I am so excited about getting together in blog world with some of my fellow Southern bloggers for a fun series we’re calling, “Oh My Word, would you look at that?” Our first theme is monograms…perfect for southern style decorating and my DIY Monogram flag project!
As the weather gets warmer outside I love spending time on the deck or patio having a meal or just listening to the birds sing. I really have more plans for my outdoors this year but I was wanting to start with a small project that I could do to personalize my space a little more. I wanted a flag with the initial of my last name on it but I didn’t want a traditional nylon flag that I can find anywhere. Of course I wanted to make my own. I decided wood would be perfect for the outdoors.
I started my DIY monogram flag project with the wooden plaque I found at Wal-mart for $11.97. It is almost the same size as the nylon flags and had a nice beveled edge already on it. I found it in the craft section. I am very frugal and at first I was thinking it seemed expensive because I have a wood shop and could cut my own BUT then I decided buying the plaque was a time saver so I went for it.
First step was to paint the entire surface with an exterior paint. Important since this piece will hang on my deck. I already had the paint I used on my board and batten shutters. Sorry I totally forgot to take a picture of me painting this! That’s ok…it was the boring part anyway :) Then for my monogram initial I traced it out with a wooden “B” that I had at home. You can easily print one on your computer, cut it out and trace. I used a pencil for the tracing.
Then I painted it in with white acrylic paint. This took a few coats of paint because I was painting over a dark surface. After the white was dry I added polka dots with an aqua blue acrylic paint. I used the end of the paint brush just dotting some on and coloring in some to make them bigger.
A coat of spray poly will protect the finished project to hang out side. Then just pre-drill some holes before screwing in the hooks. I had my husband do this so I could get a picture.
SO happy with how my DIY monogram flag turned out.
NOW head on over to see other MONOGRAM projects from my southern friends.
Now I’m curious…are Southerners the only one’s who love monograms?
Linking to Savvy Southern Style