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Two words that definitely describe me are crafty and creative.  I love thinking up new ideas and seeing my thoughts become a reality.  My hubby on the other hand tends to roll his eyes when the wheels in my brain start turning because he knows I will be asking him to assist when it comes to using saws, drills, and other tools.  But recently I had the opportunity to try out the new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill and decided this project was going to be completed entirely on my own.  I envisioned an American Flag comprised of wood and rope that I could hang in my backyard.  Today I’ll share how I made my vision become a reality.


I started with three 1×2 pine boards that were 6′ long.  Using a table saw I cut them into 2′ sections until I had 7 pieces.  I then used a tape measure to make a mark every inch along the board.  To ensure my markings were perfectly straight across the width of the board I used a rafter square to mark my lines.  I finished by locating the center of the width using a tape measure and marking them and then using another 2′ section of board to connect those marks.

Marking Wood Pieces

Once I had finished marking all 7 sections of wood it was time to start drilling.  I put a 1/4″ drill bit into my BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill which was very simple due to the keyless chuck.  Then I started drilling where the markings I had made intersected.  23 holes per board.  7 boards.  For a grand total of 151 holes.  The lightweight and compact design of this drill made the process a breeze while the two speed transmission allowed me to power through in no time at all.  The mid-handle design also makes the drill comfortable to use… yes, even when drilling a crazy amount of holes!

Drilling Holes

Before long I had all 7 pieces drilled and then I spent some time sanding all of the rough edges.

Drilled Holes

Next it was time for paint!  I threaded each piece onto a few wire hangers so that I could paint each piece without holding them.  I did two coats of paint on each board and then finished with a clear coat.  I then placed the boards in order and began weaving a 3/16″ all-purpose clothesline rope through the holes.  On the outside edges I made two knots between each board to keep space between the red stripes.

Painting Pieces

Once I had all of the pieces weaved together my vision was complete.

Finished American Flag

My wooden American flag is now proudly hanging on our privacy fence in the backyard between two of my black raspberry bushes.  Just in time for the fourth of July!

Flag in Backyard


If you would like to try your hand at recreating my wooden American flag then you are in luck because one lucky Happenings of the Harper Household reader is going to win their very own BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill and 20V MAX* Circular Saw.  To enter simply leave a comment telling me why/how you would use these two awesome BLACK+DECKER tools.  This giveaway will end on July 2nd 2016  at 11:59PM EST and winner will be notified via e-mail.  Good luck!

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42 Responses to DIY Wooden American Flag {Plus BLACK+DECKER DRILL & SAW GIVEAWAY}

  1. Katie Klein says:

    I would use these to make some frames for all the pictures I have been wanting to hang around my house!!

  2. Lisa E says:

    I would use them to add molding to our windows and built bookshelves.

  3. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I would let hubby use them (because I would cut off fingers if I used them!) to finish off the molding/borders we need around the wall we torn down.

  4. latanya says:

    I would use to add some shelves to our pantry

  5. Julie Wood says:

    I want to make a new outdoor picnic table with my husband. Our old one broke and we need a new one because that is what we like to do is get all the family outdoors around the picnic table. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  6. Brenda Haines says:

    First, I would make an outdoor sink/table for my son. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Caron Boggs says:

    I want my husband to teach me how to use them. They look light weight and something that I can handle unlike his power tools. I would like to be able to do my own DIY projects and not have to wait until he has time to help me.

  8. Cindy A. says:

    I would use the drill to hang new drapery rods and the saw to cut quarter round. We recently removed all of the carpet in our house and found hardwood underneath. Woo-hoo! 🙂

  9. Starla says:

    I absolutely love the wooden flag- so perfect for this Summer and July of course. I would totally use it year round! I would love to use this on my new bookshelf that I am making for my office- I plan on using scrap wood pieces and after the assembly I am painting it an aqua color!

  10. Rebecca B says:

    I would use them to set up the baby’s nursery

  11. Laurajj says:

    Oh that is so cute! I love your flag! I would use them to make a raised garden bed. I container garden, but would love the vegetables to have more room to grow. I do not have these tools to make it, and would love to win and make the garden bed!

  12. Melissa Storms says:

    I love your wooden flag. If I won the tools I would use them to make the garbage bin holder I have been planning to make with a bunch of recalimed wood I have.

  13. June Lisle says:

    Very cute flag! I would use the tools to help me get my apartment set up after my move. I would probably also end up share the tools with my family.

  14. Deborah G. says:

    I want to make a bench for my back deck so we have more seating!

  15. Kari says:

    I would use the tools to help build and install shelving in our children’s closets.

  16. amanda whitley says:

    i would use these to make a coffee table out of crates and matching bookshelf

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