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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Garden Stake Flag


I absolutely LOVE 4th of July décor!  So when a friend gave me some extra garden stakes she had, I immediately saw a flag in their future!


See…don’t you immediately think flag?!!? (:  To complete this project, I used a total of 11 garden stakes.


Before painting could begin, these stakes needed to be cleaned off.  Lucky for me I have a little one who LOVES to play with the hose and was more than happy to help out his Momma!  {{Well, he tried.  After about 5 minutes of hard work I found him making mud puddles in the sandbox instead! (: }}


Using masking tape, start by marking off where you wanted your square of blue to be.  Now, {finally} it’s time to start painting!!!  {{Do you ever feel like the prep work takes SO MUCH longer than the actual project!?!}


Using a foam paintbrush {or paintbrush}, paint each of your stakes.  {I used Folk Art acrylic paint.}


Colors I used:  Red:  Apple Red, Blue:  Brilliant Ultramarine, White:  Wicker White}.  Paint a single coat of paint and once dry, move your masking tape so you can paint the additional colors.


Once all of the paint is dry, it’s time to put all of the pieces together.  I enlisted my hubby’s help.  We used a combination of wood glue between the stakes and also a nail gun to attach the pieces together.  To ensure that it stayed together while drying, my hubby dug out his wood working clamps.


Let it dry overnight to ensure that is secure.  Now take your handy power sander and go to town!  Distress the paint as little or as much as you like.  Wipe off the dust and add some distressing ink to the edges.

For the star, I just found one I liked online and drew it by hand on an off-white cardstock.  After it is cut out, distress all of the edges using distress ink.

Mod Podge the star in place and you’re finished!  I LOVE how it turned out and will be displaying it WAY longer than through the holiday! (:  What’s most impressive about this project??!  I actually finished it with time to spare before the actual holiday…yipee! (: 



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Kammy's Korner said...

I'm lovin' this! Maybe I could get my butt in gear and get one done before the 4th... oooo probably not. But if I DID, I'd have to paint my star on because mod podge scares the crappo outta me. Someone help me with my fear!

Natalie said...

This is so cute! I am going to look into making one with my daughter if the timing works out- we're expecting baby #3 any day now, so 7/4 may not be as big a deal as usual around here... Definitely pinning this to Pinterest, too!

Tracy said...

I am loving this flag!! This may be a dumb question, but where can I get some stakes like that? Would they just have them at Lowes? I'm thinking it would be super cute over my mantle :) Thanks for sharing!!


Mindy said...

Well isn't this adorable!? And CHEAP!!! My kinda project. :o)

Karen said...

So cute! I love that you used wooden stakes!! What a fabulous idea:)

Trina said...

Love it! Great job distressing it too! So creative!

Janet said...

Omgosh I LOVE this! I might need to borrow the idea, it's so stinkin' cute!

Steph said...

that is so creative!!! can your helper come and help us with ours? ;) does he make house calls? thanks for sharing such a great idea... now, which one of my neighbors should i ask for some spare stakes.. since i've never used them before!

Darcee said...

I love flags! I am collecting all of the cute flag ideas--I want to make them all. This one is awesome & it reminds me of the paint stick flag--but bigger & more substantial. Thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

It really turned out cute:@)

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said... cute! I even have some of those stakes too! I just might have to copy...{yes..I am such a copy cat!) Thank you so much for the great idea!

Jill said...

Great work! Fantastic way to use up those garden stakes!

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Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is super cute! Love it! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

Unknown said...

Hello There- You have been featured over at COM, thanks a bunch. winks-jen

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This looks great!

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Patrice said...

Stakes are a great idea!

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