Easy 4th Of July Crafts For Kids

Making homemade decorations for holidays is something I love doing with the kids. We sat outside the other day in the shade of our front porch and crafted. Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring our crafting time and this post.

I wanted to share a couple of easy 4th of July decorations that we made. Both can be created in less than an hour. The best part is that they can be made with materials you probably already have around your house. The first decoration the boys and I made was a paper chain and the second craft was flag windsocks.

Materials needed:

  • Construction paper – red, white and blue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn/String
  • Crepe paper – red and white
  • Chalk
  • Hole puncher (optional)

Directions to make the paper chain:

1) Cut some of the construction paper into strips

2) Take one paper strip and make it into a loop and tape the two ends together

3) Take the 2nd strip of paper and put it through the first one. Make a loop and tape the two ends of that 2nd strip making a chain with the two pieces

4) Continue until your chain is the length you’d like it to be

Directions to make the flag windsock:

1) Use the chalk to draw stars on one side of your blue construction paper

2) Roll the piece of paper into a cylinder and tape together

3) Cut pieces of crepe paper into strips about 20 inches long

4) Tape one end of the crepe paper onto the inside bottom of the cylinder, letting the other end hang down. Repeat until you have paper hanging all around the bottom

5) Poke two holes in the top of the cylinder on opposite sides (using a hole punch or your scissors)

6) Put string or yarn in holes and attach to windsock so you can hang your windsock

With these hot days we have been having, it’s important to stay hydrated. We love to drink Tampico Tropical Punch while we are outside crafting. I add little fun straws to their cups for a festive feel.

What fun crafts do you like to make with your kids?

4th of July Treat: Sweet & Salty Sparklers

Looking for a Fourth of July treat that is festive and everyone will enjoy? Family Fun magazine shared these sweet and salty “sparklers” with me and I just had to share them with you all! Layered with white chocolate and studded with sprinkles and M&M’s, these pretzel treats add flare to any party spread.

Directions: Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a medium, heat-safe bowl according to the package directions. Use a spoon to drizzle 1pretzel rod at a time with chocolate (you’ll have enough chocolate to make a dozen), then lay the rod on the prepared sheet and scatter it with red and blue sprinkles and M&M’s. Chill the pretzels in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.

4th of July 2013

We spent the morning at a McDonald’s play place so the boys could play while I caught up on some work.  After a nap {for everyone!}, the late afternoon was spent outside in our backyard. It was a little chilly but the boys had fun on the slip n’ slide. Once Sinisa got home he grilled some steak for fajitas and after a delicious dinner we headed over to our Church for their 4th of July event. They had music playing, food, and glow in the dark fun for the kids. At 9:30 we watched the fireworks set to music. It was a nice evening. Here are a few of my favorite pictures :)

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How did your family celebrate the 4th of July? I’d love to hear from you :)

Have A Red, White & Cool 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! Hope you all have a red, white, and cool 4th of July :)

Looking for some 4th of July ideas? Here are some of my favorite roundups!

4th of July Breakfasts

4th of July Treats and Desserts

4th of July Decorations

4th of July Crafts for Kids

Fourth of July Breakfast Ideas

Make 4th of July extra special with a patriotic breakfast!
{Click on the pictures to be taken to the sites they are from}

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4th of July Toddler Sized Sundaes

Red, white, and blueberry sundae featuring Hershey's strawberry syrup

I recently worked with Hershey’s (yes, THAT Hershey’s) on their Summer Celebrations Campaign. I was asked to visit Walmart, take a look at their Hershey’s product selection, create a yummy 4th of July themed snack, and then share my experience on Whrrl. Here is my story on how to make a 4th of July toddler sized sundae. Jacob had a great time and I really hope your child will enjoy making these sundaes, too!

(Disclosure: I was compensated for my purchase and time by Collective Bias on behalf of Hershey’s.)