American Flag Lacing Craft {Preschool Flag Activity}

I love a good American flag craft. This flag craft is different then most in that it’s actually a lacing activity as well. Perfect for preschoolers to work on their fine motor skills while creating a cute flag craft.

Use this activity for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Veteran’s Day. All you’ll need is a paper plate, hole punch, yarn, blue paper, and maybe some star stickers.

Flag lacing craft

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This is a perfect craft to do at home or in a preschool or daycare setting. The supplies are simple but it will take them a bit of time to finish the project…and it doesn’t involve a lot of mess as it’s paint free!

I’ve included a couple of variations to make it simpler or a bit more challenging for the kids. Preschool and kindergarten age kids will love this fun craft and won’t even realize they’re working their fine motor skills at the same time. Learning through play at it’s best!

Kids will need some help with tieing knots in the yarn so it’s not a craft they can be left to do on thier own.


A craft store is really the best place to grab things like yarn (although you may have some at home already). Yarn and such is quite expensive on Amazon. Stores like Michaels are even doing curbside pickup right now which is so great when you have little kids!


1 – Prep your paper plate by punching 13 holes in each side of the plate. Try to keep them as even as possible

2 – Tie a large knot in one end of the red yarn. Lace it through the top row of the plate.

Then lace it through ever other row for a total of 7 rows. Tie off the other end so it won’t come undone.

3 – Tie a knot in the white yarn and lace it through the remaining rows, for a total of 6 rows.

Again, tie off the end so it won’t come undone.

paper plate laced with red & white yarn

4 – Now it’s time to do the stars and there are a few ways to do this.

Option 1 – Use a star hole punch and a white piece of paper and punch out 50 white stars.

Then, glue them onto a blue square of paper. If you want to get all 50 in do them in rows of 6,5,6 until you reach 50.

This could be a bit challenging for younger kids so that’s why we have option 2.

Blue square with stars

Option 2 – Get some small star stickers and let them stick the stars all over the blue square.

Whichever method you choose I wouldn’t be too worried about them actually getting 50 stars on there.

5 – Put glue on the back of the blue square and attach it to the top left corner of the yarn rows.

american flag paper plate craft

Allow it to dry completely and you’re done.

Learning Opportunities

Fine Motor Skills

This American flag craft is great for working on fine motor skills. Lacing yarn, adding the star with either option, and maybe even punching some holes are all great for helping young kids work on their fine motor skills.

I love that they get to work them in multiple ways all in one craft.

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Yield: 1 Flag

Flag Lacing Craft

Flag lacing craft

American flag paper plate lacing craft.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • 1 paper plate
  • 6 feet of red yarn (2 feet)
  • 6 feet of white yarn (2 feet)
  • Blue paper
  • White paper or star stickers


  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Round hole punch
  • Optional: star hole punch


  1. Punch 13 holes in opposite sides of a paper plate (26 holes total) with a round hole punch.
  2. Tie a knot in one end of your red yarn, starting with the first set of holes lace it through.
  3. Lace it through every other row and then tie off the other end. There will be 7 red rows total.
  4. Repeat with the white yarn in the remaining rows, there will be 6 white rows total.
  5. Cut a square out of blue paper and cover it with white stars made using a star-shaped hole punch or simply use star-shaped stickers. To get 50 stars make rows of 6,5,6,5 until you have 50.
  6. Use your glue stick to attach the blue square to the top left corner of your yarn.
  7. Allow to dry completely.
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