Looking for a quick and easy project to introduce your child (or self really, if you’re a beginner to woodworking? This Texas flag wall art is made from scrap fencing found curbside, some watered down paint and a hammer and nails. I chose the Texas flag for its simplicity, but you can always get a little crazy (I think I may here soon) and try a larger American flag. Or you could look up some fun nautical flags online and make one of those! So many options, and the method is super simple. Here’s the How-To:
1) Cut your pieces
Start by cutting your fencing. I cut the two right horizontal pieces at 9.5″ long, and then put them together and measured the vertical piece (which will be different each time due to the unique aging of each fence piece) which in this case was 10″.
2) Cut a scrap piece for the backing
3) Apply Glue to the scrap
Flip your fencing upside down, then place the scrap glue side down. You can use a hammer and nails to nail 1 1/4″ nails down, but I have a fancy nail gun which made quick work of it. I placed three nails into each board to make it nice and sturdy.
5) Mix your paints
6) Paint the flag
Pretty self explanatory See how well the grain shows? I tried to leave the star natural and paint around it, but the watered down paint bled too much and made it really fuzzy looking. So I went back after it dried and added a white star for the Lone Star State.
There are a lot of hanging options. You can staple on some twine, use the soda tab method, or just hammer in a easy sawtooth hanger. I like this because it’s quick and easy, not to mention simple. You don’t have to be very precise either, since there’s a lot of room for adjustment. Now that the hanger is in, you can pop it on the wall, or set it on a shelf. Voila!
I’m excited to try this method out with a larger method. Final dimensions of this piece are 10″ tall by 13 3/4″ long, so it’s on the smaller side. I think I’ll try out a nice large American flag next!