Patriotic Flag Crafts: DIY a Duct Tape Flag

In this week’s mini-series of patriotic flag crafts, I think this Duct Tape Flag was definitely the easiest. One reason I like crafting with duct tape is that it’s so easy, like the Summer Duct Tape Wreaths I made last year. You might want to suggest this patriotic craft idea to any teens and tweens you know, as I’m guessing they might want to make their own Duct Tape Flag, too.

Super-easy flag craft made with duct tape!  Tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #DuctTapeCrafts

To make a Duct Tape Flag, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • Duct tape, one roll each red, white and blue
  • Self-adhesive mailing labels
  • Ribbon, 1” x 36”
  • Straight pins
  • Optional: Star punch
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; pen; Xacto® knife
With this short supply list, you can make a very cool Duct Tape Flag. #PatrioticCrafts #DuctTapeCrafts

Ready to roll! You don’t need much more than a 12″ x 18″ x 1″ sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and duct tape to make this project.

To make a Duct Tape Flag:

1. Cover each 18” edge of the foam sheet with an 18” length of duct tape, wrapping excess tape to the back of the foam sheet. Cover one edge in red and one in white.

2. Tear off a strip of duct tape about 22” long. Line up the strip with the bottom edge of the flag and tape it down, wrapping extra to the back of the flag.

3.  Each stripe measures 1-1/2” wide, and each stripe overlaps the previous stripe by about 1/2″. Using the ruler, mark 1-1/2” up from the bottom of the flag for placement of your next stripe. Add another stripe, lining it up with the marks you made on the previous stripe, and wrap the ends to the back of the flag.

How to make a Duct Tape Flag -- super easy! #DuctTapeCrafts #FlagCrafts

The duct tape stripes will overlap by about 1/2″. Mark guidelines for placement of each stripe on the previous stripe.

4. Continue adding stripes, following the guidelines you’ve marked on the previous stripe. For the last stripe, fold the extra tape at the top onto the top edge and trim the corners as needed so the tape lies flat.

5. The blue field is four stripes deep and 8” wide. Mark 8” from the left hand side along the top four stripes. Using an Exacto knife and ruler, neatly trim one end of a 10” strip of blue duct tape. Starting with the fourth stripe down from the top, line up the cut edge at the 8” mark and wrap the other end to the back of the flag. Repeat, adding and overlapping three more blue tape strips, till the blue field is filled in.

Easy trick for making duct tape stars using mailing labels.

I adhered duct tape to mailing labels before punching out the stars. That way, the tape didn’t stick to the punch yet I could still adhere the stars to the flag.

6. Attach eight small pieces of white duct tape to eight mailing labels. You can either cut out your stars freehand, or use a star punch. Remove backing from the stars and adhere to the flag.

7. Pin and glue ribbon to each side of the flag for a hanger.

Super-easy way to make a Duct Tape Flag. This one should hold up to the rain and the elements. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

I really had fun with this one, and I love the way it turned out.

Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up my mini-series of patriotic flag crafts with the flag I made with Laura Kelly’s America the Beautiful fabric for the I Love the USA blog hop.

In the meantime, take a peek at what’s new in the blog hop today — there are lots of creative ideas for celebrating July 4th with  family and friends.

  • Jen at Projects for Preschoolers designed a No-Sew Bracelet for kids. It’s a cute, mom & me project to make this summer.
  • A Sweet Berry Blog has been berry, berry busy! She shares a tutorial for a Fourth of July banner, and also shares photos of a tote bag, little girl’s pillowcase dress, hair clips and a garden flag, all made with the America The Beautiful fabric.
  • Debra at the CEO blog refashioned a man’s shirt to make a Hostess Apron that she plans to wear while running her B&B. Upcycling never looked so good!
  • Mrs. Hoff over at Major Hoff Takes a Wife has plans for a summertime picnic, complete with Patriotic Placemats and the cutest cake toppers! Her little girl’s dress is adorable, too.
  • Do you know a little girl who loves her dolls? Don’t miss the Doll’s Tea Party over at The Doll Diaries – this is a patriotic party for the smallest of the smalls!
  • Naptime Creations designed a collection of Patriotic Hair Bows over at Me and My Peeps. Little girls will find these irresistible!
  • Laura Kelly is famous for her doodles, of course, and she shares a few Patriotic Doodles from the I Love the USA blog hop team on her blog Laura Kelly’s Inklings.

Happy red, white and blue crafting!

P.S. Because I’m part of tomorrow’s blog hop, I’ll be posting really early tomorrow. I’ll be in your inbox first thing.


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36 Responses to Patriotic Flag Crafts: DIY a Duct Tape Flag

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  12. How cute is this?? You are so creative, I would’ve never thought to use duct tape. I’m so pinning this 🙂 Thanks for joining us in our Pin Party… Hope to see you again!

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  14. thanks for sharing this idea.. I actually did it today w/ one of my kids craft classes.. great idea, fun, easy, and the kids loved it.. doing it again tomorrow.. I shared the credit on my page..

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  18. So cute! I think my boys might even get into making this, since it’s flag related!

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely – duct tape is an equal opportunity craft supply! I hope they have a lot of fun with this one — please send a photo of their Duct Tape Flags. I’d love to see. Thanks! Sharon

  19. This is great! It looks so easy! We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow 🙂

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  21. Holly says:

    Totally Fab idea!!!! Holly 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you stopped in, Holly, and thank you. Can’t wait to see what you’ve designed for the blog hop tomorrow. We’re saving the best for last, right? Sharon

  22. Laurie says:

    That a fabulous idea!!!

  23. Katiria says:

    MAN that’s easy! lol

  24. Lorine Mason says:

    Who knew Duct Tape could be so Patriotic! Fun Project

  25. LisaM says:

    What a great use of duct tape and foam. 🙂
    Great job!

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