DIY Décor: American Flag Centerpiece

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An American flag made of bricks

This brick flag centerpiece transforms a modest but sturdy building material into a fun and quirky bit of Americana. With its rough brick edges against pretty flower petals, it is a surprise on a serving table. And this DIY centerpiece is simple enough to put together on the day of the party.

Here’s what you’ll need for one centerpiece. Feel free to multiply the amount of bricks and flowers based on your decorating plans:

Six bricks (found in the building materials section)
Masking tape
Metallic blue spray paint
White spray paint
Contact paper
Flowers (with stem water caps from florist, if possible)

Bricks labelled red, white and blue


1. Label the bricks the correct color by writing on bits of masking tape with a pen. There are three rows: the bottom two bricks will be red, so they will require no paint. The two bricks on the second row will be white. The third row will have two identical bricks with the same pattern: One end should be left unpainted, while the rest should be spray-painted blue. (The star will go on the blue end later!)


Marking the end of a brick with painter's tape.


2. For the top two bricks: Mark off the one end with painter’s tape, so that it will remain red.


Spray painting a brick blue.


3. Spray paint the bricks the correct color and then allow them to dry completely.


Trace the end of a brick on contact paper.


4. Trace the end of any brick on the contact paper, so you’ll know how big to draw your star.


A star cut out of contact paper.


5. Freehand sketch a star on the back of the contact paper. If it is slightly irregular, it’ll just be more charming! Cut out the star with scissors; use it as a template for any other stars you’ll be drawing. (Hint: you will need at least two.)


Stem-capping water tubes from the florist


6. Pick out some gorgeous flowers in the red, white and blue color scheme. We found some lovely gerberas and perky red berries to complete the centerpiece, but any flowers will do. Ask the florist to leave the stem water caps on the ends to keep the flowers fresh, if possible.


A brick flag centerpiece on a table with kebabs and other picnic foods


7. Strategically stack the bricks on a picnic or serving table so that the centerpiece looks like a flag on two sides. Artfully place the flowers into the hole lined up on top of the bricks. Hear Jimmy Hendrix playing the National Anthem in your head.

DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden. Read more DIY ideas here on the Apron Blog.


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  5. Jessica says:

    My local Home Depots don’t carry bricks like this. I called all over town and no one carries them. I really wanted to make this. :(

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