Welcome back, sweet friends! First I’d like to say a big thank you for all the kindness when I was celebrating my big milestone last week. Also, today is the last day to enter the giveaway, so hurry over here and enter!
Today is Trash to Treasure day and I’m super excited to show you what I’ve been working on. Also you can see more thrifty makeovers from my friends at the bottom of this post. This thrifted frame spawned a festive patriotic home decor project: a DIY rag flag. Just wait till you see how cute it turned out!
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We’ll get to the frame makeover in a minute – it will all come together at the end. (P.S. There’s also a helpful quick video in this post if you like seeing the steps in action.)
How to Make a DIY Rag Flag with Bandanas
First, you will need several bandanas to make an American rag flag. I wasn’t sure how many I’d need at first, so I bought two each of red, white, and blue bandanas from Hobby Lobby for $.99 each and washed them to soften them up.
I ended up using 1.5 white, 1.5 red, and half of one blue bandana (I didn’t end up using the dark blue). Yours could vary depending on what size your frame is.
For a project like this where you’ll be cutting a lot of straight lines, you definitely need a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. You’ll save yourself a ton of time and won’t have achy fingers like if you’d used scissors!
First, I cut the red bandana into about one-inch strips. I also ended up cutting off the stitched edges.
Next I did the same thing with the white bandana.
You’ll end up with two piles of cut bandana strips. Mix each pile up a little so the pieces aren’t still in the same order you cut them in.
Then you’ll want a thick string or rope to tie the fabric strips onto (I had some jute cord at home already).
Cut the length so that there are about 6 inches hanging over each side of the frame. I cut mine a little short the first time… oops.
Tie the bandana strips on, alternating red and white, and alternating the patterns. Remember to start about 6 inches from the end of the rope. Push them together but not too tightly.
Keep going until the strips are almost the same width as the opening of the frame. (It helps to hold it up and compare them while you’re working.)
Now, in my head I had an idea where this project was going – but then I ended up shifting direction. That’s not unusual around here. 🙂
Next I grabbed the blue bandana and cut strips half the length of the bandana.
Then I went back to the left side, pushed the red and white strips apart a little, and tied the blue strips on every-other. So for example: red, blue, white, blue, red, blue, white, etc.
The blue part of the DIY American rag flag is like the “stars” part of a traditional USA flag.
Painting the Thrifted Frame
Then I brushed on CCP Simplicity which is a bright white.
Finally I attached the rag flag with a couple staples on the back of the frame.
And here’s my new patriotic home decor:
You don’t have to hang the American rag flag on a frame, but this really makes it look more like a piece of art rather than a banner. (But either way would look beautiful.)
Also, you could hang this art on a wall or set it on top of a mantel as part of a bigger patriotic display.
This rag flag project is perfect for patriotic decor on Memorial Day, Flag Day, and of course the 4th of July. Heck, you can keep it out all summer.
You’re welcome to share this project with others and Pin it for easy access later:
Here are some more patriotic home decor ideas to inspire you:
Now it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my friends! Let’s see what thrifty makeovers they’ve done this month…
Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the fantastic Afters and to learn how they did it:
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