Simple Coastal American Flag Craft

We love summertime vibes that bring us back to our roots with sunny family gatherings, happy beach trips, and patriotic celebrations!

So, we came up with a summer craft that combines all of these things: it’s a beach-chic flag for celebrating the USA all summer long for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

(If you live in another country, we hope this inspires you to get creative for making your own flag design or other seasonal design!)

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It goes along with relaxed summer vibes in that it’s an easy, simple project. It would make for a sweet hand-made gift or for a leisurely activity to do under the shade at a summer cookout.

We hope this helps bring family and friends together while celebrating the red, white & blue with porpoise!

What we used:

  • shadowbox (or other medium like canvas, wood wall sign, etc.)
  • blue artificial starfish (Resin/artificial is best because it doesn’t harm wildlife. Note: You can paint it blue if needed.)
  • small white bivalve seashells (we used all of the same kind)
  • thin red ribbon
  • scissors
  • tape (clear or masking tape)
  • hot glue gun/sticks

How we made it:

1. If you’re using a shadowbox, take it apart so that you’re working with the backing. Arrange the seashells into stripes:

Note: If you’re using a shadowbox, check to make sure you position the seashells inside where the frame goes so that when assembled, it will fit (see #5 for a photo).

2. Lay pieces of ribbon down between the seashell stripes and cut so that there’s enough to wrap around the back on each end. To make for an evenly striped flag, you can use a ruler to help get an equal distance between the stripes and adjust the seashells if needed:

3. Carefully hot glue the seashells down one at a time:

4. Place pieces of tape on the ends of each strip of ribbon, and wrap it so that it sticks to the back. (For the shorter stripes, you can use a dab of glue on the frontside end.)

5. Place the starfish onto the flag, and if you’re using a shadowbox, put the frame over it to ensure that it will fit. Then, hot glue the starfish into place:

If using a shadowbox, assemble it back together, and you’re done.

Sending you warm sunny vibes and wishes for a happy summer!

Live porpoisefully,

Eve & Rett

Disclaimer: All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, hot glue, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.

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