also, i am a freak for paper products. tissue paper and crepe paper are my absolute favorite, and i love making things with them because they are always colorful and inexpensive. i made these flags for the first time for our wedding. i made a few to line the entrance to the driveway at the house we were getting married at and i loved them so much i decided to do them again for a bbq i am planning. we have a long walkway to our front door and i think they will look amazing leading up to the house.
usually the dowels have a price tag sticker on them, i leave that end for the bottom because it is a pain to scrape those stickers off, and the bottom end is going into the ground anyways, so you won't see it.