How to Make a Sublimation Yard Flag Featuring an Easter Gnome

I love how easy it was to figure out how to make a sublimation yard flag. Such a simple project resulting in an adorable Easter gnome garden flag!

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If you’re curious how to make a sublimation yard flag for Easter, this is the fastest and simplest way to make one – and it’s a fun Easter gnome, no less!

Sublimation Yard Flag

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the fun crafts here – whether they’re fun for me to make or fun to display, but preferably both! That’s what I found with this insanely fast and fun gnome garden flag. The hardest part of this craft was determining my design, but even that was super fast.

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And now, after just a fun few minutes of work, I had a super cute and adorable Easter gnome yard flag to hang in my yard! So, if you’re ready to make a fast and fun sublimation yard flag, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Gnome Garden Flag for Easter

  • Start here by grabbing the cut file set for the little Easter gnomes I made. I imported the whole set into Cricut Design Space then ungrouped everything. Once they were ungrouped, I pulled together each of the elements I wanted on my yard flag then added a little text and darkened the colors a bit to my liking, then sent the design to make as a print-then-cut project. The trick here though is that, after mirroring the design, I printed it on my sublimation printer, then skipped the cutting and went right to the heat press!
  • If you’re ready to tackle this project, but you need some sublimation-ready yard flags, here’s the easy-to-use set I grabbed. They are perfectly sized – and there are several of them in a package so you can make multiple yard flags with this method, one for each season!
  • The one thing I would strongly recommend is, instead of using a little EasyPress Mini, get out the larger EasyPress 2. The larger surface will take less time to sublimate and have a more consistent result. I’m not nocking the Mini, let’s be clear – it does the job quite nicely on smaller pieces. But a larger pressing surface is good for these larger projects.
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How Do I Make this Sublimation Yard Flag?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Sublimation Yard Flag

How to Make a Sublimation Yard Flag

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Such a simple craft, this method for how to make a sublimation yard flag is so fast and fun, you're going to want to make more than an Easter gnome garden flag - you'll want one for every holiday!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Tools

  • Cricut Design Space
  • Cricut EasyPress (I used a Mini, but an EasyPress 2 would work nicely too)
  • Sublimation-Ready Printer
  • Butcher Paper
  • Heat-Safe Tape

Instructions

  1. Download the Easter gnome cut file set then upload the SVG to Cricut Design Space.
  2. Ungroup the Easter gnome designs so you can move the individual elements around. Move the elements around, deleting those that you do not want to use and building a single Easter gnome you love. If you using the sign, add text.
  3. Darken each of the colors of the Easter gnome designs, as desired. Note that the paleness and see-through nature of the yard flag will cause even darker colors to be faded, so darken your design 2-3 shades to compensate.
  4. Select the gnome design and identify it as a print-then-cut project. Note that the project will not need to be cut, just printed, so you do not have to have to use a Cricut cutting machine to complete this project.
  5. Resize the gnome design to be as large as the page will allow. I was able to get my gnome to be about 10 inches tall.
  6. Select "Make It". Then follow the prompts to mirror the design, then print on sublimation printer using your sublimation-ready printer.
  7. Once printed, lay the yard flag blank on your pressing surface, then place the gnome print face-down on the yard flag. Position the print where you want it to be, then use the heat-safe tape to secure it in place.
  8. Cover the print with a sheet of butcher paper, then, using your EasyPress, heat the design through the butcher paper for the amount of time and heat as noted by your ink and/or paper. Be sure to heat every portion of the design, taking the time to ensure the full design is sublimated onto the flag.
  9. Remove the butcher paper, peel away the heat-safe tape then remove the printer paper and discard.
  10. Place your flag on the flag holder and install it in the yard! photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome garden flag

Notes

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