4 Patriotic Crafts to Celebrate the Fourth of July

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Celebrate Independence Day with the little ones in your life with patriotic crafts kids will love! Check out these four patriotic-themed crafts you can do with children at your Early Childhood Education center or at home with your own kiddos. These ideas are cute, easy, and fun—and you’ll even find a bonus snack idea at the end of the article. Happy 4th of July!

Paper Plate American Flag

Preschool and school-aged children will love showing off their patriotism with this paper plate American flag craft. Here’s what you will need for the project:

  • Scissors
  • White paper plate
  • Blue craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • White star stickers  
  • Red and white tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Glue
  • Hole punch 
  • Yarn or string

Here’s what to do:

  1. Use scissors to cut a white paper plate in half. 
  2. Save or discard one half of the paper plate and paint the other half blue. Wait until the paint dries completely before moving on to the next step. 
  3. Decorate the blue paper plate with white star stickers. Alternatively, you can trace and cut out stars from a piece of white paper and glue them onto the plate. 
  4. Use scissors to cut strips of red and white tissue paper or crepe paper. 
  5. Glue the strips of red and white paper to the back of the blue paper plate so they hang down like streamers. 
  6. Punch a hole in the top center of the blue paper plate. 
  7. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the hole and hang up the American flag decoration in a window or anywhere else you’d like! 

Coffee Filter Watercolor Fireworks 

Help children celebrate the sparkle and fun of the 4th of July with this colorful art project. You only need a few supplies to make these coffee filter watercolor fireworks:

  • Coffee filters 
  • Washable markers
  • Glitter glue
  • Jumbo craft sticks 
  • Clear contact paper or laminator (optional) 
  • Hot glue
  • Water spray bottle 
  • Tray or container

Here’s what to do:

  1. Lay out coffee filters on a washable surface for kids to decorate with patriotic colors—think lots of red and blue. Try to color in as much of each coffee filter as possible so the fireworks will look vibrant. 
  2. Place colored coffee filters in a tray, dish, or other container. Use a spray bottle filled with water to saturate them thoroughly. Then leave the coffee filters to dry completely. 
  3. Once the coffee filter fireworks are totally dry, you may want to laminate them or use clear contact paper to create a stiff outer layer. This will make it easier to decorate and hang the fireworks in a window without the fragile paper going floppy. You can also skip this step.
  4. Next, kids can use glitter glue or any other craft supplies you have on hand to add some sparkle and flair to their fireworks. 
  5. Finally, dab some hot glue onto a jumbo craft stick and adhere the craft stick to the back of the coffee filter to create a little handle to hold up the fireworks. (We recommend an adult handle the hot glue at all times.)

Whether little ones wave them around or hang them in a window to catch the sunlight, these coffee filter fireworks are sure to dazzle on Independence Day!  

Independence Day Wreath 

Create a star-spangled Independence Day Wreath with preschoolers or school-aged children and hang it on the front door for a festive 4th of July welcome. Gather a few supplies for this craft:

  • White paper plate
  • Red and blue construction paper
  • Red, white, and blue ribbon
  • Jumbo star-shaped hole punch 
  • Regular hole punch 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut out the center of a white paper plate. 
  2. Use a jumbo star-shaped hole punch to cut star shapes from red and blue construction paper. 
  3. Glue the red and blue stars around the wreath in alternating colors. 
  4. Use a regular hole punch to add a hole to the top of the wreath. 
  5. Thread some ribbon through for hanging and tie it in a decorative bow. 

Now little ones can hang up their patriotic wreaths to welcome friends and family over for the holiday barbeque!

Patriotic Painted Rocks

Here is an easy and fun art project that will be popular with kids of all ages! All you need is a rock, outdoor acrylic paint, and a paint brush. 

Help children pick out a rock or two around the neighborhood, in a local park, or on a nature walk. Look for stones with a smooth, paintable surface. Then wash them up and paint them with stars and stripes, an American eagle, Liberty Bell, or other patriotic symbols. 

Use the rocks as patriotic paper weights on the patio table or decorate the walkway or porch with their creations. 

Red, White, and Blue Kabobs

This last activity doubles as a fun snack for the 4th of July! 

Here’s what you will need:

  • Strawberries or raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mini marshmallows 
  • Kabob skewers 

Place rows of strawberries or raspberries, blueberries, and mini marshmallows on wooden Kabob sticks, alternating the ingredients to make a red, white, and blue pattern. Have your kids prepare them and pass them around at this year’s 4th of July cookout. All the kids will love them—and so will the adults! 

We hope these crafts and snacks will add much delight to your 4th of July celebrations this year. Remember to share the meaning of Independence Day with your little ones too. Happy 4th from all of us at Honest Buck Accounting


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