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How To Make A Patriotic DIY Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

Make a patriotic DIY pallet wood American flag sign from a Dollar Store flag and scrap pallet wood.

This patriotic sign cost just a few dollars to make, $1 for me as I already had the pallet wood and paint.

Keep an eye out on the side of the road, or at thrift stores for free pallets. There are so many things you can do with them.

 

pallet wood patriotic flag sign supplies

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Supplies Needed For Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

Supplies for Patriotic DIY Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

How To Make A Pallet Wood American Flag Sign 

Start by painting the pallet wood whatever color you like. I love how the navy looks because it really allows the flag to stand out.

But, I do think red or white would be great too.

decoart AmericanaDecor color stain

This color stain is gorgeous. Pallet wood is not smooth at all and this color stain did a great job of really seeping into the wood, giving it a finish.

Even though most of it will be covered with the flag, I still wanted a good finish.

pallet wood painted with blue color stain

This is a self-sealing stain so I knew it would be perfect for this project. You can see how I used this same color stain on my small kitchen island.

blue painted pallet wood for American flag sign

Cutting the Flag

Now that the pallet wood is dry, it’s time to cut the flag. For this pallet sign, I wanted the flag to look like it was part of the board, not just placed on top.

So, I tried a couple of things to achieve that. I figured if I messed it up I really was only out $1 for the flag, as my Dad makes the pallet signs for me.

He finds them on the side of the road, or a friend will give them to him. I’m so thankful! 

cutting flag

Start by removing the banner pole from the flag. You can put this aside to use for hanging if you want. Next up, cut the flag in two where the pallet boards are split.

This will help make it appear to be part of the wood.

cutting flag in two on pallet board

Because this flag was only $1, it is thin and leaves lots of strings and threads. Not a problem, because we will be sealing the edges anyway so you won’t even notice.

Decoupage the American Flag

Pour some mod podge on a paper plate and use a paint brush to cover the sign. I’ve been having fun with mod podge lately.

Did you see the beautiful garden pots I made with napkins and decoupage? They were my most popular post so far in 2021. Be sure to check those out! 

mod podge on plate

I like to work in sections, so start at one end, add some mod podge, place the flag down and smooth out any wrinkles. 

mod podge on pallet wood

Continue with this process until the flag is secure. You can use a credit card to smooth out the wrinkles, or just use your fingers. 

American flag on pallet wood

Age the American Flag

Here’s where the fun came in. I had no clue what I was going to do to make the flag look more old and worn.

So I just started playing around with a brown fabric paint that I mixed with a little mod podge. I started out very lightly adding it to the edges.

Guess what? I loved how it was coming together. 

so soft fabric paint

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mod podge with fabric paint

I started out very lightly adding it to the edges. Guess what? I loved how it was coming together. 

fabric paint on flag

Don’t go over the entire flag, just randomly add some of the paint to the sign. 

distressed sign

For even more texture and dimension, I randomly  brushed on some of the blue color stain. Basically use a dry brush technique to tone down the white of the flag.

It really looks distressed and painted on, rather than just glued on. What do you think of this process? It’s pretty cool!

Add a Patriotic Quote

You can totally stop here and you have a beautiful patriotic sign. However, I decided to add a “celebrate freedom” stencil.

It really fills in the bottom of the sign nicely and the white really pops.

celebrate freedom painted on wood sign

All that’s left now is to decorate with your beautiful new pallet sign. Wasn’t that so simple? You can stand the sign up on a mantel, or buffet table.

Or you can add a picture hanger to the back and use it as wall decor. It would look great on a porch or patio.

If it is going outside, be sure to give it a coat or two of clear sealer to protect it from the elements.

How To Makefinished DIY Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

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How To Makefinished DIY Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

How To Make A Patriotic DIY Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

Yield: 1 Pallet Sign
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Pick up a dollar store American flag and scrap pallet wood to make a patriotic DIY pallet wood American flag sign. This is such a simple process, but really is a statement piece. It looks like the flag is painted on the wood.

Materials

  • Pallet
  • Paint
  • Fabric Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • Dollar Tree American Flag
  • **Optional** - Stencil or Cut File

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Paint the pallet wood whatever color you like.
  2. Remove the dowel hanger from the flag.
  3. Cut the flag in two where the pallet boards are split. 
  4. Pour some mod podge on a paper plate and use a paint brush to cover the sign in sections.
  5. Start at one end, add some mod podge, place the flag down and smooth out any wrinkles. 
  6. Continue with this process until the flag is secure.
  7. Lightly add a mixture of brown fabric paint and mod podge to the edges of the flag.
  8. Randomly add some of the paint to the sign. 
  9. Brush on some of the blue color stain with a dry brush technique in random spots of the flag.
  10. Add a patriotic quote if you like.

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