It’s a star spangled occasion that definitely warrants breaking out the glitter. Spark your little patriot’s creative spirit this Independence Day with easy ideas from shimmering flags to firework crowns: all in the holiday’s signature hues. Check out the projects below and celebrate America’s birthday with a little red, white, and glue!
Mommy & Me Patriotic Shoes
Sport red, white and blue from head to toe with these sweet shoes designed by Put A Bird On It. They’re sure to put a patriotic spring in your step. Learn how to decorate a pair for yourself and your mini-me over at Pretty Providence.
photo: Warm Hot Chocolate
This fire-free craft from Warm Hot Chocolate definitely gets our stamp of approval. Your little artist will love using their handmade stamp to create unique works of art. Check out the how-to here, and start making room on the fridge.
photo: Cristin Drewes via SER.EN.DIP.ITY
Hand-and Footprint American Flag
Sure to make an impression, this adorable hand-and footprint flag would be perfect for baby’s first Independence Day but it works for all members of the family. With six kids in tow, this hands-on craft is a family tradition over at Serendipity.
photo: 504 Main
Fireworks in a Jar
Capture the spirit of Independence Day in a jar with this whimsical no-fire fireworks craft from 504 Main. It reminds us of a patriotic snow globe! Make your own with the instructions here.
photo: Mini Monets and Mommies
Add a little sparkle to your celebration with this glittery flag from Mini Monets and Mommies. With the weather heating up, it’s great way to reuse all those discarded Popsicle sticks. Check out how you and the kids can make your own here.
photo: Carrots Are Orange
Stamp Statue of Liberty Art
Designed by Carrots are Orange for even the littlest crafters, have your Miss (or Mister) Liberty decorate this iconic statue with colorful paint daubers. Spot the details here.
photo: Make and Takes
This fun craft from Make and Takes will have everyone begging to sit at the kid’s table. Leftover paper plates make the perfect canvas for this after-dinner activity.
photo: Creative Green Living
Recycled Wind Chime
Forgo the craft store, and scavenge materials for this eco-friendly project directly from your recycling bin. Using basic tools and a little craft paint, Carissa at Creative Green Living transformed everyday tin cans into a festive and functional wind chime for the backyard. Learn how to make your own here, and start saving those cans.
photo: Kinder Craze
Stained Glass Window Art
Maria of Kinder Craze created this awesome project to get her Kindergarten class into the holiday spirit. Your kids will love layering the red, white and blue tissue paper to create their very own “stained glass” window, and this colorful craft doubles as great window décor for your July Fourth celebration. See the how-to here.
Guests of all ages will be bursting with excitement over these Firework Confetti Poppers by Casey of Bright & Bold. A DIY alternative to traditional party poppers, they’re perfect for the younger set that might be afraid of loud noises. All you have to do is push to send confetti flying everywhere. Learn how to make your own at Mom’s Best Network.
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Handprint Flag Tees
How cute are these tees? Have the kids lend a hand in designing the attire this July 4th. Liz over at Pure Joy Home got the entire family in on the fun with matching tees in various styles.
This sparkling headpiece from Carla of Small + Friendly adds a festive flair to any ensemble. Made from shimmering pipe cleaners, it’s the perfect craft to keep the kids busy until the big fireworks display. Follow the instructions over at Inner Child Giving.
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Sequin Bottle Cap Necklace
Complete your little patriot’s July 4th look with this Bottle Cap Necklace by A Pumpkin and a Princess. It’s a fun, inexpensive craft that’s sure to become this holiday’s favorite accessory. Check out the tutorial over at Crafts Unleashed.
photo: Fantastic Fun and Learning
Mason Jar Luminaries
Before the fireworks light up the night sky, illuminate your backyard with this simple outdoor craft. A paintbrush, glue and sparkly sequins are all the kids will need to transform everyday glass containers into decorative luminaries. Fill with a battery-powered tea light to use these whimsical jars as a bedroom nightlight like the girls over at Fantastic Fun and Learning did. Find out more here.
photo: Project Alicia
Whip up a batch of star-shaped sidewalk chalk and challenge the kids to a rousing game of patriotic Pictionary. From Lady Liberty to fireworks and flags, this easy and inexpensive craft is sure to result in hours of outdoor fun for the whole family. Get the recipe over at Project Alicia.
photo: Reading Confetti
Glitter Star Wands
There’s nothing like a sparkling accessory to get your kids into the patriotic spirit. Perfect for waving at the local parade, these glittery wands would also make for a great photo opp. Get all the crafty details at Crafts Unleashed.
Which July Fourth craft will you try with your little ones?
— Lauren Hill