Window display eye candy from 2015

Window displays might just be one of our very favorite things to work on at Unglued!  You can take the opportunity with a window to create an artistic installation to inspire everyone who walks by – but it does always take waaaaay longer than we plan to make happen (insert lots of coffee).  We might have a super small window in Fargo or split windows in Sioux Falls, but we try to make our space count and create a “feel” for the shop that is sometimes themed and sometimes just whatever we want to try next!  We learned long ago that we much prefer to have our window displays capture a feeling rather than having merchandise only.  (Sidetone: we just posted some even older window display pics on our new Pinterest board for it!)  Below is a recap of our windows from this past year and a couple behind-the-scenes looks:

Our window from Jan-April in Fargo kept a boxy peek at rotating merchandise on one side of the divided pane and on the opposing side we changed it up completely a couple times.  The first run at the changed side was an “Alice in Wonderland” theme that Kristina created to go with the Fargo Film Festival call to do our retail windows with movie themes:
alice in wonderland window

Later on within the same window we also helped promote my brother’s Northern Folk event we added a large poster temporarily and American flag supporting the American-made mission of it:

northern folk window

The rotating featured gifts boxy side of all of this:

spring window

Rewind to our combo Valentine’s peek of inventory with our Craft Fest poster hanging on the opposing side for February:

fest window

Summer window goal: To feel party-like and summer-like together to go with our Summer Party Series of workshops!  Dana used her crazy hand lettering, painting, and drawing skills to create the scene below with a keyhole to peer in the window and Kristina created the tissue and hoops to fall behind it and create a party feel:

fargo summer window

fixed fargo summer winodw night

When it came time to create our first Sioux Falls window we tried to keep with our “Summer Party Series” feel and maybe took it a little far when we realized some people thought we were opening a party store (which, I mean, would be super fun and awesome!!)…but we loved it still and it got people talking!!

sioux falls store front

Later on Sioux Falls featured the mad skills of our manager Ashley R and her string art creating a rainbow/summery background with string and then painted clouds and fun on the window to help it pop more:

sioux falls window string art

(photo from the Argus Leader’s awesome photo gallery of Ashley and Abbey doing this window installation HERE!  <– this link has a lot of pretty photos of the process of this window including of Abbey’s sweet shoes;)!)

sioux falls day string art window

ashley window string art

Window glare will be the death of us, but you can get the idea of how having some pieces of our displays super close to the window itself or on it can help a fish with that…I think both of our windows are pointed to create the worst glare possible, but the saving grace is nighttime beauty through them – and learning to work with it…

fixe sioux falls unglued sign outside

Fall window goals:  For a slight back-to-school theme we were going for some sort of “galaxy” look to them + the word curious.  In Fargo we made 3 canvases by painting them black, using paint pens to draw fall constellations, and put Christmas lights through the stars to illuminate them (and quite honestly I just really wanted these in my house afterwards!!):

constellation work

stay curious window fargo

In Sioux Falls Allie had previously done this kick ass galaxy dress DIY on our blog and utilized those skills on a way larger scale while Ashley created the letters with spray paint and planets with fabric and embroidery hoops!

ashley spray paint sioux falls

be curious spray paint window

start of galaxy background

allie galaxy background


In Sioux Falls they additionally changed up the window for the Harvest Festival (we heart fall so much!!).  During a First Friday they had shoppers stop by and write on black posterboard and write what they were grateful and used those in the window:

sioux falls thanksgving window close ups

fall window close up sioux falls

fixed sioux falls fal window thankful

Holiday window goal:  install something to go with our theme of “love local” but not “puke Christmas” either (Justin’s coined phrase used often during the holidays).  In Fargo Justin helped us figure out using PVC pipe and chicken wire to create a wreath, about 4,000 coffee filters we dipped in gold paint, and then glitter sprayed.  We added a heart wrapped in buffalo plaid wrapping paper and later added yarn balls to get the red heart to feel like it belonged more!

