Last-Minute 4th of July Crafts

easy crafts for the 4th of july! love this list!I have been busy pinning lots of fun 4th of July crafts, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten with this upcoming holiday.

We haven’t been doing much crafting lately because our house is in a bit of disarray due to water damage which led to mold which led to the ripping out of the entire left side of our kitchen.

We’re waiting on insurance to come through for us to see if we can afford to replace the cabinets and walls, so in the mean time I am getting plenty of comfort from this verse from Psalm 16:5,

“You, Lord, are all I have and you give me all I need.  My future is in your hands.”

:-)

For those of you who have homes in tact and are looking for a few simple ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday, here are my top easiest and cutest picks from Pinterest…4th of july 3Without our cabinets, we have been using a lot of plastic utensils to keep from running back and forth to the utensil drawer (currently located in the living room). :-)

So these Fork Fireworks from A Thrifty Mom are perfect.

4th of july 5The traditional Popsicle Stick American Flag from Crunchy Frugalista is always fun to make.

4th of july 4I absolutely LOVE this 3-ingredient Star-Spangled Slime from I Can Teach My Child.

4th of july 6Here is an easy Tape-Resist American Flag from Loving My Nest.

4th of july 2Another firework craft – this time painting with toilet paper rolls – from Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails.

windsockThese Patriotic Windsocks from Preschool Alphabet are adorable and a snap to assemble (brilliant use of a plastic sheet protector).

firework ringsFantastic Fun and Learning has these super simple and stylish Pipe Cleaner Firework Rings.

4th of july 1And, finally, print out this fabulous ‘Don’t Eat Uncle Sam’ game board from My Sister’s Suitcase and play it after grilling out on the 4th.

I will pray that you have fun with your families this weekend celebrating the blessings of our freedom – both in this country and the unfailing freedom that comes from knowing Jesus.

The Happy Buddy is turning 5 tomorrow and we got him a few new toys to free him from constantly pretend playing that the little play kitchen in his bedroom has mold (brown construction paper bits) in its cabinets.

:-)

Happy Last-Minute 4th of July Craft-ing!

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free, indeed.” John 8:36 (ESV)

The Bald Eagle

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be the turkey???

Boy, am I glad we ended up with the bald eagle.

Bald Eagles are pretty awesome.  And pretty inspiring, too!

The only thing I find inspiring about the turkey is that it makes me hungry. :-)

Check out these simple Bald Eagle Crafts you can do this week in celebration of our country’s birthday.

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What a festive shirt for the 4th using your Happy Buddy’s hand prints!  Check out the instructions at Family Fun.

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I Heart Crafty Things shows you how to create this easy peasy Feathery Bird.

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I like how these Construction Paper Eagles turned out from Mrs. Jump’s Class.

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Learn Create Love has this cute Toilet Paper Roll Hand Print Eagle.

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You can make a funny Bald Eagle Balloon over at The Crafty Classroom.

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These Edible Eagles from Noble Pig are what prompted me to do this post in the first place!

Aren’t they so clever?!  And really simple to put together.

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Finally, it’s no wonder the bald eagle is not only our national bird, but also God Himself recognizes it a few times throughout Scripture.

After all, the eagle is a bird who, instead of ducking for cover in a storm, starts flying above the clouds.

Happy Eagle Craft-ing! :-)

And the Rocket’s Red Glare…

Francis Scott Key penned the words to The Star Spangled Banner while witnessing an American flag flying proudly in the midst of firey explosions during the War of 1812.

I thought a little round-up of rocket-inspired crafts would be fun to enjoy as you and your Happy Home prepare for the 4th of July.

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I am totally digging the metallic filler stuff bursting out of the back of this happy little rocket from Bic Mark-it.

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Use up some of your recycled toilet paper rolls with these cheerfully painted rockets from Preschool Crafts for Kids.

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Or how about this fun treat-filled version of the toilet paper roll rocket from Martha Stewart?

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Tatertots and Jello crafted this awesome Red Hots and Blue Rocket Wreath for just $4!

