Do you have a ton of ribbons but you don’t know what to do with them? Well, you can turn them into this DIY Ribbon American Flag! This is such an easy and simple patriotic DIY, but if an American flag doesn’t fit your decor style, you can switch up the colors and stencil to make it everyday or to match your country’s flag!
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Even though this DIY project is mostly hot gluing ribbon strips onto a Dollar Tree sign, I recorded the how-to steps during a LIVE video on my Facebook page! If you want to see the process, craft along, or just join in on the fun conversations, you can watch the replay!
For this project, I will be using these items but you can substitute where you want.
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- Dollar Tree Sign
- Dollar Tree Mophead
- Blue ricrac ribbon (gifted to me)
- Dollar Tree Star Stencil
- Dollar Tree Red buffalo check ribbon
- Red/White polka dot ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
- Dollar Tree Red mesh/wired ribbon
- White Floral Lace Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
- Chicken Wire Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
- Apple Barrel Snow White Acrylic Paint
- Hot Glue gun
- Glue Sticks
How to make a DIY Ribbon American Flag
Okay, y’all! Let’s get to the good stuff! Start by flipping your Dollar Tree sign over with the design facing your craft table. Then, paint over the entire back of the sign with white paint.
I recommend using Apple Barrel White Acrylic Paint for this. Once the back of the sign is painted, make sure you allow it to dry completely. I like to use my heat gun to speed up the drying process.
If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer on the low cool setting. Next, cut your fabric. When I originally made this project, I used white fabric and painted it blue.
However, it is probably easier if you simply use blue fabric from the get-go! Cut your fabric into a square to be the blue portion of your American flag. You can lay the fabric on the dried Dollar Tree sign to make sure you cut it to the correct size.
Next, you’re going to stencil the stars onto your blue fabric square. Lay the Dollar Tree star stencil on the blue fabric square and paint it over with white paint. Make sure you hold the stencil firmly in place to prevent it from moving and smudging your paint.
Red, white, and blue
Now it is time to create the stripes for your DIY ribbon American flag! First, take apart your mophead so you can use the mop strings. Once you have the mop strings removed, start gluing them and your ribbon onto the sign.
I started with a mop string on the edge of the sign. Then the mesh wired ribbon, followed by a mop string, red buffalo check ribbon, mop string, red polka dot ribbon, and repeat.
Cut the strips longer than the length of the sign so they hang over the bottom of it. Once the board is covered with your ribbon strips and mop strings, layer the white lace ribbon onto the sign.
Layer more strips of the red ribbons over the white lace, then hot glue a piece of the chicken wire ribbon over the very top of the sign. You’re going to want finger protectors or something to press the wire into the hot glue and get a secure bond.
Then, use a pair of wire cutters to trim the excess ribbon off the sides of the sign, or fold them around the edges of the sign and hot glue them to the back of the Dollar Tree sign.
Bring it all together
Next, you’re going to hot glue two strips of the blue ricrac ribbon across the very top of the sign. I wish that I could tell you where the adorable blue ricrac ribbon came from, but it was gifted to me by a sweet member of my Crafty Crew!
Now, hot glue the blue, star-stenciled fabric onto the sign, overtop the ribbon strips. Finally, you need to make the hanger for this DIY ribbon American flag!
To make my hanger, I took 3 ribbon patterns (the blue ricrac, red buffalo check, and white lace) and braided them together. Then, I hot glued the ends of the braided ribbons to the back of the Dollar Tree sign!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Ribbon American Flag as I did and decide to make it for yourself! If you do, I would love to see how yours turns out!
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Thanks for stopping by! XOXO Amber
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