Picture of How to Make an American Flag
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!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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


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.
macmaniac4 years ago
woah... There are laws on how you can hang a flag? That's some crayzee stuff...

Nice 'ible though, easy to follow and thorough!
l8nite4 years ago
cool project, great recycle, well done "ible". 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
User1134 years ago
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 "blue" square should always be in the upper left 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). ;-)
samfelis (author)  Plasticlizard4 years ago
As you may have already read, I addressed that flag faux pas in a few of the steps.
JohnJY4 years ago
God Bless America!
samfelis (author)  JohnJY4 years ago
tru dat!