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4th of July Crafts: 5 Fun Patriotic Craft Ideas for Kids

Updated on August 25, 2012

4th of July Crafts for Kids

Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun patriotic craft ideas for kids!
Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun patriotic craft ideas for kids! | Source

Fun 4th of July Craft Ideas for Kids

With the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, celebrate Independence Day with your children by making some fun patriotic crafts. Your kids will love these easy to make art projects and will also learn a few fun facts along the way about this treasured American holiday. These educational craft ideas can also be used for other patriotic holidays including Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veteran's Day.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and have some family fun creating these patriotic works of art! Below you will find a list of supplies and step-by-step instructions to make 5 fun and educational crafts for the 4th of July.


How to Make a Paper Flag

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Our finished paper flag craft.Supplies to make a paper flag.Glue red stripes on white construction paper.Glue blue rectangle in upper left corner.Make 50 stars with silver glitter glue.Attach a wooden stick with tape to back of flag.My son proudly holding his flag.
Our finished paper flag craft.
Our finished paper flag craft. | Source
Supplies to make a paper flag.
Supplies to make a paper flag. | Source
Glue red stripes on white construction paper.
Glue red stripes on white construction paper. | Source
Glue blue rectangle in upper left corner.
Glue blue rectangle in upper left corner. | Source
Make 50 stars with silver glitter glue.
Make 50 stars with silver glitter glue. | Source
Attach a wooden stick with tape to back of flag.
Attach a wooden stick with tape to back of flag. | Source
My son proudly holding his flag.
My son proudly holding his flag. | Source

Flag Craft

A fun and easy craft to make on the 4th of July holiday is a homemade flag made out of construction paper. When making this project, discuss the history of the American flag with your kids. Be sure to point out that the current flag has a star for each of the 50 states and 13 red and white stripes for the original 13 colonies. Below is a list of supplies and directions for making our flag craft.

Supplies:

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper

  • Silver glitter glue

  • Scissors

  • White glue or glue stick

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Wooden stick

  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Cut a blue rectangle out of construction paper measuring 6x4 inches.
  2. Cut 7 red stripes out of construction paper measuring approximately 3/4 of an inch wide.
  3. On a white sheet of construction paper, use white glue or a glue stick to attach the 7 red stripes. Make sure the flag starts and ends with a red stripe.
  4. Glue the blue rectangle to the top left corner of the flag.
  5. Use silver glitter glue to make 50 stars on the blue rectangle.
  6. When the glitter glue is dry, attach a wooden stick to the back of the flag with tape.


How to Make Handprint Eagle

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Our finished handprint eagle craft.Supplies for the handprint eagle.Outline your child's handprints on a brown paper bag.Outline your child's footprint.Cut out prints with scissors.Attach handprints to back of footprint with glue stick.Cut out head shape from white construction paper and attach to top of footprint.Attach googly eyes, yellow beak, and yellow ovals to bottom of the eagle's legs.My son proudly displaying his handprint eagle.
Our finished handprint eagle craft.
Our finished handprint eagle craft. | Source
Supplies for the handprint eagle.
Supplies for the handprint eagle. | Source
Outline your child's handprints on a brown paper bag.
Outline your child's handprints on a brown paper bag. | Source
Outline your child's footprint.
Outline your child's footprint. | Source
Cut out prints with scissors.
Cut out prints with scissors. | Source
Attach handprints to back of footprint with glue stick.
Attach handprints to back of footprint with glue stick. | Source
Cut out head shape from white construction paper and attach to top of footprint.
Cut out head shape from white construction paper and attach to top of footprint. | Source
Attach googly eyes, yellow beak, and yellow ovals to bottom of the eagle's legs.
Attach googly eyes, yellow beak, and yellow ovals to bottom of the eagle's legs. | Source
My son proudly displaying his handprint eagle.
My son proudly displaying his handprint eagle. | Source

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Handprint Eagle Craft

Another fun patriotic craft for kids to make is a handprint eagle craft. This project is not only a treasure because of your child's hand and footprints, but it is also a great way to introduce your children to the bald eagle, the national bird symbol of the United States. Be sure to take the bald eagle fun facts quiz for more information on this fascinating bird. Below you will find of list of supplies and directions for creating a handprint eagle.

