At the heart of every gathering is a theme, sometimes the theme is subtle like comfort food for Sunday supper, other times the theme is crystal clear and obvious like Memorial Day’s first party of summer or a 4th of July celebration!
A couple of years ago I did a Vintage Parade and Picnic theme for my summer party and I thought it would be so much fun to make this String Art Flag as a festive backdrop to the celebration!
As it turns out, I love this project so much I’ve used this flag to decorate my house for two summers. And I’ve got a little makeover in mind for our den on the basement level that includes a denim sectional and this flag front and center!
Truly, this is a project that goes way beyond being a perfect backdrop for my 1st party of summer and if you’ve got a minute, I’ll show you how easy this is to make!
Before we get started I have to tell you that I actually dyed my string…the reason is that I wanted softer colors. If you want bright red,white and blue, I’m sure you can find string that’s just right. But if you want softer hues, dying the string might be a good option…and it’s SUPER simple!
Here’s What You Need
*String (get 2 if you will be making a big flag! I got mine at the grocery store!)
*Nails (you’ll need 2 or 3 packs – depending on the size of your flag! I also got these at the grocery store… they are small and shiny and I love them!)
*A backdrop…I used pallet wood nailed close together…but you can easily use a piece of plywood cut to the size you want!
First dye your string…
To create a subdued tone, because I so love soft shades of every color, I used vinegar, water and blue (and red) food color to dye my cotton string- I simply guessed at how much string and ended up having a little of each color left over—leave the string in for about 30 minutes…
Then squeeze out in paper towels and lay on towels to dry…
While your red and blue string are drying, take your backdrop and tape off your flag…(Leave a bit of room at the top and the bottom of the flag in case you have to change your lines (stripes) as you put on your string! That happened to me 🙂 )
Measure to make sure you can get your 13 stripes in (starting and ending w/ red!)
Now the nails! My grocery store nails (from Kroger) are all different sizes which is so nice for the overall look of the flag, and they’re soooo shiny!
I started nailing every few inch’s on the first row. On the second row I offset the nails.
After the nails for one row were in, I tied a knot in my string and started wrapping the string here-there-and everywhere! This part was really fun! Any sequence will work, just make certain you outline your stripe first and then fill in!
As you finish your rows, carefully lift and remove the tape…
The blue corner is a bit different than the stripes…you can nail your nails in rows or you can just put the nails in a random pattern like I did…one thing I noticed is that it took a lot of nails & blue string to make the blue stand out!
After I had the blue looking just-right, I taped off 5 stars and put nails at each corner…
Then I simply wrapped string around those nails to form the stars!
Since this project is done with dyed string, it’s best to bring inside after your party …use it to decorate for summer under a covered porch or inside the house!
I really love the almost faded look of the flag, it’s perfect for the vintage theme of my party!
Happy summer friends!
~I’ll be back to show you a few more ideas for summer gatherings~
P.S….Mike and I are at home from the hospital…thank you for being so kind my friends- for those who are keeping up, he’s on 10 weeks of IV antibiotics & blood thinners to help with the DVT. His spine is healing from the 2 surgeries and truly, we are so thankful for God’s mercy throughout this difficult time. Mike and I are trying to find our footing right now, but soon, when things settle down I want to tell you all about it.
Sending love xo