Summer signals outdoor and patio time. I love sitting on my patio drinking my morning coffee or relaxing in the evening with an iced or chilled beverage. Nothing says come join me for a while than a patio with flowers, your favorite beverage, and cute outdoor decor. I love to personalize my patio and outdoor spaces because it makes the space more inviting. One quick and easy way to personalize is to use an outdoor garden flag because yard flags create a powerful punch of color and unique individualization for any yard or patio.
What you will need to create your outdoor garden flag:
- Burlap/outdoor fabric
- Decorative Fabric choices
- Patterns and tracing pencil (I cut my pieces from my Cricut)
- Modge Podge
- Ribbon (to make it easier for edging, get double-folded/blanket edge ribbon)
- Hot glue gun
- Foam brush
- Adhesive web (optional)
Outdoor Garden flag DIY
Step 1- Decide the theme of your garden flag then, determine decorative fabrics to use. I decided on a Patriotic theme for my lawn flag because I can use it numerous times for various patriotic holidays throughout the year. Next, choose the base and decorative fabrics, then gather the supplies.
Step 2- Cut and iron the base fabric, which can be burlap or outdoor fabric. I wanted my flag to be 12.5 inches wide x 18 inches long so, I doubled the length (total of 36 inches). But, before moving any further, you need to decide between 2 styles of garden flags because this will determine the length of your fabric.
A: Pocket garden flag
B: Tab garden flag.
For the Pocket garden flag
Add 4 inches of fabric (a total of 40 inches) if you want a “pocket” type lawn flag. Fold over the burlap/outdoor fabric and leave 4 inches of fabric at the top. Next, iron the burlap/outdoor fabric, making sure to iron down the fold at the bottom of the lawn flag. PHOTO
For the Tab garden flag
If you prefer a “tab” type garden flag, you will NOT need to add 4 inches to the length. You will use 4 inches of ribbon to create a tab. You can create 2, 3, or even 4 tabs. After deciding the number of tabs, fold the fabric in half and iron. Make sure to iron down the fold at the bottom of the lawn flag then, hot glue one edge of each tab to the top back edge, on the back side of the yard flag.
After deciding and creating the way the garden flag will hang, hot glue the SIDE edges together. Don’t worry about perfection because you will eventually cover the edges in ribbon. DO NOT glue the top edge just yet.
Create your unique outdoor garden flag
Step 3- Now comes the fun part: Creating the design. First, iron the decorative fabric so there are no creases, then cut your design pieces. Want your fabric to adhere to your burlap? Using fusible web on the back of your decorative fabric before cutting pieces will help because it keeps your design pieces from moving, especially if there are several small pieces. After adding fusible web, cut the pieces for your chosen design. I used my Cricut to cut the pieces for my lawn flag.
Don’t have a cutting machine? Need another option? You could print a simple picture from your printer or use simple coloring book page to create a pattern for your garden flag. Trace the pieces on to the design fabric, then cut out the pieces.
Step 4- Assemble the pieces of your outdoor garden flag in layers. If you are using a base fabric, place it on your garden flag first, then “paint” the Modge Podge using a foam brush. After it dries, assemble the next layer, then “paint” the Modge podge. Allow to dry, then “Paint” an additional 2 more coats of Modge Podge over the entire design.
Step 5- Ribbon time! To begin to add the ribbon, line the fold of the double sided ribbon to the edge of your lawn flag, then carefully hot glue the edge of the ribbon to the edge of the yard flag. Ribbon the sides of the garden flag first, then add the ribbon the bottom. When adding the ribbon to the top, only glue the ribbon to the front top edge. DO NOT glue the edges together because you do not want to seal the deal just yet!
Finish the yard flag off!
Step 6- Finally, Seal the Deal by sealing the top of your lawn flag. The type of lawn flag you created dictates the way you finish off your outdoor garden flag.
For the Pocket garden flag
First, fold the extra 4 inch edge over to form a 2 inch loop then, hot glue the edge of the burlap down to the back side of the garden flag. Next, glue the ribbon edge down to cover. The edge of the ribbon should line up with the edge of glued down loop.
For the Tab garden flag
First, fold over your ribbon loop, then hot glue to the edge of the ribbon. Finally, glue the ribbon edge down then cover the glued loop edges.
Final finish!!! Spray the entire outdoor garden flag with a sealer. I used Krylon UV Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating. Make sure you spray One side, then allow to dry. Follow up with spraying the second side, then allow time to dry.
3 Outdoor Garden Flags as gifts
Looking for a simple, inexpensive gift? Create an outdoor garden flag. Need some ideas? Check out my Garden Flag Pinterest Board. Outdoor garden flags make great gifts for any holiday because they can be personalized in so many ways.
Did you like this Patriotic flag? Check out my Amazing Firework Display.
If you need help or just want me to create a custom outdoor garden flag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and pricing.