Rue How-To: Union Jack Painting

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that the Union Jack has become very popular in the decorating world. It’s always been in the back of my mind to paint one – and what better time to try than this summer? Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her 60th Jubilee and London is hosting the 2012 must-see games.

When you paint your Union Jack, feel free to get creative with it – I like things that are distressed and I used colors that I liked instead of the traditional red, white, and blue.

Pick your medium
Three paint colors of your choice
Paint brushes
High-quality painters tape

1. Start on a small surface for your first attempt (like an old wooden box or a picnic basket), then think big, and bigger (maybe even a coffee table).

2. Paint your base coat, covering the whole surface. Let dry.

3. Use good painters tape to make an outline of the Union Jack. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just use a ruler to make your lines. Fill it in with white paint.

3. Once the white dries, re-tape the outer edges of the crosses and fill in with a third color.

4. After that layer dries, remove the painters tape to reveal the white outline.

5. Gift, display, and show off your masterpiece!

Remember, it’s just paint. If you make a mistake, wait for it to dry, sand it a bit, and try again. (I am speaking from experience!)

By Denise Sutton (, Guest Blogger

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