Crafternoon: 4th of July Inspired Crafts

Fourth of July–I have so many fond memories of the holiday. Growing up, ours was always spent on the beach, with friends, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display and a huge s’more. You may be hosting this year’s festivities, or perhaps your neighborhood gathers for a parade or picnic. Where ever the celebration takes you, make it even more fun with these cute, patriotic crafts for both little and big kids.

Red White and Blue Fan

As you’re baking in the hot summer sun, cool yourself off with these cute fans.

What you need:

  • Small paper plate
  • Popsicle stick
  • Tape
  • Red, white and blue paint
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: Glue stick and 4th of July confetti (available at craft or party stores)

What you do:

  • Tape a popsicle stick to the front (food side) of the paper plate.
  • Paint the back (non-food) side of the paper plate red, white and blue. We did some stripes, but use your imagination!
  • Use some glue to stick on the confetti. An alternative to the glue stick would be to slightly water down some white glue with water and then paint over your dried plate. This would actually help seal your plate a bit as well as sticking the confetti on.

*Craft from All Kids Network

4th of July Windsock

My 2-year-old created this in her toddler class, and was so proud to see it flying in front of our house.

What you need:

(preferably in red, white and blue)

  • 12 x 18″ piece of construction paper
  • one roll of crepe paper
  • star stickers (or crayons to draw stars)
  • one piece of 24″ string, yarn, or ribbon
  • stapler
  • hole punch

What you do:

  • cut the construction paper  in half lengthwise (so you get one long piece of paper)
  • place stickers on one side of paper (or draw the stars)
  • cut the crepe paper in six 12″ strips
  • staple the crepe paper strips to the non-decorated side of the paper
  • staple the ends together, with decorations on the outside, so you have made a circle
  • punch a hole on opposite sides of the paper
  • thread the string through the holes, then tie, so you can hang the windsock up

 

Pinwheel

What kid doesn’t love a pinwheel?

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of construction paper (the thicker the better)
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • A push-pin
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • Markers or crayons

What you do:

  • Start by making two square pieces of paper.To start making a square, put the two pieces of paper together. Fold the corner of the pieces of paper over as shown.
  • To finish making the squares, cut off the small rectangles, forming two squares (which are already folded into a triangle).
  • Fold the triangle in half.
  • Unfold the paper.
  • Decorate one side of each sheet of paper.
  • Put the undecorated sides of the paper together.
  • Make four cuts along the fold lines – about halfway to the center.
  • Punch four holes in the pinwheel, one at each corner.
  • Gently gather each of the four points (with a hole) to the center. (Be careful not to crease the paper.)
  • Push a push-pin through the four punched holes through the center of the pinwheel to attach the pinwheel to the side of a pencil’s eraser.

*Idea from Enchanted Learning

Hand Print Fireworks Craft

You’ll not only get a cute “fireworks” display, but you’ll also remember how tiny (or big) your child’s hand once was.

What you  need:

  • Red, white, blue and black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

What you do:

  • Trace your child’s hand print. Cut out multiple copies on all of the colors of paper.
  • Glue the hand prints onto the black construction paper. You want to create a circle of hand prints and have them overlap the whole way around (see the picture provided).
  • Once the hand prints are glued down, squirt a line of glue all around the outside edge of the hand prints.
  • Have your child dump glitter on the glue and shake it a bit to coat
  • *Tip: if you have younger children, try putting the piece of paper in the lid to a shirt box or something similar. This helps contain the glitter a bit better than just a piece of newspaper.
  • Dump off the excess glitter.

*Idea from All Kids Network

4th of July Wand

Perfect to wave around during the day’s activities.

What you need:

  • newspaper
  • red, white and blue streamers
  • markers or paint
  • glue stick
  • star stickers

What you do:

  • Take a large sheet of newspaper and fold in half. Start at one corner and roll into a long stick shape. Tape.
  • Color newspaper with markers/paint, etc.
  • Attach crepe paper streamers or strips of tissue paper at one end with a glue stick.
  • Decorate with foil star stickers.

Patriotic Candle Jar

Great for those of you with older kids, this craft is easy to make and can also be used as a vase. Perfect for your party’s centerpiece!

What you need:

  • empty glass jar
  • material with a patriotic pattern
  • white craft glue
  • water
  • thick bristled paint brush
  • scissors
  • gold colored ribbon
  • wooden star
  • navy blue acrylic paint
  • raffia
  • hot glue gun

What you need:

  • Paint the wooden star with navy blue acrylic paint. Set aside to dry. Tie 2 or 3 strands of raffia into a bow. Use the scissors to but the bows so that all of the ends are straight, trim to even lengths. Hot glue the blue star to the center of the raffia. Set aside.
  • If your patriotic material has flags, cut out a few of the flags and cut the rest of the material into pieces. Size and shape does not matter!
  • Mix white craft glue with enough water to make a thin, paintable solution that is not see through, mixture should be white. With your paintbrush, paint the glue mixture onto the jar. Work in sections as the glue will dry before you get to it if you paint the whole thing.
  • Paint a section with glue mixture, place pieces of material onto the layer of glue, cover material with more glue mixture. Material will be wet, but not dripping. Continue until the entire jar is covered, pieces are placed on quite randomly. When finished, use the mixture to put the flags over the top of the material scraps.
  • Use hot glue to adhere a piece of ribbon around the rim of the jar. Hot glue the raffia/star to the ribbon, covering the seam.
  • You can place a votive candle in the jar, or fill it with white carnations for a great centerpiece!

*Idea from Better Budgeting

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