Even though I haven’t been posting much I’ve been busy creating crafty things for the garden. One of those things was a Canadian flag made using odd bits of material and a coat hanger.
Judith shared a shabby chic flag that she made and it got my mind thinking about making one. Last year I made some garden flags with the grandkids and they turned out lovely and now flutter in various spots in the garden. I decided to use paint again and some bits of material from the craft closet from other projects.
I love it when a project comes together and doesn’t cost anything at all, except for a bit of thinking and working time. I used a white plastic hanger, some red and white material, some red paint, a maple leaf and some freezer paper.
With pinking shears I cut the red fabric into 8 equal strips and the white into a big enough piece for the maple leaf and then 4 strips. I used a maple leaf from one of the back trees to trace for the pattern. Once it was cut out on the freezer paper I ironed it onto the bigger white strip of material.
By ironing the fabric it seals it to the material so that you get nice crisp edges when painting. It doesn’t matter if you go over the edge of the leaf stencil as the freezer paper is peeled away once it is dry.
All the strips had been folded over at the top and cut into 2 tabs. This was to knot them onto the coat hanger. The bigger piece of white material with the maple leaf on it had tabs on both sides.
Then it was time to hang the flag in the garden and watch it flutter in the breeze.
While making this flag I was mulling over the idea of cutting the centre piece to match the rest of the flag. The second flag has the centre cut into strips and it is tied onto a branch for a bit more rustic look.
Do you have a favourite?
Have you created anything for the garden lately?
I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party.
In the spring of 2017 I updated these flags by taking them off of the hanger and wood and tiring them onto a metal flag stand.
More flag whimsy – make a Canada flag from rocks
Here are a couple of flag crafts I made when I was a Girl Guide leader. The directions aren’t on my site, just photos, but if you need them just contact me and I’ll get them off to you.
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