Friday, June 14, 2013

Patriotic Wood Shim and Starfish Flag

Craftiments:  Patriotic Wood Shim and Starfish Flag


My front door has been bare for several months now. It was a very sad situation caused by a major case of crafter's block. My door cried out for something colorful and summery, but the thought of another flowery wreath just didn't excite me. A couple days ago I FINALLY broke through. After discovering and falling in love with all of the pallet wood American flags on Pinterest, I decided to recreate the look using wood shims.

The stripes of the flag were created from individual wood shims painted with either red acrylic or a white wood stain and held together by wood supports glued to the back. To make the supports, I glued two wood shims together in opposite directions.  I used a weather resistant wood glue because the flag will be exposed to harsh sunlight and rain.

supports from back
supports from side


I inserted an eye screw in the top of each support for hanging...

screw eye in support


... and glued a blue painted starfish in the upper left corner.

closeup of starfish


Here it is, just in time for the 4th of July! It's not your typical American flag decor, but patriotic and summery nonetheless.

Craftiments:  Patriotic wood shim and starfish flag
Craftiments:  Patriotic wood shim and starfish flag


In the mood for a little more red, white and blue? Check out these free patriotic printables from last summer.

Apple Crisp Recipe Subway Art


Free Star Spangled Banner Printable


29 comments :

  1. I adore this flag! Pinned.

    Pretty please share this on a link party that I host with 4 other blogs called Moonlight & Mason Jars (live Monday at 5pm EST thru Sunday at midnight). We feature 5 blogs who link up every week.

    Xo,
    Jenn Pilgrim
    The Newlywed Pilgrimage (.com)

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  2. How cute. I am not much on decorating for the holiday's but I love this. I host a link party as well and would love it if you would share this.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesday-link-party-23.html

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  3. This is so cute! Thanks to my husband's projects, I have tons of shims laying around. I have a blank door on my cabana and this would be so sweet! I am pinning it! :)

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  4. I love this - sooooo cute! Hugs, Holly

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  5. I love this idea. I would like to thank you for joining the Pin It Monday Hop Pinterest Party.
    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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  6. Oh, this is adorable!!

    By the way, I'm giving away a copy of Handmade Walls E-book on my blog right now if you or your followers are interested in entering to win! It has tons of ideas on how to create custom art and frames for your walls. Love it!

    http://www.theturquoisehome.com/2013/06/yay-for-500-likes-on-facebook-handmade.html

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  7. This is cute! I've been on a wood shim kick! I love the addition of the blue starfish!

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  8. This is so cute! My sister's house has a lot of beach decor. I might just need to make this for her. I will be pinning this!

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  9. Love this! Found you through the features at Flamingo Toes... Pinning this because it's fabulous!

    Have a great weekend!
    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  10. Sharing on Facebook and pinning as one of the features of Freedom Fridays!

    Thanks so much for sharing:)

    Hugs, my Friend!

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  11. This is so cute, I really love the starfish! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!

    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    Thanks for linking up!
    Sumo:)

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  12. So cute! I love that you used a single blue starfish in the corner. Thanks for sharing this at the Summer Inspiration Decor party!

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  13. What a super cute flag (luv the coastal touch).

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. Such a great flag and I love the starfish! I featured you tonight at the Project Inspire{d} party!

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  15. I am just such the sucker for anything beach related. I love how this incorporates a little nautical-ness. I wouldnt have thought to paint a starfish blue for a project like this. Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to try this out!

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  16. Beachy and patriotic! Love it. Pinning:)
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/06/folk-art-fabric-flag.html

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  17. Adorable! I am just in LOVE with the starfish as the star to the flag! Love it!
    (new follower here!)
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would also like to invite you to join my June Totally Tuesday Link Party:
    http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
    Hugs!

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  18. You always have the most adorable printables. Love that patriotic wood shim front door decor. I am glad you finally listened to that door screaming for something to have adorned upon it :)

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  19. I just made this!! Thank you! It is so cute!! May I ask what type of glue you used to glue the starfish to the wood. I used wood glue but am nervous it will not hold it. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome Brittney! I used Titebond II weatherproof premium wood glue. My flag has been through plenty of wind and rain, and the starfish is still sticking :)

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  20. Hi Kristin,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of patriotic crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/patriotic-crafts/

    Have a great day!

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  21. Featured and PINNED! New party is open, too. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/07/what-to-do-weekends-27.html

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  22. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  23. I am featuring your wood shim flag on my blog today. Thanks for linking it up.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is totally awesome! And I just bought a package of the large shims yesterday, not even sure what I wanted to do with them. Now I know. Thanks so much for sharing!! Question: where did you find that cute starfish?

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    1. Thank you Patti! I got the starfish at Hobby Lobby and painted it blue myself.

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