Re-use It | Gothic Fence Finial to Flag Holder

North Carolina, USA

Welcome to 'Reuse It'. A monthly post where I reuse items around my home in different ways. 

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Back in the early 2000's while stationed in Wisconsin. We were living in a small 3 bedroom town house. We needed a place for our desktop and printer,  but computer desks were to big for the only area to put one. I gathered a tape measure,  ruler, pencil, paper and an inspiration photo and got to work creating this cabinet (above). I used Gothic style fence finials for the feet.

After being moved to many times to count, no longer owning a desktop and not having a place to put it; the time had come to retire it. 

While Jeff was taking it apart the one request I had was to save the feet. 


  • Gothic style fence finials 
  • Drill + bit (bit is the size of dowel on flags)
  • 2in 4×4 block of wood (to make taller)
  • Paint or stain (optional) 
  • Wood glue 
  • Sandpaper 
  • 5 small American Flag 
  • Clamp
  • Nail + nail gun 


  1. Make sure your drill bit is of similar in size (not smaller) to the dowel of the flag. 
  2. Mark where the holes are to go. I have 5, 1 center top, 1 in each of the 4 sides.
  3. Drill holes on sides at a 60⁰ (degree) angle, about halfway down. Insert a flag to verify that it's neither too small or too big. 
  4. If you've got any rough spots after drilling the holes sand little.
  5. Attach the base (4×4×2) with glue and clamp,  or nails
  6. Once dry paint or stain. 

Now that your flag holder is finished,  add the flags and place anywhere your heart desires! The great thing about this (depending on the color), is if you have the long, slender candles ( here ), it can be used year round. 

What do you think? 

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  1. Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 315. See you again next week at

  2. I love it! I would have never thought to save the finials from the bottom of that cabinet like that, but they're gorgeous, and this is a wonderful display! Wow. :) Thanks for sharing this post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #41 linkup. We hope to see you again next time at #42, too. Happy weekend!


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