Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Prim American Flag Centerpiece/Under $10 On The Tenth

Hi Friends,
Welcome to Under $10 On The Tenth.

A group of lifestyle bloggers get together every 10th of the month to share ideas under $10.00.

Today we are posting about Patriotic decor since 4th of July is just around the corner.
It's not too late for you to get some festive decor going to spruce things up for the holiday.
You do not have to be "crafty" to do my idea and it is very inexpensive.

I love the look of flags in a vase of some kind. I've used some antique pitchers. These are always on the table.  You could use a jar. Just grab it from the recycle bin and remove the label.
The Prego spaghetti sauce jar has a really nice shape in my opinion.

I filled my vase with free clipped greens from the yard.
Don't have a yard? Look for greenery at the grocery store. A big bunch of greenery costs around $5.00 and it lasts for a few weeks. You could even forage for greens but check your local laws first.

 I thought my flags looked too new. I wanted a primitive, vintage, antique look to our centerpiece.
 Ace Hardware is a great place to get flags in all sizes. I paid less than a dollar each for mine.

I used an old primitive crafter's trick and aged the flags with coffee grounds.
Just brew a cup of coffee. Let the grounds cool. Grab a little and smudge away.
The more you use, the grubbier and grungier your flag will be.
I didn't want them too grubby.
I wanted them to be a little more off white than pure white.
It was messy but fun on a hot afternoon.

I rubbed grounds on the dowels  too. 
The flags fit in with that vintage antique vibe that I adore,
An 8in. X 12in. flag at Ace is only $1.99.
4in. X 6in. is only 59¢ on line.
They were 79¢ in the store for some reason.
I like grouping in odd numbers.

I styled my flags with some crafted boxes resembling sparklers and fireworks.
These are just printed graphics on some scrap wood from the garage.
I used Mod Podge to glue them down.

For a different look, I styled them with Little Miss Liberty.

This bisque doll belonged to my mom.
I draped a flag motif ribbon around her and made the Liberty tag.  She is a cutie. I don't know what happened to her arms. She hasn't had them since I've had her.

Some vintage Christmas picks in blue are tucked into the pitcher. They were a dollar at the thrift store,  They look like fireworks to me. I thought about digging in the Christmas closet for other blue Christmas balls but I got over it. Haha. The Christmas closet is a nightmare.

I love the dried rose buds. They are a small nod to the sacrifices made by our heroes.
Years ago, I saw an image of a collection of antique and vintage little flags.
I hunted for some but they are scarce. This is a great solution and kind of gives that same look.
I also love flags set in flower pots. Flags are a fun and poignant tribute to our country.
I hope that this has inspired you to decorate for the coming holiday.
Little flags are so much fun. Prim them up if they look too new to you.
Stop in to see my other blogging friends.

Carol at Bluesky at Home
Jemma at At Home with Jemma
Barbara at French Ethereal
Jodi at The House House
Terri at Decorate and More with Tip
Ann at Apple Street Cottage
Tammy at Patina and Paint
Patti at Pandora's Box
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles



  1. What a festive centerpiece - I love the way you have styled it. Your Mom's doll made me laugh when you said you had no idea where the arms were!!! I never gave thought to using coffee grounds (I have always used tea) - what a great idea!

  2. Hi Katie,

    This all so pretty, love your red transferware added to your patriotict theme. Your did a wonderful job. I have never used the coffee grounds before just tea or coffee, great tip.


  3. Your flag vignette is so cute. I heard coffee staining gives the dingy effect, I thought it was putting it in the coffee. Glad you shared the correct way. Happy July 4th my friend.

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  5. Oh wow! This looks amazing. Love the vintage vibes.

  6. Katie, I love your vignette. The vintage fireworks packages are priceless. The doll is a sweet nostaglic touch.

  7. Little patriotic flags make anything festive! Love the faux sparkler boxes and graphics. such a pretty vintage vignette with the red transferware!!

  8. This is such a pretty vignette, Katie, and those sparkler boxes - I thought they were real.

  9. Katie,

    I love all of the vintage aspects of this vignette! Great job making the flags look old!

  10. Very cute, very vintage! The sprinkler boxes are extra cute. Can't believe they're fake!

  11. All of your vintage goodies are so adorable! Great styling too. :)

  12. I love this, Katie...whimsical and fun! Love the idea of using the printables on wood!

  13. Katie,
    Such a darling vignette with Little Miss Liberty and the vintage sparkler packages.
    Sparklers were always my favorite 4th of July activity along with a cap gun.
    So fun to blog hop with you!

  14. Katie, I LOVE your vintage display with the coffee ground flags (great idea!!!) and little Miss Liberty and her teacup of rosebuds... Very pretty!!! I pinned a bunch of times just because... <3 Love the silver tray idea ~ going to steal this idea when I get home!!! <3

    Happy summer to you,
    Barb :)

  15. Katie, this is great! I love the idea of a patriotic vignette on a tray, and yours is really just perfect. Where did you find the wonderful graphics for printing?
    Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.