Make This Patriotic American Flag For Your Front Porch or Home
Our patriotic American flag complements our other Americana decorations on our front porch. Instead
of a typical wreath Mary and I chose to hang this wooden flag on our front door as a 4th of July decoration.
While it is an ideal 4th of July craft idea, our flag project can also be used throughout the year to celebrate many holidays like Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veteran's Day to name but a few.
Americana decorations are very popular and pretty easy to make.
You also have the option of making your flag larger or smaller to fit your own spaces.
Versatile, you can also use the American flag indoors as patriotic home decor.
Our flag measures 13 1/2 inches by 18 inches and is an ideal size for most front doors. However, you can easily make it
any size you need. Our patriotic flag project can be made from scrap lumber or inexpensive materials from your local craft or hobby
My friend Doug from HoosierHomemade.com and I actually made this flag from scrap lumber in no time at all, making it an ideal holiday project.
Video: Making the Patriotic Flag
Dave gives you a quick overview
Dave gives you a quick overview
Patriotic American Flag Project Specifics
Mary and I recommend you gather most of the materials listed below before you start. Sort through your scrap lumber
and craft supplies to find wood for the slats and the right color of paints.
We used Americana colors which are more subdued than today's bright red, white, and blues. However, you can paint yours any
style you'd like!
Patriotic American Flag Materials and Cut List
Wood Slats (we used pine 2x4s)
You can easily make the slats on a table saw with scrap wood (or purchase them at your local craft store). I used pieces of scrap
2x4s and cut them to the thicknesses as indicated below.
We made them two different thicknesses to give the flag some depth; however, this is totally optional.
We cut 2x4s accordingly:
Five @ 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 18 inches
Four @ 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 18 inches
Five @ 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 6 inches
Two @ 3/8 or 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 x 12 inches (for the back)
Wood Spacers (optional)
Wood spacers are only required if you opted to cut slats at two different thicknesses.
Skip these instructions if using slats that are the same thickness.
Eight @ 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 inches
Make a star stencil approximately 2 x 2 inches from heavy paper, card stock, or cardboard. Or,
you can purchase wooden stars at craft stores.
Piece of wood at least 2 1/4 x 12 inches x 3/8 inches thick (or, sufficient pieces of wood to make
Acrylic Craft Paint
We used Barn Red, Navy Blue, and White colors
Golden Oak Stain
Required for making your flag Americana colors; otherwise it is optional.
Two small eye screws
Table saw (to rip 2x4s to the right thicknesses) or hand saw
Band saw or jig saw (to cut out stars) - optional if purchasing stars from craft store
Drill or small nail
Staple gun and staples (optional)
Card stock or cardboard for stencil
Patriotic American Flag - Construction Steps
Begin by cutting wood to lengths and thicknesses as indicated above or purchase slats at
your local craft store.
Splitter removed for photography purposes
Create star stencil and layout stars on wood. You could also either purchase a star stencil or purchase wood stars at
a local craft store.
Cut out with jigsaw or band saw if making your own stars.
Paint the stars white and let dry.
Paint the five 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 18 inches barn red and let dry. Be sure to paint the edges of these
as they will show during final assembly.
Stain the four 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 18 inches golden oak and let dry. It may take two or more applications of stain to achieve the
Paint the five 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 6 inches navy blue and let dry.
Assemble Your Patriotic American Flag
Begin by laying out the stripes. Place a red slat at the top and alternate with the stained one.
If satisfied with the look, flip them over.
Place a 1/8 inch spacer beneath each stained slat to create a flat surface.
Evenly space the two 3/8 (or 1/2 inches) x 1 1/2 x 12 inches pieces from the ends. Ensure they
cover portions of the top and bottom flag slats.
to the flag slats as shown.
Position the five 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 6 niche slats vertically in the upper left corner to form the
field of blue. Glue them in place. Position the stars as you find appealing and glue them in place. Let dry.
Drill a small hole (or use a small nail and hammer) in top of the red slat near each end to create a pilot hole for the eye screws .
Screw the eyes into the top of the flag.
Tie a piece of twine to the eyes and hang your patriotic American flag on your front door!
Joann Shares Her Americana Flag
One of our FB readers, Joann, used our tutorial to make an American flag for her own home. Her husband cut the wood and she put it all together and did the painting.
Didn't it turn out nicely? I love how she framed it, too.
We had fun creating this patriotic American flag. Discover our many other July 4th projects to use indoors
or out like our Americana holiday firecrackers, decorative bird houses, and banners.