How to Make a Rustic American Flag

Hello! Hope everyone is doing well! We are coming to the close of school with our preschool graduation this week and then next week is the last week. I am so ready for some vacation time! I would love to get some more projects done! Lauren and I plan to work on updating the blog this summer and there are other exciting things in the works! Stay tuned!

I have been wanting to make a flag like this for a long time. I figured since Memorial Day is next Monday here in the states and 4th of July is coming soon, this was a good time. I originally was going to use pieces of molding, but that never happened so I decided to use some pickets I already had. Another free project!!

We had gathered some pickets from a neighbor a couple of years ago when he took down his fence. I have used them for a potting table and also a little side table. I wasn’t using the small table anymore, so I took it apart and used the pieces.

picket american flag title

Steve removed the nails from each of the pieces, than I gave each one a good scrubbing.

Picket fence flag pickets

I painted 4 pickets antique white and 3 pickets grey. I didn’t cover them too thoroughly, just enough to freshen them up.

Picket fence flag grey and white pickets

I took one of the squares from the table that was taken apart and painted it blue. After the paint dried, I sprayed a little bit of turquoise over the top and then sanded it down.

picket fence flag blue square

These pieces also came from the table and they were attached to the back to hold all the pickets together.

picket fence flag back brackets

Here is the front with the blue square attached.

picket fence flag layout

Here is my bottle cap collection! My girls and I have collected these for years while taking walks around the neighborhood. We have an alley behind us and there are always treasures to be found.  The girls and I picked out caps with blue, gold, silver and a little bit of red. We tried to get them all different and then placed them on the blue square in random order. I used my nail-gun to attach them.

picket fence flag bottle cap stars

All done! This was such a simple project to put together and I love how it turned out!

picket fence flag neutral colors

I don’t really decorate with red, so I tried to keep this as neutral as possible.

picket fence flag with bottle cap stars

Picket fence neutral american flag

picket fence neutral flag with bike and blanket

picket fence american flag with bottle cap stars

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and have some time to relax!   Here a couple of other posts you might enjoy!

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19 thoughts on “How to Make a Rustic American Flag

  1. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    What a clever idea to decorate with the bottle caps. It looks super original and vintage . Great repurposing too Pamela. Can this be the perfect DIY project? I would bet on it.


  2. rleeosborn says:

    That’s a great way to up cycle (twice 🙂 )! People would pay a lot for these, I’m sure, if you found a place to sell them! Thanks for adding this post to the Family Joy Linkup!


  3. Megin says:

    What a darling idea, Pamela! I love flag decor and this is so unique.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206


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