DIY State flag craft (not for the weenies!)

 

When you get that DIY itch….

Have you ever had the crafting itch but once you found a project you wanted to do there was 5 zillion things you needed to get from the craft store? Not to mention that by the time you finish it would have looked better and been way cheaper just to buy it in a store? Don’t worry, we have all been there! Believe me when I say, I love a good excuse to go to hobby lobby. I will also leave with zero balance in my bank account. Things can get pretty wild at the craft store. I walk out and ask myself “What the heck just happened in there?”

Get ready for this bombshell…

Hold on to your butts people because I went to the craft store for absolutely nothing for this project! That’s right! I’m pretty sure this is a first for me. I’m not gonna complain. Anyway, I got this idea while perusing through a Buc-ee’s over spring break. If you don’t know what a Buc-ee’s is….. well I apologize but you’re missing out (sorry, not sorry- more for me).

Why BUC-EE’S is the best 

It’s only like everything wrapped up into a convenient store. Not only do that have super clean and wonderful bathrooms but they have some really yummy food. Did I mention Beaver Nuggets? Nuff said. They also have a shopping section and I love getting ideas on unique items. I saw this Texas flag sign (made out of wood–duh) with the star made out of this really friggen’ cute tin cut-out. I’m not going to show you the picture I took of it because then you are gonna compare and possibly like that sign more than my sign, and I’m just not gonna  allow you to compare me ok?

Now that we settled that….

On to the DIY-ing…

Several years ago I was at an estate sale and bought a box full of old wood (they were old cedar pieces) and perfect for DIY signs. See, random purchases come full circle! I also have a ton of paint on hand, paintbrushes, and all I needed was the tin and the wire. So I stomped my happy butt out to my beloved (Alex) and asked him if he could go out to the barn and cut me a piece of tin for my project. He helped me track down the perfect piece and cut it for me (spoiler alert and caution, it is hard to cut metal!- I suffered several small punctures throughout this project). Alex is currently in the process of snake-proofing yet another dog kennel for our feathered friends and had a wire he didn’t need that I snagged for hanging.

 

Pictured above is the supplies needed (minus sandpaper and the tape measure)

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 boards about the same length for the front of the sign (I don’t honestly know the size I used- I used what I had- You can use what you have on hand or you can cut it to the size you want your sign)
  • 2 smaller boards to hold the three together from the back (don’t worry- you’ll see)
  • 2 paintbrushes of varying sizes- the one with the straighter edge I used for the lines to each side.
  • paint color of choice- red, white, and blue (in my case)
  • hammer
  • tin of choice (whatever was free ya feel me?)
  • tinsnips (with the green handles- had to ask Alex for the actual name because I am NOT handy- just the talent)
  • wire- for hanging (because I am lazy and don’t feel like leveling things or attaching hanging thingies on the back,
  • 1″ nails- also had to ask Alex for the size
  • Gorilla glue (not pictured)
  • Oh yeah and a little sandpaper to age it a bit.

Here’s how it’s done!

Step 1: Inspecting your stuff

Figure out what side of the boards you want to use and line them up (didn’t take a picture of this- you can do this without a picture of mine I assure you)

Step 2: Getting things aligned… or not.

Line it up with the boards on the back- Now mine ended up crooked AF but it doesn’t mess with the final product unless you are waaaay off- you can already tell that this is gonna be so crooked- I don’t know why I didn’t just fix it but like I said- you aren’t gonna see the back so it doesn’t matter. Now you may be asking why didn’t you just turn it over and nail from the back? Well to answer your question, I would have needed longer nails for that and then I risked having the nails poke through the front of my wood and splitting my old ass wood-so I chose to nail blindly- and it worked out for the most part.

 Step 3: Measure it up

Measure our your lines to make sure your flag isn’t all wonkyStep 4: Paint it up!

Bust out the paint and get ‘er done- really easy- now if you are wanting to do a different state flag you may have to add some extra steps but the Texas flag is simple to do so it really took like 5 minutes and some Texas sunshine to get this thing dried out in like 30 minutes. 

 

Step 5: The Star

This is where things get a little tricky- but I could do it and so can you. This is the star part. Now, I am going to just say up front that I didn’t want a “perfect” star. I knew for one that I wouldn’t be able to achieve perfection because I’m not that great at drawing stars and honestly, I’m also not that great at operating tin-snips- the tool with the green handles remember? Definitely going for the “homemade” look which made Alex do a double take (haha). I drew my star as I wanted it, traced it with a paint marker and then got to hackin’ on the tin.

The tricky part was cutting the tin. Tip 1: Don’t forget how sharp tin is. Tip 2: Don’t be a baby Tip 3: Try not to hurt yourself- In all seriousness, don’t try to rush this part. It was kind of difficult to cut this tin and the pieces very sharp- I have several puncture wounds but luckily they won’t have to amputate and I had a tetanus shot this year so I’m good…..I think.

Snip Snip!

Step 6: Bang it up

I used the hammer to bang up the star a little bit- the more rugged the better right?

Step 7: Stuck like glue

I actually painted the star white and then let it dry but I think the regular tin would have looked fine as well. But after I let the paint dry, I glued it on the wood using Gorilla glue- I put the hammer on top of the star to make sure it was sticking to the wood. (I let it sit for about an hour or so- it was hot outside so it may vary depending on where you are) Also if you want to age it a little take some sandpaper after this bad boy and rough it up a little.

Step 8: Git er’ done!

Get ready to hang! This can vary on whatever you are gonna do with it, but I knew where I wanted it before I made it and like I said before- I’m super lazy. I got Alex to drill holes (at and angle) through the back support wood and then threaded the wire, tied it in a knot and voila! Ready to go.

Step 9: Find the perfect spot

Find the perfect spot and Enjoy! Between chasing chickens out of my plants, chasing chickens away from other chickens, and chit chatting with Alex’s Aunt, it took me a couple of hours to make with letting things dry and what-not. Hope you find it as easy as I did!

God Bless Texas!

 

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