fixed wreath wire back room

fixed close up working on wreath

fixed wreath full back room


We had wanted to go for something huge this time for a window instead of a lot of things repeating (which is also something we love to do for eye candy…!)…sidenote: Kristina thinks someone needs to use this gold/champagne colored wreath for their wedding and I totally agree…


fixed sunny wreath

All together this Fargo window took 3 of us working a full 10 hour day on it but with a lot of coffee and great company it seriously flew by…(so seriously – that would have been 30 hours for someone alone!)…

love local window

In Sioux Falls with the split windows the whole crew created a smaller wreath and divided up the heart into another window:

fixed love local sioux falls window

fixed sioux falls window side heart

sioux falls holiday window

And that’s a wrap!!  Most of these take 1-3 days to finish and about $50-300 in supplies.  Sometimes the ones that seem like they’ll be the most cost effective end up costing the most either because of how many repeating (but cheap/resourceful) things are needed or just time itself!  It’s definitely been quite the learning curve and we get inspiration all the time from our travels, Pinterest (although we strive to not just repeat something too similar to ideas on there and use only pieces we are inspired by), shops we visit (yes, truly Anthropologie is always a stop for us any time we are in the cities), 5th Avenue in NY (ha – not by traveling there…but by searching online for snapshots of those boutiques), and going off themes we choose to get ideas specifically for and working with it (this is what happens most often!).

I really don’t think awesome window displays should only happen in 5th Avenue shops but it sure is nice they have dedicated teams to work on them (but that would take the fun out of it, right?!).  You can see some even older window displays we’ve done (and see if we’ve progressed or not!) on our new Pinterest board to keep these somewhere in the world and not on just my laptop that’s dying!

Thanks for sharing in this<3 Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!  One thing for sure is better window lighting 😉


2015 in photo review!

2015…we found the best way to recap this year of adventures, reeeeallly tough small business challenges (that are still and probably forever in the making), numerous decisions, exploding ideas and creativity, thriving relationships, road trips galore, and tons of coffee in a photo review!  Check it!

*if you are checking it on your phone some photos might be sideways but I swear on non-phones they are good to go!

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Unglued: Craft Fest 2015 – our FIFTH annual Fest in Fargo at the Plains Art Museum with over 70 makers, workshops, vintage room, make and takes, food row, and more…


3 Workshop Lookbooks for Spring, Summer, and Holidays

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Won ND Event of the Year for our Craft Fest (still so crazy!)…

nd event of the year

Committed to the beautiful, creative city of Sioux Falls and set up shop with Unglued: Sioux Falls brick and mortar at 218 S. Phillips Ave…

empty sioux falls

chelsey lettering

sioux falls 3 photo phases

sioux falls store front

Including a Modern Textiles fabric mini shop in back…

modern textiles pop up

Hung out on North Dakota Today doing monthly (and more!) DIY’s with hosts Chris and Andrea…

vnl crew

Bringing local makers on like Jameson Leatherworks and Twenty Below Coffee

jameson nd today show fixed

And some super fun appearances in South Dakota…

ashley on kdlt

Hosted 6 weekly kids summer camps in Fargo for the second summer with local artists Chelsea and Lexie…

kids camp


summer camp chalk wall

Began to do some more frequent DIY’s on our blog thanks to our Sioux Falls crew…

marshmallow blog

dabbling in blogging

Worked on a lot of creative displays utilizing our awesome crews’ creative skills and interests and expanding them (watch for another post this weekend on our window display fun!!)…

ashley string art window fixed

Themed the summer in both Fargo and Sioux Falls as the “Summer Party Series” and worked with local vintage lovers (The White House Boutique!) on making them super adorable…

late night craft hodo roof white house boutique

Made our dream of an adult summer camp happen over Labor Day Weekend at YMCA Camp Cormorant in Minnesota…(bonus VIDEO here!)…

unglued summer camp promo

summer camp high five

kevin summer camp

jon summer camp

planters summer camp

unglued summer camp labor day group

Partied more than ever in both cities with private craft parties for all ages…

sioux falls bdays

fall into workshops fixed


And Etsy Global Craft Parties…


Inspired with our 2nd Fargo Handmade Home Tour…

handmade home tour walkway fixed



handmade home tour lemons (1)

