This is the perfect last minute craft for the Fourth of July. You only need a couple of items, and the end result produces something you can hang up for the holiday weekend. Crafts are much more fun when your kids can show them off :). I saw the idea idea for making a crepe paper windsock years ago in a Better Homes And Gardens magazine and thought this was a fun way to use the idea, making it resemble the American Flag.
This would also be fun to use as a decoration for birthday parties, just use crepe paper in the colors from the party. Lots of possibilities!
Catch me after the jump for all the details!
Crepe Paper Flag Craft
- embroidery hoop
- crepe paper – red, white and blue for a US flag
- white card stock paper
- safety scissors
- star shape to trace if you have one
- string or yarn to hang
I started by cutting the crepe paper, so it was ready to go before I got the kids involved. Cut the red and white paper longer, to desired length. Then cut the blue to be about 1/3 of that length. I had cut eight streamers of each color, you may need more depending on the size of your hoop.
Now trace out some stars, and let the kids cut them out. One thing I have always kept in the back of my mind is letting my preschooler learn to use scissors. I went to my nephews Kindergarten orientation and the teacher stressed that kids should go into school knowing how to use a pair of scissors. So let them have at it.
I let my two year old glue on the stars while the four year old cut them out. I am always surprised at how well she can handle these things. I like to think she is still a baby, but she’s not…dang it. For the stars, we put three on half and two on the other half, staggering them so they looked good hanging up.
Then you just drape the red and white streamers over the inner hoop and tape to secure, alternating the colors. Then lay the blue with the stars on over that, and secure with tape. Carefully put the outer hoop over the streamers and tighten the hoop.
Last take some string and tie in three places on the hoop to hang…
Then find your favorite place to hang it! I was going to hang it outside our front door, but decided this little corner of our house was in need of some color.
My kids have went outside about ten times to see if it still looks good, they are pretty proud :).
For older kids, I bet you could just show them the picture, give them the supplies and let them at it.