Supplies:

  • Brown paper bag (or construction paper)

  • White and yellow construction paper

  • Glue stick

  • Googly eyes

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. Outline and cut out your child's handprints and footprint on a brown paper bag or construction paper.

  2. Glue the handprints to the back of the footprint with the thumbs of the hand pointing down to act as the eagle's legs.

  3. Cut out the head shape from white construction paper and glue to the top of the footprint.

  4. Attach googly eyes and a yellow triangle from construction paper for the beak.

  5. Cut out two small ovals from yellow construction paper. Make little marks for the eagle's claws and glue to the bottom of the thumbs to finish the legs.


How to Make a Firecracker

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Our finished firecracker crafts.Paint outside of toilet paper rolls red.Spread out coffee filters on paper plates and paint them red and blue.My son working hard on his coffee filter.Cut slits into the outer edge of the coffee filter.Wrap up middle of coffee filter to resemble a firecracker.Glue 2 white strips of paper to top and bottom of toilet paper roll.Stuff coffee filters into top of toilet paper roll.Attach a wooden stick to inside of toilet paper roll with tape (optional).My boys proudly displaying their firecrackers.
Our finished firecracker crafts.
Our finished firecracker crafts. | Source
Paint outside of toilet paper rolls red.
Paint outside of toilet paper rolls red. | Source
Spread out coffee filters on paper plates and paint them red and blue.
Spread out coffee filters on paper plates and paint them red and blue. | Source
My son working hard on his coffee filter.
My son working hard on his coffee filter. | Source
Cut slits into the outer edge of the coffee filter.
Cut slits into the outer edge of the coffee filter. | Source
Wrap up middle of coffee filter to resemble a firecracker.
Wrap up middle of coffee filter to resemble a firecracker. | Source
Glue 2 white strips of paper to top and bottom of toilet paper roll.
Glue 2 white strips of paper to top and bottom of toilet paper roll. | Source
Stuff coffee filters into top of toilet paper roll.
Stuff coffee filters into top of toilet paper roll. | Source
Attach a wooden stick to inside of toilet paper roll with tape (optional).
Attach a wooden stick to inside of toilet paper roll with tape (optional). | Source
My boys proudly displaying their firecrackers.
My boys proudly displaying their firecrackers. | Source

Fun Patriotic Video for Kids

Firecracker Craft

One of my kids' favorite art projects for the 4th of July is the firecracker craft. Since my boys are not old enough to shoot fireworks yet, they have lots of fun pretending to light up the sky with their pretend firecrackers. While creating this craft idea, be sure to take the time to discuss the importance of firework safety with your children. Here are the supplies you will need and step-by-step directions for making this project.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Coffee filter
  • Red and blue paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • White construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Wooden stick (optional)

Directions:

  1. Paint the outside of the toilet paper roll red and set aside to completely dry.
  2. Spread out a coffee filter on a paper plate. Use both red and blue paint to cover the entire filter.
  3. Allow time for the filter to dry or use a hair dryer on the low setting to speed up the drying process.
  4. Cut slits into the outer edge of the coffee filter. Take the middle of the filter and scrunch it up to look like a firecracker.
  5. Stuff the middle of the coffee filter down into the red toilet paper roll. If desired, use glue or tape to secure the filter inside the toilet paper roll.
  6. Cut 2 white strips from construction paper and glue to the top and bottom of the toilet paper roll.
  7. If desired, use tape to attach a wooden stick to the inside of the toilet paper roll to finish your firecracker.


