When my son turned 9 we decided it was time to trade in his truck-themed room for something a bit more cool. I didn’t want the room to be too “themey” but he did end up with lots of maps, flags and other geographical items filling the space.
The only person in our house who loves DIY, HGTV and design more than me, is my son. Although its tough to find Sarah’s House on HGTV anymore, he used to sit and watch it with me all the time (he thinks Sarah’s sidekick, Tommy, is hilarious. I have to agree.). So when it was time to redecorate his room, he wanted to help. This American flag from a pallet was the perfect project for us to create together. It is a relatively simple one too if you are a newbie DIYer. Only a few household tools are needed.
I went on Craigslist to find a business that was giving away pallets. You really only need one for this project but if you find someone who has them, it is worth grabbing a few. The wood often splits when disassembling the pallets so it is good to have an extra on hand. Also, there are a lot of different size pallets with different types of wood. You’ll have to see what you like best.
I took the slats off the pallet with a flat pry bar and hammer and re-assembled the slats using scraps of wood and wood screws on the back.
Next step is to gather your painting supplies and get started with the fun part! There is no need to sand the wood, especially if you want a rustic look.
I taped off the white stripes and field of blue and my son started by painting the red stripes.
Once the red was dry, we covered that with tape and painted the field of blue, and finally the white stripes.
My son did all the painting for this project and other than the dry time it was quick and easy. I created a template for the stars buy using a piece of cardstock and a craft punch. We actually had to stencil the stars twice. The first time, we tried to do all 50 stars and it ended up looking like a jumbled mess. We painted over it and tried with a circle of just 13 stars. It worked much better!
Here it is in his room. We are thrilled with how well it turned out and was exactly what we wanted. It is an amazing feeling when that happens!
- pallet (usually free!)
- flat pry bar and hammer
- short wood screws and assorted scrap wood strips (to reassemble the planks)
- painter’s tape
- acrylic paint,
- foam roller and tray
- yard stick