Patriotic Flag Paper Patchwork Place Mat Craft

When it's warm out, there's nothing more fun than running through the sprinkler with friends. If your children are getting ready for a water-themed outdoor afternoon soon – perhaps on the Fourth of July? – set the perfect table with laminated, patriotic paper patchwork place mats (it's a pretty alliterative craft, too!) for snack time. Depending on the age of your crafters, you can precut all the supplies and let them make the mats assembly-style.

Materials

  • White poster board
  • Red and blue cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Glue stick

Instructions

1. Start out by cutting a piece of poster board down to 11 inches by 14 inches. Next, draw a line every inch the length of the poster board.
2. In the top left corner, mark a square area 5 inches wide by 4 inches tall. This will be the star field.
3. With your red cardstock, cut eight 1-by-7-inch strips. Next, cut two 1-by-9-inch strips, also in red. For the blue cardstock, cut 10 total 1-by-1-inch squares.
4. In the star field, start applying the blue squares with your glue stick. Follow our pattern, shown in this photo.
5. Once the field is complete, it's time to apply the stripes. Starting at the bottom of the flag, glue down the 7-inch strips. Overlap them just slightly. Do this for four rows. For the last two top rows, glue down the longer 9-inch strips.
6. Let the flag dry before laminating. At an office supply store, such as FedEx, get a hard laminate finish on the placemat. (At the FedEx in Birmingham, the cost to laminate was $3.99). Trim the excess laminate and round the corners if sharp.

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