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DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland

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This DIY Flag Garland is an easy 4th of July craft with a cool vintage look. A few simple materials and some hot glue are all you’ll need.

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They were my favorite jeans.

They fit perfectly, and the denim was the softest I’d ever felt. I found them somewhere in San Francisco, back in the DBMB (Days Before My Babes). I’d never heard of the brand before – Mavi – but that didn’t matter. Those were the days when new clothing labels seemed to pop into existence overnight.

I wore my Mavis everywhere. They were my second skin. I even wore them when I went to meet Handan for the first time in Doha, Qatar. When she saw my jeans, she was thrilled! I smirked and chalked up another victory for my apparently incredible fashion sense.

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“Your jeans are Turkish!” she said.

“Huh,” I said, “who knew?”

“Do you know what what “mavi” means in Turkish?” she said.

I shrugged.

“It means “blue,” she said.

“Ahhhh, I get it! Mavi. Blue. Blue jeans!” I’m smart like that.

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I continued to wear my Turkish jeans everywhere. As was inevitable, I eventually wore them out.

Right in the crotchety crotchal region.

Their death was as swift as it was unexpected. One minute I was donning Turkey’s finest denim and feeling like a rock star model, the next, I squatted down, and a rrriiiipppp unlike any other I’d seen or heard tore across my nether region, frightening neighborhood children and causing stray dogs to howl miserably.

“Ooops.” I stood and waddled my way to privacy where I could assess the damage. Get it? ASSess?? Hello?

The damage was severe and total. It was impressive, really. I mean, I’ve torn a few seats in my day, but this was like the San Andreas fault is supposed to look after The Big One.

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I loved those jeans, and I hated to give them up. I even convinced my babes to sew them back together with a ginormous patch. My new Frankenjeans survived a while longer, but that soft and supple denim just couldn’t handle the stresses of a chubby, middle-aged white guy floundering around the house trying to make and fix stuff. Once again, they blew apart along the same fault line.

I gathered them in my arms and brought them to Handan.

She looked at the jeans and then up at me.

“No, my babes,” was all she said.

My favorite jeans were interred in a large duffel with all of Handan’s crafting and sewing fabric, and there they’ve slept since 2014.

Until now.

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

I walked into the kitchen the other day, and there they were on the counter – my favorite Mavis! I scooped them up and held them to my chest. Could it be? Was my babes going to sew them back together again? I looked at her as a child looks at its mother when passing the toy section in a department store.

“Good lord, you silly bugger!” she said. This wasn’t looking promising. “You have a closet full of new clothes. Why do you want to wear this ripped garbage?”

I sighed. When women want to wear ripped jeans, it’s called “fashion,” and they pay out the nose for the privilege. When a man wants to do it, he’s considered a slob. [Yes, but women’s jeans aren’t ripped between the legs, LOLOLOL! 🙂 -Handan]

It’s so unfair.

Anyway, long story…well, long, she wanted me to make her a Fourth of July flag garland out of my beloved jeans and some other materials.

Hmmph. Well, at least they were going to live a patriotic afterlife.

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DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland

Last year, we’d barely started unpacking by The Fourth, so we had to skip out on decorating, save for a few Dollar Tree flags we planted in the front yard. This year, my babes wasn’t going to miss out! With our new fireplace ready for some seasonal garland action, she was determined to make the most of this Independence Day. In addition to this flag garland, we made a bunch of Fourth of July decorations for our fireplace, mostly from Dollar Tree materials. I’ll talk more about about them when we get to the final pics.

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We had this fabric left over from our DIY Christmas Gnomes. If you haven’t done so already, hop on over to that post after reading this one. You’re going to want to make some for Christmas this year! Handan has had it earmarked for some sort of flag craft for two years now. She finally got to use it!

red and white striped fabric

I gave it an ironing, since it had been cooped up with all the other fabrics for two years. I wonder if it got to hang out with my Mavi jeans at all? Have I mentioned I loved those pants?

ironing fabric

I used our Cricut Maker 3 and scissors to cut the field (that’s the striped part of the American flag), and they both work equally well. The dimensions are 4 1/2 x 6 1/2.

