DIY Flag Pole- Mr. McGee Takes Over the Blog

Final Product

Hi there folks!

This week, Mr. McGee is going to take over the writing for  I have posted pics of a starter garden in our front yard a couple of times in a gardening post here.  This garden has matured quite well and it was time to give it some more definition.  When the Mr. was looking for a place to put up a serious flag pole, I gave him my blessing to make that garden his own. He’s a Marine Corps Veteran so we’ve had many mounted flag poles over the years and always had an American flag hanging, but they wear out and break and have to be replaced too often.  Here’s Mr. McGee’s instructions and some pics of the flag pole he built.  Semper Fi!


DIY Flag Pole:

1 – 5 gal bucket w/lid
2 – Bags quickcrete concrete
25 ft nylon rope
1 – 3” x 8’ section PVC pipe
2 – 2” x 8’ sections PVC pipe
1 – 3” to 2” coupler
1 – 2” coupler
1 – 2” PVC end
2 – Rope clips
1 – Rope cleat
1 – Pulley
Optional- small stone to cover the concrete and bucket, or you can just cover with dirt.

Cut hole in the center of the lid to fit the 3” section of PVC pipe, fill with concrete, place lid on and put the section of pipe in let harden (be sure pipe is straight/level).  Dig a hole, place bucket in selected location.  Select a 2” PVC pipe and install the pulley 4” from the top and run the rope through the pulley so that the full length of the rope is in half with the fold of the rope on the pulley. Determine how far apart the grommets on the flag are.  At the distance below the pulley that you want the flag to sit, connect the rope clips at an interval the same as the distance between grommets on the flag. Once these are attached, glue the PVC end in place.  Now glue the 3” to 2” reducer in place, join the 2 sections of 2” PVC sections together using the 2” coupler ensuring all are straight.  Attach the grommets on the flag to the clips and raise your flag.  Tie the ends of the rope together. Now enjoy!

To see the images in full screen, click on the FS in the bottom right hand corner in the gallery.

Flag Pole

Final Product
Final Product
PVC Coupler
PVC Coupler
Flag Pole in concrete
Flag Pole in concrete
Rope attached to flag
Rope attached to flag
Garden edging
Garden edging


  1. This looks awesome. I’ve been looking for an economical way of putting a large flag pole in our yard. I hope it’s held up nicely under all the elements. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your service. Daughter of a proud Marine.

    • Thanks for visiting our site, Cheryl! We really love this flag pole. It was very easy and has held up to many high wind storms and cold winters. Is there any other kind of Marine than a proud one? :-) We appreciate your Dad's service. Semper Fi.

  2. Cheryl Schneider

    I’ve been looking for an economical and attractive way to add a large flagpole to our yard. This looks awesome. I hope it’s held up against the elements nicely for you. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your service. Proud Daughter of a very proud Marine.

  3. The American flag should always be flown in a manner consistent with its purpose as a national symbol. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. I thought he looked like a Marine! Thank you for your service and for your blog! My husband just retired after 20 years of service in the Marines, he was a helicopter mechanic in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a refrigeration mechanic in the Gulf War. Anyhow, we bought land with an old farmhouse on it for us and our 3 children but the farmhouse can't be saved so we are looking into buying a used double wide. I appreciate all of the ideas you and other bloggers document as it really helps. I may not always comment but I do read. Keep up the great blog and Semper Fi!
    Christina, USN Veteran

    • Thanks so much for commenting, Christina. Mr McGee is proud of his service. Thank you to your husband for his service as well. It takes a certain kind of person to be a Marine, that's for sure. I'm sorry to hear about the farmhouse difficulties. Does it have to be torn down? I certainly hope the cost reflected the problems associated with it and that you didn't lose a lot of money on this deal. A used doublewide is a great idea. I would love to hear your experience of moving one onto your property. It would be great to get an idea of how a used home comes apart and goes back together and the trials and successes with that sort of project. If you get a chance, please do come back and share.

      Thanks again for your comment and good luck with your home search.

      Happy Remodeling!
      The McGees

  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing this to us and keep posting! This adds more information about flagpoles.

  6. Beautiful, great tutorial.

  7. We have a flag pole in our front yard, too. It's been up about 16 years and at the time we put the landscape timbers around the bottom, a small box style, and it needs pulling up and thrown away. I like the way you used the concrete surrounds to make a larger plant bed area – this will be a fall project for me, when the heat and humidity fall drastically. I think it all looks great!

    • Thanks for your comment, JoAnn. And also for visiting !
      I love the way this flag pole and garden looks in our front yard. Yesterday, the wind was just right and the sun was shining and the flag was just floating nice and high. It's a great addition to your spaces! If I were to change anything, I would add one more section for a little more height. But it's fine the way it is. I was also remarking to Mr. McGee this morning that I really like that I don't hear the pulley clanging on a metal pole all the time since it's made from PVC. So nice!

      Good luck on your flag pole project and come back soon!
      The McGees

  8. First, thank you Mr. McGee for your service. Second, how cool is that! Love your blog….

    Theresa @ Finding Grace, Going Mobile

    • Thanks for visiting, Theresa, and also for your comment. We love the flag pole! We've been to your site as well. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing with us!

      The McGees

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