Fun Craft Ideas to do With the Kids for the Fourth of July

by Emma W.R. on July 1, 2015

I try to incorporate fun activities into every holiday in order build memories my children can hold dear. I remember when I was young, my cousins and I would dress up in our red, white and blue and have a mock parade waving flags we made and singing patriotic songs around the neighborhood on the fourth of July.   These are memories I will never forget. I want my children to have wonderful childhood memories like I do.

I have put together some fun crafts for the kids to make, share and enjoy for this July 4th.


This star wreath makes for a great decoration to hang on your door. Your child will be so happy when company gathers and sees his wreath as a welcoming. Cut the bottom out of a paper plate leaving just the outer ridges. Out of construction paper, have your child cut out red, white and blue hearts and glue to the plate. It’s that simple.

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Just like I made flags, your child can make a special wand for waving. I like using foam from the arts and craft store for the stars but construction paper will work, too. Have them cut out patriotic stars, then attach them to a stick or old balloon dowel to keep it sturdy. Next, just attach red, white, blue and/or silver ribbons for movement. If you child is really ambitious, he can even add glitter to the stars.


What’s better than wearable art? Your child will glow with excitement wearing one of her own creations. You can pick up white t-shirts anywhere. Make sure you prewash your shirts and write each child’s name on the tag before they start. Insert cardboard or an old magazine under the front so the colors do not run through. Have your child dip their hand in blue for the stars and place on the left corner. Then she can take a paint brush and draw on the red stripes. I try to let go of the reigns and not worry about neatness or perfection. They are kids after all.

It is so important to take time out to build family memories while your children are young. As they grow older (which happens way too quickly), they will appreciate the fun you brought to every holiday.

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Laurie M. September 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

The shirt is absolutely adorable; the problem is I have a box full of t-shirts that my kids made as a craft at a variety of events. They wont let me throw them out! I much prefer to do the wand craft. This way once it starts to fall apart I can toss it and no one will complain.


Lena July 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

Thanks for all the great ideas. We tried them out at our holiday picnic and the kids left with great party goodies.


Penelope July 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

Great crafts! I always have a huge group of kids over and I set up a few of these over the weekend. Worked out great and kept them busy.


Emilia July 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I love these ideas! I’m going to have my girls make patriotic wands to bring to our town parade.


Micki B July 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

All are great but I love the shirt the best! Kids hands are great to use on so many craft projects. They love the idea of covering their hand in paint (usually) and the hand is a permanent reminder of how small they were when making the project. The only thing I would do would be to add the year under the flag.


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