Celebrating Flag Day

A few flags.

Today, June 14 is Flag Day.

In honor of flags, here are two tutorials detailing how to make a simple set of toothpick flags or a flag garland for parties.

The toothpick flags can be used in a centerpiece, as festive place cards, or on a party buffet to tell guests about the dish being served. The flag garland is an easy banner for birthdays, cookouts, and other celebrations.

According to Wikipedia:

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The June 14 date is also when Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day_%28United_States%29.  See the website for additional links and citations to related material.

The entire week of June 14 is part of the observance of Flag Day and patriotism.  Wikipedia states:

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America’s national flag and everything it represents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day_%28United_States%29

Toothpick Flags

Materials:

toothpicks

colored paper (I find that thinner note paper works better than a hard card stock)

clear tape or glue stick

Method:

Begin by drawing your flags on the pieces of paper. You can use rectangle shapes, squares, or pennant-type shapes for your flags.

Next, assemble each flag by folding a small bit of paper along the left edge of the flag over the toothpick.

Then, use a small piece of tape to secure the paper around the toothpick tightly or use a bit of glue from a glue stick and roll tightly to secure the flag.

You can write whatever you like on the flags when they are assembled, or leave them plain. Use the flags to decorate your table, potted plants, or dinner buffet!

Hanging Flag Garland

Materials:

Strand of yarn or thick string

colored paper (I find that thinner note paper works better than a hard card stock)

clear tape

Method:

Begin by drawing your flags on the pieces of paper. You can use rectangle shapes, squares, or pennant-type shapes for your flags. Keep in mind that the flags will hang vertically from your string when drawing your shapes.

Next, attach each flag to the string by folding a small bit of the paper edge along the top of the flag over the string. Then, use tape to secure the paper around the string.

You can write whatever you like on the flags when they are assembled as a garland, or leave them plain.

Finally, hang your garland up for your guests to see!

For more information on Flag Day, see also: http://www.usflag.org/flag.day.html

Children-Friendly:  Children can give a hand in making these flags.  Just be sure to supervise them with sharp objects like scissors and toothpicks!

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