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« on: February 05, 2018 01:20:05 PM »

These flags are easy and inexpensive - use ribbon from leftover projects to create these cutie pie flags!


Ribbon in red, white and blue
Jute twine
A stick from your backyard

Cut 7 strips of red ribbon, 6 strips of white (or cream) ribbon and 5 strips of blue ribbon. The length of these pieces will be determined by the size flag you would like, the size of ribbon and also the length of your stick. You will be doubling the ribbon, so be sure to cut it TWICE as long as you would like your flag strips to be. Cut the red and white stripes to approximately the same length.

Cut the blue pieces to be half the length of the red and white ones. For the large flag, my strips were around 30″ long (therefore the blue ones about 15″), and for the small one, my red and white strips were around 18″ long (therefore the blue ones around 9″).

Start with a red ribbon piece, and use best I can tell its called a cow hitch knot a simple knot to attach it to the stick. Its more of a loop that you feed the ends through.

Begin alternating red and white ribbons.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that all of your knots face the same way. Basically you are creating the red, white, red pattern of the flag by alternating ribbon colors.

Once you have completed knot #8 (doing red, white, red, white, red, white, red, white), then add in your first blue piece of ribbon. Then continue with your red and white pattern while inserting a blue ribbon in the opposite direction every other one. The pattern is red, blue, white, blue, red, blue, whiteetc. until you reach the very end. Again, be sure that your blue ribbons only are knotted in the opposite direction.

Once you have used all of the ribbon pieces, tie your twine using simple knots on either end so that you can utilize the twine as a hanger for the ribbon flag (see left photo below). Then tighten the loops and scrunch them towards each other to make sure that they are close together.

At this time separate out your blue knots from the red and white ones. Again, the blue loop knots should be facing the opposite direction). This is so when you hang it, the blue ribbons will be on top of the red and white to create the blue patch on the flag (see right photo).

Now you are ready to hang your flag!

The beauty of this project is that if you arent happy with the length of the ribbon, you can feel free to trim the ends until you find a size you like. I made two different flags a smaller one (left) and a little bit of a larger one (right). I think I like the tiny one better.

Want to see a video of this project? Just head to my site here http://www.hillcitybride.com/2017/07/patriotic-diy-wedding-favor/
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