Today, I'm sharing how to make a recycled wood American Flag...
plus I'm giving away a brand new Cordless 20 Volt MAX Lithium Drill/Driver from Black+Decker.
This awesome new Black+Decker 20V MAX* lightweight, cordless drill made this project a breeze.
BONUS: I'm giving one away to a reader at the end of the post!!
As I mentioned above, this recycled wood American Flag was made from the roof of my kids' old playscape. We loved this sweet set, but a hail storm tore it up a couple of years ago, and we ended up dismantling it shortly after. We kept the two roof sections...I really wanted to make something with them. Two years later...I finally did! ;)
I pulled apart the roofing boards with the backwards setting on the Black+Decker drill. I love how lightweight this drill is. Made this job super fast. I didn't want the roofing-look overlap, which is why I took this apart to rebuild it flat.
Pieces taken apart and ready to go back together...just slightly differently.
I ended up only using six of the eight boards for the flag.
I also recycled the 2-2x4s as well as all of the screws.
I cut the 2x4s since I used a couple of less boards.
I used the same old screws and drilled the boards (this time flat) into the 2x4s at each end. Again, the work was lickety split with this new Black+Decker drill.
I started painting the piece all over with white chalk paint. I used vinyl stars and painted over them with the same white...to seal them since these boards were so bumpy.
Once the white was dried, I did a simple blue milk paint over the star area.
I did tape the off the blue section to make it easier.
I did every other board with red milk paint.
Then I sanded the entire piece to age it a bit.
Then I used dark wax to deepen the aging.
The waxes also seal the piece, so it doesn't wear too much outdoors.
Happy Red, White, and Blue Season!