We've been getting everyone moved around and while there will still be some movement for some of my kids down the road, my oldest is most-likely in his 'forever bedroom.' As such, I've spent a little more time and effort there getting him settled of sorts...considering all my other bedrooms are still a bit under construction, it was my only option. :)
One of the things I knew early on I wanted to include was an American flag. I'm a bit particular about what I hang on my walls, in my kids' room especially. I'd rather their walls stay empty until I find just the right thing, something meaningful or inspiring in some way. I looked into buying a vintage American flag, turns out those can get pretty pricey, pretty quick. Instead, I ordered a brand spankin' new one from Amazon for less than $20. This one measures 3'x5' -- which was what I was looking for. I knew when I ordered it, I wasn't going to love the crispness of it, but figured I'd drum up something to age it a tad.
It sat on my desk for a week or two before I remembered an old quilting trick of my mom's. My mom is an amazing quilter -- wait until you see the baby quilt she's working on. It will blow your mind. Anyway, I remember her antiquing fabric for various projects over the years & so I thought I'd put that same technique to work on this flag. Did you see it on my InstaStories?
The process is so so easy & I'm happy to report, despite the synthetic fabrics in the flag, it worked perfectly. All you'll need is some good ol' fashioned tea bags & some hot water. Use your kitchen or laundry room sink & fill it up piping hot (no need to actually boil water, although you could, I just used the hottest tap water). Once it's full, start putting in some tea bags to seep. I started with 4 tea bags, but kept upping it & ended with around 8 tea bags in the water. I let the initial bags seep for about 10 minutes then added the flag to the bath.
I left the flag in for close to 4 hours -- checking on it, stirring it around & adding more tea bags.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.