This Paint Stick American Flag Handprint Craft is such a cute patriotic keepsake!
Wooden American Flag Kids Paint Stick Craft
I just love how simple it is to make this American flag paint stick craft! You only need a few basic supplies (and you might even have many of these at home already!)
PS- Be sure to check out these easy Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns for your holiday party too!
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- Wooden paint sticks
- Paint brush
- Red, white and blue acrylic paint
- Jumbo wooden craft sticks
- Hot glue gun
How to Make an American Flag Using Wooden Paint Sticks
Begin by placing seven paint sticks in a row (closely but not touching). Line up two paint sticks along the ends to ensure that they are even. If your paint sticks have measurements, make sure to make these the back of your flag.
Glue popsicle sticks on the left and right side and one in the middle. You’ll have to cut a small piece of popsicle stick to secure the top. This will keep your flag together and sturdy. Don’t forget to do this on the side with the measurements, if your sticks have them.
Turn your paint stick flag over. Use a pen or pencil to create a line where you will paint your blue section.
Tip: Mark your line based on the size of your child’s hand so there will be room for the handprint.
Paint all white stripes first, then red stripes. For best results, allow to dry before painting the blue square (so red & white paint won’t mix or smudge into the blue).
Paint your squared off section blue and allow the entire flag to dry completely.
Once your flag is dry, paint your child’s hand white. To get a good print, you want to make sure their entire hand is generously covered in paint, but not so much that it is dripping.
Gently guide your child’s hand and firmly press down on the blue section. Raise their hand straight up, taking care not to slide or wiggle, as you don’t want to smear the print.
Tip: Seal with modge podge or spray sealant to protect. You can even use a glitter spray for a fun effect!
Kids will also love to make these Pom Pom Bald Eagles for the 4th of July:
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