Popsicle Stick Flags

The American flag is the iconic symbol of freedom. Its clean and bold design lends itself well to crafts because of its bright contrasting colors and simple shapes, as well as the spirit of what they represent. Kids and adults alike will love this craft not only for the fun they have making it together, but also for the many ways it can be used.

This popsicle stick flag craft is particularly fun for kids because of the variety of materials: wood, paint, glue and paper. Kids have so much fun with the different tactile experiences, there’s no time to get bored. Developing artistic, dexterous and cognitive processing skills is a bonus.

When the flags are finished, they can be used and reused in a variety of ways. Use them as coasters and trivets, or paint names on them to use as placeholders. Try using them to decorate your flower beds and walkways, harkening back to the origins of Memorial Day: hot-glue them to some dowels and place the opposite ends into the ground.

These flags are so easy, versatile and fun to make, don’t be surprised if the whole family gets involved. You’re going to want a lot of them to decorate every corner of your home!

Materials:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks (10 for each flag)
  • blue acrylic paint
  • red acrylic paint
  • white cardstock
  • star hole punch or cut out stars from your cutting machine or hand cut stars (on white cardstock)
  • Quick dry crafting glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut (2) 3 1/2 inch sticks and (3) 3 inch sticks
  2. Paint (3) full sticks red
  3. Paint (2) full sticks white
  4. Paint the (3) 3 inch sticks blue
  5. Layout your flag, Start with the red stick.
  6. Take your (2) 3 1/2 inch pieces and put glue on them.
  7. Line them up and place your red & white stripes on top. Press down for a few minutes
  8. Take your (3) blue pieces and glue them to the top left of your flag.
  9. Cut out your starts and then glue them on top of the blue sticks.
  10. Repeat for any other flags you want to make.

Now decide what you want to do with them.

To make a banner like pictured to the right, simply cut a piece of wider ribbon to fit the length you want and glue the flags on top.

In the photo here we also tied some small ribbons in between the flags.

What will you do with yours?

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