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How to Make Garden Wish Flags (The Perfect Summer Craft for Kids!)

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Jean’s original post about garden wish flags for kids received a fresh update by our editorial assistant, Andrea Martelle. Learn how to make simple garden wish flags with kids using fabric crayons and fabric. Draw and write your wishes on the fabric bunting then hang in the garden!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Updated June 2021

Garden wish flags have been a popular craft at The Artful Parent for a quite a while now and are often featured as fun ways to spruce up an outdoor space. Wish flags are the perfect spring or summer craft and are easy to make with cotton fabric and fabric crayons.

So we decided to try our hand at making some wish flags this summer, to add some flair to our garden beds and because these aren’t just any old decoration:

These flags carry our wishes and hopes for the garden and for the gardening season. Let’s hope they do the trick!

Jean Van’t Hul

Garden wish flags are easy and fun to make, even for non-sewers (like me!) and the kids loved coming up with wishes and hopes for our garden this summer.

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How to Make Garden Wish Flags

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut your flags

    First, use pinking shears to cut triangles out of the white cotton fabric. Then trace the shape onto a piece of cardboard and use that as a template for the flags.

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  2. Decorate your flags!

    Tape the edges of the flags to the table using painter’s tape or masking tape to keep fabric taut while your kids draw.
    Next, draw your wishes and hopes for the garden onto the flags with fabric crayons or markers.

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    We wished for sun, butterflies, bluebirds, lots of flowers, and apples on our apple tree!

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    If need be, iron the flags to set the drawings.

  3. Attach your flags to twine or ribbon

    There are several ways to do this: you can sew your flags directly to a narrow ribbon, or sew a little hem to string the twine through. (I opted for the latter and even though I’m not a great sewer, it was an easy job).

    As a third option, you might use fabric glue to attach the flags to the ribbon.


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    Make sure to leave some ribbon or twine at the end for hanging up in the garden.

    Optional: When Jean first created these, she cut matching triangles in brightly colored fabric, and sewed them to the ribbon as a backing to the white flags.

  4. Let your flags fly!

    Now attach the flag bunting to a dowel or bamboo stick––or hang them directly from your plants, like we did.

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We love to stroll through our yard and look at the flags hanging in our garden. The kids are so proud of their drawings and they are a great reminder to check the status of our apples!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

What would you wish for in your garden? If you make these wish flags, or try any of our garden crafts, be sure to tag us on Instagram @artfulparent!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Mummy Drinks Tea
    April 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Love them!

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    molly
    April 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The flags are lovely and it looks like there was lots of thoughtful work put into them. But I must also comment on your YARD! I don’t remember seeing pictures of the stone walls and terraces, it is amazing. What a wonderful place to have a garden.

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    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    April 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Gorgeous. you are always so inspiring!

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    Sarah M
    April 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Very cool, and again you lead me to art supplies I never knew existed! One question: what will you do in torrential downpours? Will they last? Or do you have to try to remember to take them inside before it storms?
    Sarah M
    PS-this weekend is my state’s annual home school conference and I was lucky enough to find a set of water color crayons! I’m looking forward to using them with my kids on Monday!

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    [email protected]
    April 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Now, I have added pinking shears to my wish list. Never knew there were scissors that cut so you didn’t have to hem. That’s awesome! Your beautiful yard is even more beautiful with the flags.
    We recently used your glue batik method for cloth napkins for our special Earth Day meal on the blog. We’ve washed them several times and the color has held up. Thanks for the great idea.

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    rachel
    April 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    so sweet! your yard looks wonderful!

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    katie
    April 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    you girls will surely have to make a fairy garden, too!!! we made one last year (very basic with half a barrel, soil, flowers…painted small rocks, mini pinwheels, tiny trinkets for the tinkering fairies)… we have to replant flowers this year and make some new rocks… maybe pick out some tiny furniture at the craft store…you have a lovely space for gardening!

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    Cindy
    April 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    My toddler and I are so doing this! Thanks for the idea. I know she’ll be so excited! I have a few ideas to try out with the flags; I’ll let u know if they work :)

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    Lola
    April 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful flags, love all the good wishes!

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    April 30, 2012 at 3:40 am

    These will definitely do the trick, I’m sure of it! And your garden looks beautiful It’s clear that you know what you’re doing back there (and can you send some garden mojo my way, please?) ;)

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    Krista
    April 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love the idea and I really like the way you taped all around them for little hands to have an easier time with the coloring. I will keep that in mind for using fabric crayons with my little guy.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks, Molly!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    They’ll last! We had our previous garden wish flags up all season in all kinds of weather. They did totally fine.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    You’re welcome! Glad you tried the glue batik!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    How fun! I love the idea!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I can’t wait to hear!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Sending lots of garden mojo your way, Rachelle! :)

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    Lucia
    May 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Magical garden wishes fluttering in the garden…love it! May your garden continue to thrive with color, abundance, and joy.

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