Corrugated Tin Flag

A little Americana from the junk pile.

My son was cleaning up some stuff beside the garage today, so I had to check out what treasures he was unearthing. This piece of corrugated tin was just one of the treasures that had the wheels turning in my head. It was already the perfect size. No cutting needed. If you are interested, the tin was 6 1/2 inches wide (5 rows of bumps) by 33 inches long.

I really wanted to make something quick and easy to use as a Fourth of July decoration. I got out red, white and blue spray paint and just went for it. I lightly sprayed one side with the white spray paint. “Lightly” was the name of the game for this project. You will notice all of my pictures look a bit fuzzy. Actually, it is the paint that is fuzzy. I didn’t want the colors to be solid and crisp. Yep, it’s probably an acquired taste, but I think it gave the flag a rustic appearance.

I cut a 5 1/2 inch star on my Cricut and placed it on the left-hand end of the tin, positioning it a 1/2 inch from the long edges and the end. I placed a sheet of newspaper over the tin, 1/2 inch to the right of the star. The newspaper masked everything to the right of the star. I lightly sprayed blue paint over the star.

See where I’m going with this?

I then cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper and placed them over the second and fourth vertical bumps, then covered the blue field with more newspaper.

Red paint was sprayed over the paper strips to create the stripes.

Small holes were drilled 4 inches from each end and about a 1/2 inch from the top long edge. I attached rusty wire through the holes for the flag’s hanger. A little raffia and I was finished in less than an hour.