Get the Popular Rustic Look of a Wood Plank Flag Without the Price

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Wood plank flag

I recently came across a wooden plank flag on a popular home decor website. I decided to make my own for a fraction of the price. This flag is perfect for the 4th of July, but I plan to leave it hanging up all summer long.

Cut boards for flag

This project requires several pieces of wood. The largest piece is a rectangle that measures 24 inches by 13 1/2 inches. For this piece, I used 1/4-inch-thick birch plywood that I bought at a home improvement store. The long, narrow pieces measure 1 1/2 inches by 24 inches. The short, narrow pieces measure 1 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches. These were also 1/4-inch-thick plywood strips that were 1 1/2 inches wide and about 7 feet long when I bought them.

Paint creamy off white

Paint the large rectangle an off-white color. I made a chalky-finish paint by adding calcium carbonate powder to it. I ordered the calcium carbonate powder online. Mix together 2 tablespoons calcium carbonate powder and 2 teaspoons of water to make a paste. Then, add 1/4 cup of paint and stir the mixture well.

Paint wood planks red and blue

Mix up some red and blue chalky-finish paint in smaller amounts than the off-white paint, using the same ratio. Paint the two small pieces blue, as well as 9 inches of two of the long pieces. Paint the rest of those two long pieces red and paint the remaining long pieces too.

Sand wood planks

The chalky-finish paint gives the pieces a smooth, flat look that dries really quickly, but this project would work with regular paint as well. Once the paint is dry, sand all of the pieces to give them a worn look.

Glue and clamp wood planks

Use wood glue to attach the narrow wood planks to the large rectangle. Clamp the pieces of wood in place until the glue dries.

Wood plank flag with stars

Stamp stars on the blue rectangle. The stars can be stamped in rows or in a circle. Allow them to dry and then sand the stars to make them look worn, as well.

Photo credits: Tonia Larson

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