Thursday, May 10, 2012
That meant the next trip was to JoAnne's where I knew I could find nylon rip stop fabric that would hold up much better out of doors. I purchased a quarter yard of the three colors that I wanted to use, red, yellow and orange. ( Our new rug is bright orange and yellow.) A quarter yard would make two flags of each color. Then, there were the poles. I new I had seen bamboo poles at Home Depot so that was our next stop. Unfortunately, they did not have any sturdy enough to withstand strong wind, but they did have these 8 foot tomato stakes that are steel on the inside and plastic on the outside.
Perfect! I knew they could be spray painted, so we purchased three of them and a can of Krylon spray paint in hammered metal finish that works on plastic - no priming needed. This is how the poles look painted.
I folded each strip in half long ways and zigzagged all the way down the edge. Next, I zigzagged the two pieces of each star together, leaving a small opening between the edges. I placed the strip of fabric in the opening and stitched it closed using a zigzag stitch.
Dan and I discussed how to accomplish this feat and I suggested zip ties, mainly because I had a bunch of them in my craft stash. They are easy to use and can be removed in the fall when we want to take the flags down. So, zip ties it was. I held each flag pole while Dan placed a tie in two places to secure it to the deck.
I was hoping for a good breeze after we got the flags in place so you could see the decorations when they float on the breeze, but we had no luck in that department today. But, I can say I LOVE our new deck decorations. They are bright, cheerful and colorful. The grandsons are going to enjoy watching them fly as much as we do. Flags rank right up there with kites in my book.
Now, here is the real kicker. These flags cost less than $10.00 each to make so I saved a lot of money by making them and the nylon will hold up much better than the cotton fabric used in the World Market flags. The poles were $5.97 each at Home Depot and the Fabric actually came to $2.00 for one flag. A quarter yard was $4.00 and I have enough left to make another flag out of each color. The can of Krylon was $4.97 and there is lots of paint left for another project. How is that for a major savings coup? My pocketbook likes it, that is for sure.
There are many ways you could make outdoor flags using nylon fabric. I didn't want our flags to be so big they blocked our view of the yard. Nylon fabric comes in lots of bright colors and holds up well in the weather. Today's post will hopefully inspire you to liven up your out of door space. We spend as much time outside as we can this time of year and this just makes it a little more enjoyable.
Things to Remember:
Spending time out of doors ads fun to your life.