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Monday, June 28, 2010

Fathers Day gift for my Daddy.

My Dad is vet of the Vietnam conflict. He runs and owns a 3 generation Dairy farm with his brother and nephew. To say that my dad is a proud American would be like saying that the surface of the sun is slight warm. But he is a very hard man to by gifts for. His fav gifts are a large container of cashews and several cans of smoked oysters. LOL
I saw this project in one of the Link partied that I peruse. And I loved it. I definitely wanted to make on for my home. We are atop a hill and get enough wind that a fabric Flag would be shredded quickly. But then I was also looking for a meaningful gift for my Dad. So that is what this turned into. Frank receives lots of orders of things on pallets so I knew that I could get a couple dropped off at the house.
To say that the pallets were not nearly as pretty as the one used by Sweet Something Designs is a major understatement. The ones I received had been used and reused for years. You could see the nail hole where wood had been taken from old pallets and reused to make this one. I was doubtful about it in the beginning but it turned out all the better.
First I took all the cross beams off of the pallet. I laid them all side by side and re-arranged them so that they complimented each other. I then turned them all up side down. I happened to have enough scraps from another project to make 3 braces across the back. If I hadn't, I would have just taken more wood from the pallet and sawed it to length. I applied wood glue and then nailed the braces on from behind just to hold things together while the glue dried. I actually started out with all the edges even but, I was getting hot and tired and the kids wanted dinner and nailing into a through 2 pieces of wood that have a good amount of glue between them was quite the job. So as you can see, the wood was all cattywampus.
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The next morning I removed the nailed that I had put in from the back. I purposefully used nails that were way too long so that they would be easy to remove. Then I flipped it up to the right side. I then nailed each piece into the braces from the front. I used 1.5 inch nails with no heads. I nailed each piece 6 times. 2 per brace. Because the wood was warped, the glue didn't make good contact with each board and wasn't going to be enough to keep it secure.
Then I taped it off for the stripes. I measured the height and divided that by 13 to get the width of each stripe. Then I Googled "American Flag Measurements" I found a site that said the Star panel was .4 of the whole width. I wanted to make sure that it looked proportional.
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I didn't have the deep red color that I wanted so I mixed some. I Googled "Mixing Frosting Colors" Weird I know. But I knew that there was a mixing guide to get almost any color in existence that had been put out by Wilton. I found it and it said to mix bright red with purple. I just want to add here that, as with frosting, it is better to mix more than you think you will need, because you will NEVER EVER be able to mix the exact same color again.
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Got it painted.
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I was going to go over it lightly with a palm sander but honestly, the wood had so much character, there was nothing I could add by sanding it.
I mixed some burnt umber acrylic paint with water and put it on with a sponge brush then wiped it off doing small sections at a time and wiping with the grain of the wood. Photobucket I let the kids help with this part of the painting because t
here was little that could be messed up.
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The Finish just brings out all the character and texture in the wood, and that makes the whole thing in my opinion.
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I loved it so much when it was done and the only reason I was able to give it away was the fact that I knew that Daddy would love it as much as I do. And he did.


43 comments:

  1. What an absolutely gorgeous flag. You'll have to share your Dad's reaction. Nice job!

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  2. Oh I just LOVE this! It turned out sooo cute. I love how vintage it looks. I'm so glad you're dad loved it just as much - what an amazing gift!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I NEED THIS! You did a wonderful job! We actually have a pallet laying around that we were debating on what to do with -- I think we've found our solution! :)

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  4. like Amanda that old pallet will be seeing a new life in the near future GREAT JOB!
    Happy 4th to you & yours
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  5. This is just BEAUTIFUL!! Love it! You did a great job!!! I might have to try this for our house!

    btw - Thank you for the pointer on the VSO image resizer!!! You are a genius!! :)

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  6. Absolutely GORGEOUS. Great work! Could you tell me how exactly did you tackle the stars?

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  7. What rustic charm & beauty! LOVE it... I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday!

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  8. Jess,
    Love the vintage feel! Way to go! Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade.
    have a safe and happy 4th!
    Linda

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  9. just wanted to stop by and let you know i featured this today! :)

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  10. Love love love. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I love this! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  12. This is great!!! I especially love that the ends don't all line up, I think it adds to the vintage look! The next time I'm looking to mix colors I'm so going to use your search tip!

