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Fun With 4th of July Crafts: Part 1

Yesterday I tea-dyed some flags. They were just cheap little flags that I've had for over 10 years. I've used them in a million different ways over the years and when I saw this tutorial I thought making them look vintage would be fun.

Here they are looking all *new* and *modern*:)

So I took a large bowl and filled it with hot tap water and tossed in about six tea bags (Earl Grey, in case you're wondering).

I let the water get all nice and brown, even squeezing the tea bags gently to get a good color.

Then I put all the flags in to soak. I probably let them soak a good four hours or so.

Then I laid them out on a towel to dry over night. They had definitely gotten tea-stained and were looking much more vintage than before.

I know it may be hard to tell in a photo because the change is slight, but they really do look more vintage!
I tucked them into a little patriotic bucket filled with shredded shiny *paper*. They are standing up so nice and flying so straight! I love that, because they had lost some of that crispness packed away in their box. The tea bath sure did revive them:)

Don't they look pretty beside some of my patriotic vintage postcards?!

Watch for more 4th of July crafts to come...


steviewren said…
Love your 4th crafts and your list of likes. I like these tea dyed flags.
Lora! Wasn't this the easiest thing ever? So glad you had fun with it. Love your wreath! Uh oh - the craft room is calling me.........

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