Renovated our Fargo shop to be less of a cluster and feature our makers better (and add awesome things like Dana’s hand lettering)…

danas jewelry wall (1)

Joined forces with Fargo Brewing Company to host “Unbrewed Craft Fest” during their Oktoberfest…



unbrewed make and take

Created more with our kids during monthly Maker Clubs in Fargo with Lexie…

maker club (1)

Continued Late Night Craft Parties in both cities and at fun venues like Drekker Brewing Company

drekker late night craft

Kept our FM Etsy User Group going to connect creative handmade business owners together and host quarterly meet-ups on focused topics…

etsy user group fixed

Began to have our full-time crew take “creative days” to stay inspired and develop creative skills they have been wanting to…

creative day string art ashley

Collaborated often with our awesome business neighbors in Fargo and Sioux Falls on events…

fargo reindeer fixed

Began to host workshops at private events with other companies…

justin pig and pint


Survived a crazy and awesome holiday season themed “love local” with our incredible crew…

fixed love local sioux falls window

And ended the year with our kids’ winter camp with Lexie from Aerow and Kristina from Bakeology leading it on…

winter camp

Booyah!!  Plus this was a year of watching our crew and makers we work with grow their own businesses and events including artist instructor Chelsea opening the Make Room in Fargo, a variety of crafters hosting holiday craft shows together, venues like Drekker Brewing Company hosting a craft market and pop up shops for artists,  makers growing and some even quitting their day jobs to some even selling their businesses like Dana selling her handmade business (botny) and also becoming assistant manager in our Fargo shop(!) – and Grand Forks maker Dakotah Beard Oils just sold to the Fargo makers Barbarian, and more things we can’t wrap our minds around at the moment!

There are so many more words we want to say of 2015 but for now our hearts are totally bursting looking back on this year.  I (Ashley M) realize more than ever that I get to work with genuinely incredible people in our crew, makers, local businesses, and yourself!  This collision of small business + striving to make a difference and create an impact is hardest thing Justin and I have ever done and it doesn’t look to get any easier.  Each year, though, it really solidifies that I’d rather work 120 hours a week towards this mission with Unglued than 40 hours doing something else just because it’d be more stable 😉 (However, I did renew my nursing license one last time last night! For a rainy day, you know?).  Just grab me a huge cup of coffee and we can change the world together!  #amiright?!

We really do believe that by getting you more creative that it will enrich your life in ways nothing else can and by helping our creative communities and businesses thrive that we can create that impact (pound it).

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(quote from Steve Jobs – photo from Etsy)

Our Fargo crew meets up this week to dream up the possibilities so watch out world – we’ve got more things to do and adventures to take to live out our mission to be a place and events to “buy creative and get inspired”…and we hope you’ll be alongside us during it and are grateful for you being there this past year <3

Until then here’s 2 sidenotes:

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Save the date for our Fargo Unglued; Craft Fest Feb 26 & 27!!  More info coming soon here.

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Our Sioux Falls shop now has its own dedicated Facebook page!

Happiness Project Baking-style with Free Printables!

Who doesn’t like gifts? Gifts for no special reason – just on an ordinary day, or at a time we need a little uplifting – are the best surprises. Here is a little idea of how to brighten your friends day, give them a boost of confidence, motivation, or how to tell them thank you! Simple pleasures bring the greatest joy. All you have to do is bake off some simple cupcakes, chocolate mint cookies, or buy a donut and follow these steps to complete your crafty treat box! Free Tag Printable Included! (see bottom of post)


This is a little project for you and us… this is our Happiness Project. A little project of sharing some love with baked goods.

Sioux Falls folks – get involved with us by doing some of your own crafty DIY baking and use these cute little tags. If you do, tag AllieMae on facebook or use #bakingforjoy and #ungluedsiouxfalls on instagram, and YOU will have the chance to win a fancy Chocolate Mint Cake (Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream and all decked out with toppings of ganache, mint macarons, and meringues).  This contest will end on Oct 15!

