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Making flags

A simple flag making activity to decorate your outdoor space.

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Flags are a great asset to any outdoor space/camp/den and even better if you can make your own!

What you'll need

  • material – we have used calico but an old cotton sheet would work just as well
  • pens – fabric pens or acrylic pens (water based pens such as felt tips work well but will run if left out in the rain)
  • a wooden stick for a flag pole

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • leave no trace
  • consider using recycled material

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use
  • working with sticks
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Step #1 Cut your cloth

Cut out a flag shape. If you want to age it you could feather the ends and stain with tea (NB too much staining will effect the art work).

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Step #2 sketch your design

Using a pencil, draw the outline/shape you wish to create.

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Step #3 Make it permanent

When you are happy with the design draw over the pencil in your chosen pen.

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Step #4 Attach to the flagpole (a)

Attach the flag to the pole – tie the ends of the flag to a wooden pole with string. You will need to do this tightly or it will keep falling off.

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Step #5 Attach to the flagpole (b)

Alternatively, eyelets can be used to help tie the flag onto the pole and for a neater finish. You can get different types of eyelets; the ones we used in this activity were inserted using eyelet pliers.

Tie the flag through eyelets onto the pole and secure using a knot such as reef knot.

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Step #6 Finish off

Trim all the ends to tidy up.


If your flags keep slipping down try drilling a hole in the top of the pole or sawing a groove in the top to secure the string to.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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