3 Craft Ideas For The Fourth
Summer is here, and it's time to get festive! With the kids at home and the 4th of July heading your way, you need to give children something to do, as well as make your cookout look spectacular. A few dazzling crafts solve both issues. Here are three 4th of July crafts to get everyone excited for the big holiday.
Tin Can Windsock
Everyone needs a few things to hang from the porch eaves, and with a few upcycled coffee cans, your kids can create adorable red, white, and blue windsocks. All you need to do is punch two holes in the bottom of each can. Use the holes to tie twine to for the top of your windsocks in order to secure it to your porch. Next, use the American flag as inspiration to paint your cans. Make them blue with white stars, or paint them with red and white stripes. Add a little flair with ribbons using colors in contrast to what you painted the cans; if you painted them red and white, use blue and white ribbons to embellish them, or if you painted your cans blue and white, add red and white ribbons. Using hot glue, secure the ribbons to the inside of the coffee cans and your windsock is ready to hang. If you want to do something a little more disposable that doesn't require punching holes in a tin can, you can create something similar using large party cups that are already red or blue and use crepe paper instead of ribbon for the tails.
Cardboard Tube Rockets
Start saving your paper towel tubes now for a weekend of crafts and 4th of July fun! These rockets you can use like windsocks, or you can fill them with confetti to make pop rockets to pull when the fireworks start. What you want to do is transform colored paper or paint into little 4th of July clothes for the brown cardboard to make them festive. At the top of the tube, punch two holes on either side to thread the twine to hang the rocket. To mask the twine and make the tube look like a rocket, cut out a colored paper circle about 1" in diameter larger your tube. Cut a slit in the circle to the center and push the two ends together until they overlap and you have a cone to create a little pointy hat for your rocket. Before you staple or glue the edges of the cone to keep it together, thread your twine that's already attached to the tube through the top of the cone. Then glue the cone to the tube to keep everything together. Like the tin can windsock, glue ribbons or streamers to the inside of the end of the tube to make it look like it's being propelled by fire. To make the rockets confetti rockets, turn the rockets upside down and fill them with confetti. Keep the confetti intact by gluing a tissue paper layer to the inside of the tube. Attach a string to the tissue paper to pull and release the confetti when you're ready!
Patriotic Mason Jar Candle Holders
This craft requires a lot of uncooked rice--enough to fill as many mason jars as you need for candles. Divide the rice into thirds and put them in plastic, sealable bags. In one bag, add a few drops of blue food coloring. In another bag, do the same with red food coloring, and leave the last bag white. Shake up the bags to mix the rice with color. If your colors aren't rich enough, add more food coloring. When the rice is coated with color, open up the bag to let the rice dry. When the rice is ready, pour a layer of red rice in the bottom of each jar followed by a layer of white rice and topped with a layer of blue rice. Stick tea lights in the top layer of each jar and you have a 4th of July candle to top your table runners or line the stairs of your porch.
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