Veterans Day Art

Each year our school honors our local veterans with a wonderful Veterans Day breakfast and program. This is a very special time for our students, school, and community.  With Veterans Day just around the corner, I wanted my students to create some art to decorate our hallways and to welcome our veterans.  This activity is very simple, takes little time, and requires few materials.  All your students need are crayons, black construction paper, and white liquid glue.

First, students choose a very simple shape to draw.  Hearts and hand prints are two excellent choices. I have also had students draw a cloud, a tree, a star, a butterfly, and a  top hat, just to name a few.  

Let your students be creative.  Next, they color and fill in the object with red and white stripes and a blue space with white stars.  I always tell my students to simply draw an asterisk for the star.  (Very simple.)  Instead of crayons, oil pastels or chalk works beautifully for this activity, too. Finally, the students outline their drawings in white glue and let dry.  When the glue dries, it gives the outline of the drawing an iridescent quality.  

Very pretty, very simple, and very patriotic!    These drawings look so pretty displayed on the wall or on a bulletin board.  Students could also complete a writing assignment about patriotism or about Veterans Day to be hung with the art.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a blessed day!


  1. These patriotic projects turned out beautiful! What an awesome idea! I bet your students were so proud of their finished projects!

  2. I love this! We are having a Veteran's Day breakfast and this will be the perfect decoration. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Love this! We never get to do crafty projects anymore, but this one looks pretty quick, and it is very meaningful. Going to make time for it this week!

  4. I plan on doing these with my class this year. They are just beautiful and I can't wait to see how they turn out. I've never heard of using glue to outline like this...interesting! Thanks so much for sharing these!


  5. Thank you all so much! This project took only 15 to 20 minutes. I hope your students enjoy doing this as much as mine did!


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