By Craig Fuchs
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own bow tie and flower. June is Pride Month and we’re celebrating the vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ community with some of our favorite books!
This week, we are inspired by the book Annie’s Plaid Shirt written by Stacy B. Davids and illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis. This book tells the story of a little girl named Annie, who loves her plaid shirt and wears it everywhere. But what will happen when her mother buys her a dress to wear to her uncle’s wedding? We want you to celebrate being exactly who you are, just like Annie, so follow along to make your very own fancy bow tie and flower pin to express yourself!
Download and print the bow tie and flower template.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Any other decorations you like! – This is all about being yourself, so what do you like? Stickers, glitter, ribbons, or construction paper are all great choices, but be true to yourself!
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color Your Flower the Colors of the Pride Flag
Since we are celebrating Pride month, we’re going to color the flower petals inspired by the Pride flag. Originally the Pride flag just had the colors of the rainbow. (Do you know the order of the colors of the rainbow? Now is a great time to practice them! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.) Over time, more colors have been added – check out the latest redesign by Daniel Quasar.
When you’re done with the petals, color the center of the flower whatever color is your favorite!
STEP 2: Design and Color Your Bow Tie
Now is when you really get to bring out your creativity and show us who you are! Color your bow tie any way you like. Will yours be dark and sophisticated, or bright and exciting? Will it have a zig-zag pattern, or tie-dye, or even be plaid like Annie’s shirt? Remember, this is all about being yourself, so there is no wrong way to decorate your bow tie, just have fun!
STEP 3: Add Decorations to Your Bow Tie
Now use your own special decorations to add even more flair to your bow tie! Stickers in special spots, ribbons tied to the ends, or glitter splashed all over it! Just like Annie, as long as you like it, you can wear it!
STEP 4: Cut Out Your Bow Tie and Flower
Carefully cut along the thick black lines around your bow tie and flower pieces. Be sure to only cut the outside edges! Once completed, you will have two pieces.
STEP 5: Add Tape to the Back of Your Pieces
Now take small lengths of tape and roll them, sticky side out, and attach the ends to each other. Then stick the rolls to the back of your pieces, leaving the other sticky side exposed.
STEP 6: Wear Your Bow Tie and Flower However You Like!
Now you can stick your bow tie and flower wherever you like. Maybe you want to wear the bow around your neck and the flower on your jacket like Annie does, or maybe you want to wear the bow in your hair and make the flower a necklace! Whatever you do, remember to be yourself!