Rainbow flag DIY for LGBTQ Pride Month

To properly kick off LGBTQ Pride Month, Hallmark Designer Jessie L. gathered some creative friends in the Think.Make.Share workshop to make their own rainbow flag, banner, or pennant. There are very few things more cheery than a table full of colorful felt—and a big plate of pride flag cookies.

Display of DIY rainbow flags for LGBTQ Pride Month

Happy Pride Month, readers! Throughout the month of June, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies have a lot to celebrate. Sure, you’ll find me wearing a rainbow pin on my denim jacket any time of the year, but I also love that I’m able to celebrate loudly and proudly for an entire month with my friends and family. Pride Month means a lot to me because it allows me to reflect on those who have come before me and paved the way for many of my liberties, and it reminds me of all the things that I can continue to work toward for future generations. And that gives me so much to celebrate!

Hallmark creatives make their own pride flags.

Felt in rainbow colors for DIY pride flags.

Making a DIY rainbow pride flag

Frosted rainbow pride flag cookies.

We have a lot to be proud of at Hallmark. We value diversity in our workforce as well as in the product we put out on the shelves. We have a great line of LGBTQ-inclusive product that speaks to all types of relationships and occasions. From serious to cheeky, the cards recognize how important it is for people of all genders and sexual orientations to connect with those they love.

Using felt, fabric, yarn, and a whole lot of hot glue, we created our own mini rainbow masterpieces to hang at our desks or in our homes to show that we can’t contain our pride!

Rainbow-striped pride pennant with the word "YAY!"

Make your own flag and hang it with ease. Sure, you could sew it together—but using hot glue makes it faster, and lets you focus on the design instead of the assembly.

DIY Rainbow Flag Supplies

  • Fabric for your flag or banner (cotton or muslin works great—you can glue or stitch hem along the edge to keep it from fraying)
  • Felt
  • Scissors and/or craft knife
  • Hot glue and gun
  • A wooden dowel a little longer (or wider) than your fabric
  • String

(Precise measuring is not necessary…that’s my kind of craft.)

"PROUD" in felt letters with rainbow in the "O."

Striped felt rainbow LGBTQ pride flag.

Rainbow-striped banner with heart for Pride Month.

The design of the flag is up to you: Make rainbows out of arches, stripes, or pennants. Add words—we used proud, love, and yay—and hearts or other simple shapes.

Pro-tip: Be sure to leave space on an edge of your flag to wrap around the dowel. About an inch will do.

Supplies for a DIY pride flag: Flag, glue gun, string, scissors, dowel.

Hanging your Rainbow Flag

Turn your flag upside down and center the dowel rod about an inch down from one edge—there should be an inch or more sticking out of either side.

Placing a dowel on the reverse of the pride flag design.

Hot-gluing the reverse of the pride flag design.

Gluing the dowel to the reverse of the rainbow flag.

Run a bead of glue underneath the dowel. Fold the edge of the fabric over the dowel and press down into the glue. (Be careful! Don’t burn your fingers.)

Attaching string to the pride flag dowel.

Tie one end of your string to one side of the dowel. Decide how much hanging space you want at the top, then snip the string and tie the other end to the other side of the rod.

Displaying a rainbow-bedecked PROUD flag.

Now, go show off your pride, and tell us something you’re proud of in the comments below.

For more DIY pride accessories, check out our friendship bracelets and keychains. And download our rainbow digital wallpapers.

Photography: Ty Hester

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  1. 6.2.17 | Reply
    Linda Davis wrote:

    What a timely post! It’s Gilbert Baker was born 66 years ago, June 2, 1951. He invented the rainbow pride flag in 1978, refusing to trademark it so that anyone could use it for the gay rights movement. Perfect post for today!