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 flowers, 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 follow 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.
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 lower 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 following 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 lower 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.
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.
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!