Fourth of July crafts

Celebrate American freedom with patriotic and summer-inspired crafts that the whole family can enjoy.

 
 
 
 

Celebrate July 4 with patriotic paper lanterns

This month's craft will really get you and the kids in the mood for a great Independence Day.
 
 

How to make fireworks in a jar

July is all about fireworks. Some kids love the colorful and loud explosions in the sky around the Fourth of July weekend. Other kiddos aren't so sure about this noisy annual tradition.

Regardless of whether or not your kids are fans of the real thing, you can work together to re-create the bursts of cascading color we see with fireworks displays by using a few basic ingredients you likely already have in your cabinets.

 
 

How to make beautiful paper pinwheels

Pinwheels are a welcome part of many different summer celebrations. Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos.

The construction paper you have around the house just won't cut it for this particular project. Instead, visit the scrapbooking paper section at your local craft store and choose some vibrant, colorful prints to use for your pinwheels. Specialty paper stores like The Paper Source also offer a nice selection of Japanese-style decorative paper.

 
 
 
 

Happy Pin-dependence Day!

Samantha Schultz has the inspiration you need to make this Fourth of July really light up the day and night.
 
 
 







 
 
 
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