So I was out the other day and I happened upon the cutest monogrammed outdoor flags. But, as in all things monogram, I always have a hard time finding a “J”. I don’t usually buy flags, but these were very elegant and I wanted one. I know I could go online and find exactly what I wanted, but a quick trip into Michaels for something unrelated, and I found myself looking for an alternative. I decided to make my own version from a wooden plaque! I got a little fancy with mine, but that is not necessary. The flags I had seen earlier that day were very simple.
Here is my version:
This is a perfect afternoon project.
Here are some of the supplies you’ll need:
- Wood plaque (Michaels, $6 with coupon)
- Paint brushes
- Ivory paint, Black paint
- Frog tape
- Stainless eye hooks (Lowes, 88¢)
- Stainless “S” hooks (Lowes, 88¢)
- Spray sealer or brush-on sealer and foam brush
- Script liner brush (if you decide to add finer detail)
- Drill and drill bit just smaller than your eye hooks
- Paint the base with two coats of ivory and allow to dry.
- Tape off a rectangle with frog tape.
- Paint outer edges and back with two coats of black.
- Remove tape while paint is still wet.
- Print a monogram of your choice in reverse. (This is actually a flag I found for sale online.)
- Place face down and burnish with a pencil across the back to transfer the image.
- Image transferred
- Paint image using acrylic paint. Use a script liner brush if choosing to add finer details. I also added the rounded detail at the corners to follow the shape of the plaque.
- Seal with an outdoor approved sealer. I used the sealer shown , by Martha Stewart. It made my black paint smear a tiny bit because I probably didn’t wait as long as I should have before applying. (You can see a close up of that below. It really just looks aged a bit which worked out great actually.) A spray acrylic sealer would work perfectly.
You can see more about transferring images here.
The next step is to pre-drill holes for the eye hooks:
Add the eye hooks…
And you’re all set! Go hang it somewhere where all your neighbors can see it. You are indeed a crafting machine. 🙂
The “S” hooks are perfect for attaching it the sign. The only issue may be it sliding left or right easily. I’ll probably add a little piece of electrical tape or something around the holder on either side to stop it from slipping.
It’s perfectly at home in my Petunias, but it will end up in an empty spot by the mailbox. The soil in the ground there is a bit sturdier.
I would recommend sealing it with a coat of spray sealant every so often to keep it protected outdoors.
I hope you enjoyed this little project!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to start gathering
endless piles of junk because I drag so much crap home and then never find a use for it all treasures for our neighborhood’s annual yard sale next weekend. I better get a move on!
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