In this week’s mini-series of patriotic flag crafts, I think this Duct Tape Flag was definitely the easiest. One reason I like crafting with duct tape is that it’s so easy, like the Summer Duct Tape Wreaths I made last year. You might want to suggest this patriotic craft idea to any teens and tweens you know, as I’m guessing they might want to make their own Duct Tape Flag, too.
To make a Duct Tape Flag, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
- Duct tape, one roll each red, white and blue
- Self-adhesive mailing labels
- Ribbon, 1” x 36”
- Straight pins
- Optional: Star punch
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; pen; Xacto® knife
To make a Duct Tape Flag:
1. Cover each 18” edge of the foam sheet with an 18” length of duct tape, wrapping excess tape to the back of the foam sheet. Cover one edge in red and one in white.
2. Tear off a strip of duct tape about 22” long. Line up the strip with the bottom edge of the flag and tape it down, wrapping extra to the back of the flag.
3. Each stripe measures 1-1/2” wide, and each stripe overlaps the previous stripe by about 1/2″. Using the ruler, mark 1-1/2” up from the bottom of the flag for placement of your next stripe. Add another stripe, lining it up with the marks you made on the previous stripe, and wrap the ends to the back of the flag.
4. Continue adding stripes, following the guidelines you’ve marked on the previous stripe. For the last stripe, fold the extra tape at the top onto the top edge and trim the corners as needed so the tape lies flat.
5. The blue field is four stripes deep and 8” wide. Mark 8” from the left hand side along the top four stripes. Using an Exacto knife and ruler, neatly trim one end of a 10” strip of blue duct tape. Starting with the fourth stripe down from the top, line up the cut edge at the 8” mark and wrap the other end to the back of the flag. Repeat, adding and overlapping three more blue tape strips, till the blue field is filled in.
6. Attach eight small pieces of white duct tape to eight mailing labels. You can either cut out your stars freehand, or use a star punch. Remove backing from the stars and adhere to the flag.
7. Pin and glue ribbon to each side of the flag for a hanger.
Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up my mini-series of patriotic flag crafts with the flag I made with Laura Kelly’s America the Beautiful fabric for the I Love the USA blog hop.
In the meantime, take a peek at what’s new in the blog hop today — there are lots of creative ideas for celebrating July 4th with family and friends.
- Jen at Projects for Preschoolers designed a No-Sew Bracelet for kids. It’s a cute, mom & me project to make this summer.
- A Sweet Berry Blog has been berry, berry busy! She shares a tutorial for a Fourth of July banner, and also shares photos of a tote bag, little girl’s pillowcase dress, hair clips and a garden flag, all made with the America The Beautiful fabric.
- Debra at the CEO blog refashioned a man’s shirt to make a Hostess Apron that she plans to wear while running her B&B. Upcycling never looked so good!
- Mrs. Hoff over at Major Hoff Takes a Wife has plans for a summertime picnic, complete with Patriotic Placemats and the cutest cake toppers! Her little girl’s dress is adorable, too.
- Do you know a little girl who loves her dolls? Don’t miss the Doll’s Tea Party over at The Doll Diaries – this is a patriotic party for the smallest of the smalls!
- Naptime Creations designed a collection of Patriotic Hair Bows over at Me and My Peeps. Little girls will find these irresistible!
- Laura Kelly is famous for her doodles, of course, and she shares a few Patriotic Doodles from the I Love the USA blog hop team on her blog Laura Kelly’s Inklings.
Happy red, white and blue crafting!
P.S. Because I’m part of tomorrow’s blog hop, I’ll be posting really early tomorrow. I’ll be in your inbox first thing.