If you find yourself regularly dealing with flags, it is important to learn the proper way to fold them. The way you fold a flag is a sign of respect for the entity for which it stands. Folding a state flag might seem difficult at first; the Ohio flag can be especially tricky, since it is not rectangular and must be folded in a special way. With a little bit of practice, though, it is quite easy.

Folding the Ohio Flag

Fold the Ohio flag in half length-wise, aligning the points of the flag, then fold it in half a second time. You should have a long strip with the red circle facing the ground.

Fold the pointed end of the flag back onto itself to form a rectangle. You should now have performed three folds.

Fold two inches of this rectangle back onto itself, then fold two more inches an additional 13 times, alternating the folds in a fan-like manner.

Wrap the remaining length of flag around the folds to form a compact rectangle.

Folding Other State Flags

Fold the flag in half width-wise twice, to form a long rectangle.

Make a triangular fold, beginning from the part of the flag that is furthest away from the hoist and folding the closed corner of the flag towards the open corner.

Fold the triangle back to create a new horizontal edge, then repeat the process, folding one triangle after another until the entire length of the flag has been folded back and only a small rectangular tab remains.

Tuck the rectangular tab inside the folds to keep the flag from unraveling.

Tip

  • Folding any flag should be done by two people, each holding two corners of the flag at the beginning of the folding.

Tip

  • You should never allow a flag to touch the ground.