I love state decor. It’s a super easy way to add originality to your home. This wood state flag tutorial is extra easy because there are no expert tools required and it only costs about $10!
(6) pieces of 1×4 wood, cut 30 inches long (the home improvement store can cut them for you)
(2) pieces of 1×1 wood, cut 20 inches long
(12) wood screws, 1 inch long
String or wire for hanging
Acrylic paint in your state’s colors
Rag or washcloth
To start, examine your boards for holes or imperfections to decide which sides should be front-facing. If you have any boards that are lighter in color, I would recommend placing them in areas of your flag that will be painted the lightest (i.e. white). Line up your 1×4 boards on the floor, front side down. Then, lay your 1×1 boards perpendicular to your 1×4 boards. Screw the 1x1s into the 1x4s like this:
Wrap your string or wire around the second screw from the top before setting the screw; this will create a secure connection for hanging your wood state flag. If desired, lightly sand the front side of your flag before painting.
Now to the fun part! Trace your flag shape onto the front side of your flag with a pencil. For me, the Colorado flag was easily created by just tracing two different sized plates. If your state has a more complex flag design, I would recommend printing out the image and tracing it that way.
Starting with the lightest color first (white, in my case) use painter’s tape to section off the area to be painted. Dip a corner of your rag or washcloth in water, then add a dap of paint to the cloth. Lightly rub the cloth onto the taped of section of your flag, using long light strokes. You can always add more color in layers for a bolder look. Make sure not to cross the tape line into other colored sections. Keep your cloth wet to ensure even distribution of color.
Once paint is dry to the touch, remove the tape and repeat this process with each colored section of the board, painting the darkest colors last. When the last section is done, use a Q-tip lightly dipped in water and paint to touch up any colors that might have bled from one section to another. Don’t worry about this too much, as little imperfections will not be noticeable unless you look verrry closely.
You’re done! Acrylic paint dries quickly, so you should be able to hang this wood state flag masterpiece within an hour after finishing the last section.