These festive and easy-to-make American flag Popsicle stick flags bring a fun patriotic pop to any party or July 4th celebration!
Popsicle sticks are an excellent and affordable craft supply with many purposes. An easy popsicle stick craft is flags!
I created these simple American flag popsicle stick flags with just a bit of paint and glue!
This post was originally published July 1, 2014, and updated May 25, 2021.
I love decorating for the Fourth of July! Before we had kids, we used to have a big July 4th party every year. I created a lot of fun decorations for those parties. One of my favorite crafts was these fun popsicle stick flags. I made a dozen and turned them into a flag garland to hang around the house.
How to Make American Flag Popsicle Stick Flags
- Wooden craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Red, white and blue acrylic craft paint
- Foam paintbrush
- Red or blue ribbon
Popsicle Stick Flags Instructions
First, determine how many popsicle (or craft) sticks are needed. Use five craft sticks as the base, 3 red, and 2 white. Cut the blue sticks in half and use 1.5 of them per flag.
In order to create 12 flags, with 6.5 sticks per flag, you need 90 craft sticks for the front of the flag. An additional popsicle stick, cut in half, holds the flag together from the back.
Eighteen of those sticks need to be cut in half and painted blue.
Next, set aside 24 sticks to paint white and 36 to paint red. When painting, be sure to paint the edges of the craft sticks as well!
Then, lay the popsicle sticks out into an American flag pattern.
Once the paint dries, cut the remaining 12 craft sticks in half. Hot glue the halves to either end of the flag on the backside.
The short sticks on the back of flags hold everything together. Cover the entire short stick with hot glue. That way each stick from the flag stays glued in place.
After assembling the red and white base of the flags, hot glue the three blue halves to the upper left corner.
Next, add the stars! There are several ways to add stars. Options include painted stars or stickers.
Instead of perfectly painted stars or star stickers, I tried something different. I used a small paintbrush and made little firework-type stars on the blue sticks. I really love the unique look of them!
Attach a small ribbon loop to the back of each popsicle stick flag to hang them individually as party decorations. Or create something else!
Instructions for Creating a Flag Garland
After the Popsicle stick flags were dry I decided to turn them into a garland. I hot glued the flags to a long red ribbon. The craft flags are 4 inches apart along the ribbon to create a banner.
Then, I tied some pieces of red, white, and blue Deco Mesh that I had leftover from a Deco Mesh wreath between each flag.
Finally, I hung the craft stick flags on the back of our kitchen cabinets to decorate for our annual Fourth of July party. In the above picture, there are a few festive tissue paper pom poms that I made and hung in the dining room too.
Other American Flag Popsicle Stick Flag Ideas
Attach a full-length popsicle stick to each flag to create a handle. Place the handle in a cup or flower arrangement for a festive touch.
Or use a bamboo skewer to stick the flags into floral foam. This is an easy way to create a fun, festive centerpiece.
I love these little Popsicle stick flags! They are so easy to make and bring the perfect festive touch to my Fourth of July decor.
Have you been doing any 4th of July crafting?