Easy No Sew DIY Flag Garland

If you want to make an easy no sew DIY flag garland, then this post is for you. Learn how to make this garland using very simple supplies.

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While I was getting out my stash of antique and vintage flags, I had an idea. Why not make a flag garland? Garlands are always fun to use at any holiday since they seem to make any event more festive. This particular garland could be used during the 4th of July or for any festive summer occasion.

So lets get started.

Easy No Sew DIY Flag Garland

This project was particularly easy for me to make because I used the existing supplies I had on hand. It took me about 2 hours to make a garland with 12 flags.

Supplies

Where possible, I have provided a link where you can purchase the referenced supplies.

Cut the Fabric Scraps

I happen to have a large stash of fabric scraps from all the upholstery projects I have worked on. If you don’t already have scraps of fabric to use, you can usually purchase remnant pieces of fabric from your local fabric store.

Supplies for DIY flag garland

I had some heavier white fabric that I cut into 12 rectangles that were 5 inches long and 3 inches tall. To ensure consistency I created a paper template and used that for making each rectangle.

Here is a TIP for cutting your fabric pieces: use pinking shears to cut the fabric. Pinking shears cut the fabric into a zigzag pattern on the edges which prevents it from fraying.

Then, using some blue check and blue striped fabric, I cut out 12 smaller rectangles that were 2 inches long and 1 inch tall. You can use any blue fabric you like.

Fabric used for flags

If you look at the photo above you can see the zigzag edges on the fabric made by the pinking shears. Cutting out the fabric rectangles is not a pursuit of perfection. Generally cutting the flags the right size will work just fine.

Make the Flags

Once the fabric pieces have been cut, plug in your hot glue gun to let it heat up.

Meanwhile, using your red check tissue paper, start cutting out 12 pieces of tissue paper that are 5 inches long and 3 inches tall. You are going to use the hot glue to attach the tissue paper onto the 5″ by 3″ fabric pieces. Note, you can cut the paper slightly smaller than 5″ by 3″ to ensure they fit onto the fabric. I only needed 2 full size sheets of tissue paper for this project.

Red check tissue paper

The red tissue paper will represent the flag stripes.

Then glue the smaller 2″ by 1″ blue rectangles on top of the red check tissue paper to the upper left corner of the larger rectangle. The photo above shows you how this should look.

At the end of this step, you should have 12 pieces of fabric that now resemble flags.

Add “Stars”

Take a piece of tinsel pipe cleaner and using some scissors, cut it into small 1/4″ sections. Each flag requires 8 tinsel “stars”. Use your hot glue gun to attach the stars to each flag in the blue section of the fabric.

Just a quick note, you can make more stars and attach them to the flags. I kept to 8 stars for simplicity but you can certainly add more.

Attach Twine

Using your hot glue gun, attach some jute twine to the back of the flags. I decided to attach the twine on the left side of the flag.

Attach the twine

You may decide to attach the jute twine to the top of your flags rather than to the side.

I spaced the flags 3 inches apart on the twine.

Final DIY Flag Garland

I tied knots at the end of the twine so that I could easily hang up the flag garland. Here are some images you can pin to Pinterest to remember this project for future reference.

Easy No Sew DIY Flag Garland

This little garland adds the perfect amount of festivity to a corner with a bench.

DIY Flag Garland

Summary

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration.

If you liked this project, you might also enjoy the following.

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9 Comments

  1. This garland is so adorable!!! I love how your fabric scraps have such a country feel to them with the ticking strips. No sew is my favorite kind of project so this is right up my alley! Such a fun craft for Summer, Anna!

  2. I have no idea how you come up with so many fantastic craft ideas but I am in LOVE! This has the vintage vibe of bunting and feels fun and festive all at the same time. Pinning now and will share it next week. Hugs and thanks for the easy inspo, CoCo

  3. Hi Anna! This is such a cute and clever DIY! The flags look great and I would have never thought to use a silver pipe cleaner for the stars! How did you ever think of that? I also like how you used a combination of paper and cloth! It goes perfectly with your vintage flag collection! Can’t believe the 4th of July will be here so soon!

    1. I also can’t believe the 4th of July will be here soon! Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by.

  4. What a fabulous project, Anna!! I love the vintage look and how festive it is! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Anna, I am in love with this project idea! I am saving this one for next year. The garland is too cute, and I love the use of tissue paper, so affordable.

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