Creating patriotic decor in understated colors is quite easy. You can add patriotic spirit to your home with DIY mini flags in all kinds of colors. Today, let’s learn how to make flags from fabric scraps.
HOW TO MAKE FLAGS FROM FABRIC SCRAPS
If you’ve been around My Wee Abode for a while, you may already know that I’m not so big on the traditional Old Glory colors for the patriotic holidays.
I believe it may stem from an over-abundance of the colors in my life for many months during 5th grade… 1976? You know, the bicentennial of our country? Yeah. LOTS of the old RWB during school THAT year!
However, being a blogger, sometimes you gotta just do it… add decor that isn’t your fave.
But wait! The solution to an ‘aversion’ to traditional patriotic colors is creating patriotic decor in understated tones! And that’s just what I did this week! And now it’s kinda my fave!
DIY Mini Flags in Understated Red White and Blue
When I started creating my Americana tray with toned-down colors, I remember my friend, Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home had created some little ‘wavers’ that I fell in love with.
So of course, I had to make some with my own little twist!
Let me show you how to make these DIY mini flags in just a few minutes.
And you can simply use scraps of material you might have leftover from a project… or maybe a cute little dishtowel you find at Hobby Lobby!
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What You’ll Need:
Even though we’re learning how to make flags from fabric scraps, you can totally create these miniature flags with dishtowels, too!
- 6 x 8″ rectangle in your choice of non-traditional patriotic fabric/scraps (think bright pink/blue/white, or pale pink/blue/cream, or muted red/blue/cream/white (like I did) or…
- OR pretty dishtowels with embellished edges, (Hobby Lobby has some fun ones)
- Roasting Skewers (Hobby Lobby, again ;-))
- Saw (I like my Japanese pull saw, it’s easy to use and very precise)
- Metallic acrylic paint of your choice (I like the rose gold color)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (Love me some Gorilla Glue products!)
Steps for Creating DIY Mini Flags
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your own little waving flags with scraps of material.
- Mark and cut your fabric in 6 x 8″ rectangles. Don’t worry about being perfect… these look great with frayed edges and imperfect lines! (Remember to try to leave a salvaged or hemmed edge as part of the flag, if you can.)
- Uhhh, just a cute pic of a fringed rectangle! LOL!
- Break out your roasting skewers and measure them the length that works for you. If you are putting them in a container, you may want to vary the size of each skewer just a bit.
- Mark your skewer and cut off the end… be sure to leave the sharp part of the skewer for the top of the flag.
- Paint the sharp end of the skewer… this will be our finial!
- Lay the skewer along the edge of your fabric and add hot glue along the skewer, then roll the fabric around it.
- Add more glue to the fabric, and roll one more time.
- And, that’s it! So stinkin’ easy, right?
Add Your Miniature Flags to Your Decor
These are so easy to make, you can create some with your children or grandchildren to carry around and wave for the holidays!
Or you can add them to a vignette!
Don’t you love the easy way we made the “finials”?
Now It’s Your Turn
How ’bout it? Are these easy enough to create and add to your home decor? Oh!!! We can even use them in our garden containers, or along our walkways! What colors would you use for non-traditional Americana decor?