Here are a few quick craft ideas for your 4th of July. I find Independence Day crafting much more fun than our usual crafty flops because as long as you use red, white, and blue it looks festive. Plus, there is no easier design motif than fireworks.
The picture below is made with coffee filters. I got the idea from the very cool blog, No Time for Flashcards. They used cupcake liners. We used coffee filters because I have this giant pack of filters, and our coffee maker doesn’t use them, so I’m constantly trying to convince the boys to make art with them.
Now, my idea was to paint them red or blue first, and then cut a little fringe and add glitter. As you can see, both the boys had their own ideas. I think my older son’s turned out pretty cool. I like how the smaller, glitter fireworks add dimension.
We were having so much fun with the coffee filters we went ahead and stuck some doo-dads on them and threaded them on pipe cleaners to make firework flowers. I think in the hands of an artsy person, this idea has some potential.
You can also use your pipe cleaner to make a fireworks “stamp.” We tried this one year to make these firework t-shirts from Family Fun magazine. If you’re at work, I should warn you that the link plays a loud ad for CarsII first. As you can see, ours were a hot mess. Check out the backwards s! Again, though, everyone got the idea that it was supposed to be fireworks, and the boys were super proud of them. Did they cost three times as much as a 4th of July t-shirt from Old Navy? You bet.
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