Independence Day Craft Activities For Kids
There’s lots of ways to craft your way into the Fourth of July! I’m going to show you a handful that would be the most fun, and popular.
If you’re ready to celebrate, so are we! Just think lots of red, white, blue and bling as you go along. Silver and gold glitter would be great in addition too. Let’s break out some materials shall we?
The Perfect Pinwheel
Nothing beats pinwheels for a classic craft that doesn’t go out of style – you need some good quality cardstock, and it needs to be square to work, like the 12″ by 12″ size. Try to look for some with an attractive red/white/blue pattern, as pinwheels can be as colorful as you want them to be!
To create added color, you want to get two squares of cardstock…Cut into the corners about halfway up and fold each corner towards the center, and use a straight pin to secure them. Ideas for something stick like to hold it together could be a pencil, or a piece of balsa wood (it’s very lightweight, and easy to pierce or cut)
Festive 4th Flags
Don’t forget flags, this is super important to be in step with the season! The best kind of material for flags, ideally should be a type of fabric, like canvas cloth. Decorate your fabric rectangles , paint on them, attach sequins, beads or rhinestone bling – don’t be afraid to go the whole nine yards!
You can hang your flag from a variety of materials, like balsa wood, depending on the width.
You can have a flag that can literally “wave”…or you can turn your flag into more of a wall decoration with some of these ideas here.
Get your child to making stars and they can have fun for hours! Just like for the pinwheels above, get some cardstock in attractive color motifs, if you need a template to help with tracing and cutting an accurate shape, you may be able to find some for free to download on the web.
Once you and your kids get enough of them together, now you can string them up into a big long garland decoration! You can pierce the top with a pushpin or straight pin, or hole punch. If you use a hole punch, you may have a big enough hole that you could maybe run something more flamboyant, like ribbon, through it! Hang it up and let it light up the room! And speaking of light….
I remember when I was a kid and I wanted to do something kind of fun and offbeat for the Fourth – You remember those electric candoliers that people use to put in their windows at Christmastime? Some of them have a multi-light design, like three in a row, or five, or as many as eight (I have 3 of these eight in a row ones) I would take the candoliers and put red, white and blue lights in them and set them in the windows. Cool!
Another take is coming up with a party light string – Check out this tutorial in which I show you the fun of taking a strand of those little clear midget lights and assemble mini lantern “shades” on each light via little Dixie cups. Those little teeny cups come in lots of cute patterns and colors now…perhaps you could find some with patriotic looking motifs on them?
Follow the instructions in that tutorial regarding the assembly of the little cups, and you’ve got a party light strand in the making that will be perfect for that outdoor celebration!
Hope you enjoy making fun, festive stuff for the Fourth….in addition to the cooking out and fireworks! 🔔