Sunday, May 26, 2013

Amanda @ Mommy is Coocoo is Taking over My Blog {American Flag Pallet Artwork}

I love Amanda @ Mommy is Coocoo.   I crack up at her lighthearted posts about being a wife and mom and she is pretty crafty too.  I love her eclectic style and I know you will too.   Here is an awesome piece of art that she made out of a pallet...just in time for Memorial Day!

How to Make American Flag Pallet Artwork

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How to Make American Flag Pallet Artwork

Pallet Artwork

American Flag Pallet Artwork

When osama bin laden died I got out all of our Americana decor.  Although I had had my American flag cross for many years, for the first time I was deeply moved
by the scripture on the cross, "I will fear no evil for thou art with me."  This scripture helped me explain to my children why we were hanging all of decorations and celebrating.




After looking for inspiration here for a pallet I brought home on big trash day, I knew I wanted to make an American flag.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate the scripture into my flag artwork.  I am thrilled with the results!  I think this will go down in coocoo history as one of my favorite projects.

American Flag Pallet Artwork


Here's How I did it:
  • Disassemble (does everyone think of Johnny #5 when they write disassemble?) the pallet
  • Lightly sand the wood
  • Trace a cross onto the pallet wood (I bought this cross at Hobby Lobby which was totally coocoo of me because I have a large cross collection and I should have used one of those and saved $15)
  • Paint red, white, and blue all around your traced cross (alternate one white plank one red plank to make it easier)

  • Small tubes of crafter's paint you can buy for a dollars will work perfectly
  • DO NOT involve your children (I did with disastrous results) DO this project with your kids!  It's a great opportunity to teach them about patriotism.
  • Unless you have beautiful hand-writing, use a stencil and trace on the scripture (or whatever you want it to say) with a pencil
  • When you have aligned the words how you want them use a black sharpie and draw over the pencil
  • Use a stencil to paint on the stars (I used different sized stars, placed randomly to make it easier)
When the paint dries, secure all of the boards together.  I used a small piece of wood placed vertically on the horizontal planks and nailed each board.

Goodbye Photos of Europe!  Hello Pallet Artwork 


If you are a detailed person, you will notice I put Proverbs on my cross but the scripture is actually from Psalms.  Oops!!!  coocoo.




I love the juxtaposition of the pallet wood with my red spray painted crystal chandelier.

Isn't that cool?  Okay I don't have time to make this for Memorial Day but maybe I could whip one up by July 4th.  What do you think?  You want to give it a try too?  Head over to Amanda's blog Mommy is Coocoo to see some more of her creations!

Thanks Amanda for agreeing to Takeover my Blog.  I am so excited to see what you come up with next!   Hope you all have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!











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