Valentine Flag Banner
What you will make:
Much like shouting your love from the rooftops, show off your
Valentine’s Day enthusiasm with this fun and easy paper flag banner
craft. Hang it in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use
it to decorate a Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern
required—just cut, glue and string.
is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.
With a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.
Here's what you need:
- Colored construction or craft paper
- Hole punch
- Ruler or paper trimmer
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Valentine Flag Banners
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Select paper colors and pre-cut paper blanks. Scraps of construction paper, colored craft or computer
paper leftover from other projects work well. The blanks for flag hearts need to be approximately 2"
(5 cm) square, and the blanks for the flags need to be about 2" by 3" to 4" (5 cm by 7 to 10 cm).
For best results, the blanks need to have straight sides and square corners. The sizes
can vary a bit. If you want larger or smaller flags, just maintain similar proportions.
- Step 2: Make Flags
The flag banners can have from 3 flags to 10 flags. For each flag, fold a flag blank in half lengthwise. Cut
on a diagonal from one corner toward the fold. Punch two holes next to each other on the opposite end and away
from the fold. Open the flags and smooth the paper flat.
- Step 3: Cut Hearts
Cut a heart for each flag (or two if both sides of the banner will be seen.) For each heart, fold the
heart blank in half and cut a half heart shape from the top of the fold to the bottom. Open the hearts and smooth them flat.
Tip: Show children how to cut this shape, and if they are struggling, draw the cut line on the paper freehand,
or use a template. Avoid using templates if you can because some of the charm of the flags is in their variety
of shape, size and color.
- Step 4: Glue
Glue a heart on each flag or two hearts—one on each side. Glue them horizontally or vertically,
depending on how the flag banner will be displayed.
- Step 5: String the Flags
Cut a length of yarn long enough for the number of flags and where it will be hung — usually 4 to 6 feet
(1 to 2 meters.) Weave the yarn through the punched holes on the flags (children may need help here).
A blunt yarn needle can make the job go faster.
- Step 6: Hang the Flag Banner
Hang the banner using tape, tacks or whatever is appropriate for the place/surface being decorated with the banner.
That's it! Stand back and enjoy your creation.
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