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These cool rockets blast from I Gotta Create and are made using a recycled Pringles can.

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Yum!  These healthy Patriotic Rocket Popsicles from Did Someone Say Party? look really out of this world.

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Skip to My Lou offers a customizable FREE Printable to help you make the above candy-filled Rocket Party Favors.

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Here is another great favor idea from Amanda’s Parties to Go using a FREE Printable and a package of Rolo candies.

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Or leave one of these cute, easy-to-make Rockin’ Rocket Cups from Family Fun on a neighbor’s doorstep.

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Serve up some Rocket Dogs from Family Fun at your 4th of July picnic.

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Lotus Events shows you how to make a rocket using a Pool Noodle!

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And, finally, this Rocket Cake from Parenting would be the perfect dessert to dine on while watching fireworks.

Have a blast this 4th of July!

Happy Rocket Craft-ing! :-)

Phat Hats for the 4th

Our country’s birthday is mega reason to par-TAYY!

And what’s a good party without a really awesome Party Hat?

Here are some of my favorite patriotic hat fashions that will have your head properly attired for the 4th of July.

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Your Happy Buddy can pose as Lady Liberty using just a few sturdy paper plates and some paper.

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These Star Spangled Hats are made from white paper bags and paint!

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Duct Tape and straws allow you to create this Crowning Glory piece.

Add whatever embellishments you’d like on top!  It’s a free country after all. :-)

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Personally, I think a constellation of red, white, and blue stars is just what every American head needs.

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Adorn your noggin’ with tulle!  How magical is that?!  And so simple to make.

Then after the 4th is over, hand the hat over to your little ballerina and it can now function as a tutu.

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This just makes me giggle!

Celebrating Holidays has a fun hat to disguise you as Uncle Sam.

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And don’t forget about the special 4th of July Headgear the Happy Buddy and I made last July – click HERE.  It is ridiculously easy to make.

Whatever you choose, make sure you model your hat on the catwalk while the fireworks burst into applause all around you!

Happy 4th of July Hat-ing! :-)

American Flag Crafts for the 4th

America’s birthday is coming up and it’s time to start celebrating!

What better way to celebrate than by making an American Flag Craft?

Here are a variety of amazing (and easy!) ideas for you to choose from…

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Your Happy Buddies will love this magical Watercolor Resist American Flag by the Crafty Classroom.

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You know when you buy a box of Popsicle Sticks, you are committing to like a lifetime of Popsicle Stick crafts.

Use some of the bounty to make these adorable Popsicle Stick American Flags from The Suburban Mom.

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How cute is this Handprint American Flag Craft from Muffin Tin Mom?!

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Serendipity added footprints to make this awesome Hand and Footprint Flag.

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This neat Stars and Strips (strips of ribbons!) project from Family Fun will look great on your front door this July.

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Rip into this simple Paper Flag from i heart crafty things.

And I mean rip quite literally – your Happy Buddies will love ripping up pieces of paper to create the flag.

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This American Flag Collage from Meaningful Mama makes my jaw drop!

Her Happy Buddies cut out a variety of red, white, and blue pictures from magazines to put together a beautiful piece of art.

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Living Locurto made me smile with her happy American Flag Marshmallows.

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How about a cute Pom-Pom Flag from Free Kids Crafts?

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Whip up a tasty Patriotic Treat (like this Patriotic Crunch) and stick it in this sweet little Flag Bag from Motherhood on a Dime.  Give to someone special on the 4th of July!

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This one is my favorite!

The Chocolate Muffin Tree shows you how to make this entertaining Patriotic Folded Flag – your Happy Buddies will be in wonder as it comes together!

Now for something funny.

Q.  What did one flag say to the other flag?

A.  Nothing, it just waved.

:-)

Happy American Flag Craft-ing!

Kitchen Fireworks

I’ll bet your Happy Buddies think you are a superhero for teaching them how to make all kinds of cool firework crafts for the 4th of July!

I’ve got something that will make them think you are even more of a superhero when you tell them that you are going to make some fireworks in the kitchen.

