Firecracker Flags

Show your stripes (and stars) with twirly paper wind socks.

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What You'll Need

Boy making a patriotic craft
Alison Miksch

12-x-12-inch sheets of white, red, and blue card stock

Craft glue

1/8-inch hole punch

Star paper punches in several sizes

Twenty 10-inch strips of ribbon (1/4 to 1/2 inch wide)

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Step 1

Boy making a patriotic craft
Alison Miksch

Cut white card stock into two 6-x-12-inch rectangles. Along the 12-inch side of one rectangle, measure and punch a hole at 4 inches, at 8 inches, and at 11 1/2 inches. Glue ribbon strips along the opposite side.

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Step 2

Boy making a patriotic craft
Alison Miksch

Punch out stars in various sizes from colored card stock. Flip white card stock over; glue stars onto rectangle.

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Step 3

Patriotic wind socks
Alison Miksch

Roll rectangle until one edge meets, but does not overlap, the first hole. Glue edges together, press firmly, and let dry. Thread cord through holes and hang.

You're all done -- so let that flag fly high!
Copyright 2007. Reprinted with permission from the July 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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