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Patriotic Flag Day Kid’s Craft

I’ve always been intrigued by using Kool-Aid as dye. Now, I know it only works on natural fibers, so I gave it a whirl on wooden sandwich sticks (like toothpicks but longer and only pointy on one end).

As a Fourth of July Craft, I created a flag using Kool-Aid dyed sandwich sticks. It was simple, yet fun and attractive. Plus, in the thick of summer picnics, these are two supplies that are sure to be on hand!

Sandwich sticks
Red and Blue Kool-Aid (you can also just color them with markers)
Elmer’s Glue

Step one
Mix luke warm water and 1/2 ts. of concentrate Kool-Aid (no sugar added)

Step two
Count out 7 sandwich sticks to go in the red dye and 4 to go in the blue dye. Reserve 6 undyed sandwich sticks.

Step three
When the dyed sticks have dried, snip or break an inch off the end of 4 blue sticks and 4 red sticks. The one inch should be broken off the flat (non-pointed) end. Discard the long end of the blue stick and the one inch end of the red.

Step four
Starting at what will be the bottom of your flag, glue one full, red stick. Alternate red and undyed sticks until there are 3 reds and 2 undyed. Next, pair up the 1″ blue with the partial red sick. Alternate blue/red with undyed until there are 4 layers of blue/red and 3 more undyed sticks added.

NOTE: I tried this with colored toothpicks (photo below) but the point on both ends looked sloppy. Also, the blue Kool-Aid I used was a blue/lemon mix so the color didn’t turn out as intense as it would if I’d used a pure blue. However, I liked the lighter blue because it gave it a worn look.

Happy Flag Day!

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."


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