This DIY American Flag Wood sign features a fun painting technique and transfer that compliments any summer décor style!
Who’s ready for SUMMER!?! Today’s project is an American Flag Wood Sign that’s perfect for anyone who loves to add some red, white and blue to their home for the summer. Let me show you how I created this design using a unique, but super simple painting technique.
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Supplies you’ll need to create your own American Flag Wood Sign:
- 16″ Large Wood Round
- Picklin’ White No Pain Gel Stain
- Nautical Silk All-In-One-Paint
- Barn Red Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Clear Best Dang Wax
- Brown Best Dang Wax
- Small Paint Brush
- “America the Beautiful” Chalk Couture Transfer
- Shimmer Silver Chalkology Paste
- Black Velvet Chalkology Paste
- Small Squeegee
- Rubber Wood Graining Tool – Can be used instead of a stiff bristled brush, if preferred.
- Kitchen Brush
- Heat Gun – Just a suggestion if you’d like to have a heat tool on hand to speed up drying time.
- Spray Bottle
This project starts with a Large Wood Round from Twin Knobs Woodworks. Twin Knobs offers these rounds in 16″ – 24″ sizes. I used a 16″ for this project. Grab the right size for you project HERE.
Begin by applying a layer of No Pain Gel Stain in the color Picklin’ White to the entire wood round surface using a clean cloth.
Rub the Gel Stain into the surface of the wood making sure to wipe back an excess.
PRO TIP: Be sure to wear gloves when using gel stain products to protect your hands from the product.
Next, we will use Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint in the color Nautical for the upper right hand portion of the sign.
You’ll need to create a “wash” from the paint. To do this, use a spray bottle to add water to the paint until you get an ink consistency.
Be sure you have your sign taped off so that it looks like an American Flag. Then, add the watered down blue paint to the upper right hand portion of the sign using a small paint brush.
Now comes the fun part!
Grab a stiff bristle brush and press and pull the paint off. Then, wipe off the brush and repeat the process. I used a kitchen brush, but any stiff bristled brush should accomplish the same effect.
Now, go the other direction to achieve a linen/denim look. Notice how I scraped and skipped a section, then scraped again. If you don’t do that your pattern will look just like the first one and not weaved.
Now let’s do the stripes!
I did the same thing for the stripes, however I only scraped with the brush it in one direction in order to create a striped effect.
You can see here how I only used my brush to scrape in one direction and the look it created in the following photos.
This is a closer look at the bristles on the Kitchen Brush I used.
I got my heat tool out at this point to speed up the drying process on this section. Once it was dry and cooled, I used clear wax on my piece. I started with the white stripe, then moved on to the red and finally the blue. I made sure to adjust the area of the cloth I was using in order to keep it clean as I moved along the sections.
See how even after drying it still picked up some color. This is why I don’t just wax the whole thing at once. I don’t want my colors to blend into each other.
Next, grab Best Dang Wax in Brown!
I try and always use clear wax first, if I am planning on using dark wax. This is because the clear wax acts as an eraser, if you will, just in case I get a little heavy handed with my dark wax.
Using a clean portion of the waxing cloth, add accents of brown wax to the flag. I focused on adding it to the transition from white to red and along the edges of the blue.
This is the finished flag with paint and wax!
Finally, to give my American Flag a bit more interest, I added a Chalk Couture Transfer called “America the Beautiful”.
Chalk Couture Transfers are super easy to work with. You’ll start by placing the transfer.
Then, add Chalkology Paste. I used the color Shimmer Silver for the stars.
And Black Velvet for the letters/numbers.
Make sure to add a thin even layer of paste, wipe back the excess and promptly remove the silkscreen transfer.
This was my finished product! It’s perfect for the Summer months and can be used as shown or made into a wall or door hanger.
The layout of today’s design was inspired by a project I saw by Robin Schmit. Who do you get inspiration from for your projects? Tell me on social!! Find me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! Also – be sure to share your finished projects with me by tagging @rusticorchardhome on Facebook and @rustic_orchard_home on Instagram!
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