4th of July Craft Ideas
Here are some easy 4th of July Craft Ideas for kids that everyone will love!
4th of July Jewelry
Instructions for making 4th of July - red, white, and blue - jewelry using noodles.
2 Ziploc Baggies or Bowls
Note: Give yourself plenty of time for this craft! It can take hours for the noodles to reach the desired color, and it can take the macaroni up to 24 hours to dry. And... please do not do this craft without an adults help!
First we want to color the noodles red and blue (Save some noodles, we will use plain noodles for white!).
Use one baggie or bowl for red and one for blue. Place the desired number of noodles in the baggie or bowl. Pour on enough rubbing alcohol so all the noddles are covered. Add a generous amount of blue food coloring to one container of alcohol and noodles, and also add a generous amount of red food coloring to the other container of noodles. Put these aside and let them sit until they are the desired color (this can take hours - the longer they sit the brighter the colors).
Once the noodles have reached the desired color, remove them from the baggie or bowl and lay them in a single layer on paper towels to dry.
Once your noodles are dry, your are ready to create patriotic jewelry! Cut lengths of string for necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings - anything you want (cut a little extra for tying)! Start out by tying a noodle to the end of a piece of yarn to get you started, and then string the other noodles on. Be creative! Make different color patterns. Once you are done, tie the ends of the string together.
If you are really feeling creative, use acrylic paints and a paint brush to hand paint small designs on your noodles!
Patriotic Mail Box
Mailbox any size
Red, white and blue exterior paint for metal and brushes, or spray paint
Painters masking tape
Tracing paper / shelving plastic
Primer if the metal is unpainted
Mask the hardware on the box with tape. Sand the box lightly to accept the new paint, and dust of the residue. Brush on primer and paint, following manufacturer's instructions. Let dry with the door open. Paint the mailbox white, again letting it dry with the door open.
Draw and cut out a star pattern. Trace 6 stars onto the back of shelving plastic and cut them out.
Using the photo above as a guide, outline a 4" wide blue field on the side and top at the front end of the box with pencil and tape measure. Place painter's tape firmly along the outer edge of the line. Protect the rest of the box sides with taped down paper if using spray paint. Pell off the backing and stick the stars evenly spaced firmly on the blue field. Paint the door and field blue. Let the paint dry to the touch and remove the star masks. Then let the paint dry thoroughly.
Cut a piece of shelving plastic to fit over the remaining sides and top of the box. Working from the center out, draw evenly spaced wavy stripes on the back of the plastic. Cut out the stripes and stick them to the box; remove the ones to be painted red. cover up the blue field with tape and paper. Paint the stripes and the back of the box red. Let the paint dry, removing the masks as before.
Additional Resources For Arts and Crafts
Hands On Crafts For Kids - An amazing collection Crafts for kids. Over 100 Pages.
Makeit & Bakeit Glittering Frames - Fun to Make! Stained Glass Suncatchers add sparkle to window decorations. Great for room decorating or to give as gifts.
The Busy Moms Book Of Quick Crafts For Kids - Quick and easy crafts, including shaving cream sculptures, ghost-it-notes, and tin-punch laterns. Over 140 pages.