Perfect for a July 4th party or a care package for our troops abroad, this tissue-paper craft has plenty of fanfare.
8½ x 11 piece of card stock paper
A black and white image of the American flag
Two sheets each of red, white and blue tissue paper
White craft glue
Begin with a black and white image of the American flag printed
on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock paper. I found an easy-to-work
with image here.
Cut two sheets each of red, white and blue tissue paper into
2X2-inch squares. Pour a generous amount of white craft glue into a
Put the eraser end of a pencil into the middle of a square of
tissue. Gently wrap the tissue around the pencil's eraser and dip
it into the glue. If the pencil end gets too sticky, use two pieces
of tissue at a time. Carefully stick the piece of tissue onto the
flag. Repeat with subsequent pieces of tissue paper, placing them
Alternate white and red for the stripes. Fill in the star
section with all blue pieces first and then insert a few pieces of
white tissue paper to create the stars.
Allow the glue to dry completely. Carefully place your tissue
paper flag on the very top of your care package before you close it
up so it is the first thing the soldier sees when he or she opens
up the box.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.