Flags for the Porch

Flags for the Porch

I get a ton of questions about my screen flags, so I’m excited to share with you how I made them. They are summer happiness.

Plus they were really easy to make.

I simply cut 1x2s the sizes I wanted and screwed them together on the ends (be sure to pre-drill your holes).  I painted the frames white then stapled screen to the back.  You can see the staples when you are standing behind the screens on the porch, but it’s fine.  I like the simplicity of it.

Actually, you can see straight through them from the back.  You can’t really even tell they’ve got flags painted on them.  The kids think that’s neat-o.  It’s like a magic trick.

Once they were assembled I laid them on newspaper and painted the flags right onto the screen using painter’s tape for straight lines.  It was simple measuring.  I made a stencil for the Texas flag star out of cardstock. I used star shaped brads (from the scrapbook section in the craft store) for the stars on the American flag.  The little brads fit through the screen just fine.

I think the whole project took me less than 2 hours.  A couple of hooks screwed into the top and tied up with twine and they were done.

It’s a quick, easy, inexpensive way to dress up your porch for the summer.

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  1. Adorable. Brilliant. And Patriotic. Perfection! 🙂

  2. Love, love, LOVE these, Lisa! I must get at least ONE finished before the 4th of July family big bash.

  3. I remember those! They look wonderful!

    Perfect for summer – now if I only had a porch….

  4. YOu inspire me once again! And I am sure my husband thanks you as well…. you see we have these miscellaneous picture frames taking up space and a roll of screening. I wonder how a banner made this way would look??? I’ll let you know.

    Have a wonderful day! And thank you so very much for sharing!!!

  5. That looks like the “old school” metal screen… would this work just as well on any type screen? I wondered how you’d done that when I saw your post the other day. 🙂

  6. I’m in love with these screens. my crafting heart is soaring.

  7. Those are wonderful, Lisa!!! I’ve even got some big old screen windows just itching for me to do something with them!

  8. LOVE them! So cute! thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this Lisa … and do you know why? Because it is virtually unbreakable! I have an 8 pane door insert window that we rescued from the attic years ago that I’ve been wanting to paint a flag on and hang on our porch for ages … but … we have a baseball loving boy and that porch sees too much stray ball action to hang a glass window up! I’ve replaced the porch light twice (thankfully we had spares) but now I think I can get the same look in an unbreakable version – whoot!
    So, any ideas for the window? I think I have a safer place to hang it inside, but I want to do something less seasonal now. It is white and very old and a wee bit chippy – now I just need some inspiration!

  10. Great ideas for displaying flags around the holidays! Bookmarking this now!

  11. This is absolutely the best 4th of July project I’ve seen! It is so classy…and not time consuming! Pinning!

  12. I remember these!!! And I still love them ) <3


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