Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paint-Stirrer Flag

Hi All! I'm back with a Pinterest-inspired project.  This one is just in time for Summer and Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day!


Don't you just love it??

Here's how you can make one for yourself:

First, go to your local home improvement store and ask for some paint stirrers.  I received a handful with a smile!

Please note, you need 8 paint stirrers. 
 One will be cut in half to support and hold together your flag!

In addition to the 8 paint stirrers, you will need:
  • newspaper to cover your workspace
  • painters tape
  • acrylic paint in red, white, blue, and gold
  • acrylic antiquing medium
  • a paint brush
  • sandpaper
  • glue - I used E-6000
Start by laying 3 of the stirrers together and tape off the section that you want painted blue.  I painted both sides and then took them apart and carefully painted the edges.


When the blue paint is thoroughly dry, retape the blue side of the stirrers and paint the rest of them red or white.  Remember, your top stick will be blue and red.  Continue painting until all the stirrers are covered.  Nothing is attached yet.

I just layed them together for this pic, so it looked like a flag.

The next step is sanding.  I was going for a distressed look, so I sanded all of the edges and then wiped them with antiquing medium.
This pic shows the top 3 antiqued.


After that, I painted a wooden star gold and it was time to assemble the flag.  The 8th paint stirrer was cut in half and I used E-6000 to attach it to the back. 


 I stapled the cord, 


turned it over and glued on the star.

DONE!
I do plan to use a spray sealer on it for protection.  
My inspiration came from HERE.

I originally posted this on my other blog, November Rose, which is now strictly papercrafts, so I thought I'd share it here!

I hope you like this little project and will give it a try.  Be sure to let me know how yours turns out!  


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10 comments:

  1. Hi Ann, well aren't you a clever girl, I bet I could even do this one.

    I have seen flags made using pallets, (my son made one for his girlfriend) but paint sticks, your turned out great!!!

    Thanks for stopping by to share on Friday Features this week!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!!
    Karren
    xoxo

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    1. You sure could, Karren - paint stirrers are much more manageable than pallets!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Fantastic Flag!!! I absolutely love it-thank you for inspiring us on Shabbilicious Friday xo

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    1. Thank you, Robin, I figured I'd better get this posted for the holiday weekend. So glad you stopped by!

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  3. I'm dropping by from the Feathered Nest link party. I absolutely LOVE this! You are so talented and creative... This is something that I feel I could absolutely do... it's gotta be easy for me!

    I am trying to grow my own link party and I invite you to share this (and 2-3 others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time. I think my readers would love your idea as much as I do. You can find it at http://grandmaideas.com/grandma-ideas-link-party-17

    All the best,
    Nina

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    1. Thank you, Nina. I'd love to share my idea at your party - I'm always looking for new followers! On my way there, now!

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  4. This is so cute! I think I will make one! Looks like a fun project for my grand kids as well! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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    1. Glad you like it - have fun making one!

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  5. Hi I am back! Take time to to visit my site where I featured you at my Tuesday Treasures round up. Hope to see you at the party tonight!

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  6. This is sooo cute! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/05/anything-blue-friday-week-84.html Hope to see you again at the little, blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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