Fargo folks – do the same as above but use #ungluedfargo and YOU will have a chance to win a 1/2 dozen Grasshopper (chocolate mint) cupcakes from Unglued’s cupcakes by Bakeology!  Also ends Oct 15!

Encouragement at its EXTREME! Share some love…. Receive some love. Hey! That is how the world works right?!?

EncourageMint Cupcakes

 1.  Bake off your favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe. You can add just a teaspoon of mint to the batter if you like.

2.  Follow up with this very simple Mint Buttercream Frosting:

Mint Buttercream Frosting

¾ cup butter
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp corn syrup (optional)
¼ cup water or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp mint extract

In a mixing bowl (or a large bowl and hand mixer) fixed with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it becomes soft and creamy. Add in 1-2 cups of powdered sugar. Slowly mix to combine and then mix in the corn syrup, vanilla extract and mint extract. Gradually add remainder of powdered sugar, while also mixing in water as needed. Once all is combined, whip the frosting on high for about 5 minutes to help the sugar dissolve. If your frosting happens to get to soft, you can stick it in the refrigerator to thicken up again, or add a bit more powdered sugar.

3.  Frost your cupcakes and/or fill some chocolate cookies.

Next put it all together below!

To create tags for mint cupcakes…

Small Boxes (I found the black milk carton boxes in the dollar section at Target! You can also find this size at Hobby Lobby)

Corner Rounding Punch
Hole Punch
Bakers Twine or other ribbon

  1. Print off the Images in which you can find below (for best quality, print at your local UPS store, but your at home printer works too)!
  2. With a metal ruler and exacto knife (or just use scissors), cut out your tags.cutouttags
  3. Punch a whole at the top.punchhole
  4. With a Corner Rounding Punch, round each corner to make it look clean and professional.roundcorners
  5. Tie it around your box (or even around an individual cupcake or bundle of cookies) with twine.EncourageMINTpackage

To create flags for donuts…




  1. Simply cut out the rectangles and fold in half.
  2. Dab some glue at the crease and place toothpick.
  3. Dab glue in other areas and fold to seal. Voila! STICK PICK IN DONUT.


THIS Happiness Project will end October 15th and a random contestant will be drawn from each city. We hope you will join in and share some love through desserts!

Here’s your FREE printables designed by Allie!!



{Blog writer, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!)}

Party DIY’s


Just in time to celebrate Unglued Fargo’s 3rd Birthday, we have a really rad DIY (or two!) for your next party. Here at Unglued, we really love EVERYTHING gold, bunting, dinosaurs, marshmallows, and we still can’t get out of the s’more kick! So here are all of our favorites combined into one crafty Party Setup!

DSC_7139DIY Bunting Cake Topper

Supplies Needed:

3 sheets of scrapbooking paper

2 wooden skewers


plain paper



glue gun


  1. Start off by drawing a triangle template.DSC_7069
  2. Cut out the triangle template and trace it onto the backside of each scrapbooking paper. Trace as many as you will need. Cut each piece out and set aside.  Cut two pieces of twine, one slightly shorter than the other. Placing a small dot of hot glue at the top of the skewer, wrap the twine around the skewer a few times. Do this for both ends of each piece of twine. You can adjust the lengths by how many times you wrap the twine around the skewer.


  1. Now, you will attach the triangles. Fold the triangles in half so the pointy ends match exactly. Add a touch of glue at the crease and also at the tips in order to close the piece together.DSC_7073
  2. However you place the paper on the twine is how it will hang, so make sure that you keep things flat and in line, so your bunting doesn’t go in different direction or hang funny. Repeat this with each triangle. It is good to lay out your triangles ahead of time to know your spacing before you glue them down. Lay them with even spacing and alternate the papers.DSC_7077

Now this simple little décor is ready to be used and can fancy up just a simple cake, cheesecake, or pie! It has a bit of a rustic feel, great for the fall season around the corner! ADORABLE. For a cool birthday, pair it with the DIY Animals below.

