4th of July Flag and Sparkler Holder

8 Materials
2 Hours

Here's a Fast DIY just in time for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. These concrete holders can be used individually or stacked for use indoors or out. Use them as a table centerpiece, down your sidewalk, or for your lit sparklers. You can even use them as weights to hold tablecloths in place.

You can see the video tutorial at the beginning of our Workshop Wednesday show. Skip to time code :58. Also, head to the end to see the sparklers all lit up. Caution: those sparkers really should only be used outside.

This project uses RapidSet CementAll, plastic star shaped bowls, and paint. Use outdoor paint if you're going to use this outside. You can follow the RapidSet label instructions or just keep adding water until you get the concrete to the consistency you need. I try to mix until about the consistency of brownie batter. Note: wear gloves, eye protection, and a nose mask to protect yourself against the concrete dust.

Once mixed, pour it into the molds. The amount I mixed up filled two molds. Tap the mold to bring air bubbles to the surface. Work fast as RapidSet sets up very quickly.

Since these will hold flags or sparklers, a hole is needed in the center. If you have a drill with a concrete drill bit, these can be made after curing. If not, you can add a straw to create the needed hole. Wait five minutes to add the straw as the concrete should be firm enough to hold it in straight.

The holders will be hard in about an hour. Remove them from the mold and allow to sit upside down until the bottoms are dry.

I'm using DecoArt paint in red, white, and blue. Paint the entire holder, side and top and bottom and allow to dry. You may need more than one coat.

After painting the entire holder, I added a stripe between each of the "star" points. Next, I added star stickers in a random pattern and then painted over the stars and previous stripe.

Remove the stars to reveal the pattern.

Drill the center hole. Although this is shown after painting, don't do that, drill the hole before painting as the concrete dust creates a mess! I had to do a lot of touching up. The tape on the drill bit marks how deep the hole needs to be drilled.

The little flag fits well into the hole.

Here the holders are shown used individually.

Here's a combination stacked/individual version.

On the tray is a stacked version that I'm using on my dining room table as a centerpiece.

Let the celebration begin!

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