Minecraft American Flag Banner Recipe [illustrated guide]

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Happy Fourth of July, mining crew. What better way to celebrate this than creating the American Flag in Minecraft? 

In this Minecraft tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to make an American Flag banner in Minecraft, whether for use in some in-game celebrations or if you simply want to spruce up any American-themed build. 

After all, the infamous red, white, and blue makes for a great flag and a unique design that can fly high above all others in your Minecraft world. 

Keep reading to learn how to gather everything necessary for this project and make the banner in survival mode!

Also, check out this illustrated guide to see how to put letters on banners in Minecraft.

Gathering the Necessary Materials


  1. 6 White Wool
  2. 1 Stick
  3. 2 Red Dye
  4. 1 Blue Dye
  5. 1 White Dye

When setting to make the American flag in Minecraft, you need several materials before beginning the crafting process: wool, dye, a loom, and one singular stick.

It is easy enough to get everything, but if you have never crafted a loom or used one below, don’t worry.

I’ll teach you how to make and use it, and you’ll be a pro at it in no time. 

Luckily, gathering everything necessary for this project is easy unless you plan to make a ton of these banners.

If that is the case, I highly recommend setting up a sheep farm so you can get all of the wool necessary to make banners.

Also, having a beetroot and a mob farm can help provide the red and white dye. Beetroots can be found in villages, and YouTube is an excellent source for mob farm tutorials. Simply pick one that you like and then follow it! 

For the last item, blue dye, you will need to go mining to get enough lapis lazuli to make the blue dye, but at least it is fairly common in Minecraft. Good luck!

Getting the Dye

How to get dye in Minecraft - the color of the dye depends on the material you use.
The color of the dye depends on the material you use. Here I’ve gathered the three different colors needed for the American Flag banner. You can read what materials you need to get these three colors in the text below.
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To make the American flag banner, you need three types of dye: white, blue, and red. Dye can be made by placing the items below in your crafting menu. You can use the following materials to make each type of dye:

White Dye:

  • Bone Meal
  • Lily of the Valley

Red Dye:

  • Poppy
  • Rose Bush
  • Red Tulip
  • Beetroot

Blue Dye:

  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Cornflower

Crafting the Loom

Now that you have gathered the materials to craft the banner, it is time to make the loom. 

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Follow the steps below to craft it:

1. Open your crafting grid

2. Place two planks in the bottom row.

Loom Minecraft crafting recipe step 1
Loom crafting recipe. Place two planks in the bottom row of the crafting grid.
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3. Place two pieces of string on top of them.

Loom crafting recipe Minecraft step 2
Loom crafting recipe. Place two strings above the planks.
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You now have a loom!

Loom Minecraft
Me and a chicken admiring my new loom!
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Crafting the Banner

The next thing you need to do before making the actual American flag banner is craft a blank banner that will act as your banner’s base.

While white is the base color for this banner, you can use black dye to make your own banner pattern that is different from everyone else. Have fun with it and experiment with different dyes! 

Follow the steps below to craft it:

1. Open your crafting table.

2. Place six wool blocks in the top two rows

White banner Minecraft step 1
White banner crafting recipe in Minecraft. Place 6 wool blocks, as shown above, on the crafting table.
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3. Next, put a stick in the middle slot of the bottom row.

White banner Minecraft step 2
White banner crafting recipe in Minecraft. Place a stick in the middle slot in the bottom row.
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You now have a white banner!

White Banner Minecraft result
Behold my beautiful white banner!
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Making the American Flag Banner

Once you have gathered the banner, dye, and loom, it is time to craft your soon-to-be American flag banner. 

Follow the steps below to create your banner in the loom:

1. Place the banner inside the loom with the blue dye and scroll down till you find the brick pattern. Select that and take the banner out

American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe step 1 - Blue Field Masoned
American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe Step 1: Blue Field Masoned.

2. Put the banner back in the loom along with the red dye. Select the half-bottom banner pattern.

American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe step 2: Red Per Fess Inverted
American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe Step 2: Red Per Fess Inverted

3. Next, you want to select the half-side pattern before removing the banner.

American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe Step 3: Red Per Pale Inverted
American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe Step 3: Red Per Pale Inverted

4. Finally, put the banner in the loom alongside the white dye. Select the stripes pattern, and there you go! You now have an American Flag banner!

American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe step 4: White Paly
American Flag Minecraft Crafting Recipe step 4: White Paly

Now that you have your banner, you’ve gotta do something with it, and while one is fun, you will likely need many more for building projects. Copy-paste the process to make more identical banners if you need.

Minecraft American Flag Banner Recipe Guide
Three identical American Flag banners. I’m ready to celebrate the 4th of July in Minecraft!
(Image credit: Mojang).

So go wild and make all the banners you want, as they make an amazing decorative item to spruce up otherwise blank bases.

Build Ideas for the American Flag Banner

American flag banners can be the perfect addition to any build, and there is no limit to the variety of ways to incorporate them into your world.

If you are struggling to come up with some ideas of what you could build with the American Flag, check out these suggestions! 

The White House

If you want the quintessential American build, you can’t go wrong with building the White House in Minecraft. While it is a massive build, it can be a real test of your building skills.

If you build this behemoth in survival mode, you can expect to spend thousands of hours gathering and building the materials.

So, I recommend doing this in creative mode if you don’t want to spend weeks or months on this build. 

An American Military Fort

Whether playing on a server with friends or in a single-player world, having a base that can withstand the hordes of monsters that seek your demise is vital.

But why just have a basic fort when you can slap some flags on it and even bigger TNT cannons on the walls? What a fantastic way to show everyone who is the true power on the server.

American Home

Let’s be honest, any Minecraft home can be an American home if you put up the American Flag, but at the very least, it should be a modern house.

That means mining in the Nether to get a ton of quartz and using more glass than is recommended. If you think there are enough windows, you have not gone far enough. Put more! 

Making a Giant American Flag

While this technically doesn’t use the American Flag banner, why only make a small one when you can make one that will overshadow the world and fill the Minecraft skies with the sight of red, blue, and white?

The point of this build is to be as over the top as possible simply, so get ready to use hundreds of different-colored pieces of wool for this build.

The only limit is the time you want to put into this, and you could make some massive flags. 


Minecraft has a ton of different patterns that you can use to create all manner of Minecraft banners to grace your home and builds.

While you can find banner patterns everywhere on the internet, you could still create a new banner that no one else has shared online.

If you enjoyed this article, you may like this guide on making Minecraft pride flags. Until next time, happy gaming!


Do Banners Spawn Naturally in Minecraft?

While you won’t find any American Flag banners naturally spawning in Minecraft, some banners spawn naturally throughout the world.

These are primarily Omnious Banners which can be found attached to the backs of illager captains and the walls of Pillager Outposts.

If you want to know more about the Omnious Banner and the Bad Omen spell, check out this guide.

Additionally, many villages now have banners that you can gather to add additional spice to your home and builds.

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