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Stained Flags - Vintage, Antique Look

Aging flags for a vintage look 

I wanted flags everywhere, but with an antique appearance. The vibrant colors and pristine designs of modern flags just wouldn’t do; I craved something that exuded history and character. Each flag needed to look as though it had withstood the test of time, having fluttered through countless stories and battles. They should appear as if they had been passed down through generations, bearing the marks and wear of their long journey. This vision would not only add a unique charm to the setting but also evoke a sense of nostalgia and reverence for the past.

Staining the Flags

I steeped six tea bags in a rubber tub, soaking the flags for about an hour. For a darker shade, I added coffee. I also liked how the rods aged in the process. Using a dish drying rack helped catch the drips as they dried.

Note: Soaking overnight didn’t significantly change the color depth, but it’s a personal preference. I did the same for larger flags for the planters outside my store, adjusting their position to ensure an even stain.