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Let them wave their own flag on birthday

When there’s a birthday in your house, fly a pennant! This personal pennant celebrates the occasion and how unique the birthday child is.

Make them together with your children now, and enjoy using them on their special day this year.

What you need:

•Sports pennant (for a pattern)

•Craft foam sheet the size of the pennant and smaller sheets in different colors


•Pen and marker



•Odds and ends for decorations, such as buttons, yarn, shells and ribbons

•1/2-inch dowel, 24- to 36-inches long

Here’s the fun:

Lay the sports pennant down on a craft foam sheet and trace the shape with a pen, then cut it out. Outline the letters of your child’s name on a piece of paper and draw around them with a pencil on foam sheets, using contrasting colors if you wish.

Pour a little household glue into a shallow plate and with a brush, coat one side of the letters. Glue them on the pennant.

Now ask the birthday child, “What’s really special to you? Let’s picture it on your pennant.”

If the interest is quite difficult to create, figure out the best symbol for whatever your child holds dear.

Draw the outline for the shape you want to create on another piece of craft foam and cut it out. Then think fun details. If it’s in-line skates, use buttons for the wheels. For sports, draw lines on the basketball, or for horses, glue yarn on a saddle for reins.

Once everything is drawn in and glued on, let it dry. Cut some horizontal slits along the straight vertical side of the flag about an inch and a half apart.

Weave the dowel through the slits until the pennant is straight up and down.

Finally, grab a few medium-length pieces of ribbon and secure them in a small knot onto the dowel so that the ribbons cascade downward.

And there you have it – a birthday pennant!

Donna Erickson is the author of several books about family activities and host of a public television series. See more at
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