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Reclaimed Wood American Flag

This upcycle didn’t cost me a dime to make! See how to make a reclaimed wood American flag for your Fourth of July DIY inspiration!

reclaimed wood American flag

Rummaging through my husband’s scrap wood pile not too long ago, I came across this old wood pallet piece. I loved the look of it and how aged and worn it looked, like it had a lot of stories to tell.

reclaimed pallet wood piece

For a while this piece of old wood just sat on my desk because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it. I didn’t give it too much more thought until this past weekend when an idea just came to me – a rustic American flag.

Even though this is just a small piece of wood, I thought it would be so cute turned into a American flag just in time for the Fourth of July. I don’t usually decorate for that holiday, but I’ve been loving all the reds, whites, and blues lately.

And I think now is a time that those colors need to really stand out and Americans need to grow up and start coming together and working as a team, not pitting against each other.

Reclaimed Wood American Flag

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Making this reclaimed wood American flag didn’t cost me anything since I already had everything on hand. I love a good free upcycle, don’t you?

What you need:

*Note: There is crackle medium in this photo because I planned to use it for the star. However, at the last minute, I changed my mind and decided I wanted the star to stand out more, and not look “cracked”.

materials needed
  • a small piece of reclaimed pallet wood (mine is 7 1/2″ long)
  • craft paint in blue and white
  • paintbrush
  • fabric scraps
  • jute twine
  • scissors
  • hot glue

What you do:

The first thing I did was mix a little bit of blue craft paint with a little bit of water because I wanted the wood to show through. Then I painted the wood piece lightly with the paint mixture, not really covering the entire piece.

I took a picture of this step, but for some reason, it disappeared so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like.

After the paint dried completely, I free-handed a star in the center of the wood. Then I painted the star white with a smaller-sized paintbrush.

painted white star

While the star was drying, I decided to cut and rip my fabric strips. For this reclaimed wood American flag project, I used white muslin fabric and red/white checkered fabric.

First I cut the fabric into 6″x7″ pieces. Then, I cut strips about a 1/2″ apart and ripped them the rest of the way to get that old tattered look. I ended up using 7 red strips and 7 white strips.

cut the fabric
fabric strips

After cutting the strips and making sure the paint was completely dry, I started gluing the fabric strips and jute twine to the bottom of the back of the wood.

I alternated my strips using red, then white, then jute twine in that order.

Glue fabric strips to back of wood

TIP: These little rubber fingertip things are amazing when you’re working with hot glue!! No more burns! (And they’re cheap, too.)

Next, I twisted a leftover fabric strip with a piece of jute twine and hot glued it to the top of the wood for hanging.

making the hanger

Then I hung my handmade reclaimed wood American flag up for a cute decoration in my living room.

decorated American flag
completed American flag

This reclaimed wood American flag project only took about an hour to make. I’m very happy with the way it turned out!

What do you think? Do you decorate for the Fourth of July holiday?

Looking for more upcycled DIY’s? I recommend these:
Farmhouse Candle Holders
Upcycled Mailbox Planter
Farmhouse Mason Jar Vase
Shabby Chic Lamp
Farmhouse Footstool

pin it for later
reclaimed wood American flag
reclaimed wood American flag pin

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Creative as always πŸ˜‰ It looks very nice πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. Love it! Looks nice, Michelle β€οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    1. Thank you so much!!

  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Teach us how to make fireworks lol!

    1. Great idea!! πŸ˜€ Hopefully that posts won’t include any fails. haha!

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Lol!! Maybe not a good idea..

        1. Hahaha!!

  4. I love this! It’s simple and so rustic – fabulous!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  5. Love it Michelle !! πŸ’Œ

    1. Thank you so much!!

  6. I love this! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  7. Awe…so cute. I love rustic Americana.

    1. Thank you so much!! I do, too. πŸ™‚

  8. The truth is that it is a very original flag. Like an artisan urban art. Good initiative to prepare the festivities.

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your support!

      1. You are welcome

  9. Such a neat idea! I would never have thought up something like this. You are so creative and talented! ❀️

    1. Thank you so much! You are so sweet! πŸ™‚

  10. Looks like a fun project!

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun coming up with this one. πŸ™‚

  11. I love this πŸ™‚ The reclaim wood was perfect!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m happy my husband is a scrap wood hoarder. πŸ˜€

  12. Wow. The flag looks great. Have you thought about opening an Etsy shop?

    1. Thank you so much! I used to have a shop, but the fees kept going up and I just couldn’t afford to keep it open. I do have an online shop of my own, but as of right now it’s just my crocheted work. Thank you for the inspiration! πŸ˜€

  13. Nice! Would go nicely in my sunroom. Great job!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  14. I honestly don’t know how you do it Michelle! Your creative ideas are pure genius! This DIY is adorable. The reclaimed wood was perfect for this. (I’m a big fan of reclaimed wood too!)

