How to Make a Rustic Stick Flag - Easy 4th July Craft

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Head to your backyard for most of the supplies you're going to need for this fun patriotic project. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a rustic American flag DIY using sticks. This is a super easy craft that's perfect to do with kids, whether for 4th July, Memorial Day, or all year round.

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For more patriotic projects you can easily make at home, check out these 4th of July decorations and Memorial Day crafts.

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Sticks from the backyard

1. Gather sticks

To make a rustic flag, you will need to start by gathering sticks from your backyard or a nearby forest. Try to get ones that are about the same size and color.  

Cutting the sticks to different sizes

2. Cut the sticks

Next, cut the sticks in all different sizes. Make sure the pieces are smaller than the width of your flag.

Scrap wood piece

3. Grab some scrap wood

To create the backdrop for the flag you will need some scrap wood that measures about a foot and a half by 10 inches. I had a couple of scrap pieces of wood that were already put together that I didn’t use for another project so I used those for my flag. 

Painting the background blue

4. Paint the background

Paint your flag background wood navy blue. I used Milk Paint because it soaks in beautifully to raw wood. 

Laying sticks across the board

5. Lay the sticks across the wood

Next, lay your sticks down across the board. It's just like a giant puzzle; you just need to keep turning them around and playing with them until they fit together to cover the board. 

Gluing sticks to the board

6. Stick the sticks

Once you have the board covered the way you’d like it, lift up a piece and paint the back with some wood glue and stick it right back onto the board. 

DIY American flag craft

Do this one piece at a time so you remember how and where each piece goes. 

Wooden stars for the flag

7. Attach wooden stars

Now that all the sticks are stuck in place, it’s time to add some little wooden stars to finish off the flag. 

Counting out 50 stars

Count out 50 small stars. I found it easiest to have them in a little cup ready to go.

Placing the stars on the flag

Start the stars in the upper left corner. 

Filling the gaps

If you find any gaps in your sticks, you can fill them with smaller ones so that you have a place to stick your stars. 

Gluing the stars to the flag

Use a dab of hot glue on the back to hold each star in place.

How to make an easy American flag craft

After all the stars are in place, finish off your flag by removing any glue strings. 

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DIY flag craft for 4th July

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How beautiful is this rustic flag? It was so easy to put together and it's perfect to put on display during a patriotic holiday or simply leave up all year round. 

For more rustic home decor projects and upcycling inspiration, visit Recreated Designs. Make a rustic checkerboard storage table to do with your flag here...

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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Jul 05, 2022

    Very nice, but as Leslie stated, what would a light wash of red white and blue do? I really like you rustic, simple idea...Hope everyone had a wonderful, patriotic 4th!!

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  • Leslie Leslie on Jul 05, 2022

    Hi, Wasn't sure I would like this look, I have seen so many to "match decor" and because I think our flag is beautiful as is, I see no reason to change it and how it looks. Yours however is beautiful and I did count the stars & stripes lol. I can see our ancestors making a flag such as this and putting it on their mantels or on a wall with the proper amount of stars. I can especially imagine the Betsy Ross flag in this iteration. I was thinking a VERY light wash of the red, white and blue colors on the bark but wondering how the bark would change the colors. Thank you so much for sharing your rendition. ❤️🇺🇸❤️

    • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jul 06, 2022

      Thank you so much for your kind words and I love the idea of a wash over the bark! What a great idea. I will have to try that for another project. Thanks again.

  • Kathy catana Kathy catana on Jul 05, 2022

    Looks awesome! I love it! I love my flag and l love rustic things, makes it perfect!!