DIY Animal Candle Holders

Supplies Needed:
rubber/plastic animals (I bought a container at Wal-Mart and a few bigger ones from the local party store, but they can be found at Target, Hobby Lobby, etc.)

Wilton candles that come with the plastic holders on the bottom

hammer & nail

gold spray paint



  1. Take your rubber animal and center your nail on its back. Hammer down until you make a hole deep enough in order to fit your plastic holder into. (Choose animals that are big enough to carefully do this. Animals that have more of a flat back tend to work better). You can also use a drill for this step. If you are skilled with or own a drill, this could be easier because some of the animals are VERY hard.  I found that to bend the animal’s legs and smoosh its body to your hard surface, helps you to nail those with flimsy legs. Then, the legs just bend right back!DSC_7052
  2. Insert plastic holder.DSC_7054
  3. Spray paint gold. This may take a few coats to get it super gold and shiny.DSC_7064

TADA! Some rad little décor!

DSC_7087Now you can have a really fun birthday party for kids, or these things are so stinkin cool… they are great for your funky adult shindig!


{Blog writer, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!)}

Citronella Mason Jar DIY

One of our favorite DIY’s for the summer is the Citronella Mason Jar. Not only is it quick and easy, but it’s also a cheap, functional, and tasteful way to keep the bugs away.  (Plus check out at the bottom how this is related to some pretty sweet birthday fun coming in Fargo and a Late Night Craft Party in Sioux Falls!)
Time: 15-20 minutes


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  • Pint sized mason jar (with metal lid and metal screw band)
  • ⅛” lamp wicks
  • Citronella torch fuel
  • Hammer
  • Phillips screwdriver


lid hole

  • Begin by punching a hole in the metal lid

completed lid hole

  • Place the phillips screwdriver in the center of the lid and hammer until you’ve made a hole

lid with wick

  • Thread the lamp wick through the whole so ¼” is sticking out

jar with tiki

  • Fill mason jar with citronella fuel

jar with wick

  • Put the metal lid on the mason jar so the long end of the rope is saturated by the fuel
  • Screw on the metal band
  • Enjoy!

{Blog writer above, Abbey, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew for the summer and has the best style ever (she’s on the Sioux Falls shop ELOFSON street team!)! Join us on Thurs, Aug 20 in Fargo for our shop’s 3rd Birthday Bash from 5-9pm where you can make these for free, too!  More HERE!  Sioux Falls will be having their Late Night Craft Party that same night and making a bit of a fancier version of this along with maple bourbon syrup and more!}


Repurposed Leather Cuff

tan cuff

I love the look of vintage leather belts! I found myself picking up a few at a local thrift store, hoping I could find something to do with them and decided to make them into cuffs. Leather cuffs are a perfect way to add interest to a casual, boho look, especially for the summer! This craft was one of the cheapest I’ve come across and I know I will get plenty of wear out of them.



  • Leather belt
  • Leather punch
    • Don’t forget to search for a craft store coupon!
  • Leather snaps kit
    • Kit should include snaps as well as a long metal tool and circular metal piece
    • I found two sizes at the craft store and chose the larger ones, since the leather is thick and pretty tough
  • Hammer
  • Scissors


leather cuff circle hole1.  Cut the leather belt to a length that would fit around your wrist.
*There are several ways to measure: you can use an old cuff, tie string around your wrist, or use a tape measure. I chose to use an old cuff that I liked the fit of.

2.   Punch holes on each end of the leather piece.  
*I eyeballed about 1/2″ from the end and used the third biggest size of the leather punch.

metal tools

3.  Attach the snaps:

*I have labeled the pictures so it is easy to see where each snap component goes and which go together.

black bracelet rivets


tan bracelet rivets

*Once you have placed the snaps in the holes, place the metal piece beneath one end and the metal tool on the top and hammer the metal tool. Continue hammering until the snaps are firmly in place.

doing rivets

*Do this to both ends.

