DIY: olympic flag garland

by Bar

olympic flag garland ~ craft and learn about the world ~ sochi 2014 | small for big

I love this craft!! OMG…we have been making these flags for days. This is one of those crafts that will stay out on the table for a long time because it’s so enjoyable and simple, and it sparks up so many interesting, worldly conversations. We’ve talked about everything from the way a flag came to be (many religious crosses, and even more emblems of suns and stars to honor nature), to the climate in different countries and if they would even be in the winter Olympics. Jamaica was discussed at length…my kids cannot believe they have a bobsled team!

Supplies:  Colored paper (red, green, yellow, two blues, black, white, orange) Paper cutter (optional, you can use scissors) Scissors Large hold punch (optional) White paint pen (for small stars) Rubber cement or glue stick Flag books from the library Twine Masking tape

olympic flag garland ~ craft and learn about the world ~ sochi 2014 | small for big

Here we go….

Supplies:

Colored paper (red, green, yellow, two blues, black, white, orange)

Paper cutter (optional, you can use scissors)

Scissors

Large hole punch (optional)

White paint pen (for small stars)

Rubber cement or glue stick

Flag books from the library

Twine

Masking tape

olympic flag garland ~ craft and learn about the world ~ sochi 2014 | small for big

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting your paper in quarters. Next, look up a flag and start cutting! We decided to choose one color as the base color, and then layer on top of that. We used rubber cement mostly, making sure to cover both sides before gluing together (ensuring a more durable hold).

2. When you’ve made a bunch of flags, you can tape them to the twine. We just used masking tape, folded over. That’s it!

olympic flag garland ~ craft and learn about the world ~ sochi 2014 | small for big

We made shorter garlands so that we could keep adding more. But you could also make one long garland to cover a whole room, which would be so cool.

olympic flag garland ~ craft and learn about the world ~ sochi 2014 | small for big

We are determined to make every flag of every country, and then memorize them in time for the Olympic parade! I love this craft for its graphic nature, it’s ease of making, and it’s global connections. Give it a go!

xo Bar

{PS: If you can’t get to your local library, try this interactive map. Very cool! }

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pumpkinbear January 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

Clever idea! I think this would also apply to our US states geography study–how fun to construct each state’s flag as we study it!

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2 Bar January 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

oooh…that’s an awesome idea, julie. thanks for sharing it with us! send me pictures if you decide to make the state flags. love it! xo bar

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3 Sommer January 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Working on our flags now! What a cool idea! My 5y.o.son is having a blast and there’s so much add on learning going on :) 5 flags done, tons to go…

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4 Bar February 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

wow! i would love to see a photo of your finished flags, i’m so happy you’re doing this! i agree that it’s one of the funnest crafts we’ve done in a long time. our flag crafting table is out for a third week in a row and i have learned so much myself. thank you for sharing, sommer! xo bar

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