In honor of Flag Day and the Fourth of July, here’s a how to on making an American flag in Minecraft, my current video game obsession with the boys.
Obviously, this is nothing new for veteran Minecrafters, since we’ve had the ability to make banners for quite a while. But if you’re a parent just letting your kid have access the PC version of Minecraft you may not know about this little trick. So follow along and impress your Minecraft kid with your new blocky skillz!
That’s my Minecraft player character, sporting a very patriotic red, white and blue leather armor ensemble.
NOTE: It was just pointed out that in real life we should display the American Flag with the blue field on the other side–the left from the point of the viewer. I’ll be fixing these images later.
How to Make a Banner in Minecraft
The good thing about making an American flag in Minecraft is it’s pretty easy if you have the steps written down. The supplies are fairly common, and the sort of thing most Minecrafters worth his blocks will aquire even in single player survival. You will need Sheep, Trees, Iron (for shears), Clay (for bricks), Lapis (blue dye) and Poppies (for the red dye). Of course you can always switch to creative mode if you don’t feel like tracking down ingredients.
The first thing you’ll need is a white banner, made of un-dyed wool and sticks. Open your crafting table and arrange them like so:
Now we’ll color the banner. Minecraft is a simple game of blocks, so it’s going to take four more steps to get the right look.
Place your white banner in the crafting grid, along with a block of bricks. This gives you a blue brick pattern.
Next, cover the bottom half of the banner with red dye.
Then cover the RIGHT side of the banner with red dye. This is actually a thick stripe, that is one-third of the banner.
Now add thin white strips by placing four white dyes as shown.
Ta Da! A Minecraft American Flag! It’s not perfect, but we’re talking about a square world here–without circle or star shapes, this is as close as we’re going to get!
For more about banners in Minecraft, I recommend Minecraft101’s guide to banners.