Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. You might be wondering if I didn’t realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late.
But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so beautiful…it makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong.
Last year, I decided to take things a step further and I designed this “American Flag Candle Log”…
Not bad for almost free…
I had no problem finding a log after a terrible storm brought down this huge Oak tree in our back yard.
In fact, I think I could have made one of these candles for everyone in the United States!
Well, for now lets just stick to one! This is how I did it…
After we cut the size log I wanted for our table, I marked where I wanted the candles to sit. My strong husband was able to drill holes with a really large 1 1/4 inch drill bit.
I found the candles at Nordstrom Rack and they seemed safer than just using tin tea lights. You could always take your candle to the hardware store and have them match you up with the right size drill bit.
Then I decided to continue my mission and I painted it.
First, I painted it all red. Then I did the white stripes with a foam brush. I did the blue last and painted the stars from my own little star stencil I made out of a piece of hard plastic.
Lastly, I decided to lightly sand it all after it dried to give it that vintage look. I also painted the glass candle holders, but that really isn’t necessary.
Thanks for joining me as we kick off summer and celebrate this amazing country!