A Farmhouse 4th of July: DIY Flag Basket

It's finally sinking in that summer is really here! Here in Minnesota, we had some snowy weather through April and then all of the sudden, the weather flipped a switch and we were in full on summer mode, but I think it's taken me a few weeks to realize it's really here! 

Now that it's arrived, it's time to get patriotic! This time of year is always fun for me to get out all things flags and America -- like these DIY Flag Luminaries and these DIY Firework Napkin Rings. But, as much as I like pulling out old favorites, I love making a few new things each year as well. This will be my second year hosting the #DIYYour4thofJuly challenge on Instagram. I've teamed up with 9 other creatives to host weekly themes where the winners are featured on all 10 accounts and we also have fabulous prizes each week. Head on over to @legallycraftyblog to find out more details and be sure to check out the amazing ideas!

This week, our theme for the challenge is Flags! This Spring, I was perusing Target clearance and came across this Hearth & Hand poplar woven basket for $5.00 (originally $16.99). Immediately, my creative wheels starting churning, and I imagined it transformed into a flag!

 
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While the tray is no longer available in stores, you can find it for a reasonable price on eBay or pick up a basket at a local Goodwill or thrift store to create a similar look. Now comes time for my frequent plug for always keeping an eye out for clearance items that you can use for projects down the road. I picked up item up in April, knowing I had plans for it in my summer decor!

 
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What You Need

 
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To start, pencil or tape of guidelines of where the blue part of the flag will be. 

Next, pour small amounts of the red, white, and blue paint. A little dab will do ya! I wanted a more rustic look, so I dabbed the brush to be more of a dry brush approach. You can add more paint on, but you can't take it off.

 
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I started with the blue, moved on to the red stripes, and finished with white.

 
 

I got some free samples of the Antique Wax at a recent conference and decided to try adding some to add to the rustic farmhouse feel. I did a combination of lightly brushing and dabbing my finger with a paper towel to spread the wax lightly across each area. Wipe away any excess right away with a paper towel or soft cloth. In a few spots, I added additional paint over the top to tone down the wax.

 
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The chalk paint and wax dries quickly and in no time you have a basket flag! It looks perfect styled in our entry way!

 
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