Memorial Day isn’t just a long weekend with plenty of sunshine, barbecues, and outdoor fun this year. For many of us, it marks the first time in months we’ve headed out of our homes and into said sunshine. But you can’t spend the whole long weekend (lol what is a long weekend anyway with schools closed?) getting a sunburn, so take a break with the kids indoors to whip up some of these patriotic Memorial Day kid crafts.
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.
Of course, the weekend isn’t just about having fun, either; it’s also a moment to teach kids about what the Memorial Day holiday really means. It officially became a holiday in 1971 (it was originally known as Decoration Day), is always observed on the last Monday of May, and it honors the brave individuals who have died while serving in the U.S. military.
These days, everyone observes the day differently — many families visit memorials or cemeteries, while others have backyard barbecues (six feet apart, please). 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.
Red, white & blue star tea towel
This sweet and subtle design is easy to print and even easier to use all summer long. Head to Sparkle Living for the full tutorial.
Kids will be eager to see their finished patriotic suncatchers hung up in the backyard.
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.
4. DIY printable patriotic pinwheel
Can any kid turn down a pinwheel? And it’s so much more fun when they can make them themselves. Lolly Jane provides the PDF to print out as well as clear instructions on how to fashion it for a twirly good time.
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.
With a handy flag printout, Lil’ Luna’s tissue flag craft is engaging, super-cute and helps kids work on their fine motor skills. What’s not to love?
A version of this article was originally published in May 2014.
Save time to make some of these Memorial Day desserts, which taste as good as they look.