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  13. coming from craftaholics-im so inove with this project! im giong pallet hunting in the weeds near my home!

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  14. Very nice, I love the rustic look.

    Saw you on Someday Crafts.

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  15. This is my favorite flag project I've seen all season. It's so rustic and beautiful! I'm going to get my hubby to bring me home a pallet from work, just so I can do this, then hang it on the side of our barn.

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  16. That is a really cool flag. I love how rustic and worn it is.

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  17. This is so so awesome. I'm trying to figure out where i could put one. did you use a stencil for the stars? they look so perfect. This project just blows me away!!

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  18. This is great - i want to make one and hang it on our fence in the back yard.

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  19. When you first painted it did you let the paint dry before doing the acrylic paint?

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    1. Erica,
      It was totally dry before it did the distressing. I was planning on sanding it a little and didn't want to smear the base colors.

      ***As an update, it has hung on the side of my parents house for the past 2 summers and still looks great. I did use a matte clean spray to top coat it. I think that I did 2 coats.***

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  20. What type of paint did you use for this project and what brand was it.?

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    1. I just used acrylic paints from Hobby Lobby. Probably a mish-mash of brands.

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  21. Really want to try this this weekend! My husband bringing me a pallet from work :)!!! Just wish there was some sort "things you need" or "shopping list" :(

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  22. Hello Jess, thanks for sharing this post. My mother's deceased husband was in the military for 35 years, this man loved his country...and his time serving our great coutry! I would love to make this flag in his honor for my mother. In your post you didn't mentioned how you did the stars on the pellet. Can you share that information with me. I have an idea, but don't want to waste time, doing it the wrong way.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Dot

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  23. I am going to be making 2 of these for Christmas gifts. I had one question about the stars. Did you paint the blue or the white stars first? Or is there a trick to this part? Stencil?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi!!
      I painted the blue and dipped a star cookie cutter into white paint and then filled them in. I hope that helps!

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  24. Wow this is awesome. I have the pallets all nailed in.. question is how did you paint the stripes... I see you taped the stripes but onece you painted the white,, did you let it dry then re-taped to do the blue?

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    1. I must have re-taped because they look pretty crisp. If I was re-doing it, I would probably paint the whole stripe area white and then just tape off for the red.
      Send me a pic when you are done. I would love to see it.
      Jess

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    2. All done. Just waiting to seal.

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    3. Matte clean spray. Im also puting it outside of my home. I was thinking of using deacking sealer?

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  25. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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  26. Brilliantly done!! You MUST get a pinit button. ❤❤❤

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  27. Nice Work!

    http://creativepallet.blogspot.com

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  28. I am planning to make 4 of these but i am going to use 4 foot sections of an old stockade fence, cannot wait!

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    1. I made one for myself this summer with reclaimed fence boards. In the stripes I put the Pledge of Allegiance

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    2. I made one for myself this summer with reclaimed fence boards. In the stripes I put the Pledge of Allegiance

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  29. Fathers are too special they deserve the bestest gifts from the heart! Whether cheap or expensive, I still believe it’s always the very thought that counts. How much more if it's handmade or personally made as this? You're too great! Thanks for sharing! cheeeers!
    http://meowchie.snydle.com/fathers-day-gift-ideas.html

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  30. I Love This Flag ! I Would Love To Have One For My Own .

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  31. Thanks for posting this great flag idea...I LOVE it!

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  32. I love this flag idea and plan on making one for our house! I would like to try to get 50 stars on it though. Do you think it is possible? What size stars did you paint on yours? Can't wait to make mine!

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    1. If you Google US flag dimensions, and choose images. The image will show that the rows are staggered. The first row is star, space, star. The second row is space, star etc. There are 11 star/spaces across each row and 9 star/spaces in each column. For my flags, I figure what size the blue panel on my flag will be, depending on how big the flag is. Then I divide the width of the panel by 11 and the height by 9. That will be the size of your star. If you have kept all your dimensions proportional thru out the project. Your stars should be the same height and width. Such as 1.5*1.5.
      The website I use for all my flag projects is www.usflag.org and the dimensions are under Related Information. Hopefully, this is helpful.

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  33. So you used frosting coloring for the red? I am having a hard time understanding how you made that

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