Sayin’ It With A Flag

I’m not really in to having things thrown at me or leaving a mess on the church steps, so I had to think of something to replace the traditional rice or bird seed. Bubbles wouldn’t be a good substitute; I’ve never been able to open those little bottles without spilling their contents all over myself.So, to give everyone something to hold, I decided to hand out flags:


I just screen printed on some rectangles I cut from muslin and serged the edges to keep them from fraying. Of course, one could substitute rectangles cut with pinking shears if a serger is not available. Each flag was glued to a bamboo skewer (100 for $3 in the barbecue section at the grocery store).

The transparency used to screen print them:


I only made 60, which will not be enough to cover our 200 person wedding and I might not have time to make more. I made 100 quick ribbon wands to supplement the flags, but I feel like a ribbon on a stick might be too silly for most adults. Still, they would make for colorful photographs. What do you think?


Mrs. Lollipop

Wedding Date:
September 2007
Yays For Alterations
Nicole Wong Clark, To Top It All Off

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    AMK, Guest @ 11:56 am

    That’s a really cute idea — the pictures are going to be awesome!

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:57 am

    I love Love LOVE the flags (I might have to copy!). Really uber cute! I say if you can make more, definitely make more! If not, I think the ribbons will be fine, and give you a little more color than the flags.

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    JordyPants, Guest @ 11:59 am

    That is an amazing idea. I love it!

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    anne, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    Screen Printing from Home??

    great idea!! What’s the easiest way to screen print from home?
    thanks! =)

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    Future Mrs. S., Guest @ 12:12 pm

    Great idea. Ditto the comment above. More flags or ribbons. It will be a fun element that you’ll enjoy in this pictures. I think it’s awesome and fun!

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    CJ, Guest @ 12:12 pm

    SO cute!!!

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    Katie B, Guest @ 12:25 pm

    I think the ribbon wands will be very cute in addition to the flags. I know I would pick a ribbon wand. Women and children ribbons, men with flags. Thats how I would think of the count.

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    emily, Guest @ 12:30 pm

    This is AMAZING! Can you please give a little instruction on the print screening process? Did you use a kit? Also, did you lay out a big piece of the fabric and then cut out each four different fonts? Thank you in advance…this is so great!!!

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    lollipop 74 posts, Worker bee @ 12:38 pm

    Screen printing involves just a few basic steps and some creativity.

    The abridged version of the steps:

    1. Coat a silk screen with emulsion and let it dry for two days in a dark place. I have a darkroom in my basement, but a big cardboard box can fulfill the same purpose.

    2. Place a transparency over your screen and expose it to light on one side. For less detailed, larger images I use the sun, but if I need to print any thing with text or fine lines I use the light box at Artist Image Resource.

    3. Rinse your screen to get rid of the unhardened emulsion under your image. Let it dry.

    4. Tape off any areas without emulsion that you don’t want to print.

    5. Put a line of ink along your image on the screen. Place it on the material you want to print on. Grab a squeegee and run the ink through the image.

    Here is a more detailed tutorial. They do things a little different from me, but the results are still good.

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    ant 97 posts, Worker bee @ 1:06 pm

    You are just full of great, creative, original ideas! :-)

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    Moi, Guest @ 1:23 pm

    You probably don’t have to make a ton of these b/c a certain percentage of the crowd will be holding their cameras instead. :)

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:27 pm

    i love the fun fonts you chose!

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    cubangirl, Guest @ 1:45 pm

    very cute idea!
    if you want so noise, too, we had people ring bells (i wanted sparklers, but they don’t really work in daylight…plus my mom was terrified my hair would catch on fire).

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    Andrea, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    I am doing ribbon wands for my wedding next Saturday! I’m right there with you not wanting to leave stuff behind and I never really got into the bubbles. The flags are adorable :-)

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    Faith, Guest @ 3:12 pm

    Eesh…I’m one of those that is in the non-ribbon wand camp. Which is why I thought your little flags were such a creative and uber-cool option! I’d vote that you make more of those, if at all possible. Although the process sounds really involved and time-consuming!

    (And don’t ask me why ribbon wands cause the reaction in me that they do…I don’t understand it myself. It might be the “silliness” factor you mentioned in your post. But I enjoy a certain level of silliness, so who knows. I’m just an old fuddy-duddy in some ways, it seems!)

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    Jessica, Guest @ 3:23 pm

    I’m also not a fan of ribbon wands, so I vote for leaving it as is, or adding more flags.

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    Tea, Guest @ 12:23 am

    i love the flags! such a creative alternative. this should be included in the next round of diy contests.

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    Chic and Charming, Guest @ 10:55 pm

    Those are so fabulous! You should sell them on etsy!

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    PJ, Guest @ 5:00 pm

    Are you planning on selling these?

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    shellbod8 3 posts, Wannabee @ 12:34 pm

    you should totally make dozens of these and sell them on etsy! what an amazing idea :)

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    kenlee, Guest @ 11:14 pm

    I would love to be able to purchase some of these. Let me know if anyone is knows of anyone.

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    Amber, Guest @ 10:54 pm

    So i am not artsy when it comes to making things like this, Have you decided to sell these? if so i would love to buy them from you!

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