4th of July Chevron Flag

I really enjoy decorating our home for Holidays, but I tend to be a little biased on my holidays. Before this year I had zero Valentines day decorations or 4th of July decorations, but about 2 boxes full of Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff (Christmas is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E). I even had a few for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. So this year, as I was scrolling through my beloved Pinterest, I started noticing all the fun 4th of July decorations. I decided it was time for me to make a few.

Last week I showed you my fun 4th of July Wreath. I’m still debating on whether or not I want to cover the whole thing with fers, but since its proven to be my most popular post on Pinterest (Thanks to you guys) … I might just have to leave it the way it is.

I’m loving Chevron striped decorations lately. If you fol me on Pinterest, you’ll notice I re-pin almost any decoration with chevron stripes in it. 🙂 But I’d never tried to make one on my own before. So I decided to make a Chevron Striped 4th of July Wreath!

I purchased this wooden flag kit from The Wood Connection in Midvale, UT. They have such cute stuff. If you get the opportunity, you should definitely stop by.

I was originally going to do a very detailed tutorial for you, but one of my good friends from out of town came and stayed with us on the day I was painting this flag. I got to talking to him while I was painting… and time just sort of got away from me… in the end I didn’t take very many photos. So, I’m going to try to explain to you how I created the chevron stripes on my flag.

4th of July Flag by Vintage Storehouse & Co.

How to Create 4th of July Chevron Flag

Step 1: Start by sanding the entire piece of wood with a lighter grit sandpaper. Make sure to remove all rough edges.

Step 2:  Paint the entire piece of wood your lighter color. In this case I choose a cream acrylic paint.

Step 3:  Tape off your Chevron Stripes. I sort of figured this out through trial and error. I used 1″ painters tape and put 1 long piece going from the er right hand corner to the top left hand corner. Then I 2 pieces of tape as a guide to create the same thickness, then put another long piece of tape foling the same line.

Then I moved the 2 small pieces of tape above the 2nd long tape and repeated the same process. By the end I had an entire piece covered in horizontal stripes. This is where I wish I had more pictures, but I’ll try to explain it the best I can. I next did the same thing in the opposite direction going from the er left hand corner to the upper right hand corner. It won’t look like chevron stripes yet, it will look more like a slanted # all the way across your piece.

Next grab a box cutter or an exacto knife and cut out your chevron stripes. You’ll basically be cutting out little squares until you get chevron lines all the way across.

4th of July Flag by Vintage Storehouse & Co.

Step 4: Paint in your darker color, in my case I used a muted red. Then I added glitter on top before it had dried all the way. If you do use glitter, at this point you should apply a finishing spray to keep the glitter in place. I forgot and I got glitter everywhere!

Step 5: Assemble the remaining star and wood board. I just chose a 4th of July scrapbook paper for the back of the blue square, painted the star white with glitter and glued it all together using hot glue.

Step 6: Stain the edges. You can paint the edges if you like, but I think the stain looks much better. The way I apply the stain is sort of a messy way. I get it all over the front of the pieces and smear it around so that it looks somewhat aged.

4th of July Chevron Flag by Vintage Storehouse & Co.

You can see from the picture that there are stain marks all over it! I even put a few in the middle just to make it more rustic! I hope you liked it!

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  • http://littlebitofpaint.blogspot.com Therena

    I LOVE your chevron flag! Such a great idea!

  • http://lizziscreations.blogspot.com Elizabeth @ Lizzi’s Creations

    I love the chevron! What a cute idea!

  • http://happierthanapiginmud.blogspot.com Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    Your flag really turned out cute! Love the big star:@)

  • http://rainonatinroof.com Jenna

    So cute! The chevron adds a great touch! Thanks for partying with us at Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you back next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  • http://www.dakotacreekchic.com Shawna @DakotaCreekChic

    Love the chevron idea for the flag…turned out so cute!!

  • http://milaandcuatro.blogspot.co.nz Sarah from milaandcuatro

    I love the way this turned out.

  • http://flockoffowles.blogspot.com Eve

    What type of finishing spray would you recommend? Thanks

    • Kelsey Elaine

      I personally use Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher in Gloss.

  • http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com Britney

    This is super cute! I love the chevron. I would love for you to link up at http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com/2013/06/on-display-monday-7.html

    Have a great one!

  • Tina

    So cute! Where do you find the wood?

    • Kelsey Elaine

      I found the wood for this flag at The Wood Connection. They are a local store here in Utah.

  • Desirae

    This is fantastic! I think I’ll try it with a painter’s canvas instead of wood. 🙂

  • http://greenwillowpond.com Deborah

    I love the flag! The chevron is so cute. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  • Gina Kohn

    I made this! I ordered the flag kit from The Wood Connection website and followed your tutorial. Thank you so much for your tutorial. My flag turned out great!

  • Chelsea

    I was just curious which kit you bought? Was it the small stacking flag or the large? How did your paint the red and have it show up so nice? Thank you!

    • Kelsey Elaine

      When I purchased the kit it was the only one they have so I’m not sure on the sizes. Most of the people there are familiar with my blog, so if you showed them a photo they could probably point you to the right project. I painted the chevron with a couple of coats of red paint prior to putting red glitter over the top. That way it looked more solid.

      Good luck on your project!