Scandinavian Flag Garland

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These Cross Flags are joined or you may say twisted or sliced together. There are the simple single cross flags like the National flags of Denmark, Sweden and Finland and the more complicated double cross flags of Norway and Iceland. The flags are simple to make. They do, however, only look correct on one side. If you want a double sided garland you have to layer two flags each exposing the correct side. You may off course also make flags in any colour combination you like. Pulling a string through the two holes near the top edge will keep everything together. But if you prefer “perfect” flags you may fix the flaps in the points with a little glue.

Single Cross Flag

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The single cross flags are the most simple to make. You have to join two identical pieces of different colour. Place them on top of each other so that the shapes match exactly. The cuts shall NOT overlap. Twist around the centre pulling forward the other colour. If in doubt of process take a look at the “Label-Heart” video on YouTube.

Double Cross Flag

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The double cross flags are more complicated as they are made from three different pieces. To get things right I have used the Norwegian flag as example. First take the “white” and the “blue” piece and join those as described for the single cross flag. You shall use the innermost slits. Turn the flag so that the blue cross is showing. Place the “red” piece at the back, slits NOT covering the outermost slits of the “white” piece. Join.

And files for cutting: single cross cut ; double cross blue cut ; double cross red cut ; double cross white cut

13 thoughts on “Scandinavian Flag Garland

  1. What brand/brands of paper do you use exactly? The 80 gsm paper that I get at the store never comes in such vibrant colors.

    • There are lots of companies packaging pretty papers for crafters. In general they do not tell, where the papers come from. If you go to office supply stores the selection of the simple papers we use is generally much larger. The 80 g/m2 paper we use is named “Fashion” and is just simple paper for a copy machine, 500 sheets per package. Recently I updated the Spheres and used the fantastic and very expensive 135 g/m2 paper from Thibierge & Comar in Paris. Probably that is the paper with the vibrant colours you noticed. This company also makes paper in 100 g/m2. Have a look at their home page. It is hard to find retailers though. Lene

      • Thank you so much for that helpful information. I think I’ll try to order some of the fancier papers online.

      • I checked the Thibierge & Comar HomePage. It looks as if they no longer provide the beautifull silk like papers in strong modern colors I used to get. Now tHey only show translucent papers. I an not sure if they will do. I have looked for a replacement, but could not immediately find one. I found a factory in China I think, but then one has to buy and import thousands of sheets. I shall keep on investigating.

  2. I also tried to look for a website that sells the “Fashion” paper. Where do you buy that kind? I found a Latvian website called officeday.lv that sells it, and I was wondering if you get it from there.

  3. Og et lille hjertesuk: nu har jeg utallige gange forsøgt at flette det norske flag. Har flettet et, men mens jeg så TV, så nu har jeg prøvet om og om igen igen. Det kan bare ikke lade sig gøre. Hvad mener du, når du skriver use the innermost slits? Det er vel noget med inderst eller? Det giver bare ikke mening for mig. Ellers roser til bloggen og teknikken i det hele taget. Superflot arbejde. Er selv en ivrig fletter, har lært at flette hjerter v. Arne Holstborg på Skals. Hilsen Dorthe

    • Hej Dorthe! Først samler du det hvide og det blå stykke ved at bruge de længste slidser. Det er dem, der slutter nærmest centrum. Når du har gjort det rigtigt, falder de 2 sæt kortere ubrugte slidser sammen, dvs. to slidser ligger lige ovenpå hinanden og kan opfattes som een. Det betyder, at den del, du har lavet, svarer til et enkelt stykke med korte slidser. Nu tager du så det sidste røde stykke også med korte slidser, og vrider det på. Lene

      • Hej Lene
        Tusind tak for svaret, så er det vist bare at klø på og prøve igen. Venter iøvrigt spændt på nyt fra dig. Så dig i “Frihuset”, godt sted at blive kendt ;.)

  4. Hej igen Lene
    Så er den klaret, flot forklaring. Og så er det man tænker…var det ikke sværere? Heldigt at jeg allerede har klippet en stak, lige klar til flet. Lægger lige step by step billeder på min blog, ved lejlighed. http://www.rosgaards.blogspot.dk. Hilsen Dorthe

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