Painted American Wooden Flag

Painted American Wooden Flag

Here is another gem that I have been eyeing up in one of my favorite catalogs for quite sometime. When I first saw this oversized flag the first thing that came to mind was good old fashion American cookouts and summertime deck parties. The list price on this beautiful piece of work is $129 and I was able to create this look-a-like version for just under $7.00.

I started by having a piece of plywood cut at my local Home Depot. They can make the cuts for your right there in the store which makes it so easy. The finished dimensions of the cut board were 48″ wide X 27″ high. I used a t-square to measure and draw my guidelines for the stripes before I started to paint.

I wanted the flag to have an authentic worn wooden feel. I began this process by painting the entire board with DecoArt Primer-Sealer. I simply brushed this on with a paint brush making sure the entire surface was covered, and let dry for about a half an hour.

Next I used one of my new favorite products of all time, DecoArt Texture Crackle. This stuff is simply magic in a jar. It has a spackle like consistency which enables you to layer it on as thick or thin as you like. The thicker you make it the more of a 3-D effect you get.

I used a putty knife to randomly layer the Texture Crackle on and then fanned the edges softly with a brush to blend. Some spots I made really thick and some I just lightly brushed on.

The Texture Crackle comes in a couple different tinted shades so you can easily use it as is. {or paint over it like I did for the flag} I used the neutral shade for this project.

It took about 45 minutes to completely dry; just look at that crackle! {love}

I used regular masking tape to tape off my guidelines for the stripes. {it worked surprisingly quite well}

The paint I used was Americana All Purpose Acrylics; Primary Blue DA200, Snow White DA01, and a mix of Cherry Red DA159 and Burgundy Wine DA022 {for the red}

For the stars I held down a cookie cutter as my guide and painted the inside using a fine tip paintbrush.

There is just something about the American Flag….isn’t it beautiful?

{Now don’t hold this part against me} I used a palm grip sander to distress the entire surface and edges. I wanted a rustic feel, like this flag had been hanging around forever. Once it was sanded just right I used a stain {Early American shade} to distress it even more. Working in small sections at a time, I simply wiped on and wiped right back off.

It’s hard to truly capture the texture of this board. Here are few close-ups…

See why I love this texture crackle…imagine the possibilities!

To create the hangers I used two 4″ DISChangers. {each is rated to hold 5 1/2 pounds each and this board is super light} Just wet the back wait 10 minutes and press into place.

The attached rings were perfect to hold a linked chain for hanging. I simply pried open a link, looped it on the DISChanger, and squeezed it shut with a pair of pliers.

I wish you could see the actual finished texture that can not be captured in these pictures.

I hung it from the upper deck for the time being, however if you’ve seen the pictures from last week of my completely empty deck, that may change once I start outdoor decorating! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Enjoy!


  1. Another amazing project! I love decorating with patriotic pieces for the entire summer (Memorial Day thru Labor Day). This is just fantastic. Where do you get those DISC hangers? I’ve never seen them.
    The crackle is soooo cool ..must try!


  2. WOW — What a great project!!! I love it. Wonderful job Stephanie!


  3. I have wanted one of those flags FOREVER. I’m going to do this and hang it in my son’s room. Thanks so much for the guide!

  4. Love it! How wide did you make the stripes and what size is the blue field?

  5. Completely in love with this flag!

  6. Love this Stephanie Lynn! You are awesome!!

  7. I loved this entire tutorial! Never heard of that crackle medium before.. I’m assuming it’s outdoor durable?

    But you REALLY got me with the cookie cutter stencil! THAT was GENIUS, my friend!

    Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  8. Your crackle medium is so much better than my old standby that I’m going to give it a try! I wouldn’t change one single thing about your flag–perfect!

  9. that is really gorgeous! I haven’t used crackle medium yet, but I would love to, and your post has inspired me to do so very soon!

  10. Love your flag, and the tutorial was great. I’ll have to try that crackle, it worked so good!

  11. Awesome!

    m ^..^

  12. What a fab tutorial! The flag turned out awesome. Definitely putting in my “want to do this” file!

  13. I fell in love with that wooden flag too when I saw it in their window at the store! I’m planning on making one for this summer to go above my mantel. I like how you hung it too.

  14. An amazing project! I absolutely love it. This is my first visit to your lovely blog and now I am following and will hook up with a project soon πŸ˜‰


  15. That turned out awesome!

  16. Impressive!!!

  17. Great Idea. I have been wanting a flag for our new home but knew that with the wind we get, we would constantly have a tattered flag. I will be making one of these shortly!!!

  18. I love this project, and what a great tutorial. Thanks so much! I think I shall put it on my to-do list, and I will certainly become a new follower of your blog. Since we moved to the lake, the 4th of July has been a big celebration here.

  19. I have to tell you, I too think there is something so beautiful about our flag. Besides loving what she stands for, I think ‘ol Betsy Ross had a real eye for graphics. Love those stars and stripes together. Thanks for joining Modern Craftswoman Monday. Hope you’ll join next week, too. Rory

  20. WOW! That crackle finish is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  21. That is amazing!!

  22. Very cool! Fourth of July is really big in our town, and we live on a street with lots of really old houses. This would be just perfect!
    Thanks for the inspiration and the great tutorial!

