How to Decorate for Canada Day with Easy Family Crafts

Decorate for Canada Day with easy crafts featuring the maple leaf. These craft ideas can easily be adapted for any country or region, using your own national or local symbols. Simple homemade decorations will help you celebrate the big event. 

Maple leaf crafts
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Everyone loves a parade! A national holiday is a perfect opportunity for a celebration, and that calls for a parade.

A national or regional holiday, like ours, is often celebrated in spring or summer. The warm weather and sunny skies contribute to community involvement.  

  • You might see a flag or banner displayed outside houses in your neighborhood, or hear music from an open air concert in the park.

Related: Family activities to celebrate your national holiday

We look forward to our national holiday in July. The whole community gets into the spirit of the event with parades, music festivals, and tasty barbeques.

Along with special events and family gatherings, decorating the house or classroom is a fun part of the celebrations. You can save time and money by preparing homemade decorations with everyday materials.  

These simple crafts are fun to make and will get the whole family excited for the upcoming event.

Note: This activity can be adapted to any country or region simply by using a design representing the flag or any recognized symbol of your area.

Canada Day Decorations

The theme of these Canada Day decorations is the traditional maple leaf. We made templates for the crafts by cutting out the maple leaf image we found on a paper plate and a napkin.

Here's a printable option with different sizes of a maple leaf.

Maple leaf printable


Supplies for maple leaf crafts


How to make decorations for national holidays



  • maple leaf cutout
  • straws or twigs
  • glue
  • cardstock
  • scissors

Instructions for maple leaf crafts

1. Maple leaf 'bouquet'

Maple leaf paper craft


  • Glue the maple leaf cutout to cardboard or cardstock.

  • Cut out the leaf with a narrow white border and a stem.

  • Push the stem into the straw or tape securely to a stick.


 Canada Day paper crafts


Display a small bouquet of flowers in a vase.

Straws with a flexible joint can be bent to adjust the position of the maple leaf flowers in the vase.

2. Maple leaf place markers

Table place markers paper craft


  • Cut out a 4 inch (10 cm) square from cardboard.

  • Bend one side back, approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm), to form a stand to support the name card.

    (Alternately, cut out a 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm) piece of cardboard and fold it in the middle.)

  • Glue a maple leaf cutout to the cardboard. We used napkins with the flag design.


3. Name tags for family gatherings

Canada Day family celebrations


  • Glue a maple leaf cutout to a small piece of cardboard.

  • Print the family member's name with a marker.

  • Cover the name tag with clear contact paper.


Make these fun paper crafts with the kids to add a decorative touch to your family celebrations!

More ways to use maple leaf cutouts


Happy Canada Day!

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