October 08, 2021 13 min read

Discover the wonderful world of garden flags and add special garden decor to your home. 

You can display your family motto, express your unique style, and switch your flags out with every change of the season — or for every holiday and special occasion.

Check out our filters on the left to help identify the flag you have been looking for.

Now let’s walk through our guide to the glorious world of garden flags together.

Garden flags

Table of Contents

How to Hang Garden Flags
Two Additional Tips for a No-Hassle Garden Flag Installation
Where to Place a Garden Flag?

Decorate Your Driveway
Highlight Your Flower Bed
Embellish Your Porch Steps
Ornament Your Mailbox

Make Your Doors More Welcoming
Enrich Your Wall
Ornament a Grave
Trick Out Your Porch or Patio
Beautify or Cover-up Something

What Flag Poles Go With a Garden Flag?
How to Hang Garden Flags in Winter?
How to Keep Garden Flags From Blowing Away?
How to Keep Garden Flag From Flipping?
How to Keep Garden Flags From Fading?
How to Add UV Protection to Your Garden Flag?
How to Store Garden Flags?
How Big Is a Garden Flag?
What Are Garden Flags Made Of?
Where to Buy Garden Flags?

How to Hang Garden Flags

Glorious Garden Flags

Decorating with garden flags isn’t only fun, but it’s also very easy. If you already have a favorite spot for your garden flags picked out, you’ll be enjoying the new decor of your lovely front yard or garden in no time.

So to make that process even easier here are eight short and sweet step-by-step instructions for a quick garden flag hanging process (followed by an instructional video):

  1. First, you have to have something you’ll use to display your garden flag on, such as a pole, a stand, or a bracket (depending on where you’re going to place your flag).
  2. If you decide to display your flag on a pole, just pick your location (you probably already have the perfect spot for it, if not, don’t worry we’ve got you covered).
  3. If, during installation of the pole, you find the ground too hard, don’t force the pole into the ground. Instead, soak the ground with water or spray it with a garden hose to soften it.
  4. Position your pole straight (both horizontally and vertically).
  5. Push down on the “H” stake with your foot (preferably wearing shoes, not flip flops), until the pole is standing on its own (see the picture of the “H” stake below).
  6. Step back and check to see if the pole looks straight from both the front and sides, and adjust it if needed.
  7. When your pole is perfect, push the pole all the way in, until the “H” is level to the ground.
  8. It’s time to put your flag on. To make it super simple we’ve made an opening along the top and bottom of the flag that runs down the flag’s length. Open one end and slide the flag through the horizontal bar until it’s completely on and hanging.

The “H” stake
Premier Garden Flag Pole - Memorial

Now check out this instructional video that showcases the 8th step — putting the garden flag onto a pole and securing it with a rubber stopper. 

Two Additional Tips for a No-Hassle Garden Flag Installation

Correct Placement of the Flag

Some flags are one-sided so you’ll want to make sure you place them on the pole correctly. 

Especially one-sided flags that have text on them. You don’t want the text reading backward. So you’ll have to put the flag on backwards to make the text read correctly — just something to be mindful of to avoid the extra hassle.

In case you notice that you have placed the flag backward and that it doesn’t read correctly, just gently pull the flag off, turn it over and slide it back on. Now it will be correctly positioned and you can place the rubber stopper on the bar for extra security.

Spotlight Your Flag at Night

If you’d like your garden flags to stand out at night we have a great tip for you.

Use solar light to spotlight your flag.

After you charge your solar light, you can then place it in the ground in front of the flag.

Make sure to position your light so it can soak up as much sunlight as possible during the day. This way it will have enough juice to illuminate your garden flag all night.

Where to Place a Garden Flag?

Having more than one location to choose from when considering the placement of your garden flags is a blessing. Yet with it comes the conundrum of making that perfect choice.

The beauty of garden flags is that they’re easy to move around so you don’t have to commit to a single spot when placing them.

You can also add to your decor depending on the seasons. For example, matching your seasonal flags with the flowers in your garden during spring and summer. 

Special holidays like Christmas can be perfect for combining flags with your other Yuletide decorations.

That way you'll accentuate your unique style no matter the time of the year.

To make the entire ornamentation process enjoyable, stress free, and to help along the way, we’ll throw in nine of our suggestions for the perfect garden flag spot.

