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How To Make A Recycled Ruler Flag

Make a Wooden Ruler Flag

No special tools for this project. I put together the rustic wooden ruler flag using duct tape. The flag is easy to make and I can reuse the wood rulers in the future by just removing the duct tape if I decide on another ruler project. Which might happen at the end of Summer or after the Fourth of July.

Make a Wooden Ruler Flag Without Using Power Tools

Rustic Wooden Ruler Flag

To keep with the rustic and natural look I used burlap for the star backdrop and aged paper for the star. I had another idea for the star but that didn’t work out.

supplies to make a rustic flat using wood rulers and Duck Tape

Supplies For Rustic Flag

Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and my thrifty buddies have projects linked at the bottom of the post.

place the rulers in a flag shape

I collected the wood rulers over time. Picking them up whenever the price was right. One is from a local bank and one is from a college. They may not be old but they have character. I first laid the rulers out in the order that I thought looked best.

Duct tape or Duck Tape to adhere the rulers together in the flag shape

Then I flipped them over and duct taped them together. Easy huh. There were two reasons for the duct tape (or duck tape) . I couldn’t figure an easy way to attach the rulers to each other. I could staple the rulers together from the back side but they may not work too well. I could wire them together and leave a space between each of the rulers. Neither of these ideas appealed to me. The second reason I used duct tape is because I could reuse the rulers in the future if I wanted to.

I wasn’t sure how the duct tape idea was going to work. Would the rulers be too loose or fall off of the duct tape? No worries, worked perfectly. I come up with some genius ideas. Most of them come from my lazy side.

cutting a star from aged paper for the flag

Another potential problem was the heavy iron star I pulled from my junk stash to add to the flag. It was heavy, too heavy to glue to the burlap for sure. I looked through my reclaimed paper supply for aged or aged looking paper. Then I traced the iron star onto the paper and ta-da, lightweight stars.

double sided tape to adhere paper star to rustic flag

I say stars because I cut out two paper stars and stacked them. Again I used tape to adhere the burlap and the stars to the rulers. This time it is double sided clear tape. This tape is very, very, sticky. And it’s hard to grab the end and pull it off of the white backing but I got it done. Yes, I have all this stuff in my workshop. It sure comes in handy. I used the double sided clear tape to make the hanging tea towel calendar last month (here).

twine hanger adhered with duct tape to a sign

We still aren’t pulling those tools out. I used twine to hang the wooden ruler flag and I adhered the twine to the flag with duct tape. Nice. The flag is really lightweight and I don’t think I have to worry about the hanger coming loose.



Make A Recycled Ruler Flag


I told you it was easy. The flag turned out much better than I expected. The neutral colors are a nice change to the typical red, white, and blue.

Make A Recycled Ruler Flag


You don’t always need hand tools or power tools to make a diy project. See if you have something lying around the house you can use to make a flag. I bet you have duct tape on hand already.

Watch the video of me making a Farmhouse Style Rustic American Flag……

Making An American Flag Wood Wall Decor

Click here to see my Rustic Iron Star Red, White, and Blue Flag I made a few years ago.

What project have you been working on? Leave a note and share the details then visit my friends for more thrifty inspiration. Click the pink text links below the photo collage to visit the other blogs.

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DIY Wall Mounted Coat Rack: Boho Style – House of Hawthornes
Wooden Ruler Flag – Petticoat Junktion (that’s me!)

Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. This is so adorable and would be a great kid’s project, too!!! You are always so creative!

  2. I love “lazy”, many of my brilliant ideas have stemmed from the concept. So cute!