Front Porch Welcome Flag

Since we built our home, I’ve been trying to spruce up our curb appeal and front porch. We started with a completely blank slate and lots of rocks.

We’re still working on the yard, and I’m sure that we’ll be working on it for years to come, but sprucing up the front porch always makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something big for our curb appeal.

Typically with each change in seasons, I try and give our porch a little makeover and move things around.

I’m still working on it for this spring/ summer {the wind is posing quite a challenge!}, but this lovely welcome flag brings me one step closer!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s such a pleasure to see when walking up to our house!

Here’s how I made it:

I started with a piece of burlap.

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Then, I used two garden stakes to get the shape right at the bottom.

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I used a sharpie to trace the inside & outside of the stakes.

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I was left with a great shape.

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Then, I used scissors to cut around the outside lines. It ended up being 18″ wide x 25″ long.

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I wanted to add another pattern, so I grabbed some leftover fabric from my ironing board cover.

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I trimmed it around the flag shape, adding 1/2″…

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To create a finished seam for the inside of the striped fabric, I laid it on top of the burlap & lined it up with the burlap edge. I folded the fabric over where it met the black line. This made each fabric piece the same width.

With the fabric folded over, I ironed it in place.

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I then pinned it in place and did the exact same thing on the other side.

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With everything pinned in place, I went to the sewing machine and sewed a straight seam on each side of the fabric…

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At the tip, I sewed over the top of both fabric pieces to hold them in place.

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With each side sewn, I took it back to the  ironing board and ironed everything flat.

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To create a pocket on the top, I folded it over about 2 inches and ironed it in place…

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Then I sewed it in place.

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With the flag done, I moved on to the wording.

I made words from cattail reeds and used the same tutorial as my last stick words.

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Because they blended with the burlap, I gave each letter a coat of black paint.

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Once the letters dried, I placed them on the flag and made sure they were evenly spaced.

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I used hot glue to attach each letter, then used an extra reed to push through the top pocket.

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I wrapped each reed end with jute twin and tied them in a couple of knots.

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To attached the flag, I used hot glue and glued it to our rock. Because we have “stacked” rock, I don’t have any way to permanently attach anything and both the hubby and I won’t drill through our rock or mortar. Hot glue works perfectly! It worked really well for our last porch banner, so I went with that. Plus, it peels off the rock really well when I want to remove it.

Let me just tell you, I love it!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’ve wanted to fill that space with some kind of sign, and this is just prefect!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

Of course, I love the combination of the burlap, black letters and stripe fabric.

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s a happy & {welcoming} sign!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

I spent quite a bit of time contemplating on what I wanted to do with the words. At first, I was going to paint them on, but then I wanted them to have a 3D effect, so making them out of cattail reeds worked perfect!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

See how they pop out?

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

So pretty! I left my irrigating boots on the porch just for you. This is what it looks like everyday! And the ridiculous wind has reeked havoc on my plants…. poor things!

Front Porch Welcome Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

And there you have it! It’s a simple way to spruce up the front porch! It adds such a happy vibe.

Now I just need to repaint the white trim around the door… and sweep off the never ending chunks of dirt & mud. Living on a farm always provides me with the task of sweeping! Good thing I like my broom….

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

P.S. Our door color is Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore. You can read about it here.

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Super cute, Shayna. I love the rustic feel and I’m SO glad you included the color of your door at the bottom because my first thought was, how gorgeous is that door? I hope you have a great weekend, friend!

    • THANK YOU Chelsea! I love our front door color… it’s simply stunning with anything! :)
      Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. You make such beautiful pieces, out of almost nothing!!! Very “WELCOMING” Shayna:)

  3. So pretty Shayna! I really love it! your is much better than any sign we could find at the store! it’s pretty, personalized and homemade! :-) your front porch looks very nice!

  4. Such a great idea! I feel inspired, as always, after signing on to your site. Let my stick collecting begin! I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beautiful work. Just pinned your lovely inspiration!


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