This is a DIY for all of my Swiss readers because the 1st August (Swiss national day) is just around the corner, and it is the perfect occasion for a garden party with a Swiss flag backdrop to celebrate! In this blog post, I show you how to make a Swiss flag but you could really make any flag or shape using this technique.

I’m excited to team up with Coop, once again, as they have launched a website grouping together crafts and recipes encouraging people to make all sorts of beautiful things for summer garden parties. You can check out my feature here.

This is a fun and affordable idea for a photo or buffet backdrop for a garden party. You just have to be sure that it’s not going to rain if you’re planning on having it outdoors.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this affordable flag backdrop:

  • 4 x 100cm square wooden dowels (these were 22mm wide)
  • 1 x 98cm square wooden dowel (you can get these cut to size in any Coop + Brico)
  • 6 nails long enough to go through the wooden dowels and hold together
  • A hammer
  • A roll of 1m wide chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • A staple gun
  • Washi tape
  • A tape measure
  • Red & white napkins (I used about 100 red napkins & 50 white)

All of the materials are available at Coop

Step 1: Set your frame up using your 4 x 1m wooden dowels so it makes a perfect square.

Step 2: Nail the frame together on all four corners using nails long enough.

Step 3: Place the chicken wire on top of the frame.

Step 4: Cut the chicken wire to size using suitable wire cutters.

Step 5: Pull tight and secure the chicken wire to the frame using a staple gun.

Step 6: Add the 5th wooden dowel in the middle of the frame for stability if required.

Step 7: Tape a cross out in the middle of the wooden frame as a guide.

Step 8: If using thick napkins, peel apart the layers of the napkins.

Step 9: Pull the red napkins through the holes outside of the taped cross. One napkin for every two holes of the chicken wire should be enough to fill out the space.

Step 10: Pull the white napkins through the holes inside the taped cross. Step back regularly to fill any holes and make sure it looks well balanced.

You could hang this behind a beautiful buffet or have it as the backdrop for photos at a garden party. I think it’s a nice textured and creative touch for the 1st August.

I love how simple and effective this is and how affordable all of the things you need are. As I said at the beginning, it would be easy to make this into any flag or any shape that you like so, play around and make it your own. I thought adding flowers could be a really nice idea, too.

Happy DIYign and barbecuing. See you back here soon. xS

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Photos by myself & Hannah Shan