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Thursday, March 29, 2012

4th of July Patriotic Flag Mobile Craft

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This 4th of July patriotic flag mobile craft is a great way to show your spirit. The original version of this craft pictured here was made from soup can lids and wire, but you can easily adapt this idea to a easier and safer paper craft.

Materials:

  • soup can
  • card stock
  • red and blue markers
  • white out or white paint pen
  • dowel rods
  • red and blue beads
  • string
  • hole punch
  • super glue

Directions:
  1. Use a soup can to trace 9 circles onto white card stock and cut out.
  2. Color the top left quarter of the circle blue. Add red stripes. The first stripe on a flag is red. Add white dots to the blue field for stars with a paint pen or white out. Repeat for all circles.
  3. Punch a hole in the top of each flag circle.
  4. Cut 2 dowel rods about a foot long and tie together in a cross shape.
  5. Add a blue or red bead to the ends with super glue.
  6. Cut 4 pieces of string the same length. Cut 4 more strings longer than the first group. Finally cut 1 string the longest.
  7. Tie all the strings to the flag circles.
  8. Tie the other ends to the dowel cross. Tie the 4 shortest ones on the ends of the dowels, the longer 4 inside those, and the longest one in the middle.
  9. Tie a string o top of the flag mobile and hang up.
  10. Adjust the strings on the dowel to get a good balance.
Variations:
Actually, since we're using paper, the flags don't need to be circles. You could make rectangles.

You could paste both sides o the card stock with 4th of July wrapping paper and cut out the shapes from that.

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