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After reading this instructable, you'll have the power to make your very own American flag using those vertical blinds that have been gathering dust in your basement.  (If you don't have vertical blinds, you'll have the power to make them as well...just as soon as you acquire a set.)

These instructions could be used for making a flag from horizontal blinds as well; you would just need to adjust your layout accordingly.

Total cost for this project?  About $30, depending on how much paint you go through.  (Of course, this doesn't take into the consideration the money spent on blinds if you had to purchase them.)

Alright...enough with the jibber jabber, let's get started!

Step 1: Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make your very own flag out of vertical blinds.

Ingredients

1 set vertical blinds (the kind you use over a sliding glass door)*
2 cans Dover White Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint
2 cans Red Pepper Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint
2 cans Patriotic Blue Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint
1 roll blue painters tape
1 pair heavy scissors
1 roll double-sided tape

*While you must use the plastic kind of blinds (vs. fabric), you can pretty much use whatever color you want.  That being said, it's much easier to start with a light color so that you'll only need to cover it with a coat or two of paint.

If you don't have a set of vertical blinds hanging around the house, you'll need to hunt them down elsewhere (or buy them, but where's the fun in that?!?).  I got mine from Freecycle.  It's amazing what you can get on Freecycle.  And sometimes scary.
<p>Beautiful piece! However, the union should not be hung in that way, with the union to the right, while looking at. If you were in the garage looking out at the flag, then it would be correct. The union needs to be on the top left while hung vertically, while looking at. Not to the top right.</p>
<p>Thanks for the kudos! As you may have seen, I addressed my faux pas in the text of step four (as well as whenever I fly my flag!). The nice thing about this design is that it's easy to fix just by swapping the individual blinds.</p>
Ok...im painting the american flag onto a canvas. It measures 125.5&quot; wide by 17&quot; high. What would the correct proportions be for the blue, stars, red stripes and white stripes
<p>your union should be 2/5th the length of the fly by seven stripes.. your proportions sound alittle off the length (fly) of the flag is normally about doubled or 1.9 the hight (hoist) of the flag. So if your hoist is 17 your fly should be around 33 - 34</p><p>Hope this helps </p>
woah... There are <em>laws </em>on how you can hang a <em>flag</em>? That's some crayzee stuff...<br> <br> Nice 'ible though, easy to follow and thorough!<br>
cool project, great recycle, well done &quot;ible&quot;. Seeing that the flag your hanging isn't a represenitive of a current american flag Im not sure the arguement about how its hung holds any water, as long as its not hung in a disrespectful manner, I say SHOW YOUR COLORS
If you make another one you really need to use 3 white slats and 4 red slats, look at the layout in step 2.
i love your instructable. I love the patriotism.... but the &quot;blue&quot; square should always be in the upper left portion....so your flag is backwards in your pictures...... unless you are from an alternate universe where England won the war and you're just hanging this in some protest against the new King of the United Kingdom... You are currently violating federal law and guidelines for displaying a flag.
+1 Check United Sates Code Title 36, Chapter 10 for the 'regs' on flying Old Glory. Also covers conduct during playing of the National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner). ;-)
As you may have already read, I addressed that flag faux pas in a few of the steps.
God Bless America!
tru dat!

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