How to hang a flag on a wall

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Before you investigate the best way to hang your flag, please check the prevailing etiquette of flag display in your country. Different countries have different rules for the display of their national flags, with America being particularly strict. Hanging the American flag must be done in particular ways. In the UK if you are displaying the Union Flag please ensure that it is displayed the correct way up. You can find information on this within our vintage flags collection.

Find the Right Place

Hang your flag in a way that looks great over time. Mark the spot where you'd like to place each flag. Then, attach to the wall using the methods below. If you're hanging multiple flags, consider drilling holes into the wall for additional support. You can hang the flag vertically or horizontally, depending on which orientation suits the individual flag. Hanging a flag on a wall is an art form. This involves choosing the correct type of flag, how to properly hang it and where to place it.

Ways To Hang A Flag On A Wall 

1. Spring Clips

Self-adhesive spring clips are perfect for hanging up your favorite flag. You can use them on walls, ceilings, and even windows. They generally come in packs of 8, which is enough to cover two flags. And you don't have to worry about damaging the wall because the spring clips won't damage it. If you prefer to use hooks instead of clamps, then you should get these. They're designed specifically for hanging flags. The best part is that they're made out of stainless steel so they won't rust.

2. Hammer and Nails

Hammer and Nail is an inexpensive way to hang flags without having to drill holes in the wall. You just need a hammer and some nails. This method works best for hanging heavier objects such as holiday decorations or large banners. For smaller flags, you might want to use a different type of fastener. If using this method position the nails so that they go through the eyelets in the flag rather than damaging the flag itself. This is a fairly crude way to get your flag on the wall, but is one way of displaying a flag.

3. Painters Tape

Painter’s tape is used for many different applications. You might use it to hang pictures, cover up walls, protect furniture, or even make temporary repairs. But what you don't know about painter’s tape could cost you money.

There are many types of painter’s tape available. Some are designed specifically for outdoor use while others are waterproof. And some are better suited for certain jobs than others. So how do you choose the right one for the job? Let’s take a look at common uses for painter’s tape and find out which ones work best for each situation.

Hanging Pictures or flags

If you want to hang a picture frame or a flag, you'll probably want to use painter’s tape. 

Painter’s tape is easy to apply. Simply peel off the backing and stick it directly onto the surface where you want to mount the item. Once dry, trim around the edges with scissors. Then simply pull the flag down and away from the wall.

Covering Up Walls

Another popular use for painter’s tapes is covering up walls. When painting a room, it’s often necessary to temporarily hide areas like electrical outlets, windows, doors, and pipes. These spots usually require special attention during construction. In addition, you may want to cover up holes left behind by previous owners.

4. Poster Strips

These adhesive strips are made specifically to hang flags. They come in different sizes that will fit most sizes of flags. You can use them to attach flags to walls, windows, doors, ceilings, etc. Make sure you read the directions carefully before using them. If you don't follow the instructions correctly, you could damage the material.

Use poster strips to hold flags in place, apply gentle but firm pressure for about 30 seconds to ensure that the flag doesn't fall off.

A double sided tape will work better than poster strips because it won't tear easily.

5. Thumbtacks and Push Pins

Thumbtacks are small metal pins that stick into wood, plaster, drywall, and even concrete. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including flat, round, square, and hexagonal. Some are designed specifically for hanging flags, while others can be used for general purpose purposes.

Pushpins are similar to thumbtacks, except they're usually larger and easier to push into surfaces. They're often used to hold maps, posters, and artwork up against a wall, and will secure the flag.

6. Flag Display Case

A special display case makes your flag look better and protect it from damage. You can find one at most sporting goods stores. They come in different sizes and styles. If you want something unique, you can make your own custom flag display case. Here are some ideas:

1. Make a wooden frame and add a (preferably non-reflective) glass pane.

2. Use a plastic container.

3. Create a cardboard box.

4. Buy a small metal stand.

5. Get a cheap plastic tray.

6. Find a vintage suitcase.

A frame or display case is probably the way to properly hang a flag to show your friends.

Simple rules for flag etiquette and display

Flags should never touch the ground.

Flags should never trail in water.

Check that your flag is correctly orientated - ensure you get the top of the flag at the top, and the bottom of the flag at the bottom!

This article covers mounting flags on walls. Should you wish to fly your flag on a flagpole there are many constraints that may apply, depending on where you live.

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