Being able to identify animal tracks is an important skill for all hikers, young and old... but why not have some creative fun with it!
All that's needed is a little imagination, some fabric scraps, paint and a paint brush...
... along with some ribbon, a needle and thread...
... and voila!
You have the perfect flags for any fort, tree house or bedroom!
Not to mention the greatest flag any kid set out to capture.
- Stencil (Coyote, Black Bear and Deer tracks). Click on this photo to enlarge, then drag it to your desktop and print it out.
- Pencil for tracing
- A yard or two of muslin fabric
- Needle and thread
- Acrylic paint (your choice of color)
- Paint brush
This project really took off from its original conception as a set of animal track streamers. But that's the beauty of it! Once you have the stencil, your imagination is the limit. I chose to keep it simple with some left over black acrylic paint I had, but I think any color would look fantastic. You could even paint the background to create a contrasting effect. Another idea for smaller, new-to-crafting-hands, is to use the stencil to create a potato stamp for easy (and fast) paint application.
Once you get the pieces together, the possibilities are endless. Use the flags to dress up any fort or tree house, roll the long strip up in your back pack for identifying animal tracks on the trail, or sew together a row of flags as a great home-made birthday gift.
Let the creativity fly free!
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*Last time in Crafts and Imagination: Jumping for June