled with the results!  I think this will go down in coocoo history as one of my favorite projects.

American Flag Pallet Artwork

Here’s How I did it:

  • Disassemble (does everyone think of Johnny #5 when they write disassemble?) the pallet
  • Lightly sand the wood with the Black & Decker Cyclone 
  • Paint red, white, and blue all around your traced cross (alternate one white plank one red plank to make it easier)
  • Small tubes of crafters paint you can buy for a dollar will work perfectly
  • DO NOT involve your children (I did with disastrous results) DO this project with your kids!  It’s a great opportunity to teach them about patriotism.
  • Unless you have beautiful hand-writing, use a alphabet stencil and trace on the scripture (or whatever you want it to say) with a pencil
  • When you have aligned the words how you want them use a black sharpie and draw over the pencil
  • Use a Star Stencil to paint on the stars (I used different sized stars, placed randomly to make it easier)
When the paint dries, secure all of the boards together.  I used a small piece of wood placed vertically on the horizontal planks and nailed each board.
Goodbye Photos of Europe!  Hello Pallet Artwork
If you are a detailed person, you will notice I put Proverbs on my cross but the scripture is actually from Psalms.  Oops!!!  coocoo.
how to make an American flag from a pallet from mommy is coocoo
I love the juxtaposition of the pallet wood with my red spray painted crystal chandelier.
Have you made anything with a pallet before?
What is your favorite 4th of July decoration?
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Lovely comments

  1. says

    So pretty, and I love how you left a little of the original wood showing through. Great idea!

  2. says

    I love this! I’ve got a pallet outside just waiting on a project like this!

  3. says

    I love this idea and have pallet wood waiting for a project! :)

  4. says

    I haven’t made anything from a pallet yet. But I have some old pallets to. I’m amazed at how you were able to disassemble the palle. (and yes… now I will hear Johnny #5’s voice every time I hear the word disassemble lol). Can’t wait to try something like this.

  5. says

    This is fantastic! I love it! and your children are gorgeous!
    cute blog too ((:

    I need some pallets!!

  6. says

    These all look so great! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! :) -The Sisters

  7. says

    That American Flag pallet is a great idea. It is very unique. Good job. I design and build garden and memorial crosses out of wood and was inspired by the passing of my mother where I could not find a suitable memorial cross for her. Out of tragedy comes good. Fear no evil. If God is for us,who can be against us? Please check out my website and tell your friends. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. says

    I love this! And I love Johnny #5! He’s so cute. haha. Will give this one a try for the 4th. holiday.

    • Amanda says

      Let me know how it works out. I’d love a picture. :)

  9. Judy Bass says

    Ohhhhhhhhhh ! I’ve been waiting for some inspiration! I already have a some pallet boards sanded, put together and braced on the back.. ready for painting! I’m going to try this.

    • Amanda says

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out.


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