DIY YOUR WEDDING + NEWS | mini personalized flags | Killer photo booth props double as the perfect thing for guests to wave at your faces after your ceremony!


Tomorrow something pretty big is happening.  And no, we’re not getting ANOTHER puppy – though that would be adorable of us, wouldn’t it?  But no; what we’re doing is LAUNCHING OUR SARAH SEVEN DRESS GIVEAWAY (!!), and we are moderately pumped about it.  Because ITWILLBEMODERATELYAMAZEBALLS.  Obvs.  I don’t think there’s any way for a dress giveaway NOT to be amazeballs, but a Sarah Seven dress giveaway?  These suckers are custom fit to yo’ beautiful bod.  Custom.  So winning this giveaway might cause seizures of the overexcited variety.  Of course, we don’t want to cause seizures of the too many flashing lights variety, so we won’t be featuring this Kanye video in tomorrow’s post.  Scout’s honor.

Moving right along!  Ok, you guys, I absolutely ADORE IT when Knotty readers submit DIY projects.  It kind of happens all the time.  Now, we currently happen to be working through DIY Contributor ‘applications’ – aka emails from DIY peeps expressing interest in becoming contributors – (P.S. – we’re still accepting apps if you didn’t hear the announcement on Twitter; we sort of only announced it on Twitter, for some dumb reason), but reader/bride submissions just do something special inside of my heart… and you know what?  I think it’s about time we start featuring your killer work.  And so it begins… with Chelsea’s Magnificent Mini Flags Project.  Chelsea and I hope you dig it!

Take it away, Chelsea!

When I was looking for ways to add some cute DIY touches, I came across Oriental Trading’s mini canvas flags (seen here) and the proverbial lightbulb clicked on. Now, the photo shows some pretty sweet paint skills, but being that 1) I can barely draw stick figures and 2) my artist boyfriend (I can’t say fiance, it’s still weird) is, well, lazy, I decided to decorate these bad boys with some iron on transfers.

So, for this project you will need the following:

  • Mini flags
  • A computer
  • Some sort of design program (I used Adobe’s Photoshop & InDesign)
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Stitch or some similar adhesive
  • Light fabric transfers
  • An inkjet printer
  • Pillowcases or t-shirts you don’t care about
  • An iron
  • A flat work surface

First things first, if you go with the OT flags, the dowels have very pointy bottoms and they slide out of the flags. Unless you’re trying to draw first blood at your wedding, do yourself a favor and snip the very tip of the pointed part so you just have a weak excuse of a pointy nub. You’ll notice the part of the stick that was actually inside of the flag is not potentially dangerous for the children for which these crafts were intended. Go figure, Oriental Trading. Take a small bit of Liquid Stitch (or whatever) and put it inside the part of the flag where the stick came out of. I can’t stress small bit enough; if you use too much, your stick will get caught. It only takes a little. Turn the dowel around so that you’re now inserting the once pointy part and slide it in quickly. They take just a few minutes to dry.

Figure out the feel you’re going for and design your images on the computer. We’ve been together for seven years and we love our little pug Maggie, so I made silly ones like “FINALLY GEEZ” and “VIVA MAGGIE”. The flags are 6″ wide by 4.5″ high so plug those dimensions into your design program so you know the workspace you have. If you are using text, DON’T FORGET TO MIRROR IMAGE THEM. Most programs call this “flip horizontal”. I won’t name names, but someone forgot to do this and wasted two iron on transfers… I clustered several designs onto one piece of paper to make the most of each print. Print your lovely designs, using an inkjet printer. I’m told this is very important; you should not print using a laserjet. I can’t attest for the truth behind the warning, but I’m not ready to test the limit of our love by ruining the boy’s other printer. Now get ready for mini flag magic.

Plug in your iron and DO NOT put water in it. Drape two pillowcases or t-shirts over your flat workspace. I used an IKEA lack side table and possibly melted part of it by only using one t-shirt so… use two. Cut out your designs and try to stay as close to the edge as possible. Some text designs will show a clear film on the flag if you leave big gaps, but if you’re not totally OCD like me, you’ll live. You’ll probably need to iron your flags a bit first then place your image over the flag and iron for a good 20 seconds. Put that flag aside to cool and move on to the next. My rule of thumb was to iron six or seven before peeling the ones I’d already done, that way they had enough time to cool.

You’re done! Clean up the mound of papery mess all over your floor and have some fun waving your silly little flags around. I plan to use them for photo booth props and for people to wave after the ceremony. They can also double as additional party favors if anyone wants one. If you have any left over, stick one in a flower pot or throw a few in a small vase for some decorative cute and a reminder of your big day.

Many thanks to Chelsea for submitting such an easy, super fun project!

Do you have a project to share?  And will you be DIY’ing it up for your wedding?

On another note, it’s been a while since we’ve featured your proposal submissions – thinking it’s about time we bring that back, too.  What think you?

xoxo!  - Alison

P.S. – I can’t help myself… I hope you guys don’t mind…

I die.

