Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun and easy patriotic crafts for kids. These are the best kind because you won’t need to run out to the store and purchase new materials. These projects use upcycled supplies, so you can feel confident letting your kids create, knowing that they’re having fun plus you’re reusing stuff that otherwise might be thrown away.
Patriotic Rag Wreath
If you need a new wreath for your front door, grab the fabric scraps and show your kids how to make a rag wreath! This patriotic version uses red, white, and blue-themed fabrics for a fun flair. You can pull this wreath out for Memorial Day and Labor Day as well.
Here’s what you need – and the supplies can be upcycled:
- wire wreath
- wooden star
- paint & paint brushes
The only skills necessary to create a rag wreath are cutting and tying knots! So even your younger kids can help with this fun craft project.
Check out these other craft ideas:
- Easy Kids Crafts for Memorial Day
- 4th of July Printables and Crafts for Preschoolers
- FREE Template for Making Pinwheels at Home
Tape-Resist American Flag
Here’s a fun patriotic craft for your little ones – a Tape-Resist American Flag. Make several to take to your 4th of July parade, or use them for decor for your patriotic picnic. Painter’s tape provides the secret to helping your younger kids create straight lines when painting their American flag.
Check your craft stash for these materials:
- construction paper
- paint sticks
- red paint
- masking or painter’s tape
- star foil stickers
Burlap American Flags
Another take on the American flag for your slightly older kids is to create a rustic one out of burlap. You can attach your American flags to wooden dowels, or string a bunch together for a fun patriotic garland.
Here’s all you need:
- wood dowel
- hot glue / hot glue gun
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
Festive Confetti Votive
Your kids will love making these Festive Confetti Votives for your 4th of July gathering or your next family birthday party! You only need jars, a small bowl, foam brush, Mod Podge and confetti to make this super cute patriotic craft. Best of all, you can recycle glass jars to create this upcycled project.
Candles and votives make a great addition to parties anytime in the year! Here are some other candle crafts to try with your kids.
- Transform Cheap Candles with These 15 Stunning Ideas
- How to Reuse Old Candle Wax to Make New Candles
- Scented Gifts Your Kids Can Make
Pull-String Rocket Pinata
Finally, enlist your kids to help create this fun Pull-String Rocket Piñata for the 4th! You can upcycle paper tubes to create this craft and use it over and over again. The kids will have a blast creating it and using it.
Here’s what you need:
- paper tubes
- tissue paper
- pom poms
- construction paper
- hole punch
Once your kids decorate the paper tubes and create a pull tab for the bottom of the rocket, they can fill their piñata with candy, confetti, or pom poms. The Pull-String Rocket Piñata craft adds a fun addition to your patriotic celebration.
Paper tubes are a fabulous recyclable craft supply. Here are more educational and crafty ideas to try that use paper tubes:
- Stargazing Paper Tube Telescope with FREE Printables
- Preschool Craft Series: Toilet Paper Rolls
- Paper Roll Dragon Craft
Find more craft ideas at KiwiCo for every holiday and season of the year! From quick and easy crafts, to kitchen science, or even recycled creations, you’ll find a ton of ideas to inspire your kids this summer.
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