There’s one thing poetic about embracing somewhat little bit of American historical past and some thrifted items collectively in a single DIY mission.
In the event you’ve adopted this weblog for longer than a minute although, you’ve in all probability already gathered that we get uber mushy and mawkish about numerous issues. About items of our previous that usually encourage us within the current day. And at present, we’re wrapping up the final craft in my hubby’s classic navy impressed workplace… all manly in its manliness.
This craft thought got here alongside on the good time since my buddy Beth from Home Stories A to Z invited me to workforce up together with her and 21 different gifted bloggers for a Thrifty Beneath $50 weblog hop this week.
In the event you’re visiting from Finding Home Farms after seeing Laura’s good classic door vainness desk, I’m so glad you’re right here!
My final aim is all the time determining methods to embellish our home on a serious price range, so I used to be ALLLLL for this problem!
And it began with a pile of yardsticks…
I searched excessive and low and couldn’t imagine this concept had by no means been finished earlier than (so far as I may discover anyway). Yardsticks are fairly “Americany” for the reason that metric system is used in all places else. I all the time needed to do one thing enjoyable with them however may by no means discover the proper mission till now.
So right here’s what I used: (Affiliate hyperlinks are offered beneath. For extra data, see my full disclosure right here.)
- About 20-25 picket yardsticks (I received mine in a bundle for $1.50 per stick on eBay, however Etsy has them too.)
- 1 folding yardstick (These are on eBay and Etsy too.)
- 1/8″ thick plywood
- Round noticed (We’ve got this one and it does an awesome job.)
- Heavy responsibility development adhesive (Loctite or Liquid Nails)
- Clamps and/or weights
- Painter’s tape
- Craft brush
- Craft paints in red and blue
- Paper towels
- Sizzling glue gun and sizzling glue sticks
- Hanging kit
First, Robert and I found out the scale we would want to suit all of our yardsticks. We had 21 of them, and clearly, our flag was going to be a yard broad. (Yay for initiatives that measure themselves!)
Then we marked and minimize the plywood with our round noticed.
We simply occurred to have a tube of this development adhesive in our stash, however you might use any model you want. I often like Liquid Nails one of the best for the reason that drying time is quicker.
We simply utilized the adhesive, positioned one yardstick at a time, and clamped it.
Our weight system received uh… somewhat fascinating. Hey, no matter works.
After an hour or two the adhesive was dry, so I positioned the folding yardstick right into a star form and taped the sq. a part of the flag to suit the star and put together it for paint.
I put a strip of tape on any of the yardsticks I needed to depart clean to signify the white stripes.
Then, I dry brushed the pink stripes. In the event you don’t know what dry brushing is, you simply dip your craft brush into somewhat paint, wipe off the surplus on a paper towel till it’s seemingly dry, and brush it onto the wooden you’re working with.
After dry brushing the pink stripes, I did the identical with the blue.
Since a number of the yardsticks have been a yellowish wooden, a few of them took on a greenish blue colour, however that was completely okay with us. Yay character!
When the paint was dry, I connected the star with somewhat sizzling glue on the corners, added a dangling package on the again, and hung it up.
Robert had an previous rifle from World Conflict II that he determined to hold above it. It doesn’t fireplace or something however it’s a extremely cool piece of historical past.
The yardstick flag appears to suit proper in with our workplace gallery wall that has a number of items from Robert’s previous.
I discovered these vintage style wooden frames at 50% off at Michaels that work nice for a few of his accolades and diploma.
We made a spot for him to hold up his previous pack too.
And I discovered this clip board on sale at Michaels that match his previous area books precisely.
If you’re looking out for some gallery wall ideas and tips, you could find all of mine on this publish. And if you need extra thrifty wall decor concepts, you possibly can see my large checklist of them right here.
So now this workplace is 99% completed! Apart from a lightweight fixture switcheroo that’s occurring quickly.
To proceed on the Thrifty Beneath $50 journey, you possibly can head over to Traci at Beneath My Heart for I’m certain what’s certain to be a surprising makeover. She is certainly one of many sweetest, most gifted individuals I do know, and her type is sort of a breath of recent air.
You may compensate for any of the opposite makeovers you missed this week and examine again till Friday to click on round for much more inspiration:
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