I did a mini flag pole project for July the 4th. Hover the cursor to read the comments per picture. You do not have to follow this exactly, adapt your project to the materials you have on hand.
I used strings for this project. It turned out much better than using staples which I did in an earlier project not shown. It gives a more folksy look compared to staples.
The exact wood items used for this particular project: 1/4″ dowels 16″ long (maybe better if 12″ long), a wood danish candle holder base, and a 3/4″ diameter x 1″ tall mini domed wood finial for the flag pole top. You can go bigger or smaller, just select the right products.