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Map of America Flag

Map of America Flag
This image courtesy of madincrafts.com

If you're going for that vintage Americana look for your Fourth of July decorations, make this Map of America Flag. This is a great way to re-purpose an old road trip map into a work of art. Follow the tutorial to create a patriotic decoration for your living room or kitchen. When you get close enough to your artwork to see the details of all the states and main roads in America, you'll be proud. This American flag craft is sure to be a conversation starter.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePainting

Easy

HolidayPatriotic Holiday

Why is the American flag red, white, and blue?

As you're making your 4th of July crafts and decorating for your barbecue, you probably aren't wondering why you're decorating with red, white, and blue. Those are the colors of our flag and nation, so, of course you would decorate with those three colors. But the editors of AllFreeHolidayCrafts are wondering why the United States pays tribute to the red, white, and blue, and here's what we found out.


Everyone talks about the meanings of the colors on the flag, but they're mistaken. While the stripes and the stars have meaning (the original thirteen colonies and the fifty states), the colors seem to be just colors. They may have been chosen just because they were familiar with the colors because they are also on the Union Jack in England. The colors on the Great Seal do have meaning, however, and that is where people get the idea that the flag's colors also have meaning. White signifies purity and innocence, red is hardiness and valor, ad blue is vigilance, perseverance, and justice.


It doesn't seem to matter what the colors were supposed to mean or that they might have been copied from the Union Jack. The flag still has power for evoke patriotism and pride after all these years, and that is what is most important. The flag itself now represents our freedoms and the pride we have for our country.

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