How to Make a Patriotic Hat

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Our finished patriotic hat craft.Supplies to make a patriotic hat.Cut out inside circle of paper plate.Use glue to attach bowl to ring of paper plate.Glue on white circle and blue star to top of bowl.Use stars, stripes, and letters to decorate your patriotic hat.Punch out 2 holes on each side of hat and tie yarn through holes.My boys showing off their patriotic hats.
Our finished patriotic hat craft.
Our finished patriotic hat craft. | Source
Supplies to make a patriotic hat.
Supplies to make a patriotic hat. | Source
Cut out inside circle of paper plate.
Cut out inside circle of paper plate. | Source
Use glue to attach bowl to ring of paper plate.
Use glue to attach bowl to ring of paper plate. | Source
Glue on white circle and blue star to top of bowl.
Glue on white circle and blue star to top of bowl. | Source
Use stars, stripes, and letters to decorate your patriotic hat.
Use stars, stripes, and letters to decorate your patriotic hat. | Source
Punch out 2 holes on each side of hat and tie yarn through holes.
Punch out 2 holes on each side of hat and tie yarn through holes. | Source
My boys showing off their patriotic hats.
My boys showing off their patriotic hats. | Source

Did You Know?

Uncle Sam was an image created by cartoonist, Thomas Nast, used in recruiting posters by the U.S. Army during World War I. This historical image is thought to be first used in the late 1860s or early part of the 1870's.

Patriotic Hat Craft

There is no better way to show your American spirit than with the patriotic hat craft. Let your kids design their own red, white, and blue hat with foam letters, stars, and stripes. You can also mention the American icon, Uncle Sam, and discuss his importance in our country's history.

For this project, we used a red plastic bowl for the top of our hat, but feel free to use a white or blue bowl and adjust the colors of construction paper accordingly. Here is a list of supplies and directions for creating our patriotic hat craft.

Supplies:

  • Paper plate

  • Plastic bowl

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper

  • Foam letters (optional)

  • White glue

  • Scissors

  • String or yarn

  • Hole puncher

Directions:

  1. Punch a hole in the middle of the paper plate. Cut out the inside of the plate leaving the outer edge.
  2. Use white glue to attach the plastic bowl to the outer edge of the plate and let dry.
  3. Cut out a large blue star and white circle for the top part of the plastic bowl. Use white glue to attach these cutouts.
  4. Cut out and glue smaller blue stars and white stripes to the rest of the hat. You can also use foam letters or construction paper to spell out USA if desired.
  5. Use a hole puncher to punch 2 holes in the outer edge of the plate. Tie a piece of string or yarn through the holes to finish your patriotic hat.


How to Make a USA Collage

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Our finished USA collage craft.Supplies to make a USA collage.Use glue to attach paper strips to inside of letter outline.My boys working hard to finish their collage.My boys displaying their USA collage.
Our finished USA collage craft.
Our finished USA collage craft. | Source
Supplies to make a USA collage.
Supplies to make a USA collage. | Source
Use glue to attach paper strips to inside of letter outline.
Use glue to attach paper strips to inside of letter outline. | Source
My boys working hard to finish their collage.
My boys working hard to finish their collage. | Source
My boys displaying their USA collage.
My boys displaying their USA collage. | Source

More Fun Collage Ideas

Fun Collage Suggestions
Use red, white, and blue candy.
Tint pasta red and blue with food coloring.
Cut out red and blue pictures from magazines.
Glue down balls of red and blue tissue paper.
Use festive patriotic wrapping paper.
Use festive patriotic scrapbook paper.
Use red, white, and blue star stickers.

USA Collage Craft

Our final patriotic craft idea is the USA collage craft. This project is super easy to make and a great craft for little ones to create. We used leftover red, white, and blue construction paper from our above crafts, but feel free to let your child get creative and add other objects or types of paper to fill the inside of the letters. For more fun collage ideas, refer to the table to the right. Below you will find the supplies needed and directions to follow for making your collage.

