I made a flag out of scrap wood - it was a simple afternoon project and most of the time was spent waiting for the paint to dry. Here is what I did:
You'll need a rectangular piece of wood, red, white, and blue paint, a tape measure, stars, and some painter's tape.
Having a sweet dog lay at your feet is an added bonus!
Paint your wood white - I gave it two coats.
Then measure out and tape stripes. My painter's tape was 1 1/2" so my stripes are 1 1/2" - next time I would like to try 1" painters tape and see how that looks.
Paint two coats of red.
Take off the tape. It's starting to look like a flag!
Stick as many stars as you can on - then tape with painter's tape (not shown since my red was still wet and I am impatient)
Two coats of blue and remove the painter's tape.
Peel off the stars
And enjoy your flag! This would be perfect for the mantel or with a coat of poly it would make a nice porch decoration. It was a quick and easy project that would be perfect for Veteran's Day!