Decorate Your Driveway

driveway decorative garden flags

Your driveway comes to mind first. A perfect placement means you’ll be greeted by your special flag every time you return home. It’s an excellent spot to place your flag so that all your visitors will be able to see and enjoy it upon arrival.

You can place your flag at the front of your driveway (so it can be seen from the street too), midway up the driveway, or all the way at the back — depending on what you find most eye-pleasing

Highlight Your Flower Bed

flower bed decorative garden flags

How about a garden flag in a flower bed? Now that sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?

This wonderful combination can really bring the best out of both your flowers and your flag.

A few considerations to have in mind:

  • If your flowers require a lot of direct sunlight, don’t place the flag in a spot that will block precious sun rays.
  • Avoid putting the flag near tall flowers. Flowers and plants, especially delicate ones, can be damaged by flags flapping in the wind.
  • Also, when flowers are in full bloom, they may obscure your flag, making it less visible.

Embellish Your Porch Steps

porch steps decorative garden flags

Your porch steps are like a big welcome to my house sign. So the way you choose to decorate your steps is what makes all the difference between just a house and a nice welcoming home.

Alongside the usual seasonal decorations like:

  • Potted flowers and green wreaths in the spring and summertime.
  • Pumpkins and gourds in the fall.
  • Christmas decorations in the wintertime.

You can decorate your porch steps with a welcome flag as well. And the best part? You can choose or even design your own decorative garden flags.

This way you'll always have a perfect flag to complement the season or any other special occasion.

Ornament Your Mailbox

Mailbox flags garden

Why not spruce up your mailbox with one of our double-stitched and double-sided garden flags? Regular old mailboxes can be boring and stick out like a sore thumb among your other nice garden decor.

Mailbox garden flags are easy to install. All you need is a bracket that you can mount on your mailbox and a flag.

Also, it’s a great way to greet the changing seasons like Judy here:

To make it extra special, you can combine the mailbox garden flag with our magnetic mailbox covers.

The covers are super easy to install and perfectly fit the mailbox. This way you'll be able to mix and match your flags and covers whenever you want.

Magnetic mailbox covers, new designs perfect for holidays
Christmas Angel Mailwrap

Check out how easy it is to install our magnetic mailbox covers both on metal and plastic mailboxes in two short instructional videos.

Metal Mailbox Cover Installation

Plastic Mailbox Installation

Make Your Doors More Welcoming

front door decorative flags

If you enjoy decorating your front door with wreaths, you’ll love this option too. No flag stand is needed, just a simple garden flag door hanger and a flag.

Simply slide your garden flag of choice on the horizontal bar and place the hook end over the top of your door.

Here are three easy and quick solutions for displaying your flag on the front door.

 Carson Garden Flag Over the Door Hanger

Weather-resistant, powder-coated metal hangers used to display garden flags on doors.

Carson Garden Flag Over the Door Hanger

 Carson Large Flag Dowel Wall Hanger

This wall hanger can also be used as a perfect door hanger. Made of high-quality powder-coated and durable metal.

Carson Large Flag Dowel Wall Hanger

Perfect for displaying wreaths, signs, flags, and other door decors.

Door Decor Holder

Enrich Your Wall

You can also display garden flags on the wall of your house, inside and outside.

double stitched flag

How about a nice supportive flag hanging right next to your Old Glory?

Or maybe your family motto hanging in the kitchen or above the fireplace? The possibilities are endless and really up to your imagination.

Ornament a Grave

flags garden

We bring fresh flowers to visit our loved ones who have passed away. Artificial flowers are a nice choice too, but you might consider choosing an appropriate garden flag as well.

Just make sure to check with your local cemetery first to see whether they allow decorating graves with a garden flag.

Garden Flags are usually 12.5" x 18" in size, but for this occasion we recommend a 4" x 6" flag.

Trick Out Your Porch or Patio

celebrate a holiday, garden area

If you’re looking for something other than flag stands that don’t need to be put into the ground, we have just the thing.

Check out our free-standing holders. These are excellent options if you’d like to display your flag on your front porch. These holders can be used on any flat stable surface and you can move them around wherever it suits you.

So maybe try a nice combination like Sharon here.

Beautify or Cover-up Something

You can use flags not only to decorate your garden and house but also to cover up small imperfections around the house and yard.

