Looking for a patriotic flair to add to your American holiday decor? Before the parade and fireworks begin, put together this quick American Flag DIY. It’s great for hanging on your front door or waving in the wind in the yard.
I’ve seen several varieties of these rags and ribbon flags around the web. My version of the American flag DIY uses a bandana, red fabric scraps, lace, studs, a wooden dowel, and some twine for hanging.
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- 1 blue bandana
- 7 strips of red fabric
- 6 strips of white lace
- 13 metal studs
- 1 wooden dowel, garden stake, or stick
- garden twine
Make Your Own American Flag DIY
Cut seven strips of red fabric and six strips of lace. My strips are about 2 inches wide by 3 feet long.
Fold the ends of the fabric and lace strips in half lengthwise and wrap the ends over the wooden dowel. Fasten each stripe with a metal stud.
Alternate the red and lace strips beginning and ending with red. Leave room on either end of the wooden dowel to allow room for tying on the twine.
Fold the bandana in half, then fold over the wooden dowel and fasten with metal studs. The blue field should be on the observer’s left when the flag is hung vertically.
Knot your twine on both ends of the wooden dowel with enough slack to hang.
This next photo was taken three years after the flag was made. While Old Glory is a little faded, it’s still one of my favorite patriotic DIY projects. It hangs on our front door in the summer months.
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I love it! How long are your strips? You are very creative!
Hi Denise – Thank you :) I tried to dig it out and get an exact measurement but it’s buried deep. I’d say they’re about 3 feet long. If you make one send me a picture, I’d love to feature yours.
I was wondering how wide they are as well. It looks like you folded them in half as well once cut!!! What a great idea you had. I’ve seen a few ideas similar to this but yours is by far the best with the bandana and the whit lace!!! I’m going to attempt some small ones too like garden flag size! Wish me luck! I’m not nearly as creative! But first do you have any idea how wide you cut each strip? Thanks so much!
Hi Brenda – Thanks for the compliments :) The strips are 2-3 inches wide by about 3 feet long. Send me a picture of your DIY American Flag. I’d love to see it and feature it here.
What kind of metal studs ? Where do u get them?
Hi Sandra – These studs have metal prongs that are folded back. Similar to these: http://www.joann.com/10mm-square-pyramid-matte-stud-pack/zprd_12656062a.html
How wide are your strips? I love this idea! Yours looks great!
Hi Sarah – Each strip is 2-3 inches wide. I recommend measuring the desired final width of the flag and dividing that by 13 to determine the width of each strip. Thanks!
Patty gray says
I LOVE THIS
What kind of material are the red stripes?
Hi Nancy – The red stripes are made from some scrap fabric I had on hand. Nothing special :)
I was wondering how you keep the fabric from unraveling in the sides and ends after you cut it?
Hi Jackie – I let the fabric fray on this flag. It fits the rustic look. :)
Where did you get the metal studs? I love this and would love to make one.
Hi Bev – It’s such a fun and classic project. I’ve linked some similar metal studs in the materials list above. :) I’d love to see your flag, send pics!