Friday, June 29, 2012

a yardstick flag tutorial... ♥

i'm really excited to share this project with you!
it's really neat, and something new...

this came to me late at night a couple weeks ago
(probably when i ate too many whales)
(i'm addicted to these things guys)
(thanks to my cousin :)

this is super easy to make
the only thing my hubby did for me, was cut the yardsticks in half
and he drilled the holes too
(even though he has taught me to do both of those things myself)
(i just don't jump at the chance to use "big man" tools)
(i'll stick with a glue gun & corner rounder :)
but girls! i know the guys at Home Depot will cut stuff for you...just ask!
the rest is cake ...

i just have a special place in my ♥ for yardsticks
i built these crates last year 

and ever since then, i'm sweet on yardsticks ...
so i know my yardsticks guys...
i know Home Depots are orange (blah)
Lowe's are navy blue (yay!) 
(these are the ones i like to buy at 69 cents each)
and Walmart's are a really pretty light blue (cuteness)
but beware, they are much thinner and not always straight ...
(right? a crooked yardstick is not really a good thing)

for this project i stuck with my fav's ~ Lowe's since they are the thickest
and since the numbers & lines printed on the sticks are a little indented
helping them have that "whitewashed" look 

nuf talkin'  ...  come on! let's make stuff ♥

what you need
♥ 3 yardsticks
♥ small screw eyes (see picture below)
♥ white acrylic paint
♥ Mod Podge
♥ pretty scrapbook paper
♥ fabric strips, lace, twine, ribbon 
♥ mini clothespins
(or whatever your heart fancies :) 

we used the chop saw to cut the yardsticks in half ~ right at 18 inches

mark the point where you will screw all the eyes in ...
they should be all in the same place on every yardstick
ours were about a 1/3 of the way in from each side

drill the holes carefully! hubs used his very teeny smallest drill bit
don't forget on each end ... top & bottom

using white acrylic paint, i brushed it on moderately
then with a rag i wiped it off
(the left side is after i wiped off the excess)

last thing before the pretty part
is to screw those eyes into the holes you drilled 

now the pretty part ♥
cut strips from your scrapbook paper just wide enough to cover the bottom half of the yardstick ... 
we don't wanna hide those cute numbers & lines
use the Mod Podge to adhere them in the sections where the "stars & stripes" would be

i used strips of white muslin, lace and more lace ♥
... thread them through the holes of the screw eyes
attaching all the yardsticks one underneath the other

last thing was to punch small stars out of brown kraft paper ~ clip them inside of the tiny clothespins, stuck on with hot glue 

so pretty ... no?!?!
i love this so much ♥
it's hanging right inside my foyer 
with this little vignette shelf i got at a garage sale last weekend for $5 
(chipper chicken ... any FOTB fans out there? heehee:)

Happy 4th of July all !!
i'm going to enjoy my family and be thankful for our freedom and our country

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much loves ♥
sweet parties ... ♥


  1. Love...Anytime you can use a yardstick its a win. I am off to grab some at Lowes. Who knew they had the best. Thanks for the research. Smiles...Renee

  2. What a cute idea ... something really girly & different for the 4th...which isn't easy to do! Love how you kept it simple and left space between the sticks. I bet washi tape would work well too! I'll have to share this one with some friends!

  3. Oh my cuteness! I just passed a huge bucket of them last night at Lowes and thought, "self, what could I do with those yardsticks." lol. Thanks for sharing! Super cute!

  4. This is clever and cute!! So refreshing that it isn't pallets!!

  5. Glad to see that Whales are so inspiring! ;)
    Love you, my cousin!

    1. love you too!! miss you so much ♥ so glad you're here!

  6. What a beautiful project!! I love it!! Megan

  7. Jame... You never cease to amaze me!!! I absolutely love it! <3

  8. I love it, what a great idea!
    ~ Terrie (your new follower)

  9. Cute

    I would love you to add this to my craft, create and inspire link party

  10. Cute

    I would love you to add this to my craft, create and inspire link party

  11. This is Melissa @ Love this flag! So cute! I am a fellow partier over at Funky Junk.

  12. Just gorgeous! Great job!!!

  13. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  14. Orange "blah"?? Surely you jest! But this IS a cool project!

    1. haha! orange & purple are my least favorite colors...can we meet somewhere in the middle? somewhere at coral maybe? i do love coral :)
      thanks for stopping by! and for the sweet words... ♥ much love

  15. This is so cute! I am visiting from the Tater tots and Jello link up and thought I would stop by and say hi. I am a new follower! Hope you will stop by and do the same.


  16. Soooo pretty! I love all of the details you added to make it special. If you're looking for another place to share your creative (whale inspired) ideas, come on over to Etcetorize. Would love to see you there!

  17. I hope you don't mind that I am sharing this today on my blog. I absolutely love it!!

  18. I love your yardstick flag. I'm so inspired. TFS. Visiting from 36th Avenue. :-)

  19. so Cute Jaime!! I love it..And the new shelf!!! :) Mar

  20. so Cute Jaime!! I love it..And the new shelf!!! :) Mar


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