And when your Happy Hubby looks at you nervously with one hand reaching for the fire extinguisher (because yes, you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen because yes, you have had to use it before), just smile and say,

“Oh honey, we’re in good hands with All-State.”

All you need are the following 3 items…WHOLE milk (It must be whole – no substitutions, sorry!)

Food coloring

Dishwashing liquidStep 1 – Pour milk into a baking pan.  Drop several different colors of food coloring all around the milk.Step 2 – Add a squirt or two of dishwashing liquid and watch the colors BURST and SWIRL!How It Works – The dishwashing liquid separates the fat from the other liquids in the milk, thus causing your beautiful fireworks!If your fireworks slow down, add another squirt of dishwashing liquid.

The whole experiment takes only about 60 seconds, so this would be a fun thing to do after dinner on the 4th as you wait for your city’s firework display.

Speaking of waiting for the fireworks

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The Crafting Chicks said that her Happy Home gets excited to see the fireworks every year, but every year they get there really early.  To help pass the time before the show begins, she puts together a little firework basket that is filled with snacks, treats, glow sticks, and even some sparklers (adult supervision please!).

LOVE IT!

Happy Kitchen Firework-ing! :-)

4th of July Head Gear

It’s important to decorate your head for the 4th of July.

Here’s a fun idea I picked up yesterday from the amazing art teacher at our church’s summer camp (and I think she might have picked up her inspiration from Family Fun).So cute, right?!

It’s so easy to make – I literally put one together while the Happy Buddy was eating his dinner last night.

And then while he ate dessert we made one for his neighbor buddy, Reese.

Here’s what you need:Red and white construction paper

Blue Duct Tape

Glitter Foam Star Stickers (I found mine at Target!)

ScissorsStep 1 – Cut your red and white construction paper into strips.Step 2 – Cut a piece of blue Duct Tape to fit around your Happy Buddy’s head (leave a little to overlap when you wrap it around).  Lay the Duct Tape sticky side up on your work surface.Step 3 – Place your construction paper strips on top of the Duct Tape.Step 4 – Lay another piece of blue Duct Tape on top of the other piece – covering up the construction paper strips.Step 5 – Decorate with lots of glittery foam star stickers.Step 6 – Cut the construction paper into thin strips – cutting all the way down to the Duct Tape.Step 7 – Attach the two ends of Duct Tape to form your hat.  Secure with another piece of Duct Tape if necessary.Step 8 – Wear your patriotic hat.

It feels really cool to shake your head around.

Step 9 – Ham it up a little.

This is America, people.  We are proud of our heritage.

Happy 4th of July Head Gear-ing! :-)

Crafts that KABOOM for the 4th of July

When I was a wee lass, my family would walk to the local high school football field every 4th of July to see the fireworks.

I could not WAIT to see those massive explosions of sparkly wonder do their thing in the night sky.

I must get it from my dad – who literally gets choked up watching firework displays.

Fireworks have also played an important part in my love life and in the birth of our Happy Buddy – but you’ll have to wait until the 4th to hear about that. :-)

Here are some firework crafts that KABOOM with creativity!

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Y’all KNOW I can’t resist a project that involves GLITTER!  This easy peasy craft from I Heart Crafty Things requires just some *glitter*, glue, and construction paper.  It is super cute and will make your fridge (and floor) very festive-looking.

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Brimful Curiosities made these super cool fireworks by spraying colored water over a plastic cup cut in the shape of a firework.  What an original idea – go check it out!

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Look at the fireworks Family Fun made by blowing some paint around with a straw!

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Preschool Playbook used a doily to create these elaborate fireworks!

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Color some cupcake liners like Teaching Two and glue to bright blue construction paper for a craft that makes a big bang.

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This is one of my favorites!  Nick Jr. cut out their glitter glue fireworks and attached them to popsicle sticks.  Your Happy Buddies will LOVE waving these around at your 4th of July neighborhood parade!!

I have a few more non-dangerous firework activities coming your way this week, so stay tuned!

Happy Firework Craft-ing! :-)