Patriotic Wall Hanging with Ribbon

An easy DIY flag for July 4th made using ribbon and denim and a branch from the backyard! This is a great use for scrap fabric and ribbon you may have!

Updated May, 2022
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I became an American citizen in 2016 and feel so blessed to live in a country with (nearly) unlimited freedoms, and abundance! Wondering where I grew up? Click here to find out!

In honor of July 4th...and really every other patriotic American holiday...I made this fun DIY take on the American flag. I have an obscene amount of craft ribbon that I needed to use up and this project helped a lot!

It was so easy to make! Here's what I did.

I ran out to my yard and grabbed a branch...

Tied some ribbon to it...

Added a denim pocket...

And hung it up!

Really, it was that easy! 

But just in case you need it, here is a more in-depth tutorial to walk you through the process.




I used my loppers to cut a nice, straight branch to about 16" wide.

Then I cut my ribbon to roughly the same length (16-18" long).

I used ribbon and trims like ric-rac, mini  pom pom trim, and even a piece of lace that I cut to the same length. Maybe my favorite addition of all though, was strips ripped from a white bed sheet!

*DIY INSIDE TIP: the local Goodwill is a great place to buy cheap cotton sheets that you can rip and tear for crafts like this one!

I left about an inch at the end of the branch for the hanging cord, and just started tying my ribbons and trim to the branch. Make sure that all the knots line up in a row so your hanging will hang nice and straight, and knot the ribbon closely together for a nice, full effect. I alternated red and white ribbon, but you can do whatever you'd like.

Just keep tying, tying, tying!

It takes just a few minutes to tie all the ribbons to the branch.

Time to work on the stars.

I have a thing for baby jeans. I have held on to nearly every pair of my kids' jeans because, are they not just so stinkin' cute?

They're pint-sized, and they bring back precious memories of my darling children's bums 🌝 What's not to like about a baby bum right (er, most of the time, that is!) 

A couple of years ago I was trying to 'thin' my pile of denim and decided to cut all the pockets off my kids jeans and make a cutie garland. You can see that project here.

I grabbed a denim pocket from my stash and hot glued a piece of eyelet trim to it.

See what I mean...soo cute!

I added some stars using white acrylic paint and a star stamp.

Three stars fit perfectly on this little pocket.

Next, I used my Cropadile hole puncher to punch two holes right through all those layers of eyelet and denim! Total aside...this tool is amazing! It punches through leather, fabric, cardboard and anything I throw at it...just like butter! 

I used it for this DIY leather and lace bracelet that I made a couple years ago.

Here's a close up of the holes.

I threaded ribbon through the holes and tied it onto my hanging where the ribbon completely blends in.

Then I tied a length of jute around each side of the branch to hang the wall hanging up.

My DIY ribbon flag turned out so cute, I am just loving it hung on my chippy arched window!

The denim and lace scrap fabric flag I made is draped over a pillow in this picture.
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I love decorating with red, white and blue, especially when I can create inexpensive crafts like this one that look good from year to year!

If you enjoyed this project, please feel free to PIN this image and share it with your crafty friends!

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  1. Hi Cindy, your banner is darling, I found your blog on The Pin Junkie today!
    Would love to have you stop by and share on ⇒Friday Features Linky Party
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Love your ideas. Very unique and simple to follow instructions. Thanks.

  3. Easy! Available! Patriotic ! Name it all.
    I simply love these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really want to make something like this!! I have to go see what I have for ribbons...and I just wrecked a pair of jeans so I have a couple of pockets now!!


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