21 Festive Fourth of July Crafts to Make

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Cue the fireworks—it’s the season for red, white and blue! Get into the patriotic spirit by making a cool craft with your kids. We’ve gathered up a bunch of easy, festive Fourth of July crafts that will give your Independence Day a little extra oomph. They’re super simple and you probably have a lot of stuff on hand already. From DIY noisemakers to star-spangled slime, and even easy Fourth of July decorations, scroll down to see them all!

Fourth of July Painted Rocks

 A sweet and simple way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Kids can paint them in advance and hide them around your neighborhood for their friends to find. 

 

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Fourth of July Popsicle Stick Garland

Check out the quick video above and add this to your list of easy Fourth of July crafts. 

Fourth of July Rings

Another easy and fun project to add to your list of Fourth of July crafts for kids! 

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Paper Plate Purses

Your kids will be the most fashionable ones at the Fourth of July Parade with these simple paper plate purses from Pink Stripey Socks

Firework Painting

Your kids will love the creative freedom of this Fourth of July craft! They can use the Q-tip to make fireworks with dots, lines, swirls, or anything they come up with.

Fourth of July Fireworks Craft

This simple firework craft is one of our favorite Fourth of July crafts. It requires almost zero skills, takes little time and is always fun for kids. 

Coffee Filter Fireworks

This coffee filter craft is a simple and fun Fourth of July craft for your kids! Simply have them draw their firework design on the coffee filter, cut the edges and spritz with water.

Rocket Launchers

Gather up cups and rubber bands and in minutes you’ll be watching a fire-free backyard rocket-launch contest. We love that this Fourth of July craft is an interactive, fun activity that you can do before darkness falls. Check out the easy-peasy way to make your own rocket launchers at KiwiCo’s blog.

 

Lollipop Topiary

Expecting a crowd this Fourth of July? This delicious lollipop topiary dreamed up by Gluesticks is an easy, kid-friendly centerpiece sure to make any party pop. Gather up red and blue lollipops, and get your kids ready to craft by following the directions at Gluesticks. Don’t be surprised if they sample a few of the supplies as they work!

 

Firework Prints

For some messy fun, try this cool Fourth of July craft from I Can Teach My Child. Grab some shaving cream, paint and a sheet pan and head outside to make these colorful fireworks.

Patriotic Paper Chain

We love this paper chain from A Pumpkin and a Princess because it’s so easy to make with the little ones. Drape this Fourth of July craft over your mantle or table for an extra festive touch.

Fourth of July Hat

Ah, the wonders of duct tape! Skip the paint and instead, glue and tape your way to an adorable red, white and blue accessory by following this simple tutorial by blogger Caroline Armelle Drake. You’ll love that it’s easy to make and it only takes a few odds and ends that you probably already have around the house. Hats off to the most adorable Uncle Sam lookalikes we know!

Firecracker Noisemakers

Let freedom ring with these firecracker noisemakers. The project comes together in less than five minutes and is sure to have your whole crew celebrating in style. Grab a metal can, wrap it in a patriotic pattern from Paging Supermom, then get ready for serious noise. 

Patriotic Slime

Get inspired by Simple Play Ideas to make your own festive slime. Along with the red and blue food coloring, adding glitter to the mix makes it extra special.

Statue of Liberty Accessories

America’s gal comes to life with this patriotic Fourth of July craft from Buggy and Buddy. Drama kings and queens will love getting the chance to dress up as the Statue of Liberty and parade around with a crown and torch. 

4th of July in a Jar

Capture the spirit of Independence Day in a jar with this whimsical no-fire fireworks craft from 504 Main. It reminds us of a patriotic snow globe! 

Flags for the 4th

This fun, Fourth of July craft from Make and Takes will have everyone begging to sit at the kids' table. Leftover paper plates make the perfect canvas for this after-dinner activity. 

Red, White and Can

Forgo the craft store and instead scavenge materials for this eco-friendly project directly from your recycling bin. Using basic tools and a little craft paint, Carissa at Creative Green Living transformed everyday tin cans into a festive and functional wind chime for the backyard.

Spectacular Star

Maria of Kinder Craze created this awesome project to get her kindergarten class into the stars-and-stripes spirit. Your kids will love layering the red, white and blue tissue paper to create their very own “stained glass” window, and this colorful Fourth of July craft doubles as great window décor for your celebration. 

Spark-less Sparkler

While the ’80s kid in us still mourns for real deal sparklers (the fiery kind), the 21st-century parent in us is totally relieved that it’s no longer acceptable to send your kids out with fire sticks. That said, we’re thrilled to get our sparkler fix with a super cool craft like this spark-less sparkler from Merriment Design. Break out the chopsticks, ribbon and party garland, then craft your way to the coolest, safest sparkler around. 

Super Cute Centerpieces

We love a craft that does double-duty, and these cute cupcake liner flowers from Fireflies and Mudpies do just that. They would make a really fun centerpiece for any backyard BBQ, and the kids will love that their Fourth of July crafts are taking center stage. 

— Taylor Clifton, Aimee Della Bitta & Lauren Hill

 

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