Make It: DIY Ombré Flags

Ooh! We’re so excited to share this DIY project with you lovelies today. We’ve been busy bees this week with a handful of creative projects, including this ombré flag little ditty for a wedding this week {ocean side, no less}. So here’s a dual post for you today; a fun and fresh DIY and a behind-the-scenes of what a planning and design team does.

muslin fabric {washed and dried- don’t iron} | Rit Dye | scissors | pencil | yarn or twine | a bamboo pole {we found a bundle at Home Depot | fabric glue 

Step 1: lay out your fabric nice and flat {be sure it’s dry} and trace out your flags with a pencil. We have two flags sizes – the larger is approximately 24″ wide with 2 20″ angles and the second is 14″ wide with 2 24″ angles to make it pointier. Cut out the flags.


Step 2: prepare your dye per the instructions and wet the fabric while your water is boiling for the dye. Place the water and dye in the bucket.


 Step 3: place one flag into the bucket, about 2/3 of the way down. Let sit for about 15 minutes.

ombre flag DIY

 Step 4: carefully pull out the fabric until just the tip {or about 8″} is resting inside the mixture. Let that rest for another 15 minutes. What you’re doing here is wicking the dye and giving the tip that dark dark look. The center will be lighter and it will have a nice color gradient.

Step 5: remove the fabric and place out to dry on the grass. Friendly warning: do not hang these out to dry. The dye can drip and bleed and ruin your projecct! We spread them out on the grass and they dried evenly.

ombre flag DIY

 Step 6: once your fabric is dry you can choose to iron it. Then lay it out on a flat surface – be ready with your bamboo spear, fabric glue and yarn. 

Step 7: place the bamboo atop your flag so that the top of the bamboo touches the top peak of the flag. Glue a thick layer of fabric glue down the bamboo and carefully roll the fabric over, pinching as you go.

ombre flag DIY

ombre flag DIY

 Be sure to really cinch the fabric in place so it rests nice and flush.

 Step 8: to finish off your flags take your yarn and scissors and cut pieces to about 12″ 

Step 9: wrap the two ends around and around the corners of the flags against the bamboo and tie in a knot. Not only are you giving it a nice finishing touch, but you’re securing the fabric even more; a must if it will be blowing in the breeze. 

Trim off the ends and your masterpiece will look like this!

ombre flag DIY

 Project + photos by Valley & Co. | Above photo: Shannon Lee Images for Valley & Co.

So, friends…what do you think about this project? We can envision it use in so many ways for entertaining and weddings: at a romantic and whimsical ceremony, at a shower, in a field to welcome guests to a rustic dinner party….stay tuned; we’ll Tweet a photo of these babies in action on Friday!

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  1. Paula says

    I have a perfect event for these lovelies…I can’t wait to choose my colors. Thanks for a most useful post!

  2. Jessica says

    What a great idea! I’m definitely trying that for my wedding reception decorations… I want ombre bunting, and fabric streamers. I found a site online that stock a great range of colors, so I don’t think it will be too big of a deal to make them myself


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