Add patriotic flair anywhere this Fourth of July with this easy flag finial project. It’s a great Fourth of July centerpiece and a truly KidSmart project that’s tough enough to handle bumps and spills from busy hands.
We made it out of decorative pre-drilled wooden post toppers from the home improvement store. And it couldn’t be easier to assemble. Just twist the pre-drilled pieces together. The bolts come with the individual pieces, how easy is that? Secure it with a little wood glue and finish with a fun paint job. We went with the classic Red, White and Blue theme for the Fourth, but an antique aged finish or a natural-base finish would look great, too!
When dry, just drill some small holes to insert the flags for a flag finial, or, just display by itself as a fun accent.
Here’s how to do it…
- Post toppers – we used 4 outdoor deck post toppers/finials
(these are treated for outdoor use, but fine for painting after being primed – we left them unsanded for a country look)
- Water base primer (spray or brush-on)
- Acrylic craft paint in Red, White and Blue
- Craft paint special finish (we used crackle medium)
- Paintbrushes: small and medium, fine point for stars
- Drill and bits sized for the bolts in post toppers and the flag sticks
- Wood glue
- 4-8 American flags
Configure post toppers to suit your design. We stacked 2 square toppers for the base and topped them with two finials. Finials typically come with bolts for securing, but the square toppers may need to have a hole drilled to assemble.
Assemble finial using wood glue between the pieces. After dry, determine where you want to insert flags and drill holes – drill them a bit larger than the flag sticks, at a angle, about .25 to .5 inch deep.
Top the primer with a full coat of white paint which will act as an undercoat for the crackled red and blue areas. Top dry white paint with crackle medium – thicker in some areas than others for uneven crackling – and let dry at least 2 hours.
After paint is dry, coat with clear sealer or add a coat of antiquing stain (or thinned brown craft paint) with a cloth or sponge, working into the cracks for an aged patina – then coat wth sealer.
Add flags and display for all to enjoy!