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Great Fourth Of July Crafts For Kids

By Melissa Summers

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate everything it means to be an American (liberty, freedom and the right to drive around in a gas-guzzling SUV while complaining about the cost of fuel) is coming up in a week or so. Most of us will celebrate by grilling food in the great outdoors, watching a parade (or two), viewing fireworks and maybe running with sparklers in the yard. Our neighborhood hosts a pancake breakfast on two neighbor’s front lawns on the Fourth, because nothing says “Liberty” like pancakes and bacon shared with your neighbors.

To give your kids a thing or two to do for the holiday I’ve come up with five great projects to get your yard looking “All American.” What’s more American than forcing your kids to do your decorating for you? I mean, enriching your kid’s lives with mind-blossoming craft projects?

Fourth Of July Crafts

Here’s an easily-adjusted idea for the under-5 set also from Martha. This ribbon and star garland would be great for decorating a table, a food table at a party or strung across the front porch. However, as I always do, I read the directions and knew in 2.4 seconds I wouldn’t even be able to handle making these fancy stars. Still, you can cut out red, white and blue construction paper stars for a group of little kids, and then give them markers and stickers (glue and glitter….depending on how nice you are: I am not that nice). Let the kids make as many stars as you need, grab some red or blue ribbon and staple all the stars along the length. Much easier, more charming and just as festive. Take that Martha.

Fourth Of July Crafts

Martha offers a printable template to make these patriotic fans. This craft could work for a kid with a careful sense of attention to detail. This detail being how to fold a fan with reasonable care. They’d make excellent table decorations for a party, they’re fun for kids to run around with and could even be stuck in the lawn.

Fourth Of July Crafts

This crazy Fourth of July crown is really cute and would be pretty darn easy to make. It’s also perfect for wearing to all your kid’s upcoming Fourth of July appearances. Using duct tape and pipe cleaners in patriotic colors, your kid gets a custom made crown. It reminds me of a simpler version of the crown my husband made for a Valentine’s day contest a few years back. You can see that version here.

Fourth Of July Crafts

Another template idea from Martha’s site is this three- dimensional-star centerpiece. Print the template and use it to cut stars from red, blue and white paper. Fold each star, staple together and you have a stand alone centerpiece. You can also attach string and hang it from a tree, it would be really cute to make 3 or 4 of them to hang at varying lengths in a tree.

Burning Daylight will be coming back to The Buzz Off in another week or two. I’m sort of shocked to be typing this, but I’m actually looking forward to doing some of the projects I’ve been bookmarking all year while my kids were (gloriously) busy in school all year. Stay tuned.

Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Caroline J.

    June 27, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Hey Melissa!
    Thanks for the great craft ideas! I printed out a few of them and will attempt with my four year old. Looks like fun!!
    Caroline =)

  • taylor

    July 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    i loved them anough that i printed all of them

  • Megan

    July 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    i did not print them because…. i do not have a printer. PS nice hat 🙂