With all the vacationing and relaxing, I’ve been a bit behind on the actual work, so my friend, Keri from Shaken Together was kind enough to drop by and share what she has been up to! Thanks, Keri and I hope to see you all tonight for another fabulous Humble Brag link party!
I’m so glad to be here today at The Better Half … Jocie is one of my very favorite people!! Hi – my name is Keri, and I blog over at shaken together! Shaken together is where I celebrate a creative life and I love to share easy recipes, seasonal gifts, crafts and a little of our life with 13 years of marriage, two boys and two cats!
With Memorial Day under our belt and the weather heating up in Florida, I am ready to put away the Spring pastels and haul out the bright colors of summer! Since red is my favorite color, decorating in red, white and blue is only natural. I tend to lean towards rustic and funky in our dining room – think vintage soda crates, chippy birds, metal tea kettles and old fabric lanterns! So today, I thought I would share an easy project that fits right into my quirky decor and starts with inexpensive materials you can find in your local home improvement store … check out this cool rustic cedar shim flag!
You can find bundles of shims for a few dollars at your local home improvement store (or you could use wooden rulers, paint stirrers or thin strips of wood). Some of them are pretty rough and uneven, so I sorted through them to find eight that were fairly similar in width. I really like the imperfections in the shims and the slightly uneven lengths. Glue them together with wood glue and allow to dry.
1. Using acrylic paint and a foam brush, paint alternating shims red and white (make sure to leave room on the top four shims for your blue square of stars).
2. Use a small square paper punch to punch 9 stars (or use your cutting machine to make a stencil).
3. I used my old school Xyron create-a-sticker machine to make sticky star stencils and lined them up in 3 rows in the unpainted corner of the flag.
4. Paint over the stars with the blue paint (I went with a turquoise color that matches a big mirror hanging in our entry way but you could use a more traditional navy/royal blue) and carefully remove them before the paint totally dries.
5. Once the paint has dried, lightly sand to create a little more rustic character and seal with a clear coat.
And now the fun part … tucking it behind a big chubby chippy bird, a fun red egg cup with a grapevine ball and one of my favorite candles!
I hope this isn’t the last time we meet … I’m pretty social, and I’d love to connect with you! Find me here:
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Jocie – thanks so much for having me over! I’ve had a blast!
Jocie – thanks again for having me today! Can’t wait to party tonight at The Humble Brag 🙂
I absolutely love it…too cute, Keri!!!
Very nice, and a class wallpiece too.
PS – I think the links at the top of the article are broken
Thanks so much for catching that. This is what happens when Ethan goes away on business….I miss the little details! 🙂
So cute. I like how it can be used as a backdrop for a table display, as well as hanging on its own.
So super cute! Love it 🙂
Keri, I love this! Not just cute, but easy for even children to make. I’ll be adding this to the list of crafts I do with our grandson.
Just a heads up, your first three links are not working, but took me to an Error page. I did find your blog by using them though. I’ll be checking that out now.
I went back and fixed the links. Sorry about the delay – me and the girls were on a play date all morning. 🙂
Thank you Jocie. I know playing with your girls is very important so I doubly appreciate the time you spend here bringing us great ideas and fixing boo boos when needed. <3
I just realized trebor also mentioned the links. Had I read the rest of the replies I wouldn’t have brought it up. That’s what ya get when you’re trying to do too many things at once.
This is SO cute, Keri! Great idea!
This is just adorable! Love it!
Such a fun idea, Keri! It looks adorable. 🙂
Ok- Love this Flag– super duper cute !!