Memorial Day is supposed to be all about honoring members of the military who died in service, not just a day to shop and the kickoff to barbecue season. Then again, what else did our veterans fight for but the right to bask in warm weather and play with fire? Of course, as parents, this holiday means something else too: Another day off from school in which we have to keep our children entertained. Which is why we’d like to make Memorial Day a holiday for honoring fallen soldiers with a lot of patriotic craft projects.
What? Memorial Day crafts aren’t already a staple in your house? Every parent needs some long-weekend quiet time, so it’s high time you planned a crafternoon.
These days, everyone observes the day differently — many families visit memorials or cemeteries; some hit up those Memorial Day sales; others have backyard barbecues, and some make time for all of the above. But in addition to teaching kids about the somber meaning behind the day, you can feel free to have some of that aforementioned holiday fun. Enter: these patriotic Memorial Day crafts the whole family will love.
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DIY patriotic pinwheel
Can any kid turn down a pinwheel? And it’s so much more fun when they can make them themselves. KiwiCo has some easy-to-follow instructions on how to fashion it for a twirly good time. While you’re at it, you can subscribe to get more craft projects (with STEM lessons built-in) delivered straight to your door for all those other times you’ll need new activity ideas.
Red, white & blue star tea towel
Kids will be eager to see their finished patriotic suncatchers hung up in the backyard. All you need is contact paper, tissue paper, and card stock.
American flag paint stick project
This adorable American flag craft from Glue Dots is not only easy to do, it also creates some seriously awesome front door decor.
Stars & stripes paper bag kite
This patriotic paper bag kite project from Fun Loving Families flutters in the breeze and gives your outdoor space a festive lift.
Egg carton American flag
Kids will proudly show off their egg carton American flag.
Straw American flag
An easy-to-do classic, I Heart Crafty Things shows how cute a straw flag can be.
Shaving cream fireworks
I Can Teach My Child shows us you can use really anything for your arts and crafts project — including shaving cream.
Patriotic jar candle
Making a jar candle with kids is an open-ended, creative and fun project that has some really stunning results. The folks at Fantastic, Fun and Learning take you step-by-step through this DIY.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2014.