Get your little ones into the patriotic spirit with their very own 4th of July kids’ crafts! From DIY sensory bottles and wreaths, to star-spangled slime, we’ve scoured the internet to find a bunch of easy, festive red, white, and blue crafts that will give Independence Day and any other patriotic holiday a little extra pizzazz!
Here are 7 Fourth of July kids’ crafts that are more fun than sparklers:
1. Firecracker Tie-Dye Shirt
Show off your patriotic spirit with a firecracker-inspired tie-dye shirt, shorts, shoes, or hoodie. All you need are some red and blue dyes, rubber bands, gloves, and an item to tie dye! Or, purchase a kit like this one on Amazon.
See how easy it is to get the look with this video from YouTube creator, Tulip Tie Dye.
2. Patriotic Clothespin Wreath
Proudly display the stars and stripes for all of your neighbors to see — and to welcome your visitors — with a patriotic clothespin wreath!
For this DIY, you’ll need:
- One 12-inch box wreath frame
- 64-100 clothespins
- Spray paint: red, white, and blue
- 10 wooden stars (various shapes)
- White craft paint
- Foam paint brushes
- Gloves (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- String or ribbon for hanging the finished wreath
Simply spray paint your clothespins, wreath frame, and wooden stars; then, clip the clothespins to the wreath and decorate! See the full step-by-step instructions at The Krazy Coupon Lady.
3. Ribbon Flag Wands
If you’re looking for a fun craft that will give the kids hours of fun, these ribbon flag wands from Ruffles and Rainboots are just for you!
All you need are:
- 12” Wooden dowels, 1/4-inch wide
- Craft paint: white and blue
- 1” Satin ribbon: red, white, and blue
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brush
4. Vintage-Inspired DIY Flag
This ribbon, lace, and fabric scrap flag from Craftiments is the perfect blend of patriotic and vintage! All you need are some scraps of fabric, lace, ribbon, ricrac and pom-pom fringe; plus a little creativity!
The best part is that this DIY can be customized to fit your supplies and personal taste!
If you’re looking for a great American Flag backdrop, check out these 5 DIY decorations for Your next patriotic party.
5. Star-Spangled Slime
This star-spangled slime from I Can Teach My Child is a wonderful sensory treat and science activity for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s only 3 ingredients!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Liquid starch
- Clear school glue
- Star confetti
Feel free to play around with the color of the slime and added materials, such as confetti and glitter! See the full tutorial on I Can Teach My Child.
6. Handprint American Flag
If you have toddlers and preschoolers at home, you know the bittersweet joy of looking back at their tiny hands and reminiscing. That’s why we love this kid-made handprint flag! All you’ll need are paint sticks, paint, scissors, and glue.
Get the tutorial from The Soccer Mom Blog:
7. 4th of July Sensory Bottles
Whether you call them “calm down jars,” “glitter jars,” or “sensory bottles,” these 4th of July sparkle bottles from Things to Share & Remember are perfect for the littlest patriots.
Just grab a jar or bottle, fill it with your liquid and choice materials, tape it shut, and voila! You have a fun, patriotic item your little ones will play with all day long! See the step-by-step instructions on her website.
How ever you decide to celebrate freedom this Independence Day, we hope you have fun doing these crafts with your little ones.