DIY Small Flag Holder Using Old Spindles

Do you want to create a DIY small flag holder using an old spindle? Learn how to make this project that allows you to display small flags.

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Handcrafted Society

Welcome to the Handcrafted Society! This is a group of talented bloggers who come together monthly to collectively craft creations using a shared medium or theme. This month’s theme was “spindles, picket fences or wood moldings”. So, each blogger created a project that incorporated these items.

The projects done by the Handcrafted Society are enjoyable and inspiring because we see the varied perspectives and interpretations of the theme by each participant. Towards the conclusion of this post, you’ll find images and links to the projects for each blogger. I hope you enjoy browsing through all the ideas these ladies have created. Simply click on the image or blog name to view their full post.

Back Story

If you have been following this blog, you know that I love architectural salvage. As such, I have a stash of old spindles saved during the demolition of an old porch from a house built in the mid 1800s. They have been patiently waiting in the basement until I could find the perfect project for them. When this month’s HCS theme included spindles, I knew it was time to come up with a creative use for them.

Given that summer has arrived, or, as I refer to it, “Flag Season”, I decided to repurpose these spindles into some DIY small flag holders. It seems like a practical and useful way to repurpose the spindles. So without further delay, let’s jump into how to make this project.

DIY Small Flag Holder Using Old Spindles

This project can be made in 4 easy steps. I was able to create and assemble 5 flag holders during the course of an afternoon. It took an additional 24 hours of drying time for the glue to set.

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As with any project, the first thing we need to do is gather our supplies. Most of the supplies can be found at your local hardware store and/or craft store. Fortunately, only a few supplies are needed for this project. Where possible, I have provided links to online sources.

  • Lot of old spindles (I purchased mine from an outdoor market. They are 1.5 inches in diameter and 10 inches tall)
  • Chop Saw or Mitre Saw. ( If needed, you can use a hand saw)
  • Drill and 3/8 drill bit
  • Terracotta plant saucers (I used saucers 4 inches in diameter)
  • Craft paint
  • Craft paint brush
  • E6000 glue
  • Hand held parade flags

Some of the items used for this project are shown above. I will walk you through each step in the process for turning these spindles into flag holders.

Step 1 – Cut ends off Spindles

For this project, I used 5 spindles and each spindle holds a small flag. Using a chop saw/mitre saw, cut 1/4 inch off each end of the spindles.

Cutting the ends off of the spindle

If you don’t have a chop saw, you can use a hand saw to cut the ends off of each spindle. Just be sure your cuts are straight and even.

Step 2 – Drill Holes

Once all the ends of your spindles have been cut, you will need to drill a hole into the center of each spindle.

Using a drill and a 3/8 inch drill bit, drill down approximately 2 inches into one end of each spindle.

Vice clamp holding spindle

If you have a clamp to hold the spindle while you are drilling, it helps make the task easier. However, a clamp is not required.

Step 3 Paint Saucers

Using craft paint and a small craft paint brush, paint the terracotta saucers. You can paint them any color(s) you choose. For example, you could paint them red, white and blue. For simplicity, I painted them all white. Then I gave the spindles a quick coat of the same white craft paint to ensure the painted saucers and spindles would match. I wanted to keep the rustic patina and character of the previously painted spindles so I simply painted over the existing paint. Also, I painted the raw wood on top of the spindle with the 3/8 inch hole.

Wait until the terracotta saucers are dry before moving onto the next step. It took about 40 minutes for the saucers to dry.

Step 4 – Attach Spindle to Saucer

When the terracotta saucers are dry, turn them upside down and find the center. Lightly mark the center of the saucer with a pencil.

Add E6000 glue to the center point of each upside down saucer and then glue the spindle to the saucer. This will be the base of your small flag holder. The portion of the spindle with the hole, will be used to hold your flag.

DIY Small Flag Holder Using Spindles

Once you have attached the spindles to the terracotta saucers, let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours so the glue will set.

Step 5- Enjoy Your DIY Small Flag Holders

For your final step, simply add some parade flags. Display them in your home. Here are some ideas as to where you can use the flag holders to display flags:

  • Front entryway on a table
  • Office desk
  • Dining room table
  • Outside on a picnic table
  • On your porch using a small table

Feel free to pin any of the images below if you want to bookmark this DIY project for future reference.

DIY Small Flag Holder

For now, these little flag holders, complete with vintage flags, are scattered down the center of my dining room table. They are a cheerful reminder of summer.

DIY Small Flag Holder

Handcrafted Society Projects

As mentioned above, I am participating in the Handcrafted Society with other bloggers who also created a project with the theme of “Spindles, Fence Pickets or Wood Molding”. You can see what they made below! If you want to learn more about any of the projects, simply click on the image.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Wishing you a fabulous summer and hope you get to make some fabulous projects.

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  1. Hi Anna! I enjoy adding a bit of red, white, and blue to my home during the summer and these adorable flag holders would fit in perfectly! I love how you made them with old spindles! Pinning so I can remember this for next year!

    1. Hi Donna – I love your style and your idea for creating wall hooks! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. ADORABLE, Anna. Love at first sight — then I saw you used terra cotta saucers for the base. 🤯 Thanks for the inspiration.

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