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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paint Stick Flag



With Memorial Day around the corner, I wanted to add something to the picnic area in the yard. I always hang an American Flag in the back. It is the best decor for this day!

I was playing around with paint sticks......
I know you are saying " she's at it again!" I love thinking up things with paint sticks. It will be hard to top my utensil organizer seen here 
But this is something fun for Memorial day or any day. A folky/beachy looking distressed flag.

It's real simple but you need paint sticks! 7 to be exact! Don't worry they are FREE!


Red, White and Blue paint and antiquing glaze
two eye hooks and wire
clay
glue

Gather 7 paint sticks






I didn't cut handle but you can if you want a sharper edge. Paint red and white. Make sure you start and end with a red one. Paint a blue square in top left corner.





start distressing with antique glaze





I added a little ink too!
The get some clay and and sculpt a starfish. I used the back of a small paintbrush to texture it. Then glaze it.





Add eye hooks to the top and wire for hanging





Glue star on blue square





Since we are having a round of bad storms coming through I am unable to hang it out side.
I'll update later when it clears up.

Update:


Hope you like it! Since I had the clay paint and hangers this was a free to me project!



40 comments:

Lesley Litrento said...

Okay....so I am copying this in the next day or so. Love it. Super cool.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love this...what a great idea! especially love the star!!!

laurie said...

this is sooooo cool,, my daughter would love this!

laurie said...

how did you put these together,, I'm missing that,, (I'm slow) lol

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I absolutely adore this!! The starfish was a great touch!!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

How cute is that! I think I could actually do that even though I am generally not very crafty! Love it!

Southern Junk Chic said...

So creative!! I thought it was a real starfish when i glanced at the pic! I love the antique glaze too - it really adds that extra touch.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a very clever idea! Enjoy the holiday!

TheCrankyCrow said...

You are some kind of crafty, Deneen! Love this project ~ your starfish if the perfect finishing touch!!! Smiles & Hugs, Robin

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a clever and inexpensive idea!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How absolutely adorable!! I love anything patriotic!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

awesome! I need to make one of these!

The Gunny Sack said...

This is lovely!!

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

How creative-it is just adorable!!

Happy Memorial Day weekend :O)

Hugs,
Marie

Mariah said...

So cute & creative. I think this would be fun for the kids to make too!

Carol said...

Ok this a must do for me...especially since I work in the paint dept. at Home Depot and have a collection of these sticks. May even have to make one for work :)

Ladybird Ln said...

This is so adorable! I just love the paint sticks, and the star fish is perfect! Thanks for Showing off on my blog!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is so cute and creative! Love the starfish you added. Thank you for joining my party this week.
Hugs,
Sherry

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

What a fun idea ... I love it. Love the starfish detail too!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Freaking cool idea! Love it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com on Memorial Day! Grab my "featured" button.

Lauren said...

This is Darling!! Thank you so much for posting!!

-Lauren

thebadd.blogspot.com

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

What a fantastic project! I featured you over at WhipperBerry today!

kisses

Lesley Litrento said...

Well.... I didn't get a chance yet to make this project. BUT, I did talk about it on my blog today complete with a link to your post!! Love this little paint stick flag.... If you want to take a look at what I said go to:
http://thehomelessfinch.blogspot.com/2011/05/blurry-eyes-and-little-memorial-day.html

Thanks for sharing this great project! Have a great day, Lesley

Emily said...

What an adorable idea with paint sticks!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Esther is not-quite-perfect said...

I absolutely adore it!! It isn't easy to come by nice americana, living in Spain, so these inexpensive projects are great!!! One little thing: I love that you left the handles on, it makes the flag look like it's waving!

Christina {The Tattered Tag} said...

Hi Deneen~

Thrifty & patriotic, perfect!! Your blog is so charming & I am happy to be a new follower. I would like to invite you to link to my K.I.S.S. Blog Bash. :)

~Christina~

Drop By The Tattered Tag

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is so clever Deneen! I really love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is just about the cutest thing that I've seen in a while. You are so creative! I can't wait to see what you are up to next.

KAT said...

That is just too cool and so easy and I love it!
KAT

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I love it!!! I would love for you to link up tomorrow on "It's a Party"!
www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

Anna said...

What a cute idea! I'm totally going to make one of those for the 4th of July. Thanks for the great idea and for sharing over at Weekend Warrior. :)

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

P.S. I'm adding this post to my Tutorials TO DO page.

Momma Monkey's Crafts said...

I was inspired by your paint stick flag to make something similar with what I had on hand! I'd love for you to check it out!

Brandi said...

great idea, i absolutely love it.

Darcee@darceeintoodeep said...

I made this!! Thanks for the idea/instructions. I had trouble rounding up paint sticks for some reason, but I finally got it done.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Such a cute flag! And I love that it is basically free to make:) Stopping by from CSI Project.

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

This is so cute! What a fun idea. Love the starfish. I wanted to let you know I featured you this week, http://designdininganddiapers.com/2012/02/top-10-tuesday-paint-sticks-arent-just-for-paint!

CSI girl said...

I Love this!!! It is just lovely. I am going to feature it on the CSI Project FB page. The challenge this week is wood and I hope you will link this up. You have until Friday.
www.thecsiproject.com

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Love this! We will be featuring this today on our Patriotic Round-Up!

Take care,

Trish

srpprcrftr said...

What an ingenious idea, so cute. That would sure be great for July 4th. I like to make inexpensive quick decorations and this would sure be that. So glad you shared this project. Always enjoy your blog.
Happy Days

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