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4th of July crafts

Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

5 Patriotic projects for kids

Looking for fun 4th of July crafts your kids will love? With the kids home for the summer and Independence Day parties just around the corner, it's time to get ready for some fun parties to celebrate our country's independence. Gather up your children and make some fun crafts for an extra-special celebration!

Stars and Stripes Windsock

Supplies: 1 sheet blue construction paper
Tape
Hole punch
Red yarn
White yarn
Silver metallic stars
1 blue pipe cleaner


1. Fold the construction paper into a tube and secure it together with tape. Use the hole punch to punch holes along the bottom edge of the tube (you may choose to do this before securing, as well). Punch two holes in the tops that are across from each other.
2. Cut the yarn into long lengths. You are going to double the lengths over, so be sure they are the right length when halved for blowing in the wind. You will need an even number of white and red pieces of yarn, cut to the same length.
3. Cut one piece of yarn in half, and push the bent portion through one of the hole punches on the bottom edge. Pull the ends through the loop, forming a lark's head knot. Continue with this technique until all the pieces of yarn have been used.
4. Stick the silver metallic stars all around the tube.
5. Poke one end of the pipe cleaner through one of the top holes. Fold the end up using about 1/2 inch of the pipe cleaner. Repeat on the other hole with the other end of the pipe cleaner.

Sparkling Patriotic Napkin Rings

Supplies: 1 pipe cleaner (red, white or blue)
Clear multi-faceted beads
Napkin
Small flag (rod should be about 6 to 8 inches long)


1. Thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner, leaving about 1 inch at each end of it.
2. Roll the napkin up. Wrap the beaded pipe cleaner around it, hooking the ends together loosely to hold it in place.
3. Tuck the small flag into the beaded pipe cleaner and arrange.

Old Glory flatware tote

Supplies: 1 cardboard bottle tote (from a six-pack of beer or other drinks)
Red, white and blue acrylic paints
Glow-in-the-dark stars
Hot-glue gun (and glue)

1. Make sure that the bottle tote is free from dirt and debris. Paint the whole tote with white paint. It may take two coats to fully cover. Allow to dry completely.
2. Use the red and blue paints to either paint a flag or another red, white and blue design on the tote. Allow to dry completely.
3. Heat the hot-glue gun. Put dabs of glue on the tote and affix the glow-in-the-dark stars to the tote, either as stars on the flag or an all-over design. Let the glue cool and harden completely before using.

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