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Tabletop Flag Holders

Fly the flag from a mantel or tabletop with these ornate but easy-to-make holders.

Centerpiece arrangement of flag holders.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Hacksaw
  • Drill and 3/8-in bit
  • Metal file
  • Awl


  • Treated turned post cap, #7972 or #7977
  • Treated flat post cap, #7970
  • Valspar flat spray paint, Silver Fox
  • United States mini flag, #83957

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Step 1

Insert the screw tip on the turned post cap into the centered hole of the flat post cap and screw them together. Measure how much of the tip of the screw extends from the bottom of the flat post cap.

Good to Know

When working with treated wood, always wash your hands thoroughly after you finish.

Step 2

Remove the turned post cap and use a hacksaw to remove slightly more than the surplus length of the screw. If necessary, file the cut edge smooth. Then screw the turned cap back on the flat cap.

Step 3

Spray at least two coats of the paint of your choice (Silver Fox shown) on the post caps and let dry.

Step 4

At the top of the post caps, use an awl to start a hole. (This helps keep the bit from wandering.) Then drill a 3/8-inch vertical hole at least 2 inches deep.

Good to Know

A drill press will help make a vertical hole in the caps. If you don’t have a drill press, have a helper stand to one side and tell you when the bit appears vertical.

Step 5

Use different post cap styles to create a flag holder arrangement for your Independence Day table. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Insert the end of the flag staff into the hole.


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