* OK, I admit I have a few of these even though we use cloth bags at the grocery store...But sometimes I forget to have one of those bags in my car and I get one of these. I DO RECYCLE them faithfully and even use for crafts, as this example shows, but I FEEL GUILTY for having any of these in my eco-friendly, don't even use napkins, household.
Step 1: Needs
duct tape in flag colors
optional: flag to copy
Step 2: Tape It Up!
II. Use duct tape to cover both sides. I used my old flag as a reference. It happened that my old flag and bag were very close to the same size.
III. Use permanent marker, I used a silver sharpie marker to draw any small details like stars.
Step 3: Tips
Hide your mistakes: I didn't mess up on my stars- or actually where I messed up, I hid it successfully. No one is going to take that much time to critique things like your inner critic. And the true artist is one who knows how to hid their mistakes!
If it doesn't work out, try again!: I made a smaller version for my car antenna. It looks great. But when I drove the car it seemed to whip around a lot more than I was comfortable with, so I cut it off before I broke my antenna. I figure I put it up too high and I just need to put down lower...
Step 4: Having Fun
It is important to have fun when you're making things. Why else would you do it? I probably could've found another flag for less money even though most of the materials I already had, but it was more fun and creative to make my own.
And...my brain got exercised too. Counting and figuring out the placement of the stripes and stars. All of these things help my brain be healthy and gave me some fun problem solving.
Thanks for instructables for the opportunity to show and tell. First grade was a long time ago, but with instructables I get to do it all over again!