Looking for a fun craft for the kids to make for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or a United States lesson plan? Here’s a simple American flag template that can be used to make a wavy 3D paper flag craft. The 3D effect makes it look like the flag is flying!
Creative American Flag Paper Craft for Kids
This printable USA flag craft is an easy cut and paste paper craft for preschoolers and kindergartners. It’s also a fun for elementary ages – especially kids who love making 3D art projects! There are many creative uses for this printable US flag template. Besides the wavy 3D paper flag, kids can use it as an American flag template to color in with paint or coloring supplies.
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- Construction paper: red and white
- Template (see below)
- White cardstock
- Blue marker
→ Get the American Flag Coloring Page HERE
First print the template on the white cardstock. Use the blue marker to color in the rectangle, keep the stars white.
Next, cut 4 strips of red paper and 3 strips of white paper to 1 inch by 12 inches.
To make the 3D paper effect for the top half of the flag, first place a small amount of glue on just the left end of top printed stripe and then attach a red paper strip to it. Continue gluing strips down the template, alternating red and white. You should only have just the left ends of each stripe glued in place.
Take a scissors and trim the first three strips to 6.5 inches. Now place a little glue on the end of the first red paper stripe and then glue it to the right side of the printed stripe, creating a wave in the middle. Repeat with the next two paper strips.
To create the larger double waves, place glue on the the far-right end of the template. Then place another bit of glue just under where the blue star rectangle ends. Press the white paper strip down so that you are creating a wave in between the glue dots.
Repeat with the remaining three paper strips. You will then have 4 large stripes with two waves on each stripe.
Finish the craft by trimming around the entire flag.
The wavy American flag craft is complete!