black cuff

4.  Once the snaps are attached, the bracelet is ready to wear.

tan cuff

{Blog writer above, Abbey, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew for the summer and has the best style ever (she’s on the Sioux Falls shop ELOFSON street team!)!  If you try this Repurposed Leather Cuff by August 15 and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $5 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

DIY Galaxy Inspired Dress


I have always wanted my own galaxy inspired shoes or other apparel.  So I decided to revamp an old dress that was in the back of the closet. The galaxy scenery is so fun and a little out there/eye catching! Clothes can be so spendy, yet you won’t find something fun like this at the store. If so, it is more than likely going to cost more than necessary. Why not create your own fun piece of clothing that is dreamy, unique, and one of a kind!? You will feel like the center of the universe while wearing this piece of apparel. Promise. It is super cool, fun, and… made me feel a little more young  or alive (which to me, was a good thing). Bring out your inner fun/child and get in touch with the universe!


You will need:


  • A black 100% cotton dress (or a black tank top, t-shirt, bandana, or whatever your heart desires!).  Be sure that it is 100% or MOSTLY cotton. If it is not – the bleach could make your material weak and eat through or make it shrivel.
  • Bleach
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Fabric paint or acrylic paint in purple, blue, white and yellow
  • Glitter fabric spray paint
  • Sponges
  • Old toothbrush
  • Pencil

2-Dress1.  Lay the dress (or other garment) on-top a plastic garbage bag inside your bathtub. In the spray bottle, make a mixture of half bleach and half water. Spray the shirt unevenly – lightly mist some areas and then create areas of highly concentrated bleach (where you want your cosmos to be). I let it pool up a bit in these areas to create a nice effect. It will turn an orangey/pink color pretty immediately, but will take some time to lighten, so don’t go too crazy with the bleach. When I stopped spraying it looked like this:

3-BleachI then let it sit for about 2-3 hours until it lightened to look like this:


I then rinsed the dress very well to get the bleach out, layed it back on the plastic and went back over the highly concentrated spots with more bleach water… in order to get the spots as light as possible (it seemed that by rinsing the dress well helped get some of the color out and allowed the bleach to activate better a second time).  The second bleaching will take less time (30-60 minutes). Let it lighten until it looks white in the middle.

52.  Wash your garment and also dry it. Now you are ready to add color!

3.  Put some plastic or cardboard on the inside of your garment, so your paint will not seep through to the other side.


4.  Water down some purple paint, and with a sponge, go around the bleach spots.


You can also add a little bit to the black areas. (I used more watered down paint and then a bit thicker paint with less water toward the outside, to get the colors to blend well into the pink and white bleach spots).

5.  Using an additional sponge of watered down blue paint, go around the outside of the purple. Then apply some blue to the center of the black areas.


6.  Now spray the entire thing with Glitter Fabric Spray Paint! SO COOL.

7.  With a toothbrush, you will now add stars that stand out more. Using a toothbrush dipped in white paint, bend the bristles back so it scatters white flecks.


By holding the toothbrush at different angles, you’ll be able to create different size stars, which is important for creating depth. Concentrate the flecks more in the darker areas. Then, using a sharp pencil dipped in white paint, create larger stars by making X shapes. I also added some dot-shaped stars using the tip of the pencil.


8.  To make the light spots stand out more and make it a little less flat, I added a bit of yellow inside the white areas (mainly around edges).


And now you have a Galaxy piece of clothing that is super eye popping and Out of this World!



  • I painted one side of my dress one day, then came back and did the other side the following day. With the watered down paint, my dress got pretty wet, so it took awhile to dry in order to do the other side.
  • If you happen to not like how something turned out, or have extra pieces of material/scraps – You can always cut them up and make a scarf for your pet 😉 !


this morning

the stars folded into the moon,

sunk off in the horizon,

and the sun rose

just for you.


so if you ever feel alone

or doubt your self worth

remember one thing:


galaxies have shifted
just for the chance
to see you shine.

so shine.

