Saturday, March 2, 2013

Americana Tobacco Stick Flag


I love using tobacco sticks in my crafts. I've made tobacco stick chairs, trees and stars. Today I thought I'd give a shot at making an Americana flag.

First, I asked my husband to nail each one together, one by one. Then cut off one end kinda straight. Then here's what it looked like when I got a hold of it:


Next, I took some white acrylic paint and mixed it 5% to 95% all purpose sealer (found in the craft section.) It kinda forms a gel stain typa thing. 


Then I began to paint every other tobacco stick with the gel stain mixture, like so:


Then, after every other one had their first coat. I went back in and did a second coat. Why? Well because tobacco sticks are very dry wood. And they really soak up the first coat.




I really love how the paint mixed with the all purpose sealer looks. It's not too bright, not too dim. It kinda ads a white wash look to it.

Then I thought about how to add some stars. So sticking with the Americana theme, I choose to do one large barn red star surrounded by four navy blue ones. So I got out some star stencils and my Delta brand oil based paints that I use for stenciling.




And here's a pic of the tobacco stick American flag, after the stars are stenciled on:


After the stencil paint dried completely, I gave it a light sanding with some pieces of medium grade sandpaper. Nothing major, just some here and there roughness to make the stars look a bit worn.

And here it is. The final pic of my try at making an Americana flag out of tobacco sticks:







Note: I was inspired to paint every other one white, from a post I saw on Pinterest here. Where she'd made a flag out of boards. It was super cute!





You may also like these Primitive Crafts:



Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

Tobacco Stick Chair



Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primitive Barnwood Tool Box

5 comments:

  1. That is SO cool! I have never used tobacco sticks before. Where do you get them from? I love the flag and how you did the two-tone look with every other stick. Awesome job! :)

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    1. Thank you!!
      A friend of my husbands has a huge farm with a few old barns full and gives him all that I can use for crafts. But otherwise, I think they sale for about $1 each when you do find people selling them.

      The tobacco stick stars are a steady seller, in different sizes here.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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    2. oh gosh, this reminds me i need to upload the "finished pic" lol

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  2. Never heard of tobacco sticks but they look cool! Love your flaf!
    Be blessed,
    Cindi

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    1. Thank you Cindi!
      Tobacco sticks are plentiful around here because in KY we use to have oodles of tobacco fields. And farmers used thousands of these each, every a year, depending on how many acres of tobacco they grew (that's how tobacco was hung in barns, stalks were pierced with tobacco sticks.)

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