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The Fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s one of my very favorite holidays, from the fireworks, food and getting together with friends. I love seeing our country come together and show it’s patriotism.
When it comes to decorating for holidays, I try and keep my festive decor simple and have it blend in with my current decor. Holiday or not, I want my home to feel like me, and reflect our style. As we gear up for The Fourth, I decided to give my entry a new look. With the help of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, I made a DIY Rustic American Flag sign.
What I love about this sign, is that it can work for year round too! So if you decide you want to keep it up (or you are like me and are really slow at taking holiday decor down), this is a great solution.
Since it is summer and all, I added a touch of a coastal flare with driftwood garland and lanterns.
Are you ready to make one of your own? The process is really simple, just takes a little time.
ScotchBlue PLATINUM Painter’s Tape
Small Paint Brush
White Chalky Paint
Box Cutting Knife
24″x36″ Piece of Sheet Metal
For Wood Background:
(4) 48”X8”X1” Boards
(2) 24”X2”X1” Boards
(8) 1” Wood Screws
(4) 3/4” Galvanized Nails
Step 1: Start with a piece of 24″X 36” sheet metal found at your local hardware store. Tape off the entire piece of metal using your ScotchBlue PLATINUM Painter’s Tape which works great on metal. Taping off the entire piece will help ensure your stripes are straight and the same width.
Step 2: Using a straight ruler, mark off a 12″ X 10” area for your stars. Using the straight ruler as a guide carefully cut the tape with a box cutting knife and carefully peel the tape off.
Step 3: Next, peel off every other strip of tape to create your stripes.
Step 4: Using a 1” star hole punch, carefully punch the tape. This can be a little tricky. It can be helpful to double the tape with the adhesive sides together. This makes it thicker for the hole punch and the adhesive side won’t stick to the punch. Rotate a row of 6 stars and a row of 5 stars.
Carefully peel the tape a part and now you have two stencils.
Step 5: Time to paint! When painting metal, using paint with a chalky finish is a great option. To get a rustic look, you will want to dry brush the paint on. This means you dip the paintbrush in paint and dab it off until you have barely any paint left. Gently brush over the showing metal.
Step 6: Time to build the wood backdrop! This is an easy project that will make your sign pop. Take your four wood planks and place the skinny pieces of wood on top. Using a power drill, screw in the wood screws into each piece of wood on each side.
Step 7: Flip the piece over and give it a coat of gray wood stain. Let it dry.
Step 8: To finish off the piece, secure the sheet metal onto the wood using galvanized nails. One on each corner will do the trick.
You can either hang it on the wall or prop it up for a vignette! Be sure to check out the ScotchBlue Inspiration Hub for more great ideas!