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DIY Mini Flags for Cupcakes

On Monday I blogged about my weekend excursion to the Getty Villa, which included pictures of these mini flag cupcakes toppers.  I promised to post the tutorial for them on Tuesday.  Clearly today is not Tuesday, it is Friday and I have been holding this DIY hostage all week.  I am sorry.  I do not have much of an excuse other than that life got in the way (doesn't it always?).  But finally I have put together the pictures of these flags and I am excited to showcase them now (finally).  They are SO easy to make.  Special crafting skills are not even needed...I swear.  And the required materials are basic and easy to acquire, if you don't already have them.  

What you'll need:

-cardstock scraps

-fabric scraps

-tacky glue

-thin wooden dowels



1. Get some fabric and cardstock scraps.  Cut the cardstock down, making it half the size of the fabric.

2. Glue one side of the cardstock and stick it down on the fabric.  Then glue the other side of the cardstock, fold the fabric over, and adhere together.  Do not put glue right at the edge of the cardstock…leave enough room to stick the wooden dowel in between the fabric and the paper.

3. Allow the paper and fabric to dry for 5-10 minutes.

4. Cut your fabric/paper into strips.  When I cut mine down to size, the flags measured 1” x 2 ¼” approximately.

5. Put a dab of glue on the wooden dowel and then insert it in between the fabric and the paper (putting it in that little space you left for it in step 2).

6. Let flags dry for about 5 minutes.  Finally cut a triangle shape out of the end of the flag and then voilà…you have a mini flag perfect for a cupcake topper!

If you wanted you could make some mini flags, package them in a clear, candy bag, and give as gifts to friends!

Mini flag in motion...

Easy, right?  The flags were a fun alternative to candles for our picnic last weekend (I was not sure what the open-flame policy was at the Getty Villa...candles are probably frowned upon).  I have seen other tutorials for flags like this but they usually ask you to starch the fabric to make it stiff.  That was too much hassle for me.  The cardstock works as a great substitute to give the fabric rigidity.  The flags could also be made out of paper but I think the fabric adds some of that rustic flare!

Happy weekend...finally, we can all rest knowing that this DIY has been posted!

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Reader Comments (6)

love your blog! i read it all the time. thanks for this cute little diy:)

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterruth ann

These are too cute!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAleah + Nick Valley

Thanks Ruth Ann and Aleah + Nick! I appreciate the love!
These cupcakes flags are the best because they are maximum cuteness but minimal work! Now that's my kind of craft, easy!! :)

September 10, 2010 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

I totally agree with you!
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September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbarta_suassetta

Oh these flags are really beautiful! I'd like to make it too!

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterresearch paper

I am so proud of you! Thank you for sharing on how to do mini flags for cupcakes. Many will love this concept.

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