4th of July Crafts for Kids
These Independence Day crafts for kids use things you likely have on hand like paint chips, rocks, toilet paper tubes, and doilies.
Use paint chips, construction paper, or even magazines to turn a poster board into a United States of America flag! Not only is this a fun craft for a group of kids, but it doubles as a decoration.
2. Firecracker craft
Turn a spent toilet paper tube into a patriotic craft with a pair of scissors and paint. Best part? You can make firework paintings anytime of the year!
3. Patriotic rock painting
Use red, white, and blue paint to turn rocks (or sticks) into patriotic masterpieces. Preschoolers will love painting and then hiding the rocks in parks for others to find!
4. Doily fireworks
Use paper doilies as stencils to make fireworks on white paper. If the doilies have blank centers like ours did, consider using the other end of the paintbrush to make dots and lines to fill the center of the fireworks. (Here’s a great deal on paper doilies!)
5. Paper chain flag
This is a great group craft, and all you need is construction paper and a stapler! Make a large paper chain flag to use as a decoration for the 4th of July. See all of the paper chain details at The Fine Art of Motherhood.
Use this simple tutorial to teach kids how to draw fireworks. This easy art project can be used year round, but is extra special on Indepence Day!
4th of July crafts to wear
Fair warning, there is a lot of tie dye on this list, but that’s because tie dye is fun and kids love it! Plus a red, white, and blue tie dye t-shirt comes in handy for all of the patriotic holidays including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.
Did you know you can transfer any drawing from sandpaper to a cotton t-shirt with an iron? Who knew?!
8. Tie dye t-shirts
We love to tie dye! We made these patriotic t-shirts to wear for 4th of July using this Tulip tie dye kit. I love that the kit comes with dye already in the easy squeeze bottles and all you need is water to activate. The tie dye kit comes with everything you need except the cotton t-shirts. Another fun idea: Tie dye white cotton towels for the pool and beach all summer long!
Did you know you can tie dye your nails? For a patriotic look simply use red, white and blue nail polish! Find the easy DIY tie dye nail tutorial at C.R.A.F.T.
10. DIY Painted flag shorts
Turn a pair of blue jean shorts into a fun patriotic craft with paint and a start stencil or star stickers. Find the full tutorial at Popcosmo.
11. Tie dye flag towels
There’s a lot of tie dye on this list, but that’s because tie dye is fun! The trick the American flag towels is 100% cotton towels and the right folding technique. Consider doing a flag tie dye on other fabric items. Check out Live Free Creative for the details.
As a bonus, here are 3 free 4th of July printables!
What is your favorite Fourth of July craft idea from the list? I’d love to hear…