Fabulous Fall Flag

From the moment I made my first wall hanging for my daughter’s room, I dreamed up subsequent ones that I would make, the easy pine cone wall hanging for my front door and now this, a fall drop cloth sign/wall hanging/banner/flag . . . honestly I don’t really know what these types of “signs” are called, but I knew I had to give it a shot!  When I shared this on Instagram, I mentioned how I’m sure I could have bought one of these for under $10, but . . . where’s the fun in that???  Plus it involves coloring, which is supposed to be like therapeutic for adults nowadays 😉

In continuing with the #FabFallFest theme for the week:  Wall Decor, I’m going to show you how I created this Fabulous Fall Flag (say that 5 times fast.)

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Everything I used for this project, I had on hand, but in case you don’t have these items on hand . . .

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Canvas drop cloth
-Wooden Dowel or S’mores stick 😉
-Printer and paper (or vinyl if you own a cutter, or paint if you prefer)
-Sharpie-Ultra Fine Point
-Sharpie-Fine Point
-String, yarn or twine

Fabulous Fall Flag

Cut your canvas to the desired size, for the “Hello Fall” flag, it measured 16″Wx18″L, the smaller flag measured 10″Wx12″L.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fold your rectangle in half, and trim any uneven edges.

Fabulous Fall Flag

I used a book and drew a diagonal line from the folded corner to the edge. I then cut along the line.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Here are some designs which you may use to trace, or if you have a steady hand, you can create something free hand. 

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fabulous Fall Flag

This prints on two pages-landscape

For this tutorial, I decided to make a smaller banner for my outdoor lawn flag holder, and chose the “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed” wording. I trimmed the top and bottom, but kept the sides to help keep it centered.

Fabulous Fall Flag

I then flipped it over and taped it down.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Using my cell phone and my glass Ikea Vittsjo table, I made a makeshift projector, by placing the my phone with flashlight on, and elevated under the table to make it easier to trace the lettering.

Fabulous Fall Flag

 Fabulous Fall Flag

It’s very important to do a test run on a scrap piece of fabric to see how much pressure you should apply–and to be sure the ink does not bleed too much on the fabric.  Using the Ultra Fine Sharpie, I traced the wording.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Once all of your letters are traced, you can begin filling them in with the fine tipped sharpie.  When filling them in, rather than coloring as you normally would, I just filled it in with drawing lines and letting the ink spread. (on my original sign, I used a sharpie that was drying out, which seemed to work a bit better because I didn’t have to worry about the ink “bleeding”.)

Fabulous Fall Flag

Next, I ironed my flag, and folded over the top about an inch, and sewed along the edge to create a pocket for my flag holder.  I probably could have used glue for this as well, but since this one would be used outdoors, I wanted it to be a bit more secure.  If you are a perfectionist you may want to sew a hem around the the entire edge to keep it from fraying, but I wanted mine to be a little rustic, and since it’s fall, it suits it just fine 🙂

Fabulous Fall Flag

The tassel was made just like these in this tutorial, the pine cone is from nature, of course, and the wooden leaf is from Target’s Dollar Spot.

Next came the embellishments! A small pine cone, a wooden leaf and a tassel (my newest obsession), were strung and staggered to hang beside the flag.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fabulous Fall Flag

I had a hard time photographing the outdoor flag, as it was super windy out, and I had a toddler trying to escape the house . . . but, I ended up weighting the flag with 3 pennies glued together and hot glued to the bottom, backside of it.

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fabulous Fall Flag

Fab Fall Flag DIY

This was really fun to make, and t’s definitely a great little project to work on with a glass of wine–when the kids are off to bed 😉  I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time,

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  1. Erin Marshall
    September 7, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I love it Carli! So cute and look easy to make.

  2. Jessica
    September 12, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    So cute! Love it

  3. Kevin E. Brown
    September 15, 2016 / 7:17 am

    Great. this is exactly what I'm looking for. thanks a lot for sharing and you have new follower 🙂

  4. Alan C. Brown
    September 15, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    These wall hanging/flags look stunning, suitable for fall. Thanks for your detailed steps to make them, just bookmarked and create for my kids soon.

  5. Alaya
    September 15, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Love it Carli! Love the step by step instruction and hope to be able to make one for myself soon!

  6. Kimclark
    September 15, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    THanks for sharing the step by step instruction and look like easy to make. I try right now. That sounds intersting. I'm looking forward to your new posts.

  7. Laura
    September 30, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Love your DIY, it looks so cute, just bookmarked your detail instruction and will try to make it soon. Thanks so much.

  8. Ana
    September 30, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    It looks simple to follow. I'm not a handy person but I think this fab fall flag won't be a trouble for me lol

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