Supplies:

  • White cardstock paper

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper

  • White glue or glue stick

  • Glitter glue (optional)

  • Tape

  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. To create our collage, I taped 2 pieces of white cardstock paper together. I lightly sketched out the letters "USA" with a pencil.
  2. For the blue border, I taped 2 pieces of blue construction paper to the back of the cardstock paper.
  3. Cut construction paper into small squares or other shapes to fill the inside of the stenciled letters.
  4. Use white glue or a glue stick to attach the pieces of paper (or other objects) to your collage.
  5. Allow time for glue to dry. If desired, add glitter glue to outside of letters for additional decoration.


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Fun and Educational Patriotic Crafts for Kids

The above patriotic crafts are a fun way for children to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. When adding in the discussions on the history and background of our great nation, these projects can also be quite educational for our kids.

Be sure to remember these craft ideas for other patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veteran's Day. These projects are great tools for teaching and entertaining our kids on all of these very special American holidays.

I hope you have found some fun and easy craft ideas for the 4th of July holiday. If you have any questions or comments about any of these projects, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Happy 4th of July everyone!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I absolutely love the hats! I can see how these craft ideas would make for a fun 4th celebration. Another hub filled with great advice. Voted up.

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      PartyPail 5 years ago from www.partypail.com

      Sounds like your boys have fun using their imaginations with the firecracker craft. So simple and yet so much fun! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is so cool! The photos are great - I love the ideas you presented here - sharing!!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks teaches12345! The hats were fun to make. I wish I had two oats containers to make the big Uncle Sam hats but the bowls turned out cute too. Appreciate you stopping by, for the vote up, and for your sweet comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi partypail! The firecracker craft entertained my boys for awhile. Unfortunately they no longer look as cute as they did in that picture. Lol :) Thanks so much for your visit and for the kind comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Marcy! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the ideas and pictures. We definitely had a fun filled day. Thanks so much for your visit and for sharing!

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      wynnestudios 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Such cute ideas! My 4 year old girls will love these projects. Thank you.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi Alissaroberts! This is a fantastic hub! I especially like the Eagle craft! Also the school house rock video brought back many memories for me! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much wynnestudios! I hope your girls enjoy them as much as my boys did! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Kelley! I love the Eagle craft too - of course I love any craft with my kids' handprints :) And I thought the same thing about the school house rock video - talk about a blast from the past! Appreciate you stopping by, for the votes, and for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Love these craft ideas! So festive and my kids would love to do these. Thanks for sharing!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much HawaiiHeart! Hope your kids enjoy the crafts! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Soooo fun! I can't wait to make some of these with my kiddos! My son's birthday is on 4th of July so I know that he will think that these are just for him. :) Sharing this great hub.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh I love it - a 4th of July baby! Hope he has the best birthday and has lots of fun making these crafts :) Thanks so much Cara for stopping by and for sharing!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Such fun stuff for kids to do over the 4th of July. They would also be great for Flag Day, June 14th. Kids will have a great time with these craft projects.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi RTalloni! Flag Day would be another great holiday for kids to make these crafts. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comments!

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      My four year old grandson and I are going to have fun making the fire crackers and USA poster. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of making the Eagle too. Great ideas!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Green Art! Hope your grandson enjoys the crafts as much as my boys did! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      blessedmombygrace 3 years ago

      Love the eagle handprint craft. I pinned it too.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks for pinning this one blessedmombygrace! Hope you had a very happy 4th!

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      Thelma Alberts 23 months ago from Germany

      Those are cool DIYs. Very creative. Happy 4th of July! Congrats on the HOTD!

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great and creative ideas for kids. Kids can learn a lot through such DIY craft ideas. Voted up.

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      mikeydcarroll67 23 months ago

      I love these ideas!

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Congrats on HOTD, Alissa! Lovely crafty ideas here for the 4th of July. Love it and voted up for awesome!

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day award for this fun line up of kids' patriotic crafts!

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      Kimberley Clarke 23 months ago from England

      Marvellous! Happy 4th July :)

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      Nancy Mitchell 23 months ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for sharing these fun patriotic projects!

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on HOTD. These are fun crafts to make with the kids. I especially like the eagle.

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