It’s in my logo after all, so, yes, I have a particular fondness for these cute little flag banners. They just scream, “I’m happy!” I’ve seen so many variations of this trend pop up — felt, quilted, plain old cotton, paper…you name it. But wood? I’m sold. And all it took was a little trip to Michael’s.
It was one of those I-don’t-need-anything-but-let’s-see-what-pops-out-at-me trips to the great Arts & Crafts store. We know how dangerous that can be, right? And there they were. All these adorable naked wood flags with so much future ahead of them. What color will they be? Where will they hang? Should they say something? Oh the ideas! This kinda reminded me of the wooden letter project I did for my foyer’s coat rack, here.
Knowing I didn’t want a whole lot of color, I decided that I would stain some of them and decoupage the rest with this tissue paper I’ve been holding on to from a trip to World Market a few months back.
So for this project, here’s what you need:
- Two different shades of stain (or coffee grounds, I’ll explain later)
- Mod Podge
- Brush for Modge Podge
- Disposable gloves
- Tissue paper of your choice
- Exacto knife
- Garbage bag to cover work area
Since you’re going to be staining, I recommend you work in a well-ventilated area. Now, of course, you can stain and decoupage however you like, but for this project, I decided to just go even. 3 dark. 3 light. 3 decoupaged. And you can buy as many of these flags as you want, depending on where you want to hang them. I have a relatively short distance to cover, so 9 flags is perfect for me.
Mix up your stain so it’s ready to go, per the instructions, and simply dip your rag and wipe it across. The longer you leave it on the darker it’ll be, so wipe it off with a clean rag to get the intensity you want.
Ok, so here’s where the project got all weird and went off on a tangent a bit. I wasn’t liking the light color stain so much, so I improvised with coffee. I saw it. I grabbed it. And I went for it. And it worked. I got the wee bit darker tone I wanted, and now they smell good, too!
Ready to decoupage? It’s so ridiculously easy. I put down some paper towel, which wasn’t the greatest idea, because things kinda got a bit stuck together, but it worked out. I say stick to the garbage bag work space. Get your Mod Podge, brush and tissue paper ready to go. What you’ll do is put one thin layer on the surface of the flag and then place your tissue paper on top of that. We’ll trim later, just put it on and make sure it covers the whole flag.
Now, gently brush on another light layer of Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper. Don’t worry about crinkles in the paper, it all ends up smoothed out.
With your three flags done, take a nail or screw to punch the holes open. I kinda twisted them around to get a good clean circle going.
Then we let it dry. This was my opportunity to grab some lunch. A nice blend of starches, veggies and protein. Just what a DIY’er needs to keep the energy going.
Tummy is happy and things are dry! Time to trim. With your Exacto knife, gently trim each of the three sides of your flag and smooth down with your finger.
So shiny!!! Thank you, Mod Podge!
And here it is all lined up and pretty. Light. Dark. Paper. Repeat.
Here’s where the twine comes in. Find out what length you need and just weave it through, making the twine go behind the flag.
Then hang! I used some 3M removable hooks. The kind we use when stringing up Christmas lights, so they’re pretty tiny and hide easily.
Omigoodness, I love this so much. See? Happy! I like that it’s muted and compliments the wood on the ladder as well as picks up on the aqua colors I have in the room. It was something this corner needed. A little splash of personality. Have you worked with wood crafts at all lately? Michael’s has a whole section devoted to naked wood crafts. It’s overwhelming thinking of all the possible projects. But, also fun. Go crazy and wave your freaky cool flag!