" The Modest Homestead: Patriotic Mantel and DIY Plywood Flag

Patriotic Mantel and DIY Plywood Flag




Today I'm finally getting around to showing you my summer mantel. I wanted to do something a little more festive than usual for the 4th of July this year so I got this flag up just in time. I had good intentions of posting the tutorial for this a while ago but it has been dark and rainy for the past few weeks (seriously I feel like we live in Seattle).  I took advantage of a sunny day we had and snapped a few photos while I had the chance. I found inspiration for this project from here.




To make your own plywood flag you will need:
  • Plywood cut to size (mine is 48"wide x 24.5"high)
  • Paint (red, white and blue)
  • Star template
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint brushes

I already had this plywood in my garage left over from another project and luckily it was already the perfect size for my flag. If you have to buy plywood new Home Depot or Lowe's will cut it to the size you want for free. Mine measures 48"wide by 24.5"tall.

First, I started by taping off where I was going to paint the blue square.

My little helpers helped me with the painting.

We painted the rest of the wood white and let it dry.

While the white paint was drying I used a white pencil to draw on the stars. I used a small star cheese cutter as my template.


Next, I used a yard stick to draw the lines for the 13 stripes. I just divided the height measurement of my flag by 13 and tried to make them all as close to the same size as possible.

Then we put tape over the stripes we wanted left white and painted the rest red.

I outlined all the stars with a sharpie so they would be easier to see and filled them in with white paint and a small paint brush.


I added these picture hangers to each side of the back of the flag and tied sisal rope to each one to hang it from.

I also sanded it down in a few places with a sanding block to give it a more distressed look. I would like it to look a little more distressed but I think I will have to get an electric sander for that. Putting that on my Christmas list for sure! I'll probably keep it above the mantel for the rest of July and then maybe use it as decoration outside. We are in the process of redoing our deck so we'll need some summer decor out there soon! Don't count my stars...there's not 50. I ran out of room and thought no one would notice, but sure enough someone came to the house and told me I'm missing a few. =) So this is your official notice. Make your stars smaller if you can so you can get the full 50.


Here's a look at a little corner of the living room and a sneak peak at my ottomans latest makeover. More on that soon.



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