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)
white paper (the kind on a roll works best)
red paint, crayons, etc.
blue paint, markers, etc.
dry beans, rice, jingle bells, acorns, etc.
clear contact paper (optional)
ruler for measuring (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!
To make a wind blower for Independence Day, buy several rolls of ribbon-red, white and blue of course!, and a wooden or metal embroidery hoop. Simply cut long strips of ribbon and tie onto hoop in some pattern or mix. Cut ribbon or thread or fishing line and tie to top in equal partitions so it hangs evenly. Hang outdoors near the entryway or in the yard from a tree and watch the wind blow you a freedom salute.
This cute kids craft is perfect for the "Fourth Of July." It has a simple flower shape with a glitter like a bursting firecracker. Make one to hang on the wall, or have a group of children each make one, then hang along the wall with red, white, and blue streamers for decoration!
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
2-inch Styrofoam ball (cut in half)
glitter spray, glue, or paint
8 feet of metallic garland
Have child place ball-half onto the flat side, and cover the curved "ball" side with glitter spray, glue or paint. Let dry.
Have child cut out 6-10 strands of garland, anywhere between 3/4 and 2 feet long. The strands should be looped, then tied with a string around the ends to keep the loop together. Repeat with each strand.
Glue tied loop ends to back of glittering circle. Place the loops around the back of the ball in a flower pattern. Let dry.
Write your child's name on back and hang on the wall with streamers to make a festive "Fourth Of July" Firecracker flower. Hang alone with a few streamers coming from the bottom to make a cute "single firework" ornament for doors or cupboards.
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!
Here is an inexpensive, easy craft for kids to make to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Approximate Time: 30 - 45 minutes, plus time for glue to dry
bath tissue or paper towel tube
red and blue ribbon
white craft foam
red glitter glue
white craft glue
small paint brush
jingle bells - Liberty Bell shaped or regular round
Cut a 2 inch piece of cardboard tube. Spacing evenly and alternating colors, glue red and blue ribbon lengths to the outside of the cardboard tube. The top ends of the ribbons will be glued inside the tube, and the bottom ends will be longer and hang free.
Draw and cut 4 small star shapes from white craft foam. Trace the edges of the stars with red glitter glue. Glue the stars to the tube in between the ribbons.
Use a small paint brush to spread glue on the tube around the stars and ribbons. Sprinkle blue glitter over the glue. Allow the glue to dry.
Cut another piece of ribbon for the hanger. Glue the ends of this piece to the inside of the tube at the top. Make two small ribbon bows and glue these to the outside of the tube where the hanger ends are attached.
Thread the ends of the hanging ribbons through the tops of the bells, then glue the ribbon to itself to secure the bells (this is instead of trying to tie the ribbon ends in knots).
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
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.
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