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Flag Planter

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, Volume June 1999



There are a number of customs dictating how a flag should be properly displayed: from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs, or 24 hours a day if there is suitable illumination at night. If the flag is displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall, the blue field, or union, should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. And the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, or water. Within those guidelines, there are many ways to creatively display a flag, such as Martha's idea for using the flags to dress up flowerpots and planters.


  • A pair of concrete planters filled with white petunias

  • 32 small 4-by-4-inch flags with 10-inch dowels

  • 20 medium 8-by-12-inch flags with 12-inch dowels

  • Five large 12-by-18-inch flags with 32-inch dowels


  1. The five large flags are placed in the middle, arranged to follow the square shape of the planter; the depth of the flags can be varied to create a tiered effect.

  2. The medium-sized flags are placed in two rows surrounding the large ones.

  3. The remaining small flags serve as a border around the bottom of the pot.

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