This project is incredibly simple and took me about 20 minutes to do. The supplies are simple and you can easily take this idea and run with it... how cute would these be as smaller, drink coasters?!
WASHI TAPE USA FLAG
(P.S., in full disclosure, the Amazon links below are affiliate links.)
- One 1x6" board cut at 7.5" long. You can get it at Lowe's or Home Depot and if you ask nice, they'll even cut it for you.
- Red Washi Tape. I bought these tapes from Pick Your Plum last year and didn't get a chance to use them. Keep your eyes open and they may have them again this year. Otherwise, any mostly red tape will do the trick. You can check Etsy, Amazon and craft stores. I've even seen washi tapes at Wal-Mart before.
- Blue Washi Tape - Blue star options available at Amazon
- Exacto Knife
- If you want to shape your board and clean up any rough edges or imperfections, do so now. I just took a quick swipe along the edges with sandpaper to get any splintery slivers and take a little of the edge off.
- Lay your board down horizontally. Measure out 3.75" from the top, left side of your board. Mark it with your pencil.
- Measure the stripes on your flag. I did it the technical way and just used a roll of my tape to measure the width of each stripe. Fancy, huh?
- Start with whichever tape you want, I did the red. Following the measurements your marked on your board, lay down strips of tape. I wrapped the edges of the board as well as the face.
- Skip every other line to create the white stripes inbetween the red ones. If you want a truer white than the board you're using, you could paint the board before you begin. Because I am using pine, it's a pretty light color already and I really like the wood grain in it.
- When you finish with the red, switch to the blue tape and start in the top left corner, carefully laying down strips of that tape.
- Make sure your stars face the way you want them to and remember to stagger each row if you want them offset, like they are on a real flag.
That's it. You're done!
I did end up going over the board with a layer of polyurethane to help hold the tape in place. (A glue stick will also help if your tape keeps coming up.) It actually added an antique look to the flag, which was kind of neat. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph it after I sealed it and it is now nearly 11:30pm. Not the right time to take true-to-color photos...
I think these would make super cute coasters if you scaled the proportions down a bit. It also makes a cute little plaque to hang on the wall and sawtooth hangers are cheap and easy to install. I went back and drilled a couple holes, looped some picture hanging wire through them and tied some ribbon on it for a little more cutesy and hung it on our door. I like that it's not huge, but the bright colors will still draw the eye. It's a nice wreath alternative. Because, seriously, who has the room to store a wreath for every holiday? Uh, not me. A 5x7" wooden board, I can probably handle though.
*After some looking around... I found the red swirly washi tape HERE and the blue star tape HERE. These are not affiliate links, just what I found with my own Google searches.
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