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Create: Patriotic Flag

Patriotic Flag

Getting Started

Make your own patriotic flag with this easy DIY project using the Arrow T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun. We’ve given ordinary wood shims a patriotic purpose and transformed them into Old Glory. This is also a great way to show your patriotic pride. These easy instructions are for a 12” x 16” finished flag, but can easily be modified to create a larger version. Appropriate personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, gloves and hearing protection should be worn at all times.

You Will Need

Materials Needed

Other Materials

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • 18 wood shims
  • 1 piece of Basswood ~ 1/8” x 3” x 24”
  • 13 wooden stars/various sizes or all the same size
  • Ribbon ~ red/white/blue ~ 20” each color
  • Paint ~ red/white/blue/clear sparkle (optional)
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Start Repairing

Step 1

Paint Wood Shims:
4 – Blue
8 – Red
6 – White
(Last coat of White Paint with Clear Sparkle is optional)

Paint Wood Stars:
13 – White
(Last coat of White Paint with Clear Sparkle is optional)

Allow to dry, repeat if necessary.

Paint Wood Shims:
4 – Blue
8 – Red
6 – White
(Last coat of White Paint with Clear Sparkle is optional)

Paint Wood Stars:
13 – White
(Last coat of White Paint with Clear Sparkle is optional)

Allow to dry, repeat if necessary.

Step 2

Once the shims have completely dried, arrange them in the shape of the flag. Be sure to have all the thick ends of the shims facing the center of the flag. Set it aside.

Once the shims have completely dried, arrange them in the shape of the flag. Be sure to have all the thick ends of the shims facing the center of the flag. Set it aside.

Step 3

Take the piece of Basswood and draw a line straight down the center with the pencil and the ruler. This line will assist when attaching to the back of the wood shims.

Take the piece of Basswood and draw a line straight down the center with the pencil and the ruler. This line will assist when attaching to the back of the wood shims.

Step 4

Flip the wood shims over so the back side is facing up. Place the piece of Basswood on top of the wood shims. Use the line drawn in previous step to line up the Basswood with the center of the wood shims.

NOTE:
For a hanging flag: Cut the Basswood to 12”

For a staked flag: Place the Basswood flush at the top of the flag and leave the remaining Basswood extend beyond the bottom of the flag.

Secure Basswood to wood shims using the Arrow T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun and 3/8” staples.

Flip the wood shims over so the back side is facing up. Place the piece of Basswood on top of the wood shims. Use the line drawn in previous step to line up the Basswood with the center of the wood shims.

NOTE:
For a hanging flag: Cut the Basswood to 12”

For a staked flag: Place the Basswood flush at the top of the flag and leave the remaining Basswood extend beyond the bottom of the flag.

Secure Basswood to wood shims using the Arrow T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun and 3/8” staples.

Step 5

For a hanging flag: Cut ribbon and staple to the back of the flag.

For a staked flag: Trim sides of Basswood at an angle to create a spike. You may paint this to blend in with your landscaping if desired.

For a hanging flag: Cut ribbon and staple to the back of the flag.

For a staked flag: Trim sides of Basswood at an angle to create a spike. You may paint this to blend in with your landscaping if desired.

Step 6

Flip flag over and secure stars over the blue section of the flag using the Arrow MT300 Glue Gun.

Flip flag over and secure stars over the blue section of the flag using the Arrow MT300 Glue Gun.

Step 7

Now you’re ready to enjoy your flag. Hang from a wall or your front door or place in your garden bed or flower pot.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your flag. Hang from a wall or your front door or place in your garden bed or flower pot.

Finished Product

We’d love to see how your DIY Patriotic Flag project turned out! Share your results with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by tagging #MadeWithArrow.

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