Saturday, June 29, 2013

Weekend project: Make an American flag picnic blanket

Do you love the 4th of July? This town LOVES the 4th. There are parades, festivals, outdoor movie nights, rooftop concert series, a thing called Stadium of Fire that apparently is, like, the thing to do. After a few times coming unprepared to a few such events, I decided to smarten up and get a picnic blanket that will last the whole summer, patriotic style. Again, you know my motto: easy, cheap, and fast and yes, this covers all three.

Supplies: blue paint (I got outdoor paint), red paint, primer, ruler, pencil, dropcloth (mine was $9 from the hardware store. I got the 6x9')), big roller brush, small roller blush

Step 1: Prime the bottom of the canvas so that it's more water proof.
Step 2: Create a grid of your flag with a pencil. Remember, 13 stripes (red stripe on top and bottom). Each stripe is 14cm wide if you use a 6x9'.
Step 3: Use the edge of the dropcloth as the ruler to draw your lines. Make light lines.
Step 4: I wanted a rough look for my blanket so I left a lot of parts white when I painted it in. 

EASY! It took 2 of us about 30 minutes total to make it. Easy beazy! 
Thank you Maurine Dashney for helping!

Have a lovely weekend!


Anonymous said...

I knew I'd seen those hands before!

Kersey Campbell said...

This is awesome! I did a DIY for a site last week with the same roller effect for a tablecloth, ha! Great minds think alike I guess :)

Anonymous said...

Do you have any suggestions for cleaning? Can it go in the washing machine? Thanks!

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emily said...

adorable! the size is perfect...darling idea.

Brittni said...

This is one of the best Fourth of July DIYs I have ever seen. Well done Brittany!

Anonymous said...

The American Flag (or anything made to resemble it) should NEVER be allowed to touch the ground! This offends me as an American Veteran to see people disrespect the Flag this way!

The House That Lars Built said...

It's not a real American flag. It's an abstract version.