Sunday, May 27, 2012

Broad stripes and Bright stars

I have always had a love affair with the American Flag! ~Always~

When I was in 1st grade, I remember my teacher, Mrs. Landry, telling my mother something was "wrong" with me!  Why? Because I cried during the Star Spangled Banner.
(blah, blah,blah.. what can I say.. I have always had a very vivid imagination!)

So, in honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day, I made my own American Flag to hang proudly in my Family Room.


Big Daddy found a "half pallet" for me and I knew IMMEDIATELY I was going to use it for this purpose.

First, I spray painted the front and sides white.

Then I got just regular ol' craft acrylic paint in PRIMARY BLUE to make my backdrop for the stars.
I got lucky here because the nails were perfectly centered so I had an automatic guide!  {and if you know me even a smidge, you know the word "lucky" is seldom used  when describing or referencing myself ;)}


Then I painted my LIPSTICK RED stripes.  
(2 coats)

I couldn't find a sponge, but I did find a piece of Scotch brite hanging around so I used it as my star.

('cause I was not ABOUT to get in my car and go to the store to get a sponge in the middle of my project!!)
I like that it's kinda beachy looking too!

Ok.. so if you've counted the stars, which I KNOW you have,(don'chu lie.. you know you have! heehee) 
I didn't actually have enough space for all 50 states.  So just pick your favorite 40 and those are the one's being represented!
(only kidding... I don't have 13 stripes either, but it's a gesture people!  lol)

I love it!  But I think I'd love it even more if it were old looking... You know... Had a little LIFE in it!

Time to break out the sand paper!  
Oh yeaaaaaah babyy!!
(savin that for the reveal)


Next, you're gonna need to hang it.  This thing weighs 23 lbs, so a little tooth hanger ain't gonna do the trick.  You have to pull out the big guns!  Eye hooks (or D rings) and picture wire.


It's EXACTLY the way I pictured it! 



And now, in honor of Mrs. Landry, I sing for you....

The Star Spangled Banner 
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


 Let us not forget those who fight selflessly for OUR freedom every day!  
For those who lay down their lives and sacrifice for OUR freedom every day! 
Let us keep them safely in our hearts where prayer is ever present!

~Be blessed my friends~


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  1. Came over from Twigg to see your distressed flag. I love your blog-writing style. It looks as though we had similar ideas - I painted a primitive mirror for Memorial Day. I wish I had your flag to accompany it! I am becoming a follower!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  2. I forgot to add I had only five stars so you are way, way ahead of me!

  3. So cute! I love the fact you used a scotch brite scrubber.. that just makes me smile!

    1. :) Innovative or lazy?! Either way, it worked! LOL
      Thanks for the love Kim!!

  4. Very cute! Brilliant idea of using a pallet. I'd love for you to show this off at our Patriotic Link-up Party:

    1. I would LOVE to!! Thank you!! :)

  5. This is fabulous looking. You have a great eye for this kind of design. Jodi @

    1. Aww.. Thank you Jodi!! What a sweet thing to say~ :)

      Heading to your blog now!!

  6. I love how you did the stars. Very clever. I would not want to have too run out and get another supply either.

    Thanks for linking up.

  7. THIS is gorgeous!! You make it look so easy and so effortless.

    I just LOVE it!

    1. Thank you my darlin!! It's cause it really is easy. I swear.:)

  8. I absolutely LOVE this! Great project! I'd love for you to link up to my first ever linky party, Ta-Da Tuesday :) check it out here !

    1. Thank you Misty!! I'd LOVE to link up! Thank you for the invite :)

  9. Aww Brittany!! Thank you!! That really means so much :)

  10. I cry during the Star Spangled Banner too - every time! Glad I found your blog - as I have been reading it, I find that we have quite a bit in common :) Going to the Haven Conference, maybe we'll meet up!

  11. I just came across your blog through a HAVEN link. LOVE IT!!!

    I admit I did count the stars, even before I read that you knew you only had 40. I used to have a bunch of red/white/blue decor, got rid of it b/c it was NOT handmade and am now in the process of making new decor. Love your inspiration on the pallet flag, perfectly imperfect!!!!!

    1. Awww... Thank you SOO much!!! I am flattered!! :)

      I love your "perfectly imperfect"!!


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