Well, I wanted to really brighten up the greenhouse this year - something besides the pretty flowers. I had been pondering ordering flags to hang from the support bars - yet, I wanted to make something at the same time. Fact is - right now, time is short - I'm always planting!! But my sweet and imaginative mother came up with the idea - something cute, inexpensive and easy to make. She says "What about a vinyl tablecloth - it's water repellent, it won't ravel, and they are really cheap." Immediately, I thought "she's right" - that would work perfectly.
So off to the store I went and here's what I did...
I found the perfect tablecloth - POLKA DOTTED - imagine that. Only $4.00!!
It was a rectangle - I simply cut in half making two complete flags. I decided that I wanted to write "Welcome" on it.
I sewed the front and back together leaving space open at each end near the top for the dowel rod.
And ta-da - here it is. I think it looks like a "happy" banner and I love it. It only took about an hour to make two. So with the rods and ribbon I had about 4.50 in each one total cost. Of course, I already had the paint on hand.
Here is the other one blowing in the breeze. Now I need to find another table cloth (they only had 1) so I can make another set near the back - maybe with a pot of geraniums painted on them.
There are lots of things you could use this same idea for. Maybe you were having a shower for someone - you could paint a pink or blue one with the babies name on it welcoming everyone to the event. Maybe for a barbecue - do a red and white check with something festive on it. Maybe make one with a Monogram on it. Of course you can always buy flags - I actually have always carried them in my shop. But this is a really inexpensive alternative and jus' imagine the ways you could personalize it for a special day.
So thanks Mom - your idea was right on! Love ya bushels!
Happy Creating Friends,
Oops, don't forget - If you were going to leave it outside - you would need to seal it so that the paint would not come off.