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Eco-friendly Flag Craft

Aug 31, 2016
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Scarlet Paolicchi

This eco-friendly flag craft is a fun activity for kids and it makes a great decoration for Labor Day. You should have everything you need for this craft at home already, and it is a great way to reuse old cardboard boxes.

american flag craft

Supplies

  • Cardboard box

  • Cereal box (to cut out your stars)

  • Acrylic paints

  • Paint brush

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Star shape for tracing

  • Sheet of red paper

  • Sheet of blue paper

  • Sheet of white paper

  • Pen

  • Glue stick

craft paper, scissors and star cut outs

First, flatten your cardboard box. Have your child begin by tracing a sheet of regular computer paper onto the flat side of the cardboard. Then, help your child cut out the rectangle, which will be used for the flag background. The thicker the cardboard, the better it will stand up on its own as the finished product.

Use a glue stick to attach the sheet of white paper in order to cover the cardboard. (You could use white acrylic paint if you prefer).

Using red paper, cut out four one-inch strips lengthwise and set aside.

We had a star-shaped sticker leftover from a paper rocket craft, which we used to trace out six stars on the printed side of the cereal box. Then, I helped my kids cut them out. If you don't have a star-shaped item, you can do a quick internet search for a printable star stencil, preferably about ¾ inch in size.  

After the stars have been cut out of your cereal box, arrange them in a tight rectangle on the blue paper and trace a rectangle around them. Cut out the blue rectangle, which should be roughly 2 by 3 inches. Note that my rectangle is clearly not proportional to a real flag, so feel free to make yours bigger if you wish.

Next, flip the star shapes over to the non-printed side and use white acrylic paint to paint them. Let dry for 5 minutes.

child paintin star cut outs

Once dry, glue your stars onto the small blue rectangle, arranging them in a tight rectangle.

Next, glue the red strips down every other inch onto your white background to create the red and white stripes of the flag. Once set, glue the blue rectangle with the stars onto the top left corner of the flag.

Your eco-friendly flag decoration is done!  Place it on your mantle, your child's bookshelf or even on your front door. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about the meaning of the flag, as well as the proper way to display and handle one. I hope your child enjoys reusing household items for this eco-friendly flag craft.

What other eco-friendly crafts have you made?

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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