Happy 4th of July!
Today’s project is not only patriotic, but it serves double duty of recycling and as a piece of décor for our wedding! This Beachy American flag is my way of incorporating my fiancé’s career in the Air Force with the beach theme of our wedding at the end of the month. I’ve been looking for subtle ways to include flags in with our wedding décor, and I think this flag is going to look great on the sign-in table. I can also consider it recycling, because we made these wood platforms as a part of our centerpieces, but we made way too many now that the RSVP cards have come back and we have a more definitive number of guests.
– Wood (I used mason lathe- its a rough cut spruce wood sold in bundles at my hardware store)
– Craft paint in red, white and blue
– Sponge brush
– Craft starfish
– (not pictured) wood glue and hot glue gun
You can make your flag any size you wish, but I cut mine 14″ long. I then laid 7 of them next to each other, and glued them together with a shorter piece of wood laid in the opposite direction. You can use wood glue to secure it, or small nails if you have them. Allow this to dry thoroughly. *Note, you’ll want an odd number of wood slats so that your stripes can begin and end with red, just as the American Flag does.
As I started making mine, my mom saw it and wanted one for herself (no problem- like I said, we made waaaay too many of these trays!). But, she wanted hers to be slightly different than what I had in mind. In the picture at the top of the post, hers is on the left and mine is on the right. If you like her idea of having the field of blue on the left, then mark off where you want your blue to be and tape it off (you can use masking tape or if you have it, painters tape).
While your wooden sign is drying, paint your starfish. Since mine were going to be representing the field of blue, I painted mine blue and my moms white. She also opted for one large starfish instead of four small ones. (Can you tell we have a lot of beach-related crafting supplies lying around the house for this wedding? I love it!)
After everything has dried thoroughly, hot glue down your starfish in the upper left hand corner.
Mine will be standing on the table at the wedding, so I didn’t add anything to hang it with, but my mom is planning on hanging hers on our back porch, so she is going to add two screw in “o” hooks to the back so she can string some wire between them to hang it.
Our finished products!
If you make this please stop by my Facebook page and show me a picture! I’d love to see it! If Instagram is more your style, make sure you hashtag #handmadeisbetter and tag me @sewin2disney.