Mini Monets and Mommies: Fourth of July American Flag Print Craft

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fourth of July American Flag Print Craft

Get patriotic this July 4th with a star-spangled craft that the kiddos can do. I’ve had a mostly on-again love affair with non-colorfast tissue paper for quite some time now. You can print with it, make water colors and even tint play clay as the color bleeds from the paper onto whatever surface you’ve got. Sure, it gets all over your child’s hands, but that’s what soap is for. Right?
 
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This flag art activity allows your child to double up on the crating. The printing plate that she’ll make is something that you can save and display later!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·         Cardboard- reuse the front of a cereal box (or a similarly sized box)

·         A marker

·         Red and blue tissue paper- Don’t get anything that says non-bleeding or colorfast, it won’t work for this project.

·         Clear drying school glue

·         White paper

·         Scissors

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Here’s What To Do:

1.      Cut the cardboard into a rectangle. Size it so that it’s smaller than the white paper.

2.      Have your child draw the star area and the stripes onto the cardboard with a marker.
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3.      Cut or tear the tissue paper into pieces. Your child can choose one method or a combo of both.
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4.      Glue the tissue onto the cardboard flag drawing. Your child can collage the red pieces onto the stripes and the blue onto the star area. Let the glue dry.
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5.      Wet the paper thoroughly. It shouldn’t be dripping, but should be soaked through.

6.      Press the paper onto the tissue paper-covered collage. Have your child pat the paper to transfer the color.

7.      Peel the wet paper off to reveal the Independence Day print!

Yes, the July 4th flag print is backwards. If you want to make a correct directional flag, have your child make the tissue paper collage backwards (the star area should be on the top right side). In this case, the remaining collage will be backwards. So, if your child absolutely has to have the collage and the print both facing the right way, she’ll need to make two print plates and two prints.

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