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3 Unplugged Crafts for 4th of July

Looking for something crafty (but easy!) to try with your kids to celebrate the 4th of July? Here are three colorful patriotic-themed crafts we love.

By Margo Bayne

My kids have been at camp doing lots of fun crafts and I wanted to continue the momentum through the long weekend. Here are some of my favorite red-white-and-blue ideas from a couple of crafty bloggers. They all have enough information and instructions to help us non-Martha Stewart types (i.e. me!) and help our kids get some great results they’re proud to share with the family and neighbors.

1. 4th of July Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns work for just about any festivities and spangling them up for 4th of July is fantastic. The Crafting Chicks have a great tutorial if you haven’t made lanterns recently. They use festive ribbon to string them up and edge the lanterns. Nice!

See the full tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.


2. 4th of July Twig Ornaments

We love this sweet, simple craft from Jackie at the Happy Hooligans Blog. Gathering sticks is a great activity for a nature hike and a perfect use for rejected marshmallow sticks!

To unplug this craft, we used small clear hair elastics to tie together the twigs rather than a hot glue gun. We think loom band elastics will probably work well too!

Check out the full tutorial at Happy Hooligans.


3. Red White and Blue Table Décor

Layering colored rice and beans is such a simple and fun craft to make and then use for barbecues and decorating!

Kids will love the process of dyeing the rice and layering up every jam jar you’ve been saving.

Check out the full tutorial at Today’s Creative Life!


Have a happy star-spangled holiday!

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