Our little luvvie dovie – yet to be named (is that bad?) – says, “Happy Tuesday to mommy’s friends!  Mommy loves me so much, doesn’t she?  She’s silly like that.”

He adds, “I’m dreaming right now, and kicking my legs, but you can’t see it.  Maybe mommy should post a video of it sometime soon.  I’m really pretty adorable.”

OMFG.  Please excuse me, I’m being really ridiculous.  Something about owning a puppy does weird things to your brain.

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  1. Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on April 5, 2011

    Such a cute project! And I love the flag displayed with the Jonathan Adler in her home :)

  2. Sarah on April 5, 2011

    Love this! Simple DIYs are rare – so many are really painstaking. This is perfect, and cute at that. Thanks!

  3. jenn on April 5, 2011

    zomg. These are totally adorable! Would be perfect for the bride/groom exit too!

  4. Kristi on April 5, 2011

    These are darling!!! I adore flags ;-))) How fun to have your guests waving them around! But I would use them for escort cards ~ cute, no?


  5. René on April 5, 2011

    awww…cutest ever!

  6. rachel thomas on April 5, 2011

    PWCH PWCH! (that’s the sound his little cheeks would make if i squeezed them like a possessive grandmother)

  7. Claire on April 5, 2011

    I go CRAZY over puppies. My dog is 3 and I still treat him like a puppy!!

  8. Super Burbs on April 5, 2011

    SOOOO true!! Having a puppy totally messes with your brain!!! That little thing could not be cuter.

  9. Super Burbs on April 5, 2011

    p.s. LOOOOVE THE DIY feature too! (see what i am talking about with the puppy brain!)

  10. Lena on April 5, 2011

    Is it weird that I just want to snuggle and nibble that little monster all day long? CRAP, apparently YOU having a puppy does weird things to my brain. He’s adorable, and as I fell asleep last night I realized I had one name to throw into the pile: Guillaume. And you can call him Gee-Gee, which is gross cute.

    And those amazing little flags are darling-Knotty readers are so clever and adorable!

  11. Alison on April 5, 2011

    Lena – when I say it out loud, “Gee-Gee” sounds a lot like a quick “giggity-giggity” a la Quagmire. I cannot – I just, I can’t. I don’t want to think of j**zing every time I call my pup. You understand. :P

    Unless of course, you mean it to be pronounced with a “J” sound. That changes everything.

  12. Linds on April 5, 2011

    Ok, that puppy is all I can see, but when I block it with my hand on the screen, I can clearly see very awesome diy project that is the actual point of this post.

    I love it, and must try it. Seems simple enough, even for a klutz like me, but I’ll let you know how it goes… cross your fingers for me :)

  13. teresa arcuri on April 5, 2011

    OMG!!!Your puppy is adorable! I made these flags for my upcoming wedding and I ordered the oriental trading company ones. I found that it was easier to simply create the flag portion out of paper and attach it to plastic balloon sticks purchased for 10.00 for a 100 on ebay. They were quick, easy, and took me less than a few hours to make…plus the total cost was under 20 bucks….can’t beat that :)

  14. teresa arcuri on April 5, 2011

    PS …i ended up returning the oriental trading company flags

  15. Alison on April 5, 2011

    Kristi – escort cards are a stellar idea! Love that!

    Teresa – Great tip! Either way is pretty awesome. I love how resourceful you guys are. It rocks my puppy-lovin’ world. (Aww, isn’t that a cute way to say MF’in? Methinks so.)

  16. Annamarie Morris on April 5, 2011

    OMFG! I LOVE these flags! I might steal these for an engagement party…. hmmm

  17. Laura *You Stir Me* on April 6, 2011

    now that I caught my breath after your Sarah Seven announcement, I can finally say – OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I have been drooling over her dresses for the past two years and would love a chance to have one in my closet!!!!

    And this project is amazing! I definitely would have used it for my wedding last year – I’ll pass it on to all my brides:)

    I think it wouldn’t hurt to post a picture of your knotty pup in every post!

  18. Aunt Edie on April 6, 2011

    Hi Alison! Love the puppy, he is the cutest, I will try
    to come up with a clever name. I guess we will see you and the puppy at Easter. I am at work and this is what I do, write you. Apollo will have a playmate.
    See you soon. Love

  19. Samantha S. on April 7, 2011

    ok, the puppy is super adorable!

    and this is such a cue diy project!

  20. Lauren Elise on April 7, 2011

    Ok, puppy adorableness overload here! He is the cutest. Name him already ;)

  21. Stephanie on April 9, 2011

    i loved this tutorial! very easy and fun and hilarious! thanks for sharing :)

  22. Kristen on April 25, 2011

    Love love love these. By any chance did you save the template you made for your images? I’d love to get my hands on them. I am a 4 year old when it comes to paint or anything computer related. :)

  23. Jet@craftBOOM on May 10, 2011

    Awesome post! I will be making some of these awesome flags soon!!!!! Thanks!

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