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Cut the wood stud down to 36", or have a Lowe's associate cut the board for you. Fill holes with wood putty and sand the board to remove any blemishes.
Drill six evenly spaced holes (about 6" apart) along the thin top side of the board using a 3/8" bit; drill at a 20-degree angle so the flags hang in front of the hooks. Paint the board black.
Wash the drop cloth. Cut the drop cloth into six 11-1/2"x12-3/4" rectangles. Hem the edges to 10-1/2"x 12". Sew a tight 3/4" pocket on one end for the pole. Follow the patterns for checkered and numbered flags below.
Cut the rods to 26" long (be sure to wear gloves when handling the reflective rods).
Center hooks between the flag rods and screw into the board. Slip flags onto the reflective rods and insert rods into the angled holes in the board to finish.
Use 2" masking tape. Tear off a piece the same size as your finished flag. This piece will be your guide for spacing the checks. Press in place along the left edge of the flag. Place another piece of tape directly next to it on the right. Remove the guide tape and place on the other side. Repeat to create evenly spaced lines across the flag.
Use the same technique to mark off the horizontal lines on the flag.
Press tape down. Use a sponge brush to paint open squares with black paint. Work in from the taped edges, dabbing the brush.
Remove tape and let dry. Repeat on the other side.
Create a circle stencil by tracing the bottom of a gallon paint can onto brown Kraft paper or shelf liner. Cut out the center of the circle.
Set the stencil over the flag, making sure the flag is facing the correct direction. Pick what color you want the number to be. Place the number in the center of the circle to see approximately what size it is. Take the number off and paint over the space where the number sticker was -- you want just enough to fit the sticker. Let dry.
Place the number back in the center of the painted area and lightly paint around the edge with the same number color to seal the number to the circle. Let dry.
Using a foam brush, paint in from the edge of the circle stencil with black paint. Dab around the number so it stays in place. When the black color fully covers the area inside the circle and no number color is peeking through, remove the number. Touch-up with a cotton swab or small brush, if needed.