American Flag Wall Art

I am so nervous with this post. And I will tell you why... Because this project involved doing something I was told never ever to do, cutting the American flag. I hope that everyone can see that we did this piece of art to honor America, and to make us feel more at home while overseas. 

A few months ago, my fiancé and I were transferred to a US embassy. And while we couldn't pick our home or even any of our furniture, we have been trying to make our new place as homey and warm as possible. One night we were sitting on the couch, trying to figure out what to do with this huge wall we have over our buffet. J said, "I wish we could put a huge vintage American flag up there in some cool way."

Well, I have these 3 canvas' from a DIY project I did with my old roommate, and I was looking for a way to repurpose them without ruining them. So it clicked in my head, lets get a vintage flag and wrap the 3 canvas' in them. We measured out the canvas' and then went to eBay to find the perfect flag and ordered an 5x8 foot flag that had lived some life. 

When the flag came, we draped it over the 3 canvas' and panicked. We're going to cut an American flag?! WTF are we thinking. We called up our friends, the husband is a pilot for the government, and asked their thoughts. We all agreed that the project was honoring American and it was ok. 

So, we laid the flag face down and laid the canvas' over it. Measuring out how many inches we would need to have between each cut in order to wrap each canvas and  have enough flag left over. Since the right side of the flag was too damaged to use we started from the right. I laid the canvas down and made sure the stripe were straight, then I started staple gunning from the top. I lined the top seam of the flag up with the back edge of the canvas, this helped me make sure the stripes would be straight. Then I stapled down the right side, then the left side in order to get the tightness I desired, and left the bottom edge for last. If you mess up, its no big deal. Grab a screwdriver and you can pop the staples right out and start over. 

Once the first canvas was done, and we had had a look at it, we cut the rest of the flag off, as closely to the staples as possible, while leaving a teeny bit of room for give. We didn't want to waste ANY of it. Then we laid the rest of the flag, still face down, on the ground and placed the 2 remaining canvas' on top. Again we did the top edge first, then the far right, then the far left. THEN we cut down the middle between the 2 canvas', and worked on them individually. 

Once the canvas' were wrapped, we measured out the wall for the dry wall screws. 

Once hung, I took all of the flag that had to be trimmed off, and put it into a mason jar. I refused to throw away even a centimeter of it in the trash. I actually love the extra touch on the counter. As we settle in the buffet decor will work itself out, but as of now I just have a few photos, candles, and the empty bottle of champagne from when J proposed. 

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