26th January 1950 is the day India became a Republic, and this has since been marked by a special celebration of its own. Besides the mandatory flag hoisting ceremony, there is also a grand parade and an impressive air show as well. Since the tricolor is the center of all Republic Day celebrations, we have today a tricolor craft – a Popsicle Stick Tricolor Wall Hanging. This is a really easy craft that even preschoolers can make, with a little help from Mom, Dad or older siblings!
Popsicle Stick Tricolor Flag Craft
What you’ll need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Thick card
- Colored paper – orange, green and white
- Blue glitter foam
- Orange and green ribbon
- Orange, silver and green glitter powder. If you don’t have orange, you can mix some red and gold glitter.
- Scissors, tape and glue
What you need to do:
1. Cut the card in a square shape. The size doesn’t really matter, only that the length should be shorter than that of the Popsicle sticks.
2. Spread glue all over one side of the square and arrange the Popsicle sticks on it, closely spaced as shown in the image.
3. Cut out strips from the orange, white and green papers, with the short side being 1/3rd the length of the square. Stick them on the square in the order of the Indian flag.
4. Now’s the time for some shine! Spread glue over the green strip evenly. Shake green glitter all over it and shake off the excess. Let it dry completely before proceeding to the white and then the orange sections.
5. When everything is dry, use a paintbrush to dust off the excess glitter from the edges. Cut out an Ashoka Chakra from blue glitter foam – use a paper cutter to create spokes.
6. The flag is ready! Now cut a strip of orange ribbon and stick it on the back of the flag to create a loop for hanging. Cut out two strips of green ribbon for decorative ‘tails’ at the bottom.
Your wall hanging is now complete; hang it up proudly in your room!
This is a simple craft, although the cutting requires the help of an adult. Yes, the glitter can get messy, but that’s what little kids love!! If you want to cut down the mess, you can use glitter foam instead, in the respective colors. This is also a great opportunity to teach kids about the significance of the flag colors and about how these came to be selected. So get crafting and spread around some tricolor love this Republic Day!
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