Handan wanted 7 flags for the garland, so that meant 7 pieces of ticking stripe and 7 pieces of my beloved blue jeans for the canton (that’s the blue part of the American flag, also called the union). See? Always something new to learn here at The Navage Patch!

cutting blue jeans with scissors

An easy way to cut the cantons by hand was first cutting a piece of cardstock to the proper dimensions (2 1/8 x 3)…

making flag garland

…then pinning it to the denim, and cutting around it.

cutting blue jeans with scissors

If you have a cutting machine, it’s even quicker, but cutting with scissors is easy enough.

fabric on cricut fabric mat

Next I cut some stars in half with a razor blade. This isn’t strictly necessary. You could just glue the stars on the flag as they are, but since they are kinda puffy, I thought they looked better cut in half with the flat side glued to the flag. But, really, what do I know? (If you answered “nuthin,'” you win a ham.)

cutting a styrofoam star in half
styrofoam star

 With the stars cut, my prep work was done, and it was time to start making some flags for Handan’s flag garland.

making diy flag garland

As you can see in the photos above and below, I pre-folded the top of the flag to make it easier to glue. Then I ran a line of hot glue along the top of the fabric…or bottom as it looks in the picture below.

making flag garland for fourth of july

Next, I folded the fabric over on itself and then flipped the flag back over.

gluing fabric to make a flag garland

Then I ran a line of glue around the blue canton

making a flag garland

And I glued it to the upper left corner of the flag.

gluing fabric for a flag garland

I then glued the star in the middle of the canton.

gluing a star on a flag
gluing a star on a flag

You may be tempted to shout, “HEY! That’s not an American flag! That’s the flag of LIBERIA!” Madam, while you are no doubt correct and wise beyond your years, I prefer to think of this flag as belonging to the United State of YOU. There’s only one of you (how could there possibly be another), thus only one star needed.

See? Controversy solved and identity crisis averted.

Now where were we?

Ah yes, the string. I tied a knot in one end of my string.

making an american flag garland

The knot served no other purpose than something to be skewered by the skewer.

putting string through a garland

Thus making it easier to thread the string through the garland.

threading string through a garland

One down, six to go!

flag garland

Handan loves her Fourth of July flag garland. She hung it across the fireplace and then carried on decorating. Let’s have a look.

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Most of the other decorations are made from Dollar Tree supplies. Remember this guy?

5-Minute Fourth of July Decor | TheNavagePatch.com

That was a 5-minute project we made two years ago, and it survived the move to Georgia intact!

These little guys are just Dollar Tree flowers glued onto Dollar Tree straws. Handan made the pompoms with Dollar Tree yarn using our pompom maker.

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Dollar Tree flags in a blue and white porcelain vase.

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

Those little 3-D wall plaques from Dollar Tree are great for crafts. We made a flag with DT straws, and Handan made another with some craft paper and silver stars she had on hand.

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We never did much decorating for the Fourth in out old house, but there’s so much light and so many places to decorate here!

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

This one was made from Target Dollar Spot materials Handan had bought a few years ago.

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

My babes made the garland hanging above the flag garland by threading fairy lights through those red, white and blue stars and balls.

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

Handan made the garland below from wood beads she painted red and white and Dollar Tree foam stars.

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

And when the sun sets and the light gets low…

DIY Fourth of July Flag Garland - TheNavagePatch.com

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  1. I Love this Banner made from those “Mavi” Turkish jeans! How entirely appropriate- America- Like Canada, being a melting and mixing pot of culture and colour- all coming together to create Greatness!
    On top of which- these little buggers are cute as can be! Your home will positively glow with American Pride and Patriotism! Not at All a bad thing !
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    From ??
    LBB

  2. This is cute. Since I sew, I might make one of these garlands but sew the Union on so I can fray the edges a little. You always have great ideas and your stories and humor never cease to entertain me.

  3. What great patriotic ideas!!! I really love the holders for the flowers and pom poms. Care to share where you found them, or perhaps they were just a great find for all holidays?
    Thank you for always being so upbeat!!!

  4. And you got the flag protocol correct for displaying the flag! Blue corner with stars goes on the left! I only know because I had to look it up recently! 😉

  5. Greg, I love the things you do. I love your story telling. My husband had a pair of jeans he loved. I kept patching them for him, till they got to heavy and started falling off. He finally let me throw them away. Thanks for making me laugh at your stories, I need it. I just lost my husband two months ago, after 50 years of marriage. Lol

    1. Hi Jill, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. If my stories brought a smile to your face during this difficult time, then I feel honored and grateful. Stay strong and keep those good memories alive!

  6. I love this project, an homage to the American flag. Beautiful! I, along with everyone else, know the pain of having a special piece of clothing wear to the point of no longer being repaired. With that in mind I googled Mavi jeans and found they are available online at the Mavi store. I don’t know if they are the same, but you might look into it. Thanks again for another wonderful idea.

    1. Ahhhh, April, they are available, and I’ve even seen them here and there in stores. But I’ve never found a pair like the ones I got 15 years ago. It seems The Great Cheapening has worked its way into Turkey as well. Sigh. Oh well!