I've always had a flag hanging on our house...but I've also always wanted a flag pole in our yard. There is a house near our home that has a giant flagpole and I've always loved seeing it towering in the field.....waving in the breeze! There's just something majestic about it! My mom has always wanted one too.
So today, I want to show you what my dad and Jason did while Joy and I were gone to camp. I actually took some photos of some of the materials daddy was using before I left, but I was pleasantly surprised to pull into our driveway Thursday evening and see our very own flagpoles...one in Mama and Daddy's yard and one in our yard...wecoming me...waving me home!
Daddy was able to get some salvaged pipe (at no cost to him) for the poles. They're all 21 feet tall with 3 feet in the ground leaving us with a flagpole 18 feet tall.
Jason painted them white while I was gone (with paint we already had, so again no cost).
Daddy also had the idea of using a softball for the pole topper. Now we just so happened to have two softballs lying around here (I think that's how he came up with the idea...just looking around!)
He spray painted it gold:
What can be more American than baseball...right? They even play the Star Spangled Banner at the games....and then PLAY BALL!
We didn't, however, stitch our own flags. We did buy those. The most we paid for a hand embroidered flag was $27 for a 4' x 6' one.
But what I didn't know Jason and Daddy were going to do is to add the planter landscaping box around the bottom of the flagpoles. I love it though! Jason built them. Here's a picture of our planter:
And Mama's planter:
Now this is where my part of the Watcha Working on Wednesday project comes in....Today after my morning dental appointment, I plan to work on staining the planter(s). They will be stained to coordinate with our house and fence. (I'll also be using stain we already have.) The plan is to plant some Nandena bushes in there. We've always had good luck with those and I love how they get that fiery red look to them in the fall.
Daddy just yesterday finished a 3rd flag pole straight ahead as you come into our shared driveway between our houses. It looks so patriotic at our house now....I just love it!
So....thanks to my Daddy and Jason.....my mom and I got our flagpoles we've always wanted (and more) at a fraction of the cost of what local home improvement stores are asking (the cheapest we've seen was one on sale for $120). We figured up the things we had to buy...pulleys, rope, snaps, flags, and cost of one softball for the 3rd pole....and it was less than $40 per flagpole. Now that's more in our ballpark!
Now when I get the planters all stained and our Nandena bushes planted, I'll share the finished project with you all! But that's what I'm working on this Wednesday!
So.....what are YOU working on today?