    I don’t really decorate for the 4th of July but I’d put this up in my home in a heartbeat. πŸ˜‰ I sure am glad you’re using these professional design skills of yours with Kole Jax, because you’ve got a gift!

    All my love to you, friend. You’re awesome!

    1. Aww thank you so much!! πŸ™‚ You’re always so sweet. I really appreciate your support so so much!

  15. You’re incredible, this looks so great. I love that you left the wood on your desk until an idea hit you, that’s a great way to get inspired.

    Michelle in the area where I would click “like” it says loading but it doesn’t load so I can’t click “like” I couldn’t with the last post either, I’m not sure if it’s my computer or your website.

    1. Thank you so much!
      Thank you for letting me know about the like button. I’ll try to figure out what’s going on. πŸ™‚

  16. Very cool – rusty and patriotic and summery all at once πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  17. Great idea with attaching the gingham fabric, I wouldn’t have thought of that on wood. This looks really good! I wish I were in the US to be able to celebrate, I often see parties and decor for July 4th, it seems to be a really big thing over there πŸ˜„ xx

    1. Thank you so much! July 4th is a pretty big holiday for us. It’s a lot of fun getting together for cookouts and watching fireworks at night. Although it seems like it’s all been canceled this year. πŸ™ You can always just come on over and celebrate! πŸ˜€

  18. This is such a cute idea and it turned out really well! I love the combination of the fabrics with the wood, it looks really rustic!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  19. This is super cute, Michelle! And I love the tip about using the finger thingy when using the hot glue gun, brilliant!

    1. Thank you so much! I love that finger thing! I used to get burned all the time, but those really help. πŸ™‚

  20. What a great idea! I love it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  21. It’s like a deconstructed version of the flag – I love that!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!!

  22. Timelesslady says:

    Really great! I might have to round up so scrappy stuff and make something similar. Yes, if I dig the bin of 4th decor out of the bottom of the pile…I will decorate for the holiday. It’s a bit of a letdown though to know there is no parade, and probably no fireworks. I think that makes decorating even more important this year. It looks like a fun project to make with kids.

    1. Thank you!! I agree that decorating seems a little more important this year. They’ve already canceled our fireworks, which is sad because we look forward to going every year. We’ll probably buy some cheap sparklers and celebrate in the backyard. πŸ™‚ I hope you get to make one! Yes, kids would love it, too! πŸ™‚

  23. cdloken says:

    You know I love a good ‘freebie’ project, Michelle and this one is awesome! Simple but perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!! It was a lot of fun coming up with it, too. πŸ™‚

  24. Just in time for the Fourth of July!! ❀️ love how simple it is!!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  25. Looks cool! In time for the 4th!

  26. That is pretty cool and creative!

    1. Thank you so much!

  27. Michelle, this is so cute! I like the fact that you diluted the blue paint, it’s such a good look. I decorate outside for the 4th, unless I’m having family/friends over for a BBQ, then I add decor inside as well. And I agree, we Americans need to pull together. β™₯β™₯

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you get to have a BBQ this year, too. πŸ™‚

  28. I love your creative mind. Who would have thought the isolated wood would turn out looking great. 😊

    1. So good ❀

      1. Thank you!!

    2. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  29. Looks great!

    1. Thank you so much!

  30. Wow, I just love this, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea Michelle!!

    ( II Timothy 2:15 KJV ) β€œStudy to shew thyself approved unto GOD, a workman ( or anyone ) that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD of TRUTH.”!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE πŸ’•πŸ’œ is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED πŸ’œπŸ’• EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love πŸ’•Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

    1. Thank you so much! Thank you for the beautiful verse, too. I hope you have a blessed day! πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you so much!

  32. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    I like it, looks really nice! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 20 for All Things American (red, white, and blue), open June 27 to July 25. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  33. Very creative! Look for your flag to be featured on tomorrow’s Creative Compulsions.


    1. Thank you so much!!

  34. That is so creative. Reminds me of the Texas flag. Of course, that’s coming from a Texan. πŸ₯°

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  35. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 21 for Photos and Videos from my previous linkup for All Things American (red, white, and blue), open until July 25.

    1. Thank you so much!!

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