Even though I haven’t been posting much I’m always busy creating crafty things for the garden. Awhile ago I made a Canadian flag using odd bits of material and a coat hanger.
I love it when a project comes together and doesn’t cost anything at all, except for a bit of thinking and working time. I used a white plastic hanger, some red and white material, some red paint, a maple leaf and some freezer paper.
With pinking shears I cut the red fabric into 8 equal strips and the white into a big enough piece for the maple leaf and then 4 strips. I used a maple leaf from one of the back trees to trace for the pattern. Once it was cut out on the freezer paper I ironed it onto the bigger white strip of material.
By ironing the fabric it seals it to the material so that you get nice crisp edges when painting. It doesn’t matter if you go over the edge of the leaf stencil as the freezer paper is peeled away once it is dry.
All the strips had been folded over at the top and cut into 2 tabs. This was to knot them onto the coat hanger. The bigger piece of white material with the maple leaf on it had tabs on both sides.
Then it was time to hang the flag in the garden and watch it flutter in the breeze.
While making this flag I was mulling over the idea of cutting the centre piece to match the rest of the flag. The second flag has the centre cut into strips and it is tied onto a branch for a bit more rustic look.
Canadian flag rocks are always fun to paint. Perfect for the garden or as a drop rock to leave for others to find.
I made a small template of a maple leaf to trace onto some rocks that were painted white. And then added red stripes on each side of the rock.
Have you created anything for the garden lately?
More flag whimsy – make a Canada flag from rocks
Here are a couple of flag crafts I made when I was a Girl Guide leader.
Wishing all my Canadian readers/subscribers a wonderful Canada Day.
A happy upcoming July 4th for all my American readers/subscribers.
Lots of garden whimsy.