Easy DIY Rustic American Flag For The 4th Of July

June 5th, 2023 by

Old vintage American US flag over white wood

While it it just the beginning of June, July is just around the corner. You will want to make sure you are ready to observe Independence Day. This year, celebrate in style for the 4th of July and try making this easy DIY rustic American Flag by Petticoat Junkiton. This rustic DIY project is an excellent wall piece to build for the 4th of July or to hang year around. Sometimes the best designs are created from items people call junk, and you can knock this project out in no time.


  • Rustic Nail Star
  • Wood For Flag (New or Reclaimed)
  • Paint (Red, White, Blue)
  • Wire and Screws For Hanger
  • Howard’s Wax (Neutral)
  • FrogTape
  • Paintbrush


Step 1: Cut the wood to be roughly 38 inches wide and 24 inches tall, and then drill into the back of the wood with two 24-inch tall pieces of wood to hold it in place. NOTE: You can change the size to your preferred size.

Step 2: Make stripes on the wood, with each line 2 to 2 1/2 inches apart. NOTE: You can make the stripes as thick or thin as you prefer, depending on the wood you choose. It would be best if you also taped off the area where your rustic nail will be.

Step 3: Take a flat plastic piece, similar to a credit card, and ensure the tape’s edges are sealed. NOTE: This minimizes the paint’s chance of bleeding under the tape.

Step 4: Using your paintbrush, paint the lines interchanging the white and red. NOTE: Don’t worry about covering every aspect of the wood with the paint; you want it to look rustic and aged.

Step 5: Take the time to paint the blue square, or you can leave it the wood color if you prefer. NOTE: If you use new wood and want it to look darker, you can stain it to look a specific shade.

Step 6: Once the paint has dried, remove the tape. NOTE: If you use new wood and want it to look darker, you can stain it to look a specific shade.

Step 7: Seal the flag with Howard’s Wax and let dry.

Step 8: Now that the flag is sealed and dry, glue the rustic star into place.

Step 9: On the back, in the two 24-inch tall pieces of wood, drill in the hanging screen and wrap the wire around it to hold it in place.

Step 10: Enjoy!

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Make Your Own 4th of July Flag

This neutral-toned flag is perfect to have up year-round and is a great conversation starter. So jump in your car from Mike Shaw Kia and head to the store to load up on all the necessary supplies so you can start building. You can also put your own spin on this DIY project by painting the wood red, white, and blue. All you need is a little creativity, and you’ve got yourself a brand-new piece of art.

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