DIY Garden Flags Tutorial

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Personalize your outdoor space or front entry with a welcoming garden flag. This no-sew version adds instant curb appeal to your home and can easily be customized with your own monogram, design, or slogan.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Things You'll Need:

  • Flag post
  • Burlap, 1 1/2 yards
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Stencil 
  • Outdoor fabric paint
  • Tape
  • Ribbon trim (optional)
  • Tassels (optional)
(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 1

Measure and cut a piece of burlap that is 12 1/2 inches wide by 40 inches long. Then fold the fabric in half.

Note: Doubling the fabric and folding it in half makes the flag hang better outdoors, especially on windy days.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Leave 4 inches unfolded at the top, so you can fold it down later to make a pocket for hanging the flag.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 2

Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles and also to make the bottom crease lay flat.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 3

Use fabric glue to glue the bottom crease and the sides of the fabric together.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 4

Run a line of fabric glue along the top of the fabric and then fold over the excess 4 inches you left unfolded to create a "pocket" that will slide onto the flag post.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 5

Trim any frays and then coat the sides of the burlap with liquid seam sealant to prevent the fabric from fraying.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 6

Tape your stencil to the front of the fabric and paint the design with outdoor fabric paint. Allow the paint to dry before peeling the stencil off.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 7 (Optional)

Use fabric glue to adhere a decorative ribbon trim along the bottom of the flag, such as the festive pom-pom ribbon used in this project. It adds weight to the bottom and also hides the bottom crease.

Tip: You could also glue ribbon trim along the sides of the flag.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Step 8

Stick your flag post in the ground and slide your flag onto the post.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Optional: Tie tassels onto one side of the flag.

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

Have fun experimenting with your own design and color scheme. For example, your flag colors could match your shutters or front door, or complement the colors of your garden. Classic, beachy, quirky . . . it's a great way to express your home's personality!

(Image: Trisha Sprouse)

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