Decorating with vintage-style flags is perfect for the 4th of July. So I decided to make a DIY flag with items I had on hand.
Making these flags was so easy and fast.
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How to Make Your Own Flag
I wanted to decorate my mantel with some of my antique blue ball jars, so I wanted an antique-looking flag to coordinate with them.
Therefore I used a vintage-style fabric (this is the one I used) for my main fabric.
I used blue fabric with stars for the star area, a small branch, and a wood bead.
Flag Making Supplies
- Striped fabric (this is the one I used)
- Star fabric (like this one)
- Wire cutters (these are my favorite)
- Chalk maker
- Hot glue gun cordless (this one is the one I use)
- Non-stick glue mat
- Wood bead
- Quilt ruler
- Sewing ruler
- Stick or dowel
To make your own flag, you can use just about any fabric. For example, you can use fabric from old shirts, blankets, drop cloth, etc.
The pole can be a stick from your yard or a dowel.
For the topper, I used a wooden bead. However, you can make the flag without a topper.
The best part about making these easy flags is you do not need a sewing machine.
Cutting Out The Flag
I wanted my flags to be mini flags for my mantel. Therefore, if you want to make larger flags, then you will need to increase these measurements.
DIY Flag Cuts
- Red striped fabric (if you are making an American flag) cut one rectangle 7′” by 4″, ensuring the stripes go a long way.
I used a chalk marker (this is the one I used) to make tiny marks at the 7″ and 4″ for the fabric.
I wanted the fabric ripped to form a more vintage look. So if you like that look on the edges of your flag, then just make a snip with the tip of your scissors (these are the ones I used) at your chalk marks and rip the fabric.
For the blue stars, I cut (ripped) a rectangle that is 4″ by 2.25″.
After cutting out fabric for three American DIY flags, it was time to assemble my flags.
DIY Flag Assembly
Since my flags will have an American Flag vibe, I needed to attach the blue star fabric to the upper left corner. Again, I used hot glue to attach.
How to Make a Flagpole
I used a wood bead that I “painted” with a gold sharpie. I was quick and easy. Of course, you can paint the wood beads instead, but with this method, there so no cleanup.
For the flagpole, I used a small branch from a bush in my yard. I cut it to length (I cut mine 10.5″) and glued the bead to the top.
To attach the flag to the flag pole, I placed a line of glue along the left backside of the flag. Then placed the pole in place until the glue dried.
Then I folded the cut edge over the stick and glued it in place.
These adorable flags look festive on our mantel for the 4th of July. But, I think I will leave them out all summer.
I had so much fun making these flags. I will be making some seasonal ones too.
The adorable DIY Block Signs I made in an earlier post (you can see it HERE).
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