Last week I joined up with 100+ bloggers to create the Ultimate Round Up of Red White and Blue ideas…and this week I’m not done! I LOVE 4th of July and the Red, White and Blue color combination, so I was THRILLED with how this idea came together! I’m going to share with you how I made this DIY American Flag Frame with a cute unfinished frame from Cut It Out Frames.
This frame was SO fun and relatively easy to make! I started by ordering this 8×10 Chandler Frame from Cut It Out Frames. The frame is only $12.99 plus shipping, so it doesn’t break the bank!
Here’s what you need for this project:
White Spray Paint
Red and Blue Craft Paint
Washi or painters tape
Star stencil or hand draw stars on yourself
I started by spray painting the whole frame white. It provided a nice base layer for the frame and prevented me from having to hand paint the white stripes on.
After the frame was sprayed white, I laid down a trash bag on my kitchen table and taped off the upper left corner of the frame to create the blue part of the “flag”.
I chose to use a navy blue paint, but you can always change it up and try a lighter shade of blue to add some whimsy to the frame. Once the blue part is painted and has dried I got started on taping off my stripes.
There’s probably a number of ways you can do this, but I HATE measuring things…so what I did was find a thicker washi tape and I used two rows of washi tape as my stripe width. So I started at the bottom and added row upon row of striped tape…then I pulled off every two stripes of tape and re-used them for the above stripes. It’s hard to explain, but here’s what I mean….
I laid washi tape down carefully over the frame and gently pulled up every two lines of tape each time. So essentially, I’d lay down six rows of washi tape and then remove the two middle rows when I was done. Hope that makes sense. It helped me get perfectly even rows when it was all said and done and NO measuring!!
Once I was done taping everything off, I painted the red stripes onto the frame. Even though you have washi tape down, be sure not to paint into the grooves of where the tape meets otherwise you could get some bleed through.
After the stripes were on and tried, I finally took a Martha Stewart paper star stencil and stenciled on the small white stars in my blue area of the flag.
Now I just need to find a photo for my frame! Since I always get my kids red white and blue outfits for our July 4th lake trip, I decided I’d take a beach photo of the kids in their attire next week to put in my frame.