Barneblad: Happy 17th of May!

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch Storebought decorations and ribbons are great, but it’s easy and fun to make your own!

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch
Storebought decorations and ribbons are great, but it’s easy and fun to make your own!

Heidi Håvan Grosch
Sparbu, Norway

Did you know that Norway and the United States:

    • have the same colors in their flags (red, white, blue);
Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

  • both like to have parades on their national days (17th of May, 4th of July); and
  • like to eat ice cream on their national days (although I think Norway might eat more)?

I went to the local grocery store here in Norway to see what kinds of things they were selling before our 17th of May celebrations. This is what I found:

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

American stores may not be selling their red, white, and blue things yet, but you can easily make your own 17th of May ribbon!

All you need is:

  • some red, white, and blue ribbon
  • a piece of cardboard
  • tape
  • a safety pin
Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

  1. Cut out a round circle of cardboard. Color it red, white, or blue.
  2. Cut three ribbons, one of each color.
  3. Tape them to the back of the cardboard so they all go in the same direction. To make them “fancy,” cut the ends of the ribbons at an angle.
  4. Choose one color of ribbon and tape it around the cardboard in a circle. You will have to pleat the ribbon to make it fit around the cardboard circle.
  5. Tape a safety pin to the back of the cardboard.

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch


Happy 17th of May!

This article is a part of Barneblad, a monthly feature by Heidi Håvan Grosch to share with kids and grandkids.

This article originally appeared in the May 6, 2016, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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