We were inspired by Ginger Snap Crafts to make some flags out of painted popsicle sticks. She used craft sticks for hers, but we have many extra (as in 1,000!) smaller sized popsicle sticks because I was trying to buy more crafts sticks to make a longer exploding chain reaction, but I bought the wrong kind. So we’ll be using popsicle sticks for many projects to come!
Younger kids won’t be able to do every step in this craft, but everyone can help paint the popsicle sticks since neatness doesn’t matter!
We used acrylic paint. For each flag, we used 4 red sticks, 3 white sticks, and 1 wide craft stick painted blue.
Aidan helped me assemble the flags with a low-temp glue gun. We used two wide craft sticks to hold them together, which we had cut to the right length with scissors.
The assembled flag:
Then we needed stars. I went to Hobby Lobby to get a paint pen thinking that we could draw them on, but then I found this fun star hole punch for $3.99! I used white school glue to attach the stars. They were tricky to pick up, so this would be a hard step for little fingers.
Once the stars were dry, I sprayed each flag with a light coat of shellac. Things tend to get handled a lot at our house, and the shellac makes the paint more durable as well as making the colors more vibrant.
We added a ribbon to one flag so that we can hang it up.
Then my husband made the rest of the flags into a banner for the mantle. (He’s better at decorating than I am for sure!)
Find more patriotic crafts on my summer Pinterest board – lots of ideas for July 4th!