How to Easily Paint an American Flag Pallet

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Celebrate the 4th of July with a fun and easy patriotic DIY project!

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

Hip tip: 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.

How to make a Pallet Flag for Summer

Painted Pallet American Flag


Supplies Needed



Wipe down the 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).


Start taping out the spaces where you want your stripes to be painted. 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 them dry.


Next, I painted the blue area. When the blue paint is dry, you’re ready to add the stars!


To 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 the stencil to the pallet and lightly tap the end of your paintbrush on each star using white paint.


Stenciling 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 the pallet).

Painted Pallet American Flag for 4th of July


Try making these White Claw slushies for a refreshing summer sip!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 10

  1. marie

    Here’s a tip of you have a Cricut! My brother in law has done this quite a few times. I have a Cricut and cut out the star pattern for him on poster board, much easier and quicker!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great tip! Thanks Marie!

  2. Hollie

    This is perfect timing. I have one painted except for the stars. I have been procrastinating figuring that part out. Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Iโ€™m glad you painted one – so fun!

  3. Ana

    Love thisโ™ฅ๏ธ

  4. Candy M

    Nice! Thank You!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for stopping by today Candy!

  5. Valerie

    This would drive me nuts. It needs 13 stripes and 50 stars!

    • Rachel

      I made one of these and my father in law, a veteran, told me it is not appropriate because it doesn’t have 13 stripes and 50 stars. I painted it white and put large letters on it to spell JOY, so I only use it for Christmas decor. Which drives my husband crazy cause it is so big to store ๐Ÿ™‚

    • marie

      The one in the picture yes, but you can paint it anyway you want. Make it with 13 stripes and 50 stars. My brother in law that makes them is a vet and he makes it to scale with 13/50. What I made on the cricut was straight from a flag so the stars are in the right spots.

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