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Grand Old Flag

By: Becca Rowberry

Whenever the July 4th holiday comes around, the words to this song always comes to my mind.

Grand Old Flag

You're a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
’neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

So with that in mind I decided to make myself a Grand Old Flag to display in my home. And not just for the holidays but always.


  • Styrofoam block (at least 10” x 10”)
  • 2” x 2” fabric squares (red, white and blue)
  • glue
  • pencil
  • ribbon

Grand Old Flag Supplies


Take your foam and cut it to the desired size that you want. For mine, I wanted 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes…..just like our flag. Measure out how wide each stripe needs to be to make sure they are even. I cut my foam to be 12” X 10”.

Cut your fabric into 2” x 2” squares. You’ll need less of the blue and more of the red and white fabric (the amount depends on how close you put the squares together, I had plenty with 5/8 of a yard of each)

Grand Old Flag Foam Block

Next, I placed my foam on a towel to help keep it from slipping.

Foam on Towel for Grand Old Flag

Now it’s time to glue the fabric to the foam. Wrap the fabric around the tip of your pencil, dip it in the glue and then stab it into the foam. Don’t go to deep but enough that it will stick in place.

Gluing for Grand Old Flag

Getting Started with Fabric for Grand Old Flag

Continue doing that until the whole flag is complete.

In Process Grand Old Flag

To finish off the sides of the flag I decided to wrap ribbon around it. I glued it in place as I wrapped around it.

Ribbon for Grand Old Flag

Glue Ribbon Grand Old Flag

There you have it, a grand old flag that is happy and ready to be put on display!!

Grand Old Flag

For other fun craft projects and ideas please visit my blog at Naptime Journal OR visit my shop at Little Polka Dot.

Thanks, Becca Rowberry U.S.A.


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This is a nice creative project and I never would have thought of using fabric in this way. For an option you could add sprigs of silver around the edges to resemble fireworks, or even use some star shaped buttons if you have them. Adding some glow in the dark paint to the white fabric would be fun as well. I like that this project is versatile and you could make this bigger or smaller depending on your space. Thanks for sharing this great patriotic project!

wonderful idea and I want to do that soon thanks for sharing

Hi wow that is too cool. Hi spirit12. She means put the glue in hole or place fabric on the end of the pencil and add glue, and stick it into the styrofoam. That way it won't pop out. Hope that helped you.

Hi, on the Old Flag,i am not sure what you mean about wrapping the fabc around the pencil? can ou help me out a little bit. Thanks


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