Wednesday, December 16

State Flag Christmas Ornament

Besides our large family tree, every year I put up a smaller tree in my dining room. This tree has evolved and changed themes and decorations somewhat over the years. It started out as a nature tree. Then I mixed in cardinals (our state bird), which has led me to make the tree a nature / Ohio tree.
I have added buckeyes, cardinals, morel mushrooms, pine cones, bird nests and various other things that can be found around our state.

We started a Crafting Circle and have an ornament exchange with family and friends, so I decided to make our Ohio flag as a Christmas ornament. Another reason I wanted to make the state flag: most ornaments for Ohio are centered around the buckeye nut or our OSU football team or other Ohio teams. I wanted a more unique ornament and one that is not sports related (although this can be used for that theme).

This ornament can be made as your own state flag and hung on a sports tree too! Or made larger to use as a decoration in a man cave or family room. Go Team!

Our Ohio flag is unique in that it is the only state flag that is a swallow tailed burgee. That meant I could not just purchase the traditional flag rectangular shape to paint the flag so I had to cut them out myself.

Wood cut out and holes drilled

But for all other states you should be able to just pick up a package of pre-cut shapes.
I also drilled very small holes to attach wire or ribbon as an ornament hanger.
Next I went online and found many photos and clip-art to get an idea of what our flag should look like. 

I used those as guidelines to sketch the lines and shapes on the wood and then to paint the ornaments.

I am not a professional painter so the stars were a little hard.  I decided to use dots on half the ornaments in place of stars. Much easier. 

After painting I added a ribbon for hanging and a tag with information about our Ohio state flag history. Here is what I included on the tag, but you can add as much or as little information on your state flag as you want. 

The Ohio Flag
-Ohio’s official flag was adopted by an act of the Ohio Legislature on May 9, 1902.
-Ohio is the only state to have a swallow-tailed burgee.
.-The triangles formed of the Flag represent the hills and valleys as typified in the State Seal.
-The stripes represent Ohio’s many roads and waterways.
-Ohio, the seventeenth state admitted to the Union is represented by seventeen stars.
-The white circle with its red center represents the initial letter of Ohio and is also suggestive of the Buckeye nut.
Ohio Flag Pledge:
“I salute the flag of the state Of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty.”


Wishing you love, peace and happiness this Christmas and throughout the New Year!


Anonymous said...

I really love this idea and it's exactly what I was looking for. Wish I had found it before the holidays! I'm saving the idea for gift giving next year. God Bless. Have a nice day

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks, I really had fun making them. What state are you making? I would love to see them, or are you from my great state of Ohio?