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 2×4 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 2×5=4
Red, white and blue paint
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. 🙂