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21.5.12

22 DIY: Bendable Fabric Cake Flags

Guest post by Gaelan Cormier of Uschi&Kay and Sam Dubeau of Have&Hold


These little flags make a big statement. They can easily be crafted from a mixture of new, vintage, and recycled fabrics. Use them for a specific occasion or have them handy for when guests come over to get a little 'wow' out of them. They are fantastic for birthday parties! They can be re-used over and over, and are bendable to create a loose or tight wave.  Click below to see how:






Materials:

- New or scrap pieces of fabric (darker, patterned fabrics work best to hide the wire)
- Scissors
- Masking tape (1" wide is recommended, but other sizes will do)
- Mod Podge (matte)
- Paintbrush
- Light Crafting Wire (white or silver is best)
- Small dowel (6" in length is recommended)
- Glue gun (optional)


Instructions:
1. Cut approximately 4.5-6" of wire. Straighten it out as best as possible, but don't worry about it being perfect. It will be hidden.

2. Tear a strip of masking tape about the same length as the wire and lay the wire onto the tape down the center. Then tear another strip of tape, again the same length, and cover the wire so that it is sandwiched between the 2 pieces of tape.


3. Using scrap paper or newsprint to protect your work surface, grab your Mod Podge and paintbrush, and coat one side of the taped wire. Lay down a piece of fabric cut slightly larger than your pieces of tape with the edges overlapping so that the excess can be trimmed later. Press it down firmly so that it sticks. Repeat the same process for the other side and allow some time for it to dry.


4. Coat the outside of both sides of the fabric piece with more Mod Podge to make sure it is sealed. Be careful to allow each side to dry enough so that it doesn't stick to the newsprint.


5. Now it's time to trim! Try to follow the edges of the tape and cut straight. At one end, cut a reverse arrowhead shape to give the flag some character.

6. Glue the other straight end of the flag piece to the top of the dowel and curl the piece around it once or so to secure it. I recommend using a hot glue gun since it dries so quickly, but the Mod Podge or other glue can be used to if you're willing to wait.


7. Now the fun part - create a beautiful wave in your flag by bending it. The wire inside will make this an easy process to do and re-do over and over.


Enjoy creating an impressive colourful collection of dessert flags!

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Gaelan is the founder and editor of Uschi&Kay, a Canadian wedding blog for the modern crafty bride. She believes in making things, always learning, and finding inspiration in the most unexpected of places.

Sam is a graphic designer and crafter, the talented lady behind Have&Hold Design, and Uschi&Kay's DIY expert. She created Have&Hold Design with one simple idea: Life should be celebrated and she applies that notion to everything she makes.

All photo's by Scarlet O'Neill.

22 comments:

Erica said...

These are adorable. They would also make such cute place cards, just add your guests names. :)

scissor variations said...

lovely.

http://papiervalise.typepad.com/scissor_variations/2011/03/flags-swags-bags.html

Madge said...

Love the cute little flags!

Mandy Behrens said...

These are simply frickin' adorable!

W-S Wanderings said...

Gorgeous! They'd be a perfect addition to a breezy fairy home too.

shaleah said...

these are absolutely adorable! i may have to make a couple of these flags for my daughter's dollhouse!

Nikki @ Tikkido said...

Magnificent! As if I needed another project to do before my daughter's birthday party this weekend--but I clearly must make these adorable flags now!!

Narelle Heath said...

How sweet! Putting the wire in makes such a difference. Now what do I need little flags for...

Irena Sophia said...

Love this :) my next little project!

Tracey Fisher said...

Wow - this is great. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial - I can't wait to get started. Adorable. I can think of so many uses for this... my mind is spinning! Have a great day!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

These are adorable. Love that they're also bendable!

Pru @ Perfecting Pru said...

Wow! These are so sweet, I am definitely making these! Thanks for the tutorial!


Pru

Pamela R said...

These are sooo cute! I love how simple they are to make and that they are bendable! Just perfect!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

So cute! Great tutorial, love that they're bendy

Rafaela Ribeiro said...

Hello,

I pointed out this post on my blog. Check out:

http://rafaribeiiro.blogspot.com.br/2012/05/daqui-e-dali-20.html

Kisses and hugs ♥

Baezamama said...

http://thebaezablog.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-bendable-fabric-cake-flags.html
LOVE these!! I made a bunch last night because your tutorial was so easy! Thank you!!

sue said...

I cant cook to save my life, but the flag tutorial is exactly what I needed to add wow to my scrapbooking!

Nikki @ Tikkido said...

I knew from the moment I saw your wonderful tutorial that these flags were perfect for my daughter's birthday cake! I just posted photos here: http://tikkido.com/node/657 Thanks so much for the idea and great instructions!

Erika said...

What a sweet idea, I have to make this!

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Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...

Lovely idea!

Marga said...

So cute!!

lyndsay said...

how did i miss this INSANELY cute tutorial? love it!!