Fun Fourth Of July Crafts For Kids

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For this year's Fourth of July, why not do some arts and crafts with the kids to celebrate the holiday? These decorative crafts are both fun and easy, and are perfect for homemade Fourth of July decorations for around the home. Here are some ideas you might want to try:

Star Garland

You can hang this homemade star garland inside or outside of the house for this year's Fourth of July Party.

Materials:

  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Star stencil
  • Yarn or string
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue stick
  • Glitter
  • Red, white and blue ribbons
  • Stickers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a star stencil as a guide, draw multiple starts on the different colors of construction paper and cut them out.
  2. Hole punch the tip of each star and feed the yarn or the string through.
  3. Spread a little bit of glue from the glue stick around the center or edges of each individual star.
  4. Sprinkle the decorative glitter around the stars.
  5. Tie the ribbons in between each star. Try interchanging the colors of the stars and ribbons.
  6. If you have any Fourth of July themed stickers, stick them on any open areas on the stars.
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Uncle Sam Paper Plates

Let your kids have a little patriotic fun by making their own renditions of Uncle Sam using paper plates.

Materials:

  • Paper plates
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue stick
  • Craft glue
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Star stickers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting out a top hat and bowtie from the construction paper. Design each item with the various colors of construction paper to create a patriotic theme.
  2. Cover most of the outer ring of the paper plate with cotton balls, leaving a small section bare for the top hat. Use the glue stick to keep the cotton balls on the paper plate.
  3. Draw and color in a face in the center of the plate. Then, create a beard with more cotton balls using the glue stick to hold the cotton balls together.
  4. Glue the top hat to the top of the plate and the bowtie towards the bottom of the beard with craft glue.
  5. Add decorative star stickers to the hat and bowtie if you have them.

Fourth of July Windsock

Have your kids create patriotic windsocks they can play with outside, or hang around the garden and patio for this year's Fourth of July.

Materials:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Red, white and blue pipe cleaners
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Hole puncher
  • String
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Cover the paper towel roll with construction paper in the color of your choice.
  2. Cut out stars of different shapes with the remaining colors of construction paper.
  3. Create thin strips with the tissue paper for streamers. Glue the tissue paper strips to the bottom of the towel roll.
  4. Coil the pipe cleaners and glue them to the bottom of the towel roll on the outside. You can also punch holes and tie the pipe cleaners through the hole as an alternative.
  5. Glue the cut out stars all over the body of the towel roll.
  6. Punch two holes on each side of the top portion of the towel roll and attach the string to complete the windsock.

Popsicle Stick American Flag

Your kids can make something for you to hang around the house with these decorative American flags made out of Popsicle sticks.

Materials:

  • Box of Popsicle sticks
  • Red, blue and white paint.
  • White star stickers (or white construction paper and scissors)
  • Craft glue
  • Tape
  • String or magnet

Directions:

  1. Lay two to three sticks down vertically, on top of your work area. If using two sticks, keep them 2-to-3 inches apart. If using three sticks, keep them 1 inch apart.
  2. Cover the vertical sticks with craft glue and set down rows of sticks across of them horizontally. This should create a flag shape.
  3. In the top right hand corner of the flag, paint a blue box.
  4. For the remaining portion of the flag, paint the red and white stripes. Use a picture or actual flag for reference. The stripes don't need to be exact; this is just a small rendition of the flag.
  5. Once the pain has dried, apply the star stickers over the blue section of the flag. If you went with construction paper cutouts of stars, glue them to the blue section of the flag.
  6. If you're using a piece of string to hang the ornament, tape each side to one of the vertical sticks on the back side of the flag.
  7. If you're using a magnet for a refrigerator ornament, use the tape to attach the magnet to the back of the flag.
Last Updated: August 3, 2011
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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for IdealHomeGarden.com, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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