American Flag Spindle Post

I have really wanted a flag spindle post for quite sometime and finally remembered to pick up the materials the other day during my trip to the hardware store. It screams ‘All American’ and I just completely adore that! You can put this together in under an hour from start to finish {simply using a hand drill & saw} and it costs just under $12 including the flags.

Since I will be using my post outside I used pressure treated wood. The post is actually a deck post. They come in several different styles and can run anywhere from $6 to $12 dollars ~ mine was the most inexpensive. I made two cuts to my post, the pre-fabricated finial off the top {as it was too small} and the notched bottom. The picture above is the after as I didn’t snap a before.

I purchased a larger finial for the top {again, found in hardware store right next to the posts; pressure treated as well} They are pre-made with a screw attachment making it really easy to put together.

I did pre-drill a pilot hole in the top of the post before attaching the finial; this serves as a guide plus makes it simple to screw in.

The next step is measuring out where you flag holes are going to be. As a guide I used a top to a spray paint can to draw a line around the finial. This will assure all the flags on that layer are even.

I made five holes in the top finial for flags. One is in the center and the other four are evenly spaced around the guideline {as drawn above}. You want to use a drill bit that is just the size of your flag poles. This will assure a tight fit. You also want to drill your side holes at angels so the flags will hang properly. I used a slightly larger flag for the center hole.

I got so excited seeing this come together that I’m missing a couple of progress pictures. First; The second layer of flags. As shown in the picture above {with the arrows} these were drilled into the base of the finial, again, at an angle evenly spaced out. You want this layer of four flags to fall in between the flags of the first layer so they are not right on top of each other, but staggered.

Secondly; The base & paint. For the base I simply used a left over piece of pressure treated decking board. The board is screwed to the post from the bottom and you need to counter-sink the screws so that the board will sit flat. I simply used black exterior spray paint to finished the wood; quick and easy.

Can I tell you how much I love this! It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday {as well as the entire summer in my book} I know I’ve said it before, but there is just something about the good old red, white and blue. Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. This is AWESOME. I loove it. Love it! Did I say I love it?! :)

  2. Love this!! Featuring it tomorrow- thanks for the great idea!!

  3. So patriotic!!! Great idea!

  4. very cool!

  5. That is so cool!!!

  6. Very cool!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  7. great job! I love how it turned out. Great tute!
    gail

  8. I dig it!

  9. OK, this is fabulous. I gave up on a flag on my porch because the overhang doesn’t leave room. So I put up bunting, which I love, but I really wanted a flag. This is perfect! I’m thrilled! Thanks,
    Lisa~

  10. This is fantastic! And I will have room for this even on my little tiny patio. Thanks so much for the great idea and tutorial!

  11. Fabulous as usual Stephanie!!

  12. You are awesome! I love this idea! It looks really great!

  13. Love it!!! Looks so awesome there between the ferns!

  14. IN LOVE MAJORALLY IN LOVE! i adore it. Thanks for sharing. Jenn

  15. Your so stinkin’ creative! I just love this and I think I may have to attempt this for my flower garden. Such great ideas coming from you!

  16. This is really really darling – I love the ferns as well.

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  18. I think this is wonderful and I don’t even live in the US. Great job.

  19. What a super idea! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my new blog!

  20. What a great project~ it turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing it!

  21. Super fabulous!! Looks great!!!

  22. Love it, love it, love it so much that I’m going to have to make one too! This will be super fabulous for our annual July 4th BBQ we host each year… Thank you for the great idea :)

    Blessings to you,
    Shanna

  23. This is fabulous! I was having trouble finding a good spot for a full size flag, but could totally pull this off as an alternative – thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Oh, I absolutely love this, Stephanie!! GReat job. I’ve never seen anything like it. You are just so creative. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

  25. Fabulous! I love how the flags pop against the black pole. The ferns are such a nice touch to your staging. They’re gorgeous!

    Donna

  26. I LOVE THAT! I’ve NEVER seen one of those and it’s FABULOUS! I AGREE, it’s PERFECT for the entire summer! GREAT job!

  27. Fantastic! I want to make one. You are so creative.

  28. What a great job. It really makes a statement!

  29. This is a wonderful project and your instructions were perfect. Thanks!!
    Jane

  30. Love it!

  31. You have the best ideas!

  32. Wow! That is waaaaaaaaay cool! Excellent display, I love it, love it, love it!

  33. This is such a creative idea!!! I love it! Those colors just scream summer in America! YAY! :)
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  34. FAN-TASTIC! Great idea! I think I would like one too! :)

  35. I LOVE this!!! I must try it! I love it so much, I wrote about it on my blog today & linked back to you. I hope that is okay!

