Instead of buying tiny decorative flags at a store, make them yourself at home using toothpicks. The result is just as good, as long as you have a colour computer printer and the right paper. These toothpick flags make great accents for a birthday cake or decorations around the house for an Independence Day celebration.
Find a high-resolution image of a flag on a royalty-free image website. Alternatively, design a custom flag of your own using an image editing program on your computer.
Paste the flag image into a document layout program and resize the flag to about 1.75 inches high by 3.5 inches wide.
Copy and paste the resized flag image so that as many of them as possible will fit on an 8.5 by 11 inch page. Leave about 1/4 inch of white space between the two columns of flags so that a small amount of white space appears on the left-hand side of every flag.
Print the page on glossy stock paper with your computer printer. If the paper is matt on one side and glossy on the other, make sure that you print the flags in colour on the glossy side.
Cut out each flag from the sheet with scissors. Leave that small amount of white space on the left side of each cutout intact. This is where you will fold the flag around a toothpick.
Bend the white edge of a paper flag around the toothpick and seal it in back with a piece of clear tape. Slide the flag up a bit if necessary to reveal more of the toothpick.
Repeat the folding and taping action with each of your flag cut-outs.