Add the crazy appeal of the flag with the fact that I love inexpensive projects and materials like paint stir sticks, and you have today's project: a paint stick union jack wall hanging. Free as long as you paint on hand and don't mind picking up a few paint stir sticks on every hardware store trip :)
How to Paint a Union Jack on a Paint Stick Plaque
- paint stir sticks -- I used 9 of the shorter ones (about 12" long) to get the right approximate dimensions of the flag, plus 2 more for the supports on the back to hold it together
- paint -- red, white/cream, dark blue
- glue -- I used wood glue
- clamps, like clothespins and binder clips, to hold the paint sticks while the glue dries
- painter's tape (or masking or even washi tape)
Create the paint stick wall plaque by laying 9 paint sticks in a column. I alternated laying the "handle" end at the left and right so that the little holes were evenly spread out on either side of the plaque. Cut down the remaining two paint sticks to be just shorter than the height of the combined paint sticks. Apply a thin coat of glue to the cut-down paint sticks and glue them to the back of the other set of paint sticks, running perpendicular so that they hold all of the paint sticks together in a firm rectangle. Clamp (I used clothespins and binder clips) and allow to dry.
Once the plaque part is dry, paint the entire front with your cream/white paint. Let it dry, then tape off the stripes for the red stripes and paint the red. Once it's dry, remove the tape and apply tape for the blue triangles. Paint the blue and then remove the tape.
If you're feeling a bit meticulous like me, you can measure out and draw lightly with pencil all of the lines, and then just tape along those lines before painting, or you could get wild and crazy and freehand along the lines ;) I used this handy diagram on Wikipedia to help me get the stripes the right width and proportion (which didn't stop Debra from hanging the flag upside down, the horror! ;)
Once everything is dry and dandy, hang it on the wall using command strips and feel extra British-y today!
Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of 3 kids and wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She happily shows up here at Housewife Eclectic whenever Debra allows, and occasionally blogs on whatever topic comes up over at her blog, just Lu, when she has time in between projects and her awesome job as a virtual assistant.