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How to Paint a Pallet Flag

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If you’re looking for a creative way to re-purpose a free or cheap wood pallet, check out this easy DIY painted flag – great for the 4th of July and all year long! 🙂

For this craft you’ll need:

*Wood Pallet – many pet, hardware and grocery stores will allow you to take pallets for free but be sure to ask first (or you may find them listed in the free section on CraigsList)!

*Red, White & Blue Paint ( I used Latex paint)
*Painter’s Tape
*Paint Brushes
*Star Stencil – Download Here for FREE (or purchase here)
*Craft/XACT-O Knife
How to make a Pallet Flag for Summer

Directions:

Wipe down wood as it may be really dusty. Next, you’ll want to determine out how far apart you’d like your stripes to be (or consider designating each piece of wood as a different stripe). I ended up taping for the red stripes first, painting them, and then removing the tape. When the red stripes were dry, I taped for the white stripes, painted them, and then let dry. Then I painted the blue area. Since you don’t need much paint for this project, consider using any leftover paint you may already have on hand or purchase the small sample sizes from your local hardware/paint store.
Painted Pallet American Flag for 4th of July
To use create the stars, download the free stencil HERE and print it out on heavy cardstock paper. Use a craft knife to cut out each of the stars. Tape stencil to pallet and lightly tap the end of your paint brush on each star using white paint. (Stencil Tip: Bleeding happens when you use too much paint so dip your brush in paint, unload some paint on a paper towel and then hold brush straight up and down using a light dabbing motion when applying to pallet). ENJOY!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 3

  1. Renee

    It’s easier with spray paint and if you cut a star out of foam and dip it in the paint then you’re not dealing with the stencil marks from the excess paint!

  2. Amy

    I have always wondered why people don’t turn the pallet the other way and use the slats as the stripes. Seems like a lot less taping work. Is it because they might not be perfectly shaped/straight? Any ideas?

    • Kate

      The slats are shorter than if the paint across the slats. If you painted the slats you would have a weird shaped flag.

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