Ginger Snap Crafts: {blast from the past} popsicle stick flags ~ tutorial

{blast from the past} popsicle stick flags ~ tutorial

I shared this craft last year just about this time! 
It’s a great last minute craft to do with the kiddos.
I had seen a similar idea over at A Pumpkin & a Princess
I think this was one of the first times I met Crystal & featured her on my blog!
Now she’s one of my closest blogging friends,
& I’m still getting great ideas from her.  Thanks, Crystal!
 Winking smile
We turned our flags into a banner! Love how festive & fun it makes the mantel look.
It's super simple & easy to do, and if your kiddos love
to glue & paint {like mine do!} then this is the perfect craft for them.
You'll need jumbo popsicle sticks.
{Did you know that you can cut popsicle sticks with scissors?}
I didn't either, but it was super easy to do with a pair of my kiddo's school scissors. 
You'll need to cut (2) 3 1/2 inch sticks and (3) 3 inch sticks.
You'll also need 5 uncut popsicle sticks.
You'll also need some stars.  I cut mine out of white card stock with my star punch.
{You could also use stickers, paint or whatever you have around.}
Paint your popsicle sticks.  You won't need to paint the 3 1/2 inch sticks.
You'll use those to glue your stripes on.  They'll be in the back, so you won't see them.
You'll glue your blue sticks on top of your stripes.
{We just used Elmer's glue to hold our flags together.}
Glue on your stars.
Then let the flags dry really well.
I hot glued our flags to a long piece of red ribbon.
Then I tied 6 inch pieces of ribbon between
each flag after I hung our flag banner on the mantle.
It’s sad…but my mantel pretty much looks the same today a year later.
Hmmmmmm…..I might need to change it up a bit! Winking smile

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  1. I am really LOVING this idea! I'm so gonna have to pin it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is such a cute idea. I love the how it looks on your mantel. Thanks for the great project idea! :)

  3. I remember this post! I love your banner. Next year I'm going to make one with the kids. :)

  4. I LOVE this! making these tomorrow

  5. These are DARLING!! Hope you can link this project up at my trendy tuesday going on right now!!

  6. Very cute 4th of July craft!

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  7. This is super cute and such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love this!! I'll be making some with my kids this weekend! Great idea!

    Also, thanks for hosting the linky!
    XO, Barbara

  9. Very nice...this is the kind of thing my daughter would love making! I will have to show it to her before the 4th of July!

  10. Fun craft- thank you! I just featured it in my weekly Crafty Thursdays post (with links to you of course).
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  11. Very fun and cute idea! I think we'll do this for family night tonight! :) Now I just need to go get some jumbo popscicle sticks. How did I run out of those?? :)

  12. These are too cute, Ginger! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Thanks for a great tutorial! This is such a cute patriotic craft :) I'm so happy to share it in my 4th of July craft roundup. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  14. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


  15. These are gorgeous, and I love the banner even more! I've included your flags in my craft stick roundup here:

  16. Thank you for this idea! I can't believe that you have 5 kids! YOu look so young! I also have 5 (boys!!)! I am planning to use this idea in my classroom with my 3 and 4 year olds. God willing they turn out, they will grace our office Christmas tree all summer!! Thanks again! Michelle - Mrs. D :)

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