Kids can personalize a flag with a patriotic song or write what freedom means to them.
Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc. courtesy of Elmer's.
- Elmer's® Foam Board: 20" x 30" x 1/2", White; 20" x 30" x 3/16", one each: Navy Blue and Red
- Elmer's® CraftBond™ Clear Glue Dual Tip Pen
- Elmer's® CraftBond™ Foam Mounting Tape
- Elmer's® X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler
- Elmer's® X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" x 12" Self Healing Cutting Mat
- Elmer's® X-ACTO® Designer Series #11 Craft Knife (with new blade)
- Elmer's® X-ACTO® Designer Series 8" Scissors
- Elmer's® Painters® Opaque Paint Marker, Medium Tip, White
- The Paper Company™ / TCP Studio™, 12" x 12" cardstock, Red
- Cricut® Expression electric die cutting machine and Stand and Salute™ cartridge (optional)
- Scrap Copy Paper
- Paper Towel
- (2) Large Paper Clips
- Pattern (download button below)
Use pencil and X-ACTO® 12" Metal Ruler to draw cutting lines on Elmer's® 3/16" colored Foam Board™:
Blue Foam Board – 10 3/4" x 13"
Red Foam Board – three 1 1/2" x 30" stripes and four 1 1/2" x 17" stripes
Use an X-ACTO® #11 Craft Knife (with new blade), 12” Metal Ruler on Self Healing Cutting Mat to cut Foam Board pieces. (Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blade often.)
For flag background, place 20" x 30" x 1/2" White Foam Board horizontally on work surface. Use CraftBond™ Clear Dual Tip Glue Pen to attach Blue Foam Board to upper left corner. (Note: Align 13" edge of Blue piece with the 30" edge of White background.) Wait to glue Red stripes.
Choose words to write, such as America the Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, a personal message to a military person, or what freedom means to you. Write it on scrap copy paper. Before writing on Red stripes, practice using Painters® Marker to write words on paper. (Or use pencil and practice writing on backs of Red stripes to plan where words will end on each line.) Then, with Painters® write words on Red stripes and add year at end if desired. If you make an error, immediately lightly dab with paper towel while ink is still wet, let area dry and write correct letter. (Note: The natural flow of your handwriting, and occasional imperfections, adds to the charm.)
Align and glue one short stripe and one long stripe even with top and bottom of flag background. Position rest of stripes on flag background. (Tip: Use a Craft Knife to cut 1 1/2" strips from scrap Foam Board to use as spacers between Red stripes to standardize spacing.)
For stars, cut seven 3 1/2" stars from Red cardstock using die cutting machine; OR use Star pattern to trace seven stars on cardstock. Cut out with X-ACTO® 8" Scissors. Use Glue Pen to attach paper stars to White side scrap Foam Board Stars. Use a Craft Knife and Metal Ruler on Cutting Mat to cut around stars leaving a 1/4" White border. For dimension, position and use one or two layers of CraftBond™ Foam Mounting Tape to attach stars to Blue Foam Board.
For hangers, on back measure and mark 2 1/2” down from top and 3" in from each side. At each mark use a Craft Knife to make 1/4" long, shallow horizontal slits. Carefully insert knife blade into each slit, angled up toward top and remove. Slightly separate curved ends of paper clips 1/4". Insert shorter rounded ends up into slits, creating hanger loops with longer ends of paper clips. If loose, squeeze glue into slit area. Let dry.