american flag wood sign


I had been eyeballing an American Flag wood sign for quite some time.  I looked on Etsy and about doubled over at the price + shipping.   Then I had the bright I idea to make one, I mean how hard could it be?

For a more rustic look use the Furring strips as the knots in the wood are visible


The first sign I made was cedar (not pictured).  It was more expensive than what I am about to show you, but when I first started this I had only intended to make one for my son’s room, not for resale.

Unfortunately, I did not take progress pictures as I was making these, but if you intend to make them for resale, do them all at once.  It took over my kitchen and family room for a week.  The cost will be about $10-$12 per board after your factor in the wood, 2 colors of stain, polyurethane, wood stars and screws. This was my cost for making 24 boards using Furring Strips NOT CEDAR.

I purchased these Furring Strips from Lowe’s.  The website shows them individually, however, my lowes sells them in a pack of 6 and they are stored back where their panel saw is located.  They are $7.00 for a pack of 6 and are 1″x2″x 8′ so you can get 1 American Flag board out of it. Make sure you inspect the wood and avoid any bundles that are warped or bent.

Step 1: Cut the strips into  36″ lengths

Step 2: Stain.  For the dark strips I used Minwax Dark Walnut (my favorite!) and for the light strips, I used Minwax Ipswich Pine.  If you are going to make several of them I recommend purchasing the quarts of stain.  I made sure to wipe off any excess stain and let them dry overnight.

Step 3: Place glue along bottom and top of the strip and glue strips together.  I used a Clutch bar clamp to hold everything in place and let dry overnight.  If making several at a time I would purchase more than one clamp.

Step 4: Measure 12″-13″ out from the left side of the flag and tape off.  This is where you will need to make the area where you place the stars all the same color.  Since you have alternating boards some of them will already be stained the lighter color, but that’s ok.  Now you need to go over them with the dark stain. You need to make sure you have 7 boards that are stained the dark color.


Step 5: Optional to seal your board with Polyurethane

Step 6: Once all the stain is dry it’s time to get working on the stars.  I was initially going to use a star sponge and have the stars be white, but I stumbled upon these 1” Wood Stars. What I like about these is they have some thickness to them, they are not paper thin like the others I have seen.  Use wood glue to place them and scrape off extra when dry, then lightly go over the stars with poly.

Step 7: For the back side of the board use the remnants from your furring strips to prevent the board from curling at the top and bottom.  Originally I used thin ruler type strips, but they were not heavy duty enough and the board began to bend at the top and bottom. Screw these boards into the flag using appropriate length screws.


Step 8: Attach hardware to hang the board.

Wire: The Hillman Group 121110 Picture Hanging Wire

Heavy Duty Picture Holder: 50 Extra Heavy Duty 2 Hole D Ring / Triangle Picture Frame Hanger Wiseacresart

There are so many fun things you can do with these boards. I’ve seen some that are whitewashed and look fabulous and others have painted them.

These are great to give as gifts and for the past two years I have brought them to White Elephant Christmas parties and they are always a hit!

Finished sign will be 36″x21.5″



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