Colors of Mexico Flag
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 3 and up
The colors of the flag of Mexico are green, white and red. Put them together to make your very own three dimensional flag! To add even more authenticity you can cut out a picture of the eagle the sits in the middle and glue it to your white section.
This is a fabulous idea for a international or Cinco de Mayo party.
What you'll need:
- Sheet of white construction paper, cut in half lengthways
- 12" dowel or a pencil
- Tissue paper or crepe paper in green, white and red
- White craft glue
- Pencil and ruler
- Red and green crayons (optional)
How to make it:
- Fold construction paper in half as if you were making a card, short side to short side. The open end should be facing to the right and the folded side should be facing the left. Use the pencil and ruler to divide the front part of the card into thirds. Then use the pencil and ruler to divide the back part of the card into thirds.
- This step is optional, but can be quite helpful for the younger child. Place the paper lengthwise in front of your child, and color the first section on each side green and the third section red. This will help younger children to glue the tissue paper in the correct sections.
- Tear or cut tissue paper into 1 ½ - 2" squares.
- Apply glue to the first section of the flag. Crumple up pieces of green tissue paper and stick to the glue on the first section. Continue until entire first section is filled with green paper.
- Repeat Step 4 for the center section with white paper and the last section with red paper. If you want your flag to have color on both the front and the back, flip it over and repeat.
- Lay your flag on the table. Open the card and apply glue to the inside of the card, along the spine. Place dowel or pencil inside the left edge (under the green section) and press to seal. Allow to dry completely.
- The authentic flag of Mexico bears the coat of arms (an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak) which is centered in the white band. You can add this to your craft by printing out the coat of arms and gluing it to the white tissue paper.
- Instead of crumpling the tissue paper, you can twist it around the eraser of a pencil.
- If you have leftover streamers from a birthday party, it works perfectly as a substitute for tissue paper.