We just made last minute plans to attend a Independence Day parade. I thought it would be fun to take some flags for the kids to wave to participate a bit. We didn’t have any, nor time to pick some up, so I scrounged up some supplies to make some. It was fun and simple and only took us 45 minutes from deciding to make them to finish.
- Red, White, Blue upholstery samples or sturdy fabric scraps (we got a book of these for free before they were thrown in the trash). Paper works too but material is easier to wave.
- 1 bamboo skewer with point clipped off or small dowel rod
- craft glue
- hot glue gun (or stapler)
- fabric scissors
- star punch
- 1 piece of scrap computer paper
- Fray check (found at sewing stores) or pinking shears
Each of the fabric samples had a paper label on it. We folded this part in half (just enough to hide it) and then used staples to create a casing for the skewer. You can also fold over the skewer and hot glue. That would probably be easier but this was kind of a spur of the moment craft and mine glue gun was in with the sleeping baby. Thus the stapler.
Next I drew lines for the kids to cut out a blue square and red stripes. For little kids who can’t manage fabric scissors you can precut. I punched out stars out of craft paper while they were doing that and then they glued it all together. Smily face glue drops not required. She’s so cute with all her small, little details.
Once they finished I trimmed up any fly-away threads on the edges and applied a bit of fray-check. You can also use pinking shears to trim the edges. I happened to have some fray check left over from another project so I used that for a bit of extra hold.
These ended up looking much nicer than I thought! You could even make some for a quick touch of patriotic spirit to your mantle or front door wreath.
Happy Independence Day!