My Latest Minecraft Project: Elemental American Flag

After my last minecraft project I wanted to take it easy. I didn’t to plan a project out angle by angle and block by block. I wanted something a bit easier so I decided to do an American Flag. But even though it was built in survival I wanted to make something that I hadn’t seen before so I decided to use lava, snow and water for red, white and blue. Now I know that lava isn’t a perfect match for red, because it’s orange but call it creative freedom because it looks awesome. The flag is 117 blocks tall 222 blocks wide and it is to scale.

flagtopNow I did face a few challenges while building the flag. First because it used lava and water I had to create a trough that would stop the lava from overflowing to the ground. I had to do this to the top, where the lava/water was placed, and to the bottom where it ended up. If you don’t put barriers on the top when the lava falls it doesn’t fall in the one block, it falls five blocks in a + pattern. This is because lava naturally flows outward when placed. Secondly I didn’t want to leave these troughs in place because they would take away from the look of the flag so I used my servers residence plugin. This plugin allows you to stop water and lava from flowing. I turned it off because having water flow in and around the stars would be very difficult to do.

My second problem was the water itself. As mentioned earlier placing the water and letting it flow around the stars in the flag wouldn’t be a viable option. Instead I build a temporary wall on one side of the flag and manually filled in each water block with a bucket of water. This wasn’t really too difficult because unlike lava you can regenerate water, but it is rather mundane so it took me a few days. Once that was complete I removed the troughs that were in place and got to work on a small room within the ball of the flagpole.flaginside



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