American Flag Made With Pickets

Hi there! I thought with Memorial Day this weekend and 4th of July coming up, I would come up with a patriotic craft. I had originally thought I would make this flag using wooden molding pieces, but then I remembered I had all these leftover pickets, so I might as well use them! I had a small picket table I was no longer using, so I took it apart and created this flag.
I used 7 pickets for my flag. I scraped any loose paint and dirt off and then cleaned them up. I knew I was going to paint them, so I didn't scrape them perfectly. I also wanted a rustic look, so roughness was fine too.
I decided to do grey and white for my colors. I don't use red much for decorating and I wanted to be able to use this for any decor. I used Rustoleum Spray Paint in Antique White and Granite Grey.
After all the pieces were painted and dry, I used narrow boards to attach them all together on the back. I used a nail gun for mine, but nail and hammer or screw would work too. This also gave me a place to put a wire on the back for hanging.
I had a small square piece of wood from the table I took apart and painted it bright blue for my corner with the stars. After the paint was dry, I sanded the board a little so it would be more rustic like the pickets.
I attached the blue square to the corner of the picket flag.
These will be my stars!! I have been collecting bottle caps since my girls were small. We would go for walks and pick them up along the way. We sorted them out and picked out 36 we thought would work. I still have plenty for other projects! I attached them with the nail gun also (obviously, I love the nail gun!)
Here is the finished project! I really like how rustic it is, but still fits with any decor!
Now it is ready for display and the holidays!
Thanks for visiting!

Pam Smith
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

  1 question
  • Renata Renata on May 31, 2016
    Is ur state the 36th state?, is that why u only used 36?


Join the conversation

4 of 30 comments
  • Pam Smith Pam Smith on Jun 14, 2016
    There have been a ton of comments about the color of the flag. I guess I am just nontraditional. I don't use red and green at Christmas either!!! :0

    • See 1 previous
    • K K on May 27, 2020

      Ps- I love the colors you picked!!!!

  • Rebecca Platt Rebecca Platt on Jul 28, 2016
    I agree about the color of the flag. There are some things that should be left alone. The US flag is the US flag because of the colors as well as the number of stars and strips. It means something around the world. It's a whole different story with Christmas.