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Flag Raising

Salute guests at your next outdoor party with garlands made from ribbon in nautical-themed stripes and solids.




We swagged the decorative banners between a lakeside picnic table and umbrella; they can also festoon porch posts or deck railings. Enhance maritime table settings with seashells and sea stars in place of traditional floral centerpieces. We also fashioned napkin rings from lengths of cotton rope tied into a knot.


  • 1/8-inchwide cotton cord
  • 1- to 2-inch-wide solid and striped ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fusible tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut pieces of 1/8-inchwide cotton cord 10 inches longer than the length of desired garlands.

  2. Step 2

    Trim 1- to 2-inch-wide solid and striped ribbon into 5-inch-long strips.

  3. Step 3

    Make a fishtail cut in one end of each piece.

  4. Step 4

    Fold a 1/2-inch flap into straight end, and press with iron.

  5. Step 5

    Cut 1/4-inch fusible tape the same width as ribbon.

  6. Step 6

    Place tape in flap, and lay string in fold next to tape.

  7. Step 7

    Iron flap to secure.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat with remaining ribbons, spacing them every 2 inches.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006



Reviews (3)

  • crafty4860 28 May, 2013

    This would look good swaged around the edge of your patio umbrella too. And you could make a matching napkin ring with just one flag and the twine.

  • dets 28 Aug, 2008

    I have seen them at Wal-Mart and Target

  • RLee 13 Jul, 2008

    Could someone tell me where to find these dishes? I've been looking for a pattern just like this... yellow band with blue trim. Thanks!