-tyler kent white

{Blog writer, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!  If you try this Galaxy Inspired DIY this weekend – thru July 12 – and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $10 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

Rag Flag Fourth of July DIY

{Blog writer below, Abbey, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew for the summer and has the best style ever (she’s been on the Sioux Falls shop ELOFSON street team!)!  If you try this Rag Flag out for the 4th and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $5 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

If you’re looking for a way to show your pride for our beloved country, while maintaining a rustic style, we have the perfect DIY for you! With just a few materials and a couple hours, you will have a beautiful, patriotic piece to hang in your home this Independence Day.  We used inspiration from this blog and came up with some extra step-by-steps to share with you to make it happen!

in store photo front

Making the Rag Flag was super easy and I loved seeing it come together at the end. Although the purpose of the flag was for Independence Day, I think I’ll keep it around quite a bit longer, as I love the look of it.

My favorite part about this craft is how simple it is to make it your own–you have all the freedom (no pun intended) to choose what will make up your flag. For mine, I decided to stick with darker reds, lace, burlap, and denim. I picked up all of my materials (with the exception of the dowel) from a local thrift store, so, after it was all said and done, the cost of the project was in the ballpark of $20.

in store photo side

You can choose to either make this a no-sew craft, or, if you have the ability and necessary equipment, you can do a bit of sewing, as I did. However, I will provide the instructions to both methods below.

Materials needed

For the union: swatch of denim or any blue fabric at least 10″ x 12”

For the stripes: have fun with this! I recommend lace, burlap, ribbon, yarn, and any sort of fabric in variations of red and white.  {My “stripes” varied in width from ½” to 1”}

To hang: twine or yarn

Wooden dowel, cut to 24” in length


Tape Measure

Either a hot glue gun or a sewing machine, whatever fits your fancy (and your skillset)

White acrylic craft paint

Paint  brush


more supplies


1.  Obtain materials from craft stores and/or local thrift stores.

*Money saving tip: craft stores generally ALWAYS have a 40-50% off one regular priced item coupon that you can find online–it’s always worth it to check!

2.  Cut materials to appropriate sizes:

  • Cut the dowel to 24” in length.  {I shot for a size of about 2′ x 3’ for my flag, so I cut my materials accordingly (see diagram) – if your cuts are not exact, that’s okay! You can trim afterwards.}
  • For the union (denim swatch), 10″ x 12”.
  • For the stripes not connected to the union, 36” long.
  • If you’re using yarn, I recommend braiding thin yarn 9 pieces at a time, and thicker yarn 6 pieces at a time to add thickness and texture.
  • For the stripes beneath the union, 24” long
  • Cut one 22” piece of lace, fabric, or denim to cover the wooden dowel at the end.  {Make sure it is at least 1” wide.}

rag flag diagram

3.  Begin planning of your flag:

  • Lay out your materials on a tabletop or the floor and begin arranging your materials to your liking.
  • Make sure that the stripes are close enough together so that once it is finished, it is as full as you would like.

flag no dots

4.  Put the flag together by either sewing or using a hot glue gun.


  • Sew the materials to the piece of material you cut to 24” earlier, leaving enough space to adhere the 22” piece to the dowel itself.
  • Sew the shorter stripes to the bottom of the denim piece.
  • To attach to the dowel, you can either sew the 22” piece into a loop for the dowel to fit through, or hot glue the piece to the dowel itself.
  • Trim away extra fabric.

Hot glue:

  • Glue each stripe to the dowel itself, including the denim piece.
  • Glue the shorter stripes to the bottom of the denim piece.
  • Trim away extra fabric.
  • Glue 22” material cut earlier to the dowel on the side that would be considered the front of the flag.

5.  Trim stripes:

  • Trim the stripes across the bottom to a length you prefer.
  • Don’t worry about making them all even or exactly 36”–I love the look in the variation.

adding dots

6.  Add interest to the union (optional):

  • Use the white paint to complete the union of the flag by adding stars, polka-dots, hearts, etc.
  • Use twine or yarn and tie to the ends of the dowel–this will be used to hang the flag.

in store photo side

7.  Enjoy your work of art!

in store photo front

– Abbey

Psssst…you know what else you should make for the 4th?  How ’bout some of this goodness?!



box of smores