  23. Great project! I love the American Flag and would love to try this for myself. The cookie cutter stars are genius!!

  24. Cute…I love that you crackled it giving it texture.

  25. This is wonderful!

  26. That looks super cool! I wonder if I have any boards around here that would work….? I already have that cookie cutter!

  27. I love your flag and where you put it on the rail, but it is so beautiful with all the crackle & texture that it would be better appreciated up close! Great job!

  28. Wow! I love it! I have to try the textured crackle. I’ve never had much success with crackle, but this looks pretty easy.

    Your tutorial is wonderful.

  29. Oh, you did an amazing job. I love it!!! I totally agree…there’s just something about an American flag!!!

  30. Amazing job. Just beautiful!

  31. This is amazing! I’ve been wanting to try something like this to hang on the side of our outdoor building…After seeing yours I can’t wait…So many projects…So little time..

  32. Wonderful You did great job. And thank you for the product tips.

  33. This is amazing! You have so many great ideas, just in this one project. I was especially curious to see how you did the stars– what a brilliant idea to use a cookie cutter.

    By the way, stopping by by way of the Boardwalk Bragfest and I’m glad I did.

  34. Stephanie Lynn, thank you for another creative and unique tutorial. I love it! The flag looks just beautiful. (When are they going to give you your own show on HGTV? — you certainly deserve one.)

  35. Brilliant! I’ve been eye’ing PB’s Old Glory… LOVE yours! Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

  36. that looks fantastic! i am not usually a huge crackle finish fan, but you did just the right amount and it looks great! perfect for memorial day weekend, summer bbq’s, and 4th of july!

  37. wow! I love this flag, everything about it! You did a great job, and explained it so perfectly!

  38. That is absolutely amazing!

  39. What a great job you did of recreating the PB flag.

  40. Perfect for summer. I’d like to make ob of these to hang over the garage door. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  41. I love it!

  42. Wow!! That looks fabulous!! Great work!!

  43. That is truly an outstanding flag–love it. Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Party!

  44. Love. I have admired the same catalog flag for sometime… you’ve absolutely inspired me. Now to get it done by the 4th of July. πŸ™‚

  45. I saw your post over at HOH party and had to tell you I love the flag and how the crackle turned out! Great job!

  46. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this, this week. πŸ™‚

  47. Hello sweet Stephanie Lynn – I’m catching up from last week’s Met Monday! I love what you’ve done with the flag project. It turned out absolutely stunning! Love the crackle finish. Looks so beautiful hanging from your deck.

    Thank you for sharing!


  48. Hi Stephanie Lynn — I wanted to stop by and let you know that your project has been featured from the Boardwalk Bragfest. You can take a look here:

    Please feel free to grab that “featured” button. You earned it!

    Hope to see you again this Wednesday!

  49. Super great! Thanks for the texture crackle review…I have been looking for crackle medium that actually works!

  50. Hi I’m Barb from santasgiftshoppe.. You have been awarded the “Versatile” Blog award!
    Please know it is because of the Inspiration your blog gives to me & others..
    Hope you like it.
    Check it out @
    (Please note the rules of the award as they were given to me)

  51. Hi I’m Barb from santasgiftshoppe.. You have been awarded the “Versatile” Blog award!
    Please know it is because of the Inspiration your blog gives to me & others..
    Hope you like it.
    Check it out @
    (Please note the rules of the award as they were given to me)

  52. I just had to add your flag blog link to my 4th of july blog. Thaks for sharing the great idea!
    Paula in Idaho

  53. How smart and talented you are. Glad I found your blog. I have always loved our American flag.

  54. This is awesome! Love the crackle look. I am featuring this at

  55. I shared your flag with my readers on Blog Party for the Fourth of July Linky Party!


  56. girlfriend,

    you are amazing. this looks so good. love the crackle. i’m really feeling some jealousy right now! πŸ˜‰

    happy 4th!

  57. Distress away! Love the worn aged look.

  58. Love it its an amazing project! Love the crackle…I’ve done some project with it recently and it’s fun to use.

  59. I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you’ll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. πŸ™‚

  60. Wow, that flag is chip-tastic! It turned out amazing, and it’s one more great idea that I’ve gotten from this Stars and Stripes Party!
    Happy 4th!
    Carol~~Old Glory Cottage

  61. Totally incredible ! Fantastic tutorial, and such an amazing end result ! Thanks for linking up to the party, Happy Fourth !


  62. I am totally doing this tonight! I love blogland! Such great ideas, plus I can display this year round!

  63. I have also been eyeing the same distressed wooden wall flag and did not want to spend the amount of money for it since I wanted to put it outside. So I found this site and decided to try it also. I looked for everything you mentioned and could not find the crackle. Went to Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart. So I had to leave that step out. At this point, I have my red stripes painted and the blue square for the stars. Could not find a star cookie cutter so I’m going to trace these small stars that they use for ceilings on it. Hope it comes out ok. Thanks for the great idea. If it looks ok in the end I will attach a picture if you can on this site. Thanks again..Sandy

  64. Great Project. I love your finished product. You give a great step by step for those of us who would like to try this one on our own.

  65. nice flad, very beautifully designed
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  66. Hi Stephanie!

    Just became your newest follower at 8505 – fabulous blog, love this flag and will be making one for my back yard this summer!

    Thanks for such awesome directions! You did a great job!

    Blessings and continued good fortune,


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