Are you guys ready for the 4th of July? I am so ready to enjoy the festivities and hopefully get out of this heat! Well if you’re in need of a little 4th of July inspiration, I’ve got you covered. I’ve teamed up with a whole big group of talented blogging friends to bring you this awesome group of Red, White and Blue food, decor and craft ideas.
Lately I have been really wanting to paint some signs for decor around my house. Since the 4th of July was approaching, I thought a painted American flag sign would be the perfect thing to get me started in my sign painting journey.
It started with a piece of 3/8 inch thick piece of plywood (but nice plywood with wood grain patterns in it). I had my husband cut it into a 16×20 piece and I painted it white. I used BBFrosch chalk paint powder (I buy it from the gals at Lolly Jane) in all of my paints for this project and the process was so quick! Chalk paint drys really fast and covers well so I didn’t have to wait long before painted the next layer or color.
I just used 1 1/2 inch wide painters tape and taped off my board. I taped off the area I wanted to keep white and the area I wanted to paint blue. It’s not the exact flag, but I think it will work.
Then I painted my red stripes, again using the BBFrosch chalk paint. Before the red paint was completely dry, I peeled up the tape.
Then I taped off the area that I wanted to paint blue and gave it a couple coats.
Once the flag was painted with red, white and blue I knew I needed to add some stars. But I was feeling too lazy to cut out a bunch of stars and put them on the board or make a stencils with stars.
Instead I just got out a round sponge brush (or spouncer) and used that to make the white to represent the stars. Once the paint was all dry, I used some sand paper to distress the flag until I liked the look. Then I sealed it with a coat of wax.
My husband then cut and nailed the frame around the edge of the board. The frame is actually the wood pieces from our gate that my husband had just replaced with new boards. Once they were cut in half (length wise), they were the perfect size and look I wanted for the frame. They had been out in the sun for 15 + years and they have the perfect weathered look and feel.
I really loved how my painted American flag sign turned out. So much so that I’ve been on a sign painting kick and my husband told me I should take a break from crafting to fold the laundry. I bet you can imagine the look he got! Haha! It looks great in my entry way with my other 4th of July decor.
Don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous 4th of July projects. Don’t they all look so fun!