Patriotic Craft Ideas For Kids (USA)
Get the kids involved in observing patriotic holidays such as July 4th by making special crafts in honor of the day. This is a guide about patriotic craft ideas for kids.
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Red, white, and yoo-hoo! Celebrate America's Independence Day with these festive noisemakers.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
- bare toilet tissue, aluminum foil, or Saran Wrap roll(s)
- clear tape
- white paper (the kind on a roll works best)
- red paint, crayons, etc.
- blue paint, markers, etc.
- dry beans, rice, jingle bells, acorns, etc.
- sharpened pencil
- clear contact paper (optional)
- ruler for measuring (optional)
- glue (optional)
- Gather materials and clear a washable work space area. I suggest a vinyl table cloth as the crafting surface.
- To find out how much paper you'll need, simply wrap the white paper around the tube(s) and include an additional 3 inches to the length, this will be to cover the ends with. Mark the white paper needed with a pencil. Cut out paper areas needed. You may now want to add light weights, like pennies, to the corners of the white paper if it's tending to roll up or under.
- Using blue and red paint, color pastels, markers, crayons, colored pencils or the like, patriotically color on enough paper to cover your paper tubes. Then, if using paint or markers, wait for your design to dry before doing the next steps.
- Optional: After dried, carefully laminate, aka cover, the colored-on paper with clear contact paper.
- Place decorated paper face-down horizontally. Then lay the tube horizontally onto the white side in the middle of the paper, with equal lengths of end pieces of the white paper sticking out past the tube ends. With the pencil, make a light vertical line on both edges of the white paper, where the tube ends (on the white side).
- Now, if you'd like, glue the red, white, and blue paper, facing out, to the paper tube(s), "excluding" the end flaps. Or, if you'd rather, just tape one long edge of the front, pretty side of the paper straight on the tube. (Excluding the end flaps too), wrap the paper around the tube and then stick a long piece of clear tape on the other length of the paper to secure.
- On one end of the tube, fold the paper flap down one way, then again in the opposite direction. Cut any excess off.
- Tape first end with enough clear tape in an "x" shape over the end of the tube.
- With the covered end of the tube facing down, insert dry beans, rice, acorns, jingle bells, and/or such small jingly items into the open end of the tube. A small handful of inserts is usually enough, but the amount is your choice.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the open end.
- Rattle your 4th of July party shaker, especially during (or instead of) fireworks and Independence Day parades!
By Erin R. from Seffner, FL
When my kids were tiny, I wondered how to teach them the significance of Independence Day. I was reading Sesame Street Magazine with my kids, and saw a page that was entitled, "Happy Birthday, USA!" Then a great idea hit me, what's a birthday without CAKE? I took the kids shopping and we decided on strawberry (or cherry) chip cake mix with white cream cheese frosting with red and blue decorator's gel for the lettering. We made cupcakes, frosted them, and wrote "USA" with the decorator's gel. Each cupcake got a blue birthday candle so everybody at our family barbecue could sing Happy Birthday to the USA and blow out their own candle. It was just the right way to start teaching our children the importance of patriotism. Independence Day is more than parades, food, and fireworks. Now my kids are teens, and we still keep the tradition.
Just a baking hint - if you are making a cake mix, add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of sour cream to the mix before baking. It makes the cake SO MOIST and more like scratch!
By Marie from Idaho Falls, Idaho
This cute little pin is easy to make and fun to wear in celebration of the holiday. Crafting Time: 30 to 45 minutes, plus drying time for glue
- craft foam scraps in blue and white
- glitter, both red and blue
- 1/4 inch ribbon scraps in red, white, and blue
- blue felt scrap
- pin back
- Trace the heart pattern on both the blue craft foam and blue felt. Trace the star pattern on the white craft foam. Cut these three shapes out.
- Line the edges of the foam heart and the foam star with glue. Sprinkle blue glitter on the glue around the heart, and red glitter on the glue around the star. Allow the glue to dry.
- Cut a 3 and 1/2 inch length from each of your red, white, and blue quarter inch ribbon scraps. Glue one end of each piece to the back of the foam heart, at the bottom. Glue the blue felt heart to the back of the foam heart, covering the ribbon ends.
- Glue the pin back to the felt to complete your pin. Allow the glue to dry.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Talk to your kids about how poppies came into place for Memorial Day. They listen while they are making a craft!
Total Time: Depends on the age of the child
Source: My Day Care Craft Book
- red crepe paper
- green chenille stems, I use pipe cleaners
- large needle
- Cut out three 4-inch circles of red crepe paper. If the kids are little, do this the night before!
- Place the circles on top of each other.
- Use a needle to make two holes next to each other in the center
- Make sure to go all the way through! Again if they are little, do this for them.
- Put the end of a chenille stem through one hole.
- Bend the chenille stem.
- Bring the end down through the other hole.
- Twist the end around the long part of the chenille stem to secure it.
- Pull the crepe paper petals slightly away from each other to form the poppy. Let the young ones do this themselves, they will love it!
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