With the 4th of July coming up, I decided to make a DIY wooden American flag. It was really easy to make and didn’t cost me anything since I already had the supplies on hand!
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I have a Silhouette Cameo which is what I used to transfer my flag design to the sign, but a Cricut works great too! Also, if you don’t have either, that’s ok, you can use the easy pencil transfer method instead to transfer the printable design (more details below).
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How to make a DIY Wooden American Flag Sign:
- Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, or Pencil and Printer with legal size paper (8.5″x14″)
- Free American Flag Printable (available in free printable library, get password here)
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
- 1×8 @ 12″ long wood board
- White paint or spray paint
- Wood stain
- If using a Cameo or Cricut, the following vinyl supplies:
1. Make Flag Wood Sign Base
First, cut your 1×8 wood board to 12″ long with a miter saw or have your home improvement store make the cut for you. This DIY wooden American flag sign will be 7.25″ wide x 12″ long.
Then, stain the wood board and allow to dry at least 24 hours. I chose to apply my easy, weathered wood gray finish to the board for a more rustic look.
2. Make American Flag Vinyl Stencil (or print the design for pencil transfer method)
For Cameo and Cricut users:
If you are using a Cameo or Cricut for transferring the flag design to the wood like I did, then go ahead and make the vinyl stencil using the flag printable. In the free printable library (get password here), I’ve provided the Silhouette Studio version of the flag printable all ready to cut into a vinyl stencil and it’s already sized to the correct size too (7.25″x12″). For Cricut users, use the provided SVG file and create your cut design.
To make the vinyl stencil, I used the same process that I shared in my tutorial on how to make a wood sign with a vinyl stencil. So, I’m not going to go into a detail here since you can see a step by step process in that tutorial!
Go ahead and apply your vinyl flag stencil to your sign. I also added some masking tape (or you can use painter’s tape) along the wood sign edges to protect them from the paint application.
If using the Pencil Transfer Method (no cutting machine):
In the free printable library (get password here), I’ve provided a PDF version of the flag printable all ready to print and it’s already sized to the correct size too (7.25″x12″). Make sure to print the file onto LEGAL size paper which is 8.5″ x 14″ long.
Follow my easy pencil transfer tutorial to trace the flag printable onto the wood with a pencil.
3. Apply paint to DIY Wooden American Flag Sign
Use white paint or spray paint and apply multiple, light coats to the flag sign. Allow to fully dry and remove your vinyl stencil to reveal your wood flag sign!
Overall I think this DIY Wooden American Flag sign turned out pretty cute for being an easy and quick project. I think it would look really cool as a large flag sign too, but at least this small size is easy to store!
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