Friday, June 28, 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!

11 comments:

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.

Anonymous said...

Do you think it would look ok if it wasn't primed?

Susan said...

I admire your work and love your blog. I can see that you are enthusiastic about celebrating our county's independence, but I would seriously reconsider the use of this design on a picnic blanket. Now hear me out - I see it's not technically an American flag but as you stated, an abstract version however, when viewed it clearly reads as an American Flag. Since it reads as such people WILL expect it to follow the same etiquette as a real flag. You may not agree just don't be surprised at the reception you may recieve when you spread that out on the ground and sit on it. You see the flag isn't only a piece of cloth or mere symbol but considered a living thing since it represents a living country. When my husband was serving in Afghanistan he carried a folded flag tucked into his flight suit on every mission he flew. He didn't do that because it is a piece of cloth, he did that to remind himself why he was there - that he was willing to die, the ultimate sacrifice, to defend that flag & all that it embodies. So to see someone lay it on the ground and eat off of it I could imagine he would feel really grieved. Kind of like a slap in the face. That, I'm sure is not your intent but that is how it would interpreted by Veterans.

I hope you see this comment as it's intent, not to harass you but hopefully shed some light on why people may react to your picnic blanket.

All the best, Susan

Anonymous said...

The flag is beautiful and creative but I have to agree with Susan. It makes me uncomfortable seeing it on the ground too. I would rather fly high this perfectly gorgeous flag than put it on the ground. I'm sure you had perfectly good and honest intentions when you came up with the idea for this post though. It is pretty creative!