Friday, June 25, 2010

Stars and Stripes

The Fourth of July is right around the corner now (how can that be????), so in honor of that great day I finally got around to doing a project I've been thinking about since THIS project began! (And believe me it's moving slow....)

Do you know what you get when you tear down a century old ceiling (or rather a fifty year old ceiling that covers a century old ceiling? Lathe. Lots of it. Now being the thrifty gal I try to be, I can't just throw it away, now can I? My husband disagrees.
One person's trash is another's treasure, dear.

What do all these long, thin strips make you think of? Or maybe I'm the only nut that sees this. A flag!

So here we go......lay out the pieces...13 stripes on the flag.....7 red.

At this point we are just winging it....stick with me folks. I had a few short pieces (broken to be exact) so those were relegated to the "blue" portion of the flag. Tape off, cover the adjacent areas.

Spray blue. Remove tape.

Trim off unsightly (too long) hand...with a real saw, 'cause that's how I roll.
(And I was too lazy to go to the garage to use the chop saw.)
Now, flip the whole show over onto its front.

Now the fun part....the staple gun. If you don't have one I highly suggest you run out right now and purchase one. They are great fun....but be sure to buy this physics work with you and not against you. ;-)
I untwisted some inexpensive rope, used one strand and started stapling to the back.
Oh, and I think I forgot to mention, the "white" stripes are just negative house is white, so it works. You could TOTALLY use more strips though and have white stripes. I wasn't able to commandeer that many pieces before they so egregiously made their way to the dumpster.

Keep stapling. I used one strand on each end and one on the blue portion.

Like this.

Blue portion....staple A gets windy in Iowa.

Now we need a way to hang our beautiful creation. Rope, staples, you're good to go.

Hang it on the house to paint the stars. It was just easier than leaning over.

Here she is with the little "kitchen garden". No stars yet.

Once again, I tend to do things quick and dirty...I'm an instant gratification kind of girl. Projects must be squished into naptime, so we don't have a lot of time to mess around. I grabbed a sticky note, drew on a star, cut out with an exacto and VOILA, stencil (and it sticks to the flag!).

Dry brush the little stars on.
And yes, in the United States of Jen there are 33 states....I know you counted. ;-) Let's pretend the year is 1859 and Oregon was just admitted to the Union.

We're ready for the 4th! Maybe I'll try to squeeze a couple more patriotic projects in before next week.....I've got some SUPER talented bloggy friends that have me completed inspired.
I mean seriously....check out this and this!!!!
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  1. I really like the idea of not having the white stripes and using your house as the white background.

  2. Love it...and so cool that you used your old wood, and got it done in a naptime. That's makes it even better. Thanks for the little link to Nicole's firecrackers...she will be pleased! :) The other gal with the fabric flag banner was too cute!

  3. SO funny! The other day, we went up the mountain to roast marshmallows and hot dogs on a campfire. We took the lathe we tore out of our daughter's bedroom for the wood to burn. As I was looking at it, I thought "This would make a cute flag." You had the same idea! Looks great! I am featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

  4. That is great! It reminds me of a piece I saw on a tour from the American Folk Art museum. It was a gate ....

    You are sooo talented! I loved your sign in the last one!

  5. I love this! I think most decorative pieces you see now a days for the 4th don't adhere to the correct amount of stars and stripes, so you are good.

  6. This is really cute against the house. So clever.

    I've been thinking of converting a window into a flag.... maybe?

  7. That is so cute! I have a bunch of 100 year old lathe, too! I'm a new follower!

  8. I love everything about this project! Very cool! (I'm in Iowa too!)

  9. fantastic project...nicely done! [saw you on someday crafts too :D] -michelle

  10. Love this idea...especially spacing out the red stripes and using the white of the house. I also love the post-it stencil. I will have to try that the next time I need a quick stencil!

  11. You are amazing! I love the fact that you reused the wood. Your flag turned out beautiful.

  12. Hi! Found this through pinterest and I loved your idea so much I just featured this post on my blog! I tried it for myself and made a few modifications since I didn't have all the same materials you listed. You can check it out at


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