Thought I'd write up a quick how-to on these flags and basic dynamite for those on a budget. Just made these today. They're not pretty (we wanted a basic, crafted look, and they were done within 45 min - 1 hr.), but you could easily make them look pristine with more time and labor.
(1) Hacksaw, cutting device, anything to cut PVC with.
(2) 1/2 inch PVC pipe, 10' - about $5.50
(1) Vinyl tablecloth, Red - about $1.50
(1) Vinyl tablecloth, Blue - about $1.50
(1) Roll of duct tape (Black, preferably) - about $2.50
(3) Cans of spray paint, (1) Black, (1) White, (1) Red - about $4.50
(2) Wire hangars - If you don't have 'em around the house - about $1.00?
Total cost is about $10 to $15 bucks, depending on what items you have to purchase and what you have laying around your house already.
Step 1 - Take a hacksaw and cut the 10' PVC pipe down to about 8'. Save the ends you cut off. Cut those ends (should be two ends at 2' a piece) in half, so you end up with 4 1' long PVC pieces. Save them.
Step 2 - Take both the vinyl tablecloths and fold them to your preference (we decided on the banner-style of flag, but it's really up to you). Use some duct tape to tape the corners and edges to keep them folded and sturdy.
Step 3 - Size up the folded flags to the PVC poles. The part of the flag that will be taped to the pole should be the part of the flag that has most of the edges (to prevent fraying). Rest the pole on the part of the flag you're going to tape. To roll the flag around the pole, leave about 5 inches of flag material on the rolling end, and roll the end around the pole until it meets the other side of the flag. Tape this to secure the flag around the pole.
Step 4 - Apply some tape to the top and bottom of where the flag is secured to the pole to ensure the flag doesn't slide down the pole.
Step 5 - Take your wire hangar and deconstruct it to make it as straight as you can.
Step 6 - Bend the wire hangar in half, and wrap the bent end around the top of the pole. There should now be 2 long pieces to secure to the top of the flag. Tape these ends to the top of the flag, all the way to the bent end at the pole. This will ensure your flags are always unfurled and visible.
Step 7 - Now it's time to paint the flags with your choice of design. As you can see in our picture, we went with A (Alpha) and Ω (Omega). The white was used for the basic design. The black was used for shadowing, to add visual depth to the letters, and to make a border. Of course, this is completely up to your tastes and is definitely optional if you'd like to cut costs.
Step 8 - Here's where you can make your dynamite while your paint is drying on the flags. Take your leftover PVC pipes from Step 1. If you need to, even these all out by lining them up and using your hacksaw. Spray paint these red.
Step 9 - Now that your pieces are painted, tape them together. If you want to use a fuse, tape it together alongside these pieces. We used just a piece of wire hangar spray-painted black. Again, this is all up to you.
Step 10 - Enjoy and have fun spicing up your scenarios with something cheap, yet effective.