My first step was to cut the wood. I sketched out a picture on graph paper first to make sure my dimensions fit together. (I was really glad I took this extra step because I ended up adjusting the lengths before I cut the wood!) I cut 2 pieces 2 1/2 x 13", 2 pieces 2 1/2 x 19" and one piece 5 x 6".
I set the pieces aside to dry and painted the wooden stars. These stars were purchased at a craft store for another project and I found them when I was looking for fabric! I used white wash paint, so the grain of the wood still shows, but they appear white.
Once the mod podge was dry I set out the pieces to form a flag and marked where I would drill holes. I didn't measure because I wanted a more rustic look. I compared the wire I was going to be using to the drill bits I had available and chose a drill bit just a bit larger than the gauge of the wire.
Once the holes were drilled, I cut pieces of copper wire to attach the parts of the flag. I ended up using wire pieces about 3" long. I threaded the wire into the holes from the back of the boards and twisted the ends together into a knot using needle nosed pliers. I also drilled a two holes on the top of the flag and attached a wire for hanging. I threaded the wire through from the back and twisted it a couple times to create a knot. Before I hung the finished flag, I glued the stars on with wood glue.
I think this looks great on my front porch!
What's your favorite 4th of July decoration?