Vintage Windows and Signal Flags Wall Decor


Nautical Signal Flag and Old Wooden Window Beach decor

International Code Flags or Signaling Flags are used for communicating short messages between ships out at sea.  Each flag can either be a letter or have a short meaning.

Signal Flags

While A is known as Alpha, it also means, I have a diver down, keep clear at slow speed.  O is Oscar, but it also means man overboard. N, also known as November or your movement is not understood.  You get the idea and for this project there is no quiz, you won’t have to know what any of them mean unless you want to spell out something.

I like them because they are easy to replicate, they’re colorful, they’re beachy, they’re fun and they are perfect for wall decor.

Vintage Windows repurposed

Before you begin to make a flag, gather up the windows that you’re going to use.  You’ll want to make your flag  just slightly larger than the window panes.

I have to thank my son’s, wife’s, stepfather for these gorgeous, peeling paint, shabby chic windows. You’re the best Mike!

Nautical Signal Flags Beach decor

I checked Ebay for genuine old signal flags before deciding to make my own. They were all either too big, too small or too expensive.  Making my own was the only way to go and they really are super easy to sew, especially if you choose a letter with straight lines.  Just about all the  letters are straight lines, just stay away from “I” unless of course, you’re a better sewer than I am. 

You wouldn’t even have to finish the edges if you didn’t want to.

Signal Flag and Old Window wall decor

I did add a border and grommets to make it look a bit more like a genuine signal flag 

Signal Flag and Old Window beach decor, attaching the flag to the window

The flag is simply attached to the back of the window frame with tacks in the corners.

Creating your own Signal Flag decor

Windows were finished with the addition of a couple of hooks for hanging.

Signal Flag and Vintage Window wall decor

Signal Flag and Vintage Window beach decor-001

Signal Flag and Vintage Window beach decor

Nautical Signal Flags wall decor

Signal Flag and Old Window wall decor-001

Nautical Signal Flags and Vintage Window wall decor

Signal Flag and Old Window beach decor

Nautical Signal Flag and Old Wooden Window Beach decor

Easy project with big impact.

Want more signal flag wall decor, make sure you check out my other signal flags made from pallet wood.  

DIY  Pallet Signal Flags Wall Decor

DIY Pallet Signal Flags Wall Decor

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