The Fourth of July is a time for family and friends to get together for food and fun. Add to the fun with these patriotic crafts you can do with your children and their cousins and friends.
Stars & Stripes Bean Bag Toss
This is an easy NO-SEW bean bag toss! It’s a great game for kids and adults and is great for your backyard BBQ celebration.
Find patriotic fabric and cut two pieces of the same fabric into bean bag size squares (about 4×4). Glue the edges together with fabric glue but be sure to leave a little hole to fill with beans.
When glue has dried, fill the bean bag with beans and seal the hole with more fabric glue. Glue should take about 24 hours to dry. You will want to make at least 3 bean bags for each team.
For the game board, you can use a cardboard box. Cut the sides at angles and leave a flap at the top. Use a small bowl to trace circles. Cut them out and paint around the rim with red, white and blue, acrylic paint.
Then you’re ready to play! Red is one point, White is two points and Blue is three points.
Get a box or bag of straws to make these fireworks. You will need seven straws, paint, and a piece of white paper.
Start by stretching out the straws as far as they can go and group them together in your hand. Spread out the top of the straws so they are sticking out.
Have someone put a piece of tape around the bottom of them as you’re holding them. Let go and put another piece right under the top.
Have the kids dip the straws into blue paint first and stamp it all over the paper. If the paint doesn’t show up great, have them press each straw individually against the paper. Add some red paint and your fireworks are done! Add some glitter if you want some sparkle to them.
Source: Crafty Morning
- Empty Toilet Tube
- Crepe Paper Streamers, Red and White
- Blue and White Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Tacky Glue
- Using the blue paint, coat the outside of the toilet paper tube and let dry.
- Next, paint little white stars all over the blue tube. You can do this free hand with a small paint brush or use a stencil. I used a little sticker stencil. Let dry.
- Cut pieces of streamers about 12 inches long. You will need three red and three white pieces.
- Put a little line of glue on the top edge of a red streamer and stick it to the inside edge of the tube.
- Put a little line of glue on the top edge of a white streamer and stick it to the inside edge of the tube but overlap it about halfway on the red one. Continue with this pattern until you have all the streamers glued on.
- Let this dry for about 10 minutes.
- With your scissors, cut the strips up the center lengthwise until you get to the edge of the tube. Your 6 streamers should now look like 12 thinner pieces.
- Hold the tube a little bit away from your mouth and blow, the streamers will blow out like a blower.
Source: Natural Beach Living
4th of July Fruit Kabobs
- A set of skewers (the ones pictured are bamboo, six inches)
- A mini seedless watermelon (or half a large watermelon)
- Blueberries (7-10 per average sized skewer)
- Star cookie cutter
- Wash blueberries, sticks, and slice watermelon to fit the width of the star cutter (mine is exactly one inch thick).
- Slide the blueberries onto the stick (start with whichever fruit you ultimately want on the bottom), with the pointed end of the skewer facing up.
- Using the cutter, create a star shape out of the watermelon. Place the star at the top of the skewer, making sure the pointed stick is not exposed beyond the watermelon.
- The key to keeping the fruit on the sticks is to make sure the skewer is inserted in the center, otherwise they may break apart.
- If possible, choose a watermelon that is not grainy in texture, so it will hold well to the skewer.
- Make sure the stick is not exposed beyond the watermelon and pay close attention with young kids handling the skewers.
- Try Strawberries for larger skewers.
Source: The Baby Bump Diaries
Want more fourth of July fun? Check out this patriotic cookie cake and even more crafts.