We love the versatility of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®. Beyond the range of possibilities for furniture finishing, it can be used on fabric, metal, plastic, and a number of other surfaces. Our friends at Green Table Gifts in Tempe, Arizona, used Chalk Paint® on a piece of canvas to create a project perfect for your Independence Day celebration. We couldn’t resist sharing it!
The following step-by-step directions make a charming holiday decoration quick and easy. Better yet, the design isn’t limited to canvas, and shop owner Patty Brees also shares a number of different ways to use the design.
With fireworks, cookouts, and all the fun of Fourth of July celebrations, this project should offer a little inspiration to incorporate some creativity into your holiday festivities!
Chalk Paint® Rustic American Flag
Chalk Paint® Napoleonic Blue
Chalk Paint® Emperor’s Silk
Piece of cotton or canvas torn to approximately an 11×17” rectangle
Multisurface painter’s tape
Small Annie Sloan flat paintbrush
Assorted star stickers
(Optional: wood boards for mounting your flag)
Step 1: Tear a piece of cloth to your desired size, and fray the edges slightly to give it extra character.
Step 2: Use painter’s tape to section off the top left corner for the stars. Apply star stickers in a random fashion in this area.
Step 3: In the taped-off corner, lightly paint your favorite blue color of Chalk Paint® over the stars (we used Napoleonic blue). Allow to dry for 10–15 minutes.
Step 4: Remove only the right side of the painter’s tape, and replace directly over the area painted blue.
Step 5: Apply the painter’s tape across the length of the fabric for the stripes, skipping every other row.
Step 6: Lightly paint Chalk Paint® in Emperor’s Silk on the open areas, and allow to dry.
Step 7: Remove all painter’s tape and stickers.
Note from Patty: You can make this into a pillow or a T-shirt, mount it on reclaimed lumber, or turn it into festive bunting. (All projects pictured use the same technique.) If you are painting on items that will be washed, please heat-set the paint prior to washing. To do this, simply place your dried piece in a clothes dryer on high heat for 15 minutes, and then launder as normal. The stiffness of the paint will soften after the first wash.