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Celebrating Flag Day: Flag Plaque How-To


  • 9 1/2-by-12 1/2-inch oval unfinished wood plaque wood shims
  • 2 clamps fabric measuring tape pencil masking tape drill with-inch bit
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 1 quart exterior primer
  • 1 quart exterior paint
  • 4-inch metal house numbers with mounting screws five 4-by-6-inch flags with -inch dowels, each 10 inches long


  1. Step 1

    Sandwiching the plaque between shims to protect it, clamp it to the edge of a table. Use a fabric measuring tape and a pencil to make marks every 3 inches along the top half of the outer edge.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap a piece of masking tape around the drill bit inch from its end. At each pencil mark, drill a hole into the edge of the plaque, stopping when the tape meets the plaque.

  3. Step 3

    Sand, prime, and paint the plaque; let it dry. Mount the house numbers on the plaque using screws. Hang it, and then slip the flags into the holes.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2004