An Easy Rustic Flag Project

Flag Day is June 14th and combined with the coming July 4th holiday, Florists’ Review Magazine offers an easy project to create a rustic flag patriotic backdrop. Florists can use it to display their red, white and blue designs. Professional crafters, as a backdrop in a show booth for their patriotic and Americana themed wares.  For the rest of us, it makes a fine home accent or 4th of July party decor.

Directions are simple:

Use a large piece of canvas or heavy cotton. Depending on the size you need, a dropcloth from a hardware or paint store can be the most cost effective option. Burlap is a popular rustic decor choice, but limited in width and possibly more difficult to paint. The porous nature of burlap will absorb paint, so depending on the look you want, be prepared to use two or more coats on burlap.

Use a small roller brush to paint the red stripes on the fabric, blocking out the section for the blue field. Make sure to place the blue field so that it is displayed as shown, to the left of the viewer. Cut out cardboard stars to use as stencils and place in a circle on the section reserved for the blue field.  Then paint over them when rolling the blue section to leave the white stars. Blend the colors to create the weather-worn look by using an almost dry roller or flat brush with just a bit of blue paint. To finish, burn the fabric edges slightly – and carefully! – with a lighter. Alternatively, brush the edges with diluted brown paint or dip into coffee or tea and then fray slightly.

About Flag Day:

Flag Day commemorates the resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14th, 1777, stating “That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

The origin of the holiday is unclear with many competing claims dating from 1861. However, it wasn’t until 1949 that Congress approved the national observance, which was signed into law by President Harry Truman. You can read more information on Flag Day history from the Department of Veterans Affairs here.