Introduction: Build Your Own Flagpole

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Show support for your country and troops by building this easy flagpole.

Step 1: Buy Hardware

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All items can be bought at a major Home Improvement Store.

You will need the following items:

2  -  3/8"x10'6" 18 Guage Top Rails for Chain Link Fencing.    
         (You can find these in the garden center)
1 - 1/4" Braided Nylon Rope. (50ft)                                                
2 - #16 Pipe Clamps
2 - 5/8" Fast Eye Snaps
1 - 41/2" Rope Cleat
1 - 1/2 " Swivel Pulley
1 - Mini Solar Crackle Sphere

Step 2: Attach Hardware

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Attach Swivel Pulley to top Galvanized Pole using a pipe clamp.  -
Thread rope through pulley.  -
Tie Eye Snap to rope using easy knot.  -
Take other end of rope and attach eye snap. -
Tie the rope ends together between the Eye Snaps making one continuous circle with the rope. -

Attach Rope Cleat to bottom Galvanized Pole using pipe clamp.

Step 3: Mount Light to Top

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Simply drop the Mini Solar Crackle Sphere stake into the top end of the pipe.   This light is solar, turns on at night and changes colors.  The best part about it is that it only costs $4.00.

Step 4: Raise Old Glory

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Slide bottom pole into top pole.
Using post hole diggers, bury flag pole about 3 feet in the ground. 
Raise your Flag. Tie rope off on rope cleat.
Pray for wind.  Enjoy.

Build Cost - $40.00

Proudly Made In America!!!


AlanH159 (author)2017-12-15

I built the flagpole with a few very minor mods for convenience and to accommodate local soil conditions. My flag has been flying proudly on it for about six months. I'd like to add a POW/MIA flag under the American flag. Do you think the pole could handle that?

Hal4884 made it! (author)2017-07-03

Inspired my this instructable using a mix of bought & bartered material.

Melboykin (author)2017-03-31

Can you raise and lower the flag?

AlexR315 made it! (author)2016-12-07

This flag pole worked perfect for me. It ended up costing $50 but still a great price (not including the flag). I bought all my parts at Home Depot. They no longer sell the 2 inch swivel pulley at my location so I used a heavy duty key ring with a hose clamp.

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Jonfromelmcity made it! (author)2014-06-29

I made this yesterday with some modification. I found the hardware for fastening the flag to be easy and affordable so I used all of that. However, I felt the PVC would flex too much. I also wanted to be able to take my flagpole down or be able to move it if needed. I swapped out the PVC for two of galvanized pipes each 5' 6" long that I got at the local garden center. The pipes are for chain link fencing and I was able to find all kinds of parts, including a piece that slips inside each to join them and a cap for the top. I drilled holes in one end of the pipe and into the piece for joining the pipes, leaving enough of the joining piece out so I could slide the other piece of pipe on. Since I wasn't using concrete, I put the flagpole about 2 feet down and have a 9 foot flag pole. If needed, I can quickly take the top section off and put it away and it wouldn't take much effort to take the bottom half out. I can relocate it as long as I am willing to dig another hole.

Although it seemed silly, the solar light does really top it off.

SonnyEdmonds (author)2014-05-21

This was a great lead. I modified it to fit my situation.

I have an aluminum pole mast that hung at an angle. It was always getting tangled by the prevailing winds at our house. So the answer was a vertical flagpole. I have long wanted one.

I had a 5' piece of 1 1/2" PVC pipe (white), and it had an angle cut on one end. In my front yard there are brick planters. In a corner area I drove the PVC pipe down until it hit something hard. (Rock, bedrock, or ???)

I only used one 10' 6" pipe, and my aluminum mast (about 5') fit the swedged end of the rail pipe. (LUCKY ME!)

The solar light I chose fit fine, but I added a short piece of 3/4" Sch 20 sprinkler PVC to the upright. And I used some Locktite brand Gel super glue to make sure the fixture head stayed on and was glued to the PVC as well. The solar light is a fantastic idea, and I can't wait for dark to bring it on.

I followed the rope instructions, but hung my pulley from a closed up "S" hook at the top of the pole

Then the flag pole was set into the 1 1/2" PVC driven into the ground.

Worked good, and no more tangled flag!

OH, and I used bronze harness snaps like this:

I got all my needs at my local Lowe's, but harness snaps are available at feed stores as well. I just like these type of snaps and have one on my dogs leash, too.

My 4' X 6' sown American Made Flag flies beautifully now in the afternoon breeze.

Thanks for this DIY home grown flag pole. And Happy Memorial Day!

I fly my American flag 24/7 because our troops are out there 24/7.

thejeep (author)2014-05-07

Just a thought (because I'm thinking about building this)... What if you made the pole a little more solid. For example, rip a 16' long piece of 2X4 down to 3/8 and slide it inside of the pipe. 2X4s are cheep. You could then fill the remaining space around the wood with adhesive. It would make the pipe and wood essentially a solid rigid pole. Just a thought to keep it from bending in the wind.

famlawgal (author)2013-09-28

After having this pole up for over a year strong Florida winds have finally made the pole lean. I need to use a bigger diameter pole next time.

SIRJAMES09 (author)2013-09-28

This is a good idea!! Thank you for sharing.

When I had my farm, I had a flag pole in the front yard...first pole was a utility pole I bought from the electric company for $2.00 then had to pay $150 to transport it, & another $200 to put it in the ground(these poles average about 1000 pounds in weight).

Next time around I went the cheaper route....I scavenged all the materials I could & ended up with about 400 pounds of concrete in the ground for a base/counter weight, followed by a truck spring sunk into the concrete(tornado could not even blow it down) with which a 1/4 inch thick pipe 25 feet long was attached to the spring.

It survived 2 tornados, numerous hail storms & some city slicker crashing his car car into it cuz he was too drunk to be driving. I left the farm in 1997 & it was still there that time it had been up for about 10 or 12 yrs.

silveravnt (author)2012-02-28

I just learned that you can go to your congressman's website and get a flag that has flown over the US capitol. There are several sizes available all very affordable.

JamesMD (author)silveravnt2012-07-03

you can! I got one about 10 yers back.. you can specify the date, the size and the material... i think mine was only about 13 dollars, and it came with a certificate.

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-08-22

when you put the 2 poles together, I would put the clamp there to strengthen the joint....maybe even run a doll rod inside to make it stronger yet & less flexible. It just looks like a strong wind would bring it down... :-(

Good Idea tho...very nice.

TY for sharing

billd6 (author)2011-07-26

Your photo looks like the pole really flexes in a wind.

Fyerfytr (author)2011-07-16

Thanks for the plans! Does it flex quite a bit in stronger wind?

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