Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Canada Day

I made a few things to celebrate Canada Day.  I love my country and our flag is beautiful in it's simplicity.

This is a flag I made over a year ago:


The Canadian flag is basically a design that is symmetrical and divided in halves and quarters.  By that I mean the height is twice the length and the two end 1/4's are red with the middle half white.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Since I use a lot of pallet wood, I thought I would make a flag out of four pieces of pallet wood glued together side by side.  My wood is about 3 5/8" wide, so I cut the four pieces each to two times that (7 1/4") for the height. So the length ends up being about 14 1/2" in my case (4 x 3 5/8" and also 2 x 7 1/4").
Of course, this works for any size flag you want to make, just think of the 1/2's and 1/4's.

The leaf part I downloaded from a clip-art site and blew up to get the correct size for my flag.

I first painted the whole thing white and then sanded it and painted the red parts:



I also have painted a flag on some scrap beadboard:


And, I made some Canadian buntings after seeing the Union Jack buntings draped everywhere in photos of the celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

They are cut out the same as my WELCOME buntings you can see here and painted similarly to my pallet flag.




This is my daughter, Laura, being my model, she helped string the pieces together:
Happy Canada Day (July 1st)


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6 comments:

  1. Very nice Julie! Love the weathered look of it all :o)

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  2. Love our flag and I love the pieces you made, Julie. You explained the dimensions well and what an easy way to think of it.

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  3. Love the pallet flag may have to attempt to make one - maybe next year to much on the go right now lol.

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  4. Happy, belated, Canada Day!
    I loving all your flag projects (Canada, England and the bunting variety)! Very, very cool.

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  5. all great projects Julie--my favorite is the bead board flag. I hope you had a happy Canada Day Celebration!
    gail

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  6. I love the beadboard flag and the bunting. Great Canada Day projects

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