DIY Flag- Reversible Tray / Wall Art

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

When I was thinking of a DIY project that could be used for the 4th of July and other patriotic holidays, I was torn between making something with the traditional Red, White and Blue colors or making a diy flag that looked gray and weathered, that’s when I came up with this idea of using both as a reversible tray!  But then I made things even more complicated for myself (I have a knack for doing that lol)!  I wanted something that could be used both vertical or horizontal.

For those who may not know this, the proper way to hang the US flag is to have the Union on the left.  The Union is the stars.  Since I wanted a serving tray that could also work as a piece of art on a wall and knowing the correct way to hang the flag it left me spinning the wheels in my brain…  I wanted a color flag on one side and a gray weathered flag on the opposite side but I also wanted to be able to hang the flag horizontal and vertical…..  The obvious solution to me was to create a flag using slats of wood that I could take out and rearrange like a puzzle!

In the photo below you can see the Red, White and Blue side on the left, in the middle is the transition from color to gray (the gray slats are just the reverse of the color slats).  To change the color side that you want facing out just flip the slats over, if you want to go from horizontal to vertical, take group 2 slats out, slide group 1 slats to the right then put group 2 slats in on the left then rotate the tray now your flag is horizontal!

Reversible US Flag Tray / Art

Now that you understand the concept behind this tray / wall art here is how I made this!

Supplies you will need:

Strapping or other slats of wood (13 pieces cut to 24″ each, 2 pieces cut to 11″)
1 x 4 (I used two pieces cut to 25.5″ long and two pieces cut to 12.3/4″ long)
Tape Measure
Screws
Paint
Water
Hardboard (not in photo)

 

DIY Flag Supplies

To start determine how big you want your tray. Mine is 25.5″ x 12.3/4″ for the frame, the slats are 24″ long. Once I had my pieces cut I started painting the wood.  For the gray side I used white wall paint mixed with some brown craft paint and water, three different shades using more or less brown paint.  I wanted the grain to still show through so I watered this down some.  Paint one side of the slats in two tones of gray, you will want 7 slats in the medium gray color and 6 slats in the lightest gray color.  I started out by painting ALL 13 slats in the medium gray color. Once these have dried you want to tape 7 slats together, I taped a block off about 10″ in from the left side.  Paint inside that block in your darkest gray color, remove the tape then paint every other slat in the lightest gray (more white washed) color.  Let the slats dry.

DIY Flag Tray

 

DIY Reversible Flag

Once the slats have dried turn them over and repeat the process using your Red, White and Blue paints.  You may want to paint the inside of your block first on this side or prime this side first before adding the other colors I painted the slats first then ended up with the Union blue in different shades of blue but I don’t mind it like that.  Once your slats are painted you will want to paint your pieces of wood that will be used for the frame, I used the watered down gray color for my frame.  Paint your stars on, I like the circle of 13 but you could use the traditional 50 stars inside the Union if  you prefer. I used my silhouette to make a template for this.

Once everything is dry, take your two 12.3/4″ of 1×4 and attach a 11″ piece of strapping on the inside of these pieces of wood (centered), this forms a lip inside the sides of your frame.

DIY Reversible Flag

Put your frame together using wood screws, two screws in each corner.

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

Now that your frame is put together, put a piece of hardboard inside resting on the lip.  If you don’t plan on using this as a tray and just want to use it as art work then you don’t need to use the hardboard. Test your slats inside the frame to be sure they fit snug, you don’t want them too long that they bow nor do you want them too short so they fall out.  If your slats are not snug you can use two pieces of strapping to hold them in place (the same way you made the lip). My slats are snug so I don’t have to use anything else to secure these slats in  place. Your tray is done!  Super easy, inexpensive and fast.  I’m not sure on the total cost of this as I already had the supplies in my house but I can’t imagine this project costing that much!

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

 

 

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

 

 

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

 

 

DIY Reversible US Flag Serving Tray / Wall Art.  Weathered Gray on one side, Red, White & Blue on the reverse.  Can be used vertically or horizontally.

 

 

DIY Reversible Flag Tray/Wall Art

Want more patriotic projects? Be sure to stop by my fellow bloggers below and check out the amazing projects they did!  Links will be live on each day at the bottom of this post.

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30 comments for “DIY Flag- Reversible Tray / Wall Art

  1. June 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Wow this is awesome! I LOVE your project!

  2. June 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Smart girl making your tray reversible, I love it!
    ~Tami

  3. June 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You are so creative! What an awesome idea to make it reversible. I love both sides. Pinning!

    • Dria
      June 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Jeanie!

  4. June 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    You are so creative!!! I just love this idea! Pinned, shared and stumbled! XXOO Christy

    • Dria
      June 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Aww thank you so much Christy!!

  5. June 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Totally genius to make the tray reversible!! Such a pretty piece to add to any dining set. Sure it’s red white and blue but it would definitely be something you could put into regular rotation. Fabulous!!

    • Dria
      June 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      😉 Thank you so much Trisha!

      • Betty819
        June 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        Maybe if used for a serving tray, one could add hardware/handles on it, to make it easier to carry.

  6. Betty819
    June 10, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Great tuitorial! I would use it as a tray because it will more useful to me than a wall hanging. Need to go back over the tuitorial to figure some steps out for myself..It’s not you, but my reading and comprehension disability.
    I think I’d like the outside of tray white instead of weathered looking. That’s just me. Thank you for taking the time to make and share this project with us.

  7. June 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    The red, white and blue side really pops, and the weathered side is nice and subtle for keeping up all year round. Trays are such a handy thing to have around. Great tutorial, Dria, I just might have to make one.

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      :) thank you so much Amy!!

  8. June 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I would never have figured out a way to make this hang in either direction. Brilliant! So many different ways to use it. Love it! laurie

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much Laurie!

  9. June 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    That is adorable both ways! I can’t decide which I like better! Such a cool project!

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you Shanna! I can’t decide which way I like it better either 😉

  10. June 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Wonderful! If I were a crafty person I would make this. I’d love to have a flag tray. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by Sarah!

  11. June 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Fabulous tutorial Dria!! I love that it’s reversible too!! So creative!
    xo
    Nancy

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      :) Thank you Nancy! I love having the use of both sides too!

  12. June 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

    What an amazing piece Dria. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the bright colors best.

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks so much Kathy!!

  13. June 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Dria this is so awesome! I have never seen anything like it and I know it must’ve taken a long time! Great project- SO creative. Thank you for joining the tour!!

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much Jen love being in this tour with you guys!

  14. June 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Beautiful job, Dria! I love that it is reversible. I love both sides equally. Pinned and shared. SO happy to have you on the tour with us!!

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much Meegan!! :)

  15. June 9, 2014 at 7:14 am

    So clever, Dria! I am really loving the weathered side, but t’s great that you enjoy it either way! XO

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much Christy! I love the weathered side too 😉

  16. June 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

    You are so clever to make this reversible!! I love your tray and know that you will use it time and again.

    • Dria
      June 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      :) Thank you so much Paula!

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