Land of the Free Rustic Sign

  A rustic and distressed flag for the Fourth of July.

Land of the Free Rustic Sign

Here's a quick and easy project you can have done in no time. I began with a 1"x 6" board cut to about 39" then painted it white. 

Using 1" painter's tape I blocked off the area for the blue and painted the field.

Rustic Land of the Free Rustic Sign

When the blue was dry I taped off the stripes. A little trick to get the stripes even is to use an extra strip of painter's tape in between each stripe as a place holder when you are laying out the tape. 

I used sticky packing tape on the red stripes then peeled it off to achieve a chippy weathered look on the stripes. 

I pulled out my Silhouette Cameo; that I'm becoming quite good at I might add, and designed the words Land of the Free, Because of the Brave. I love that saying! 

If you do not have a vinyl cutting machine, (and if you don't then this is something you may want to save for) you can print out the letters on computer paper. Just place carbon paper under the computer paper then trace the letters onto the wood. Now you can hand paint the words. 

The blue vinyl is actually stencil vinyl and it does a great job when you weed out the letters and use the spaces as the stencil, which is what I did for my sign. 

Silhouette Cameo for creating stencils and lettering for signs

I used black paint to sponge paint the stencil then pulled off the vinyl to reveal the lettering. 

Long chippy rustic Fourth of July sign

I distressed the sign further using sandpaper then used my favorite antiquing medium to stain the sign to look old.

DIY Rustic Fourth of July Sign Land of the Free

I gave the entire piece a coat of spray matte sealer and added D rings to the back for hanging above the slider going out to the deck. 

Land of the Free Because of the Brave Rustic Sign

If you have any questions about this project or if you tried this and want to show a picture please contact me
I'd love to see it! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

This sign is for sale at Backstreet Antiques in 
Huntington NY

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .