As July 4th approaches, I find myself feeling patriotic and blessed for
this country we live in! I have always had an American flag hanging outside my home but never found a flag I liked to display inside my home. Most patriotic wall hangings are brightly colored and don’t match well with the muted, antiqued colors in my home. I wanted an antiqued flag that would match my home year round and I could leave up even after July 4th. I knew I would have to create something from scratch, so I headed over to my local fabric store and found everything I needed. With some beautiful red, white and blue ribbons, I was ready to create the perfect DIY Ribbon Flag.
DIY Ribbon Flag
What you need:
- Assorted ribbons in red, white, and blue
- Patch of old denim or patriotic fabric
- Dowel rod
- Twine or thin ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- Blue fabric
- Fabric scissors
How to make the DIY Ribbon Flag:
- First, map out your flag and cut everything to size. You can adjust as you glue but it’s a good idea to see how everything will fit together before you begin.
- Trim edges of ribbon if you’d like. Personally, I didn’t worry about frayed edges on fabric as I wanted to achieve a worn look.
- Take dowel rod and begin to wrap the top pieces around while gluing the top. The end goal is to not see the rod underneath the fabric (except for a small amount on either edge).
- Continue to glue together the top of the flag. Save the blue fabric for last so that it can cover your stripes. You want to hot glue the top of the flag but do not glue towards the bottom. The idea is to keep the ribbons loose and flowing as the flag continues down. PRO TIP: I found that it helped to overlap ribbons a bit so that there were no large gaps showing as the ribbons loosened towards the base.
- Once the flag is glued, take a white fabric marker and add stars to the blue fabric (if you don’t have star-patterned fabric like I did).
- Take your twine/thin ribbon and loop around the edges of the dowel rod so that you can hang your DIY ribbon flag wherever you wish. Be sure to either knot the ribbon or hot glue so that it can hold the weight of the flag.
This DIY ribbon flag was so fun to create and it matches my antiqued décor beautifully! The entire project took only a half hour to create and I am so glad to have something unique and patriotic in my home.
If you have older children, let them join in on the creating! They will love ribbon shopping and making their own DIY ribbon flags of whatever colors and themes they desire. If you have extra ribbons and a little girl, enjoy full afternoon of crafting and make cute July 4th patriotic hair bows as well!
Here’s to ringing in a wonderful July 4th with some beautiful decor!