Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to make colorful flag garland

When it comes to birthdays there are certain things that you definitely must do here in Denmark. You MUST go to the birthday aisle at the grocery store and pick up little all sorts of Danish flags like this (pic from Lisa Congdon's trip to Denmark. She pointed out things to me that I completely forgot were novel!): Danish flag toothpicks, garlands, candles, etc. And if you can, you definitely hang a Danish flag outside. You can imagine that birthdays start looking the same after while so I was overjoyed when one of my favorite stores, Søstrene Grene, came out with a flag garland in various colors. Søstrene Grene is the type of store where you go in never knowing what they'll have in stock so you're lucky to find something awesome one day and then something not so awesome the next. Sadly, I haven't seen the garlands since and I've been wanting to pick a bunch up so what do we do? WE DIY IT! We celebrated Paul's birthday this weekend so I tried recreating the garland here today and show how to make it applicable to your own country's flag.
Materials: felt, marker, glue gun, 3mm white ribbon, 2m twine, scissors for fabric, red embroidery floss, needle

Step 1: Cut out the shape you desire on a thicker piece of paper to use as a template. You can download the free PDF template here.

Step 2: Trace the shape onto the felt with the marker. A word about the felt: I used really nice wool felt which is a bit pricey. Acrylic would work well too it just doesn't feel or look the same. I might suggest making this with friends since you only need one of each color and then splitting the cost.

Step 3: Cut the felt in all the colors you plan on using.
Step 4: Apply the glue to the felt and lay the ribbon on top.

Step 5: Do the same to the next line of the flag.

Step 6: Cut off the ends of the ribbon so they are in line with the felt.

Step 7: Repeat to the rest of the colors.
Step 8: Use only 2 strands of the embroidery floss and thread it into needle.

Step 9: Thread it from behind and into the twine.

Step 10: From the back, go around the twine so it creates a loop around the flag. 

Step 11: Secure with your thread.

Step 12: Repeat to all the flags making sure the flags are placed equidistantly on the twine.
You can do the same with your own country's flag. I tried it out with the Union Jack and the US flags.
Happy flag day! 
all photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen


Judith said...

I love Søstrene Grene! I still regret not buying a few things there too ;) But it's cool that it has inspired you to DIY this beautiful bunting! Lovely!

La La Land said...

Mange tak! I am so excited to make this, as I work a lot with felt. I love me a cute Danish flag bunting, too!

Mette said...

Thanks, for sharing, Brittany. I like Søstrene Grenes too. lovely pictures!

Margeaux Knight said...

I absolutely love this garland! My mind is racing with creative ideas right now to make garlands. Thanks for sharing!


Mary Has Sound said...

I absolutely love garlands and this one is spectacular!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

that is so pretty! I bet the kids would love these at parties.

kimi www.californiapixie.com said...

That's totally the answer to all my problems!!! We always string stuff up in the kitchen the night before a birthday. Tissue paper creations but the wind coming off the ocean thru the big window does a little job on them. This is it!!! Felt. I'm on it! kimi.

Brittany Watson said...

oh guys yes! @kimi, do it!

Brittany Watson said...

@judith, do you LOVE that store! it's seriously the best. AND they play classical music while you shop, so fancy!

kalanicut said...

Definitely a favorite store from former life in Copenhagen! I love Danish birthday traditions, official birthday cake and all the flags. I still love to hang my flag & heart garlands around at Christmas time. Warms my heart to see this darling project you created! Must get back to DK for a good visit!

Xander Lawson said...

Those flags just gave me a great idea. To be precise, stringing some of those around the house would add a little bit of a festive feel to the current country chic.