Rustic American Flag Pallet DIY

Making an American flag pallet is nothing new. It’s all over Pinterest in every version you can imagine. This is my creation, and you will be shocked at how easy it is to make! Read on for the DIY!
Old pallets are everywhere and pretty easy to find. I used one from our backyard wood pile. I grabbed an old metal star, and some old, leftover red, white, and blue paint. The paint was ready for the trash, but since this project is supposed to be rustic and will live outside, the perfect paint was not necessary.
I made sure the red stripes would be at the top and bottom. I taped off a section for the blue field. I’ve seen flags where they make two stripes out of every flat, but this was easier this way, and because the wood was not really connected closely, I didn’t have to tape off the stripes. While I had out the white paint, I also painted the star. After the stripes were painted two coats of the red and white, the blue field was ready to go. In retrospect, it looked better and more rustic after one coat of paint, but I wanted a thicker coat to sand some and also to be out in the elements for natural wear.
I switched out the tape and painted the blue field. I then added a nail and the metal star was ready to hang. I distressed it just a little with some sandpaper – it will get plenty of distressing on its own outside. It was so easy to make! Because it is for outside, I didn’t worry about imperfections, paint drips, or a little bleed here and there.
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  • Heather McKinney Heather McKinney on Jun 06, 2016
    I just finished a similar wooden flag (not made from a pallet). How in the world did you get the lines so crisp?

  • Nita Nita on Jun 06, 2016
    How big is your star? What kind of paint did you use? It looks great!

  • Nita Nita on Jun 06, 2016
    How big is your star? What kind of paint did you use? It looks great!

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  • Aiokersonalicea1 Aiokersonalicea1 on Jun 23, 2018

    Hobby Lobby usually has them too.

  • Sharon Sharon on May 29, 2021

    Love this. Will make two. One USA flag plus one for the great lone star state flag of TEXAS! Same colors in both flags. Plus the TEXAS flag is even simpler to make. Can’t wait to get started! Thanks for this great idea!!