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.
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.
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!
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.
I did add a border and grommets to make it look a bit more like a genuine signal flag
The flag is simply attached to the back of the window frame with tacks in the corners.
Windows were finished with the addition of a couple of hooks for hanging.
Easy project with big impact.
Want more signal flag wall decor, make sure you check out my other signal flags made from pallet wood.
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