Looking for a summertime, patriotic craft for the kids? I have a few patriotic crafts linked up today, and a new tutorial for a DIY Patriotic Flag Door Hanger. Kids will have fun making this flag – it’s easy enough to insert the tissue paper squares into the sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I used the same technique with bandana squares when I made my easy Bandana Wreath. Give the Patriotic Flag Door Hanger a try – it’s fast and it’s fun!
To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger, you’ll need:
- SYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-¼” x 6-¾” x 12” block (or, you can cut a larger sheet to size, and make several flags from the larger sheet)
- Tissue paper: Two sheets each of red & blue; and one sheet of white
- Red, 1” x 39”
- Patriotic-print, 1-½” x 24”
- Chenille stem
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; marker; optional: pinking shears
To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger:
1. Draw the flag shape on the foam rectangle:
- Hold the foam rectangle vertically (up & down), and measure 5” down from the top.
- Draw a line at this point across the foam sheet. This will be the blue field.
- Draw four vertical lines, about 1-3/8” apart, from this line to the bottom of the foam rectangle. These are the stripes.
- Be sure to refer to the photo if you have questions.
2. Cut tissue paper into 2” squares.
3. Fill in the blue field first:
- Layer together two blue squares.
- Center the flat end of the skewer over the two squares.
- Squeeze a dab of glue on the foam flag.
- Place the squares on the glue, and push down on the skewer, inserting the squares into the foam rectangle.
- Repeat, adding more squares about ½” apart, till the blue field is covered.
- Layer together two white tissue paper squares, and add stars in the same manner.
4. Fill in the red and white stripes, following instructions in Step 3.
5. Glue the red ribbon around the sides of the flag.
6. Add the hanger:
- Make a hole in the top, ½” from each end. Use the needle to poke through the ribbon.
- Dip the ends of the chenille stem in glue.
- Insert one end into each hole.
- Tie the patriotic ribbon around the chenille stem, and make a bow.
- Optional: Trim ends of ribbon with pinking shears.
If you like, substitute red, white and blue fabrics, or bandanas for the tissue paper. Here’s the Easy, Bandana Wreath that I made using squares cut from bandanas.
If your kids are a little older, this Duct Tape Flag is a fun idea.
If you’re planning a July 4th picnic, neighborhood party, or other summertime gathering, make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree for your centerpiece. I’m pretty sure the kids will love helping out with this one!
Kids of all ages can make these Patriotic Rag Balls. Plus, there’s a history lesson involved, so you can combine crafting and learning.
Show your kids this line up and let me know which craft they choose!