5 Fun and Easy Upcycled Patriotic Crafts for Kids

June 24, 2021

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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.

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Patriotic Rag Wreath

1) 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.

rag wreath

Here’s what you need – and the supplies can be upcycled:

  • fabric
  • wire wreath
  • scissors
  • wooden star
  • paint & paint brushes
  • ribbon
  • glue

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.

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Tape-Resist American Flag

2) 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.

tape resist American flag

Check your craft stash for these materials:

  • construction paper
  • paint sticks
  • red paint
  • paintbrushes
  • masking or painter’s tape
  • star foil stickers
  • glue
  • scissors

Burlap American Flags

3. 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.

American flag popsicle stick craft

Here’s all you need:

  • burlap
  • wooden dowel
  • hot glue/hot glue gun
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • scissors

Festive Confetti Votive

4. Festive Confetti Votives – 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.

glitter jar

Candles and votives make a great addition to parties anytime in the year! Here are some other candle crafts to try with your kids.

Pull-String Rocket Pinata

5. Pull-String Rocket Piñata – 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.

patriotic firework craft for kids

Here’s what you need:

  • paper tubes
  • tissue paper
  • pom poms
  • string
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • beads
  • toothpicks
  • 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:

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Mega 4th of July Activity Pack

Are you looking for fun 4th of July activities this holiday or to supplement a patriotic unit study in school?  Then this 57-page mega pack is sure to give you lots of options including a patriotic eyeglasses coloring craft.


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