This project was designed in cooperation with Elmer’s.
This summer I’m in a country contest with my brothers and sisters and their families.
My mother hosts the competition and we all choose countries and whoever picks the country with the most gold medals wins cash. You can’t choose USA and there’s other random awards for number of medals and guessing the exact amount of team scores and so on.
Somehow I slept through the country choosing.
By the time I figured out what was happening, China was gone.
Russia was gone.
Brazil was gone.
Australia and Japan and Hungary and South Korea and Canada were gone, too.
So I ended up with France.
You are supposed to cheer for your adopted country in all the contests.
I mean this is a competition. Cash is on the line. You want to win, right?
I know I’m supposed to be cheering for France. I get it. I understand.
But I can’t help it.
I’m on my feet for the USA.
Screaming at the television and jumping up and down and waving my hands in the air and yelling for America.
And when they won and I kissed my smiling heart-eyed emoji’s goodbye….
….I couldn’t be happier. 🙂
I’m celebrating America with this easy, DIY wood shim flag.
It only took about an hour to finish and under $20 for supplies.
I used a sheet of very thin plywood for the base.
There’s a whole section at the home improvement store with not overwhelming pieces of plywood already cut down for you.
This piece is approximately two feet by three feet.
They can even trim it to size if you want to make a smaller one.
I also used four to five packages of wood shims.
You know, the kind you use to shim up furniture that are about $1.50/pack.
And I attached the shims with hot glue using the Elmer’s CraftBond glue gun.
I marked off an area for the space where the stars would go and then just started gluing the first row of shims.
I added them back to back with the higher end on one side and the lower end on the other side.
You don’t really need a lot of hot glue because the shims are so light.
I just added a dot on each side before I placed the shim on the plywood.
Keep adding layers of the shims until you’ve finished all the stripes on the flag.
When you finish with the stripes, you’ll have a gap at the end of the row like this.
We just cut the shims in half to fill in the gaps.
Then they were glued in place.
I dry brushed a little bit of gray where the stripes are and added a few painted stars.
Then we hung it out on the workshop.
Maybe I should have made the French flag instead to support my adopted country.
But I couldn’t.
I’ll always be a fan of the red, white and blue.
You totally got this. 🙂
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