Once upon a time, Tammy and I went treasure hunting.
By treasure hunting, I mean that we went trolling through the woods behind my house (home to this mess) for items we could DIY.
Typically, if I can’t get to a project within minutes of bringing home the supplies, Ed dumps it all in the trash. He throws away everything. And that is no exaggeration. He has tossed items that include (but are not limited to) an American Girl horse (it annoyed him that it was so big), a flashlight (we didn’t use it often enough to justify the space it was taking up), a vintage sterling silver tea pot and serving tray (he doesn’t like tea), and many more.
So imagine my shock when he left my elderly pallets, dragged through the woods and hidden under my deck, alone. Sweet!
I knew I wanted to make an American flag out of one to put on the porch for the 4th.
They were in pretty rough shape (which is part of the reason why I loved them), so it took a delicate hand to pry them apart to scoot the boards closer together. Once that was accomplished, I did a single coat of paint on it – I wanted it to look a bit aged.
My front porch is pretty large, so I love how big the flag is – it’s hard to find decor that doesn’t get swallowed up the size.
Alas, there’s no way this flag will make it to our next 4th of July – the crumbling woods isn’t likely to make it into storage. But it’s working for now! I’ll just have to take another stroll through the woods next year to come up with something new.