Monday, May 21, 2012

Americana 2x4 Flag- Super Easy and Cute Craft

I am lucky enough to be a part of a wonderful playgroup. Great kids and great friends. Even with great friends, it does get a little boring to just watch kids play after awhile so one of the ladies suggested we do a craft. When it was my turn to host, we made this cute Americana flag. It was easy to pull together for seven women and it is quick to complete.

You will need:
a 2x4 cut into pieces, every flag needs two 7-inch blocks and 3-3.5 inch blocks. Lowe's and Home Depot would cut the 7-inch blocks for me but I had to cut them in half myself (with the help of a friend). You can get about 3 sets out of one 2x5=4
Red, white and blue paint
Sand Paper
Contact paper or a large star sticker
The first thing you want to do is sand your blocks. Then paint one of the long ones red and one white. Paint two of the short ones white and one red.
This is how it should be stacked, minus one white short one.
Find a star shape that you like online. Print it out and then trace it onto contact paper. Cut out the star. Apply the contact paper star to your final white block. Paint the block blue over the contact paper. Sweep away from the center of the star. If you sweep towards the star, you risk getting paint underneath the sticker.

When the blue paint is completely dry, peel off the sticker.
Rough up the edges of your blocks with a piece of sand paper, until you get the texture you desire.

*Optional extra steps*- After you have sanded your edges, dip a q-tip in stain and paint it on the sanded edges. Wipe off with a paper towel. You are just trying to give it that weathered look.

You can also tie a ribbon around the edge of your flag, I didn't, but I know a lot of the ladies at my playgroup tied a ribbon around it when they got home.

All in all it takes about 30 minutes to complete this craft, with a group of 7 women it took about 2 hours, but there was lots of chatting going on during that time. It was perfect for a group, but I would have made one even without the group, they were just a good excuse. :)

4 comments:

becca said...

how cute i want to make one

Karen @ THEBUZYBUG said...

I will be making these for family this year...thanks for sharing!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is really cute! Nice idea.

nclark said...

I sent this link to my daughter. She is going to have her Brownies troop make these at their June meeting! Thanks for sharing such a cute and simple idea!

 
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