Six years ago I made this American flag out of a fence with my kids and it is still my favorite thing to display in the yard from Memorial Day through Labor Day! Not only was it easy to make, but now that my children are 7 and 9 years old it is so special to look back at how little their handprints were when they were 1 and 3! Our flag has weathered a lot of storms but it’s still just as special as it was when we made it.

Below is the original post with complete instructions. Happy Crafting!

xoxo, Robyn


For years I’ve wanted to make my own American flag out of a fence, but always pushed it to the end of my to-do list. With my little ones birthdays both approaching this summer, I am feeling the need to freeze time and just take in every minute of them being little. My idea for my flag included their little handprints so that in years to come we can look back and remember how special this time was. Next came a trip to Home Depot where I convinced the lumber crew to cut down a broken fence that originally cost $24 into the size that I wanted. I walked out of the store smiling ear to ear after they rang it up for $4.04! I guess it’s not every day they have a mommy on a crafting kick with 2 toddlers throwing fishies out of a double stroller in the lumber department! I got home and went through my stash of paint and got to work.

My son Nicholas helping me sand all of the edges.

Nicholas concentrating on painting the field of blue.

I used painters tape to keep the colors from running together and then imprinted Nicholas handprints on the first and third rows of blue.

Abby gets her turn on the second and fourth rows of blue.

Painting the year, kid’s names, and ages on the back of the flag.

After the names were finished I sprayed the front and back of the flag with an indoor/outdoor sealer and was ready to tie the rope through the metal screw eyes that I screwed into the top of the flag.

My finished keepsake flag!