What could be more festive than a flag garland hanging on the wall with a happy message on it?
Flag garlands are very hot right now, and I thought I would give it a shot for my Halloween candy buffet. It was really very simple to make, but the overall added effect is huge. I love that you can customize the garlands for any occasion and you can use the colours that you love or suit the theme of your party. So go wild!
Here is a quick tutorial on making your own little festive flag garland:
- Select the paper you want to use – I went with fall/halloween themed paper, and think the green, orange and brown worked very well together. You may choose to make all the flags the same colour, or switch it up by using a whole bunch of colours. I went with solid colours for the actual flags, and a pattered paper for the letters.
- Grab a pencil and ruler and measure out the triangles on the back of your chosen sheets. I made the triangles 2″x2″x2″. Be sure to include a little lip along one edge of the triangles (mine was about 1/4″). See #4.
- Have a little cutting party and cut out all your little flaggies.
- Fold the little lip over – this will serve as a lip for placing the flags on the string and holding them in place.
- Trace letters on the back of the paper you want to use for the letters. Remember that the letters need to be backwards in order to show the right way when turned over! This can be a little tricky, but luckily a lot of the letters are the same both ways.
- Continue your cutting party and cut out the letters – use a glue stick to glue them on to the front of the flags.
- Measure out a piece of string for placing the flags onto – make sure it is long enough to fit all of the flags, including some extra room for hanging it on the wall.
- Place the flags onto the string and use clear tape to tape the lip of the flag onto the back of the flags in order to fix them onto the string.
- Fix the string to the wall (I just used the clear tape to fix the ends to the wall and that seemed to work OK).
Easy peasy, right??
So fun! I am already thinking of when I can make them again! I have seen a lot of mini flag garlands on cakes all around the blogoshpere. Must.Make.Soon.
But for now I will enjoy my Halloween garland, eat a lot of candy and figure out what on earth I am going to dress up as for a Halloween party on Saturday! Any ideas for me??