Show off your love for the US of A this summer while expressing your creative side! Use red, white and blue as your inspiration to create and personalize these fun Fourth of July projects.
Today I am going to share with you three quick and simple craft projects to help you to celebrate the Fourth of July.
This project is simple to make and can be made with or without breaking out your sewing machine. It’s a great one for your kids to help out with. Just be sure to watch them closely when using the iron.
- Paper-backed fusible web (buy “light” if you plan to sew your appliqué, buy “Ultra Hold” if you want a no-sew option).
- Fat quarter of fabric (a fat quarter is a piece of fabric that measures 18 inches x 22 inches)
- Light box or window
- Optional: sewing machine with matching thread
- U.S.A. template (download for free here)
- Download the template for the outline of the United States (you can find it here).
- Flip the U.S.A. outline over so that the image is backwards. Place it on top of the light box or tape it onto a bright window. Cut a piece of paper-backed fusible web slightly larger than the U.S.A. outline. Trace the U.S.A. outline onto the paper side of the paper-backed fusible web using your pencil. Cut it out loosely around traced outline.
- Iron the paper-backed fusible web onto the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out the image precisely. Peel off the paper backing and iron onto your T-shirt.
- If you would like, use your sewing machine to run a line of stitching around the edge of the appliqué.
Our next project would make a fabulous centerpiece for your Fourth of July BBQ.
Create fun and whimsical red, white and blue pinwheels
You can pick up all of these supplies in the craft aisle of your favorite store.
- Double-sided scrapbook paper, cut to 6 inches x 6 inches
- 1/4-inch or larger brads
- 1/8-inch hole punch
- Paper straw
- Fold your paper in half diagonally. Unfold it and fold it diagonally in the other direction. Unfold it.
- In the very center (where the two folds meet), poke a small hole with the brad or another object (like a pen or small scissors).
- Cut along each fold line up to 1-1/2 inches from the center. Do not cut all the way to the center.
- Your piece now looks like 4 triangles being held together in the center. Using your hole punch, punch a hole in one corner of each “triangle,” making sure to punch the same corner on each triangle.
- Bring one of the corners toward the center and feed the brad through the hole. Bring the remaining 3 corners forward, tucking each one onto the end of the brad.
- After you’ve got all 4 corners tucked in, poke the brad through the hole you made in the center of the pinwheel. Spread open the tines to hold all the layers in place.
- Flatten one end of the straw and punch a hole through the center. Undo the tines on the brad and feed it through the straw.
- Refold the tines and voila!!
3. Frame your favorite Fourth of July Print.
Our last project is the simplest of all! Add a touch of red, white and blue to your home décor by framing your favorite Fourth of July print.
If you look online, you can find dozens (if not hundreds) of cute and free Fourth of July printables. If you like the one in my photo, you can download it on my site. Just click here.
Print out your image on cardstock, then simply frame it! Just make sure that it fits properly. Most frames are 8 inches x 10 inches and standard paper is 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches, so after you print your image you’ll need to trim it down a bit.
The best part is you can use the frame as a decoration for multiple holidays. Just swap out the printable as the seasons change.
If you’re looking to add a sweet spark to your Fourth of July, check out these 19 Patriotic desserts. Just don’t forget to floss, brush and protect those teeth with Aquafresh® red, white and blue TRIPLE PROTECTION™ toothpaste for all-around cavity protection.
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