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How To Make A French Flag Card

Updated on April 15, 2017

Making a French flag card is a great way to say Viva la France! This hub will celebrate the spirit and the beauty of France by drawing a French flag on a handmade card. The card is made out of drawing paper that was cut down to size and folded in half, and a ruler was used to create the tricolor of the blue, white, and red of the French flag, which stands for liberté (liberty), égalité (equality), and fraternité (fraternity). People who yearn to travel to France, but who cannot afford to do so, can get in the spirit by making French flag cards. You can even practice your elementary French by writing words on the front of the card, such as bonjour, which means hello in English.

More advanced French learners could even practice writing a letter in French on the inside of the card, which just goes to show how much you can still practice a language even when you cannot travel to the country. People can practice their French language skills by going online and meeting French friends, and watching videos in French online they make French flag cards. Honestly, I just enjoy making flag cards, and I decided to start with France because I always enjoyed the simple and powerful design of the French flag. It does not have to be ornate to make an interesting symbol of a country many of us would love to visit, but cannot afford to in this economy. Of course, perhaps you can make enough handmade cards and sell these on Etsy to purchase a ticket to Paris, so you never know where your card making adventures might take you!

Here is a French flag that I drew and colored with oil pastels.
Here is a French flag that I drew and colored with oil pastels. | Source

In the photos below I will demonstrate how I created the flag card, but you can also watch this YouTube video if you are short on time. It explains the process a bit more expeditiously than looking through all the pictures.

Cut The Paper Down To Size For The Card

First I cut a sheet of drawing paper down to the size I wanted for the card. You decide how big or how small you want to make your cards, but I personally just take a ruler and measure off when I am making my cards. So if you want to be more exact with your card making, you can do so. I also fold paper to make the envelopes for my cards in cases where my handmade cards do not fit into the envelopes I already have in my stationery supplies.

Cut a sheet of drawing paper down to the size you want for the handmade card.
Cut a sheet of drawing paper down to the size you want for the handmade card. | Source

Fold the Paper In Half

Fold the paper in half to make the half-fold card.

Fold the sheet of paper into a half-fold card.
Fold the sheet of paper into a half-fold card. | Source

Divide The Card Into The Tricolor

Divide the card into the tricolor seen on the French flag by using a ruler, or just draw it by hand.

Draw the tricolor on the flag card with a ruler, or by hand.
Draw the tricolor on the flag card with a ruler, or by hand. | Source

Coloring In The Blue Portion of The French Flag

Here I am coloring in the blue horizontal stripe of the French tricolor flag.

Here I have colored in the blue portion of French flag with the oil pastel of that color.
Here I have colored in the blue portion of French flag with the oil pastel of that color. | Source

Finish Coloring The Card

Finish coloring in the red vertical stripe with an oil pastel, and use a black oil pastel to write bonjour on the front of the card.
Finish coloring in the red vertical stripe with an oil pastel, and use a black oil pastel to write bonjour on the front of the card. | Source

I used a red oil pastel to finish coloring in the vertical stripe on the right side of the French flag card. Also, a black oil pastel was used to write the word bonjour on the front of the card. I painted on two layers of mod podge and allowed these to dry, which will keep the oil pastel drawing on the card from rubbing off. The mod podge also gives the card a shiny finish. Have fun making your own flag cards, and try making a French flag card, if you like this sort of thing!

Video Photo Slideshow: Making The French Flag Card

This video photo slideshow is a quick way to see the process that I went to make this festive and vibrant French flag card.

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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Ethel!

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      Eileen Kersey 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Nicely done as always. Nice clear instructions to follow