Monday, June 16, 2014

Hanging Flag!

Inspired by Jen at Tatertots and Jello with her version of a Patriotic Flag I came up with a different version!  Using yard stakes !
It is hung here like a wind chime, but we shall see.  DH has already ran into it!

Anyway when I told my idea to DH and DD, they both wanted to help, so to Lowes we went.  I had already bought the Red, White and Blue spray paint at Joann's the day before using coupons.  Note:  when doing this use paint out of a can or jar.  This is raw wood and the spray paint just gets soaked up.  I guess we could have primed first, but it still would have used a lot of spray paint.  Plus we wanted it to be rustic and have some of the wood showing through.

So here is what we got:  A bundle of yard stakes, they were around $11 for 25.  Sorry I can't find the receipt!  They are 36" long and about 2" wide.  I sanded them first as they are real rough.
Then we found a board that was 48"x 7 1/4" this was cut down into 4 pieces.  4 packs of eye hooks and 4 packs of cup hooks.  These are used to connect the stakes to the wood.  Then I found chip board stars at Joann's they were .27 each.

Ok here we go!
 Here is a pic of the hooks we used.  DH drilled the holes, then we screwed them in before painting.  This way they get painted the same color as the board. 
 This pic shows DD sanding and DH is on the ground laying it out to measure for the cup hooks!

We then layed a tarp out on the patio so we could paint the stakes.
Here is the white stakes, white stars and blue board.  You can see we had also painted the red stakes!

After a few coats of paint on both sides, they are ready to be ensembled.

 First I glued the stars to the blue background.  I had sanded the edges a little to give it some character.
Then you can hang the stakes/stripes from the bottom of the board.  We put the eye hooks on the blue, and the cup hooks on the stakes/stripes.  It would probably work either way!  I also put to eye hooks on the top of the blue to use for hanging.  I just used a double wrap of twine, but you could use chain or ribbon.  It is sort of heavy, so make sure what you use will support it. 

And the finished flag.
 This is my Father In Law's hanging from his back patio.
This is ours.  I really love how it turned out.  A little rustic but still very patriotic. 

Have you decorated with Red, White and Blue yet?  Love to see pics.



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Between Naps on the Porch

1 comment:

Jen @ said...

So adorable! I love it!!