My Favorite Holiday…

In Decorating, Quilting by sweetwater

has always been the Fourth of July.  The parades, the warm (hot) weather, the USA, the picnics, red, white & blue.  What's not to love?  I have also always loved this:

Tn_img42o

That flag is from Pottery Barn so of course it is a tad bit expensive.  If you're me, it's really expensive.  But oh how I've always loved it.  Which gave me an idea.

We could make our own.  Here's our version:

Tn_IMG_7537_1

Not bad.  Of course, it's not quite as large, but it is the same idea.  The flag design is actually one of our new canvas prints that you can purchase, but today we are showing you how to complete the entire project. 

What you will need:

  • The flag canvas print– it is sized 12" x 19"
  • Two 3/4" boards cut 7" wide by 21" long
  • Two pieces of  1/2" thick wood cut 11" x 1 1/2"
  • White paint
  • Sandpaper and/or electric sander
  • Rope
  • Stain- we used a brand called Annie Sloan (more on that later)
  • 4 small black nails
  • screws
  • drill

Here's what you do:

The print already comes with a distressed look to it:

Tn_IMG_7506_1

But we wanted the edges to have a sort of frayed look.  We slightly sanded the edges to achieve this:

Tn_IMG_7508_1

Next, sand the 2 boards to make sure they are smooth:

Tn_IMG_7513_1

We were going for a white-washed look, so we lightly painted the top and the sides of the board white:

Tn_IMG_7515_1

Next, we "aged" the board.  We used a product called Annie Sloan's Soft Wax.  It is so fun and easy to use, but you can use any stain you wish.  Just put a small amount on a rag, rub it into the wood and wipe it off.  If you use the Soft Wax, you apply a thin layer of the clear wax, they apply the brown over it.  More instructions are on their website.  

The board on the left is finished, and the board on the white isn't stained yet:

Tn_IMG_7516_1

Here is a close-up of the finished board:

Tn_IMG_7517_1

Use the smaller pieces of wood to connect the 2 boards.  Simply use a drill and screws to attach the wood to the back of the boards:

Tn_IMG_7525_1

Tn_IMG_7529_1

Attach the print to the boards with small black nails in each corner:

 

Tn_IMG_7540_1

The last step is to drill holes for the rope.  Measure over 1 1/2" from the side and 3/4" from the top and make a mark (on both sides).  Drill a hole large enough for your rope to slide through.  Tie a double knot at each end of the rope to secure.

Tn_IMG_7538_1

That's it!  You are now ready to hang it up.

Tn_IMG_7544_1

If you want to try, you can get the print here.  It took us less than an hour, and it was a lot cheaper than going to Pottery Barn.   

Now something sewing related.  Here is a look at July's Label Crew project.  

Tn_IMG_7557_1

Tn_IMG_7565_1

Tn_IMG_7579_1

Tn_IMG_7580_1

The "Good Night, Good Morning" pillow cases are perfect for summer.  The fabric kits will be available in several colorways from Lucy's Crab Shack.  Look for them around the 1st of July.  

For more information on the Label Crew, click here.

Enjoy your Thursday!