Make a folky flag for the Fourth of July! We’ll share with you how we created this folk art flag from paint stirrers and red, white, and blue buttons.
We are Plaid Ambassadors and get all kinds of wonderful paint and other craft materials from Plaid. We love their products and used their craft paints for this project.
Folk Art Flag for the Fourth of July
9 wooden paint stirrers
Plaid Folk Art paint in Cardinal Red, Wicker White, and True Blue
Plaid Outdoor Sealer
assorted buttons 3/8 inch to 7/8 inch
(we used 57 red, 47 white, and 20 blue)
Beacon Glass, Metal & More glue
16″ copper wire
1. Paint two paint stirrers Cardinal Red and one Wicker white and set aside.
2. Mask off the indented end of 4 stirrers and paint True Blue. Let dry.
3. Mask off the blue end and paint the other end of two of the stirrers Wicker White and two Cardinal Red.
4. Sand the edges and surfaces of the stirrers to get a distressed look.
5. To hold the stirreres together in a flag shape, cut the two remaining stirrers down to 7″ with a hand saw. Sand the sawed ends smooth. These will go on the back of the flag.
6. Arrange the painted stirrers into the flag then turn the flag over. Glue the two short stirrers vertically to the back of the flag 1″ in from each side using the wood glue. Let dry several hours.
7. Turn the flag over and glue buttons to the front using glue. Glue red and white buttons to the striped stirrers. For the blue corner, glue blue buttons with 10 white buttons mixed in to be the stars.
8. To make the hanger, push a thumbtack into the top of each short stick on the back of the flag. Twist each end of the wire around a thumbtack and trim the ends.
Happy Birthday America!!
Jennifer & Kitty
Jon d ... kitty knows me says
Nice flag, but you need 13 buttons in the blue area for the 13 original colonies. Well documented! J D
Jennifer & Kitty says
Correct!! Hi Jon!