A Patriotic Craft for the 4th of July

If you saw my blog post from yesterday, you might remember that I said we would be using the same red, white and blue strips of paper for another craft today. If you didn’t see that post, no problem! Here’s what you’ll need for today: 3 pieces of paper, (1 of each red, white and blue), scissors, ruler, pencil and glue.

Cut a bunch of strips from each color of paper. The strips can