Flag Day is coming up this weekend and the 4th of July is right around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to make yourself a patriotic serving tray! This one uses a simple antiquing technique to make it look like it’s been in the family for generations.
- Cloth flag, $1 and up
- Plastic serving tray, $1
- Mod Podge, on hand
- Brown acrylic paint, on hand or $1 and up
Total: $2 and up
Cut the flag as close as possible to the plastic pole. Place the flag in a container of water to soak. This will loosen up any starch in the flag and allow it to easily conform to the shape of your tray.
Coat the top of the tray with Mod Podge. Wring out the excess water in the flag and place it on top of the tray.
Wet the paint brush with water and, starting in the middle, work out the air bubbles in the flag. Let dry completely, several hours or overnight.
Cut the flag leaving approximately 1/2 inch of excess fabric around the edge. Turn the tray upside down and coat the edges of the flag with Mod Podge. Adhere the edges to the underside of the tray. Let dry.
To antique the flag, add a small amount of brown paint to your Mod Podge. (NOTE: If you don’t want your flag stained, leave out the paint.) Seal the tray using using the Mod Podge with or without the paint and let dry.