Upcycle Old Catalogs and Magazines to Craft an Israeli Flag

It is my not-so-humble-opinion that Israel’s Independence Day really should be a much bigger holiday for the diaspora than it is.  Even though it might be an imperfect union (as are we) there is always so much to celebrate about the anniversary of the creation of a Jewish state. Whether for your home, school, or office, this craft project is easy, cheap, and comes out looking great, which is the holy trinity for craft projects.

Make an Israeli Flag from Old Catalogs | Chai & Home

Supplies:

  • Old catalogs or magazines
  • Glue. Spray adhesive or glue stick.
  • Scissors
  • Lighter paper, like standard printer paper
  • Heavier paper (white), like cardstock but the above printer paper can work too
  • A Star of David shape
  • A stick or string for mounting

Instructions:

  1. Tear out the pages of old catalogs you will use. Look for blue fabric and skies.
  2. Tear the blue out of the pages in somewhat regular sized pieces.
  3. Glue the pieces onto a piece of backing paper. The backing paper can be thin like regular printer paper and it won’t show so it can be any color.
  4. Cut out stripes and a Star of David.
  5. Glue the shapes above onto a white backing paper.
  6. Cut holes for creating a banner or adhere onto a stick as you prefer.

I used an assortment of old catalogs but you can use magazines too. Here, you can see a bunch of pages of the Pottery Barn catalog that had lots of blue sky and fabric.

Make an Israeli Flag from Recycled Paper | Chai & Home

Make an Israeli Flag from Old Catalogs | Chai & Home

Make an Israeli Flag from Old Catalogs | Chai & Home

Identifying blue parts and tearing paper is something any child can do successfully. You can see that all hues of blue work pretty well. This is such an easy and free process, kids really do enjoy it. Who doesn’t love ripping stuff up? Don’t make the pieces too small because then they would be tedious to put back together.

Make an Israeli Flag from Recycled Paper | Chai & Home

To cut the Star of David, I traced a cookie cutter but you can print out can and cut one from the Internet and use that too.

Make an Israeli Flag from Recycled Paper | Chai & Home

And voila! An easy-peasy flag of Israel. I punched holes and hung them with a string so it is like a banner. You can also attached them to a stick for waving. Each of my flags is 8.5 x 11 but if you cut that in half, you would still have a nice sized flag and you can whip out a bunch of them quickly. Just remember to scale the stripes and stars accordingly.

Make an Israeli Flag from Recycled Paper | Chai & Home

Make an Israeli Flag from Old Catalogs | Chai & Home

L’Chaim!

 

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