Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pallet Flag Tutorial

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to turn a regular shipping pallet into a Patriotic masterpiece!  

I started with a rather large shipping pallet that I picked up behind a local home improvement store.  It probably measures about 3'x4'.  I really wanted one with the slats closer together, but after looking several places I realized that those are nearly impossible to come by!  Therefore, I also bought some 6' fir fence planks from the home improvement store as a solution to that problem!
Materials needed:
  • shipping pallet
  • fir fence planks
  • red white and blue paint
  • nails
  • hammer
  • paint brushes
  • yard stick
  • ruler
  • marker
  • star template (I searched "star coloring pages" and printed off a few stars and cut them out)
  • table saw


I found pre-mixed Krylon paint in red, white and blue at Walmart.  It was very inexpensive and I didn't have to wait for someone to mix it!  The small cans were also the perfect amount and it covered really well!

The first thing I did was measure the spaces between the slats of my pallets and cut the fir fence planks to size to fill in the gaps.  I was able to use only 3 planks.  I first trimmed the width to 2 1/2 inches wide and then cut them in half to 3 feet long for each one.

I then nailed the fir planks between the slats of the pallet to fill in the gaps!

I totally apologize for how messy the above graphic is, but I wanted to be able to show step by step how I marked off my lines before painting.  The first step was to make a box in the top left corner for the stars to go in.  The next step is where you see the "white" lines.  I used my yard stick to mark off 6" x 6" squares on the rest of the flag.  Next, is where you see the "red" lines.  I used my ruler to draw from the bottom corner of one square to the top corner of the adjoining square in order to create a chevron pattern.  Last, I used a star template to draw some stars in the top left corner.  For the star template I just googled star coloring pages and printed some stars off, then I cut them out and traced around them on the pallet.


Above, you can see the black lines all drawn in on the pallet.

Lastly, it was time for painting.  I painted the white first, then I used a smaller artist brush to fill in the red and blue.  I still need to do a little more touch up on my blue and my stars once it is finished drying, but overall I think it is an amazing statement piece on my front porch!