Keeping your kids entertained all summer long can be difficult. I’m not usually a crafty person, but on a hot summer day, sometimes I just let my kids go for it for the sake of staying inside and out of the sun. These 4th of July crafts for kids are a fun way to beat the heat, keep your kids occupied, and celebrate America’s birthday in one fell swoop.
Some crafts like wreaths, candle holders, and garland can add a pop of color and a burst of patriotic flair to your home. This is especially fun if you plan to host guests for an Independence Day get-together like a barbecue or pool party. (Because we
finally can!) One craft in particular — recycled table lanterns with glow sticks inside — can even be used to illuminate your outdoor space in all of its red, white, and blue glory.
From tie-dyed tees to parade wands, there are also plenty of crafts on this list that your kids can use to celebrate the holiday with a flourish of stars and stripes. Let your child’s creative juices flow with an array of red, white, and blue crafts that look almost as sparkly as the 4th of July fireworks themselves.
1 Recycled Table Lanterns
Do you need a DIY centerpiece for your 4th of July bash? These red and blue
recycled table lanterns from Creative Green Living are simple enough to make that your kids can actually do this project without much help at all. Plus, who doesn’t love playing with glow sticks on a balmy summer night? 2 Pom Pom Wreath
Grab some metallic pom poms, a wire wreath, and help your kids craft this
4th of July wreath from DIY Candy. It stands to reason that your kids probably don’t usually care much about what hangs on your front door, but if they have a hand in making a festive wreath like this one, they may just feel differently. 3 Blow Paint Firework Crowns
How cute are these blow paint firework crowns from Handmade Charlotte? They look super festive, are easy for your kids to make (though they may need help cutting out the crown shape and hot gluing the ends), and the craft activity will keep your kids entertained indoors on a hot summer day.
4 Tie-Dye Tees
Wearable crafts like bracelets and necklaces are always favorites around our house because my kids love to show off what they make. Red, white, and blue
4th of July tie-dye tees are the perfect way for kids to wear their creations out and about. Plus, this tutorial from Lovely Indeed is easy to follow. 5 Cardboard Hats
Can you just imagine how cute your kids will look wearing their
DIY cardboard hats to a 4th of July parade? This craft tutorial from the blog Pink Stripey Socks shows you step by step how to create red, white, and blue mini hats and attach them to a headband for your kiddos. 6 Felt Star Magnets
If your fridge could use a 4th of July makeover, this
smiling star magnet craft from Handmade Charlotte can add the perfect festive touch. Made from red, white, and blue felt, magnets, and some string, this craft also gives your kids a chance to practice their sewing skills to close the star’s edges together. 7 Candy Poppers
Real fireworks are fun and all, but they’re also super loud and there’s usually not candy involved. Follow the tutorial from the blog This Grandma Is Fun to make these
firework-shaped candy poppers with your kids this 4th of July. 8 Beaded Drink Covers
To keep pesky bugs out of your drinks while you’re outside to watch fireworks light up the sky on July 4th, you and your kids can make these
beaded drink covers from DIY Candy. Your kids will likely need a bit of help arranging the Perler beads into their desired pattern and ironing them into place, but once they’re set, the result is so pretty and patriotic. 9 Votive Candle Holders
With some wax paper, tissue paper, and a bit of ModPodge, you and your kids can create these patriotic
votive candle holders to celebrate the 4th of July. The step-by-step tutorial from the ModPoge Rocks blog shows you exactly how to make this fun craft. Set them up indoors or out to brighten up your Independence Day celebration. 10 Parade Wands
If your family is heading to a parade to celebrate Independence Day this year, these
parade wands from the blog Girl Loves Glam are a fun craft to try. Your kids will look adorable waving these red, white, and blue stars around town this 4th of July holiday. 11 Hanging Lanterns
hanging lantern craft from Handmade Charlotte is made from recycled plastic bottles, paint, and yarn. You can also add pretty trim to each of the lanterns with hot glue to jazz them up a bit. Though they don’t light up like a traditional lantern, they’ll look super pretty hanging around your home this 4th of July. 12 Glitter Tape Flag
flag craft from the No. 2 Pencil blog takes the flag-waving fun of the 4th of July to a whole new level. The craft uses glittery tape to create a flag motif on a wood slice, both of which you can easily find at most craft stores. Simply cut the glitter tape to the desired length and arrange in a flag pattern. 13 Duct Tape Wreath
Another fun wreath to make with kids this 4th of July is this
red, white, and blue duct tape wreath from DIY Candy. Your kids could even hang this easy-to-make patriotic wreath right on their own bedroom door to celebrate the holiday. 14 Ribbon Wand
Instead of just waving their hands wildly as parade floats pass by, your kids can make their own red, white, and blue
ribbon wands to celebrate July 4th. This super simple craft from This Grandma Is Fun is easy to customize with whatever ribbon you have at home. 15 Paper Plate Purse
These patriotic paper plate purses from Handmade Charlotte are such a creative way to help kids celebrate the 4th of July this year. If your kids aren’t into “purses” you could just call it a bag, or use it as a hanging decoration. Honestly though, I kind of want to tote around one of these red, white, and blue masterpieces myself.