  36. Very Cute!!

  37. I love it! I love the way the black looks with the red/blue/white… awesome combination.

  38. Love this idea and what a fun way to display more flags inside and out!

  39. I have been wanting to make one since I made my starfish miniature version of this.
    It looks great.

    Cheri

  40. Great idea…what a great idea for the front door….

    Donna
    Tinglelaneprimitives.com

  41. Another blog that I read regularly (Being a better wife) was featuring your blog so I thought I would pop on over and check it out! You have some great ideas happening over here! Glad I checked it out! I will continue to check back for new updates and posts :)
    http://reflectionsofanavywife.blogspot.com/

  42. I love this. I have some old table legs I might try it with. Thank you for the inspiration. Lezlee

  43. Love this! Going out today to buy my supplies and duplicate it!!!!! Thanks!!!!! —- LOVE EVERYTHING YOU POST!!!!

  44. lanni@ dandygiveaway.blogspot.com :

    wow! it looks so great!

  45. Very Cute!!! I love it for the Fourth and all patriotic holidays!

  46. I love this project! I did something very similar to this but it is for a tabletop. Now I need to do your version for outdoors!

  47. Most excellent! Love the flutter of multiple flags on top and you could decorate for the seasons/holidays with other flags/items. Very cute and clever and well made. Love the ferns in urns with your post, gorgeous!

  48. I love it…I had several of the posts left over from making wreath holders…so turned one of them into a flag post….thanks for the great idea…

  49. I LOVE it and will definetly make this! Thanks a ton and I love your blog! I might just have to share it with my readers…:]

  50. This is great!! I love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  51. I love it! I am going to make something like this thanks for the idea.

  52. Stephanie,
    This is neat! I love it. Thanks for the tutorial, it looks fairly easy to make. Love your shots…great pictures!Thanks for sharing!
    Sharlotte
    Ms. Sharlotte’s…Southern Reflections

  53. Awesome! Great job…may have to try this one day!

  54. Terrific job! What a wonderful patriotic display! It would be a perfect linkup project for my Tips & Tricks or Time Travel linky parties.

    I would love for you to join in on the fun for all three of my linky parties each week:

    ASK THE YANKEE – MONDAYS
    TIPS & TRICKS TUESDAY
    TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY

    You can get the details here:

    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/brambleberry-cottage-linky-party.html

    Each party runs for six days, so come on by!

    Hope to see you there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  55. LOVE it. A great look for all the patriotic holidays (and all the other days too for that matter)!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  56. What a cute idea!!! I love it!

  57. That’s such a great addition to the yard. Never saw one of those before but it’s perfect for the 4th. Jane F.

  58. Cute, cute cute!

  59. What a neat inexpensive way to honor our country’s birthday! I like the old-time appeal of it.

  60. Stephanie Lynn, I love this! What a spectacular Idea! I am going to do this definetly! It is so great how it’s so inexpensive

  61. This is great, Stephanie! I like how the little flags really add to the scale of the large flag. Very clever!

    Would love it if you’d stop by Thursday & link up to Fab Finds for the Fourth!

  62. That’s gorgeous! What a great idea. Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  63. I love this! It’s the perfect project. It looks fairly easy to make (thanks for the great directions) AND it is packs a punch! Fabulous!

  64. Cute idea!

  65. That is fantastic Stephanie…you are so very clever. Thanks for the comment on the Walgreens post…sure appreciate it, and great to know you are being very well taken care of….I told my hubs he smiled!

  66. What a statement that makes, Stephanie Lynn. I love it! I wish I had picked up some of those flags after Memorial Day — they were half price!

  67. That looks great! I always buy the flags after they are marked down! And remember, it is against the law to charge tax on an American Flag!

  68. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by Hoosier Homemade and leaving a comment!
    I’d love for you to link this up at the Fourth of July Party on my other blog, It’s A Blog Party!
    http://itsablogparty.com/fourth-of-july-party/
    Hope to see you there!
    ~Liz

  69. Now this is just too darn cute! Thanks for linking it to Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  70. i really like this. i can be done with just a new fineal and replacing exsisting fineals on a deck or fence. well done!

  71. I love this, wow you’re creative!

  72. Wow, if I made this it would be the star of my patriotic decorations! Looks pretty easy to do too. Another great idea from the Stars and Stripes Party!
    Happy 4th!
    Carol~~Old Glory Cottage

  73. Let me just say that I agree with everyone else and thanks for the tutorial! Joni

  74. Thanks for the inspiration. I was motivated to do something similar. You can see it at http://www.braverhomesandgardens.blogspot.com. Happy 4th of July!!

  75. Hi,
    I just found your blog over at the prairie patch,

    I just LOVE all your ideas!

    I would be interested in linking this post on my blog for my Freebie Friday post tomorrow, I would like to know if that would be ok with you.

    Thanks again for the great inspiration!

    Kerri
    thecalicorabbit.blogspot.com

  76. This is just soooo AWESOME!! I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing how you made it.
    prim hugs

  77. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points.

  78. I love it! I am going to make something like this thanks for the idea.

  79. Thank you so much for your posting. It was very helpful. I hope to see more posts from you in the future.

  80. Slater Lewensky :

    I’m really looking forward to your future posts, it’s always so interesting. GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE

  81. Oh, I HAVE to have one of these!! I love it!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! ~Zuni

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