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4th of July crafts for kids

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

Fun and easy crafts to celebrate America!

These creative and patriotic crafts for kids are fun for the whole family and are perfect as 4th of July decorations. With the right materials, you and your children can craft like pros this summer!

4th of July star wand



  1. Place the large star template on a red piece of cardstock and use the knife to carefully cut out the shape.
  2. Next, place the medium star template on a white piece of cardstock and use the knife to carefully cut out the shape. Repeat with the small star template and blue cardstock.
  3. Use the Elmer’s Craft Bond Permanent Dot Runner to adhere the white star onto the red star and then the blue star onto the white star.
  4. Cut three, 18-inch pieces of ribbon, then fold each piece of ribbon in half.
  5. Carefully glue the folded ribbon and the Popsicle stick to the back of the red star with the hot glue gun and let dry.

Patriotic handprint flag


  • Red, white and blue washable craft paint
  • Two white sturdy paper plates
  • White poster board
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw the outline of the American flag lightly on the poster board. Draw a square in the top left corner for the stars and thick lines for the stripes.
  2. Place blue paint on one paper plate.
  3. Place red paint on the other paper plate.
  4. Dip one hand in the blue paint and then press your hand inside the square area on the poster board multiple times to create the handprint stars.
  5. Dip your other hand in the red paint and then press that hand on every other line multiple times to create the stripes.
  6. Let dry.

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American flag tissue paper wreath


  • Elmer’s Bi-Fold Foam Board
  • X-ACTO Gripster Knife
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Glue pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. On one side of the Elmer’s Bi-Fold Foam Board, draw a circle with a pencil.
  2. With the knife, carefully cut out the circle.
  3. Mark 1 1/2-inch marks on the inside of the circle every inch or so, using your ruler.
  4. Carefully cut out the inside circle to make the wreath base.
  5. Mark a square in one corner of the wreath and then mark lines across and down the remainder of the wreath.
  6. Tear multiple 3-inch by 3-inch squares of red, white and blue tissue paper.
  7. Pinch the middle of each tissue square while gently pulling the ends upward.
  8. Apply the glue to the square section and carefully place each blue tissue piece until the area is covered.
  9. Apply the glue to the line section and carefully place each red tissue piece until the area is covered.
  10. Repeat step nine — alternating red and white — until the wreath is completely covered.

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Patriotic 4th of July paper plate noisemakers


  • Two white paper plates
  • Hot glue gun
  • Star template
  • X-ACTO Gripster Knife
  • Red and blue cardstock
  • Markers
  • Glue pen
  • Dried pasta or dried beans
  • Ribbon (optional)


  1. Place the star template on the cardstock and use the knife to carefully cut out the star shape.
  2. Use the glue pen to adhere the star to the underside of one paper plate.
  3. Decorate both plates with markers and let dry.
  4. Lay one of the paper plates on a hard surface (decorated side down) and fill it with dried pasta or dried beans.
  5. With the hot glue gun, carefully apply glue around the edge of the paper plate.
  6. Quickly and carefully place a folded piece of ribbon on the hot glue near the bottom of the plate (optional).
  7. Quickly and carefully place the second paper plate on top of the first (right sides together) to seal the paper plates together.
  8. Let dry.

Safety reminder: Hot glue guns and X-ACTO knives should be used by adults only!

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