How to Build a Flag Case

Keep your flag stored properly and neat with this DIY case

1-2 hours
How to build a flag case

This simple DIY will teach you how to build a beautiful flag case. Use this case to display a folded American flag anywhere, whether on a shelf or desk, or hanging from the wall. It also makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for a veteran.

What You Need

Measure and Mark
measure and mark

Measure and mark cuts on the 1- x 4-inch x 8-foot common board according to the cut list. 

Tip: See diagrams below for reference on all remaining steps.

cut diagram
cut diagram 2

• Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the common board.
• Use a miter saw to cut 45-degree angles into one end of the two shortest boards and both ends of the longest board.

Make Front and Back of Case
make front and back of case

• Assemble the common boards into a triangle shape and trace the profile onto the plywood twice (once for the lid, once for the base.)
• Trace the inside of the triangle shape onto the polycarbonate.
• Use the circular saw to make straight cuts on the plywood. For the lid, measure 1 1/2 inches in on each side from one of the plywood pieces.
• Drill a hole for the jig saw on the inside of the traced section.
• Use a jig saw to cut the interior triangle shape from the lid.
• Score the polycarbonate with a knife before snapping over the edge of a table.

Tip: Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

Stain/Paint Boards
stain/paint boards

Stain/paint boards prior to assembly if desired.

Assemble Case
assemble case

• Build triangle out of boards as shown in diagram above and secure with brad nailer (trace frame onto plywood to get exact profile for cutting).
• Place lid on top of triangle and secure with brad nails.
• Insert polycarbonate inside box on the lip of the lid. 
• Secure with double-sided tape.
• Place folded flag in box.

Attach Back
attach back

• Place back on top of case and pre-drill a 1/8-inch hole in each corner of plywood and case.
• Screw back onto case (screws are used so that flag can be easily removed if necessary).