A flag with vibrant colors or maybe a more neutral one (depending on your situation) can hide just about any small imperfection. Try it out.

What Flag Poles Go With a Garden Flag?

holiday, special occasion flag pole

Choosing flags or even designing your own is always a fun and creative process. Yet the fun doesn’t stop there. You might think that all of our flag stands are generic. The kind you just put in the ground and hang your flag from.

However, for each of our garden flags, we provide a variety of poles, stands, brackets, and hangers.

Here are just some of our most popular choices.

Poles/Stands/Bracket/Hanger types Description
Arbor Around 15” w x 42” h in size and usually with a decorative top. Flags stay secure on them.
Decorative Flag stands come either plain or with a decorative metal top
Door hanger A horizontal bar (for the flag) connected to a vertical bar that hooks over the top of the door. (Interior or exterior use)
Post bracket Straight horizontal metal bars that can be attached by screws i.e.to mailboxes or porch posts.
Stake base The round base with 2 slots to stand a garden flag pole in. Good for special occasions, i.e. weddings, birthday parties. (Easy setup and removal).
Wall hanger Horizontal bar hung by a cord connected at both ends. Perfect for displaying flags indoors.

These are just part of our large selection of flag poles. To find the perfect flag pole for you, we suggest you check out our entire collection.

How to Hang Garden Flags in Winter?

Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for outdoor flags. Yet fall and winter offer many wonderful ways of decorating your garden too.

We at FlagsRUs believe that all seasons are flag worthy. Even winter.

Or should we say especially winter?

If you don’t believe us, our large variety of Christmas themed and winter scene yard flags might change your mind.

So to make displaying flags for the winter holidays easier here are a few of our tips and tricks:

  • Don’t hang your flags during bad weather. Strong winds and freezing rain can damage your decorative flags and cause rips and fraying at the seams.
  • Depending on where you live, the ground can be very hard or frozen during the winter. A good idea is to position your flag poles in the ground before that happens. So in late fall install your poles in the ground where they can stay until spring.
  • Avoid hanging your garden flag under a roof or other objects. Dripping water in cold weather could cause your flag (and pole) to freeze.
  • Keep in mind that if you position your decorative flags near a road passing cars may splash them on rainy days, so your flags could quickly get dirty.

In case you don’t want to leave your flags out during the winter, you can always store them for the spring or embellish the inside of your house.

How to Keep Garden Flags From Blowing Away?

Powerful winds could cause severe damage to your decorative flags, but even mildly strong winds could blow your flag away unless it’s secured properly.

Luckily, there are several ways to prevent that from happening.

One of the ways to prevent your outdoor flags from being blown away is to use a rubber stopper (pictured below).

rubber stopper, outdoor flags

Place the rubber stopper on the pole (close to the flag). It will keep the flag securely in its place.

Remember, don’t slide the stopper too close to the flag to avoid crumpling the flag material.

Another way of securing your decorative flags is with specially made flag poles that hold flags securely in place (like the Premier 3 pieces reinforced garden flag pole).

3 pieces reinforced garden flag

This pole comes with a flag lock that keeps your flag in place (pictured above).

If you don’t have such harsh weather where you live, the poles with looped ends on the horizontal bar are the best choice for you.

The looped end will get the job done. It will keep the flag in place, and it has a decorative look (pictured below).

horizontal bar with the looped end

Either way, the safest bet would be to bring your flags in on the days you have bad weather.

How to Keep Garden Flag From Flipping?

When you pick your perfect seasonal flags, you want to enjoy them, right?

Walking up to your house or glancing out of your kitchen window, it’s nice to be reminded of approaching holidays or another significant date you celebrate.

Yet there is nothing more annoying than to see your garden flags flipped over. So you either have to leave them be or go out to flip the flag back over — until the next time.

If that seems familiar, we’ve got something that will make your life easier and solve this problem.

A practical and easy-to-install extension to your flag pole — simply called a garden flag stabilizer.

A garden flag stabilizer is a horizontal bar with two clips that attach to the bottom of the garden flag and pole, adding some weight to the flag and preventing it from flipping over (pictured below).

garden flag stabilizer

Another practical way of keeping your garden flag from flipping is to use flag clips. You attach one end of the clips around the flagpole and clip the other end to the flag itself (pictured below).

hung, stand

For the best result, you should place the clip near the bottom of the flag. If you have multiple flags, flag clips can be unclipped and used again.

How to Keep Garden Flags From Fading?

To keep your flags in tip-top shape you’ll want to maintain the colors and appearance of your flags.

Here are seven tips to do just that:

  • If you need to wash your flag, use mild detergent and cold water.
  • To prevent color bleed, don’t let your flag soak in water for too long.
  • Rinse your flag in cold water and lay it flat to dry.
  • Never put your flags in a washing machine or a dryer.
  • Rotating flags regularly will limit the sun exposure on each side and prevent sun fading.
  • A flag that is positioned in direct sunlight will fade faster, so when choosing the
    perfect spot think about placing it in an area that gets more shade.
  • With age, flags may get loose threads or rips. To prevent further damage clip all loose threads and hem them (by hand or on a sewing machine).

Testimonial from Jeanne S.

How to Add UV Protection to Your Garden Flag?

Most flags today are fade resistant but a little extra protection goes a long way and will keep your flags in a terrific shape, so you can use them for years to come.

To help against fading, use UV fabric protection spray.

Also, you can apply some waterproofing spray to protect the fabric from water damage.

Follow our easy four-step process to make your flag material fade resistant:

  1. Lay the flag on a flat surface in a well ventilated area. Use an old towel or another piece of cloth to protect whatever pole or hanger you use to put the flag on. 
  2. Test a small area by spraying lightly to see if the colors will bleed. If they don't bleed, then spray the flag in even strokes horizontally from the top to bottom. Remember: don’t soak the flag with spray. 
  3. Wait a few minutes then turn the flag over and repeat the procedure.
  4. Let your flag dry, it’s now fade resistant and ready to be displayed.

How to Store Garden Flags?

When storing your flags you should keep a few things in mind.

Never store a wet or damp flag. It can lead to mildew, mold, or fungus and you surely don’t want that. Properly dry out your flags before storing them (but remember, not in a dryer).

Never roll and fold a flag, it will cause creases and can distort the fabric of the flag.

The best way is to keep your flags in a clear plastic bag laid flat and stored somewhere where they won’t get crumpled up.

vibrant colors, occasion

You can also invest in something made especially for flag storage.

The Flaginizer (pictured above) is a two-sided accessory holder with 21 garden and 9 regular flag pockets designed to fit in a closet. The Flaginizer can hold flags, finials, brackets, and more. Also, it has a swivel hanger hook for easy hanging.

How Big Is a Garden Flag?

size option

Most of our garden flags measure 12.5” x 18”, but there could be a slight difference in size depending on the brand. We also offer a mini flag version that measures 4” x 8” and requires a smaller pole.

What Are Garden Flags Made Of?

materials

Today’s garden flags come in a large selection of good-quality materials and types.

Materials Types
Polyester or polyester blend (the most popular material) Appliqued (made using tight detailed stitching)
Burlap (high-quality, very durable, and long-lasting) GlitterTrends (with glittered areas to make the flag sparkle)
Felt (look and feel of actual felt, made of poly blend) Coloring flags (can be colored with markers included)
Linen (high-quality polyester-based linen-like fabric) Musical (play a digital wound with motion)
Metal (lightweight powder-coated metal) Fiber Optic (have light or sound)
Solar light (have solar light inside that shines at night)

The most practical way for you to find the right fit is to search through our garden flag filter and choose by one of our six categories:

  • Type
  • Season
  • Holidays
  • Occasions
  • Themes
  • Vendor

Where to Buy Garden Flags?

For a great assortment of flags in vibrant colors, different materials, subjects, sizes and for every holiday and occasion visit FlagsRUs. We offer FREE shipping for all US orders.

If you’re from Canada visit: Flag Emporium.

As we mentioned before, garden flags are usually 12.5” x 18” in size, but we offer a variety of size options so you can pick the right one for your home.

Our flags can be installed on your house walls, front door, porch, steps, yard, garden, driveway, and mailbox. The choice is yours.

Using our standard garden flag poles and clamps you’ll have your flag up in no time.

Testimonial from Belinda H.

Garden flags are available in a variety of fabric choices such as printed, appliqued, burlap and linen, also you can choose from regular and double stitched flags too.

To find your perfect garden flag visit FlagsRUs, we deliver fast and have free shipping for all US orders. If you’re from Canada visit us at Flag Emporium.

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