How to Draw the American Flag

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Flags are used as symbols to represent countries around the world. Flags are made of fabric and brightly colored, typically square or rectangular in shape. The national flag of the United States of America is a familiar symbol around the world. Nicknames for the flag include the Star-Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, and Old Glory.

The American flag has undergone many changes since its original version in 1777, unveiled just one year after America declared independence from Britain. In fact, there have been twenty-seven versions of the emblem. The current style was adopted in 1960. While the flag has always had thirteen stripes, it has altered from thirteen to fifty stars, and stars in a circle pattern, star shaped pattern, and other quilt-like patterns.

Did you know? A number of other countries use flags similar in design to the American flag, with various numbers of red and white bars, stars on a blue field, or differing color patterns. These include Liberia, Bikini Atoll, Malaysia, and Brittany.

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Today, the flag is a symbol of American patriotism and of the nation itself. Flags are flown, not just on government properties, but on private residences, at businesses, and in cemeteries, especially during patriotic holidays, such as Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and the Fourth of July.

Flags also adorn a number of products, including clothing, pins, uniforms, postage stamps, and car decals. A small flag may appear on some items to indicate that they are "made in America."

Would you like to draw an American flag? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is designed to make doing so simple, as the image is broken down into basic lines and shapes. All you will need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper. You'll likely want red and blue crayons, markers, colored pencils, or pens to shade your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the American Flag

How to Draw American Flag: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a pair of narrowly spaced, parallel, vertical lines. Then, draw a small circle at the top. This forms the flag pole that will support the flag.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 2

2. Extend two curved lines outward from the flagpole. The lines should be roughly parallel.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 3

3. Connect the two lines drawn in the previous step using a curved line. The square shape thus enclosed forms the first fold of the waving flag.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 4

4. Extend a short, curved, diagonal line downward from the bottom corner of the flag. Connect it to the flag's bottom using another short curved line. This curved triangle shape indicates a fold in the flag.


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How to Draw American Flag: Step 5

5. Extend two curved lines from the flag, one from the curved triangle and the other from just below the top corner. Connect the lines using a curved line, enclosing the remainder of the waving flag.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 6

6. Using two slightly curved lines, enclose a square shape at the top corner of the flag, near the flagpole.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 7

7. Next, draw parallel curved lines across the flag. The American flag features thirteen red and white bars representing the thirteen original colonies, so you should include twelve lines. Don't forget to add a couple of stripes to the visible edge of the flag's fold.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 8

8. Complete the stripes on the final portion of the waving flag, again using twelve curved lines to create the thirteen stripes.


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How to Draw American Flag: Step 9

9. In the square, draw rows of small stars. The American flag has fifty stars representing the fifty states. Rows alternate between having five or six stars each.

How to Draw American Flag: Step 10

10. Color your American flag. The star field is dark blue with white stars. The stripes are white and red, with red bars on the top and bottom. Many flag poles are made of either brown wood or gold or grey metal.

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  • The fourth step is hard. It turns out to look like an awkward leaf on the flag, but I love trying. Now it looks like a flower petal which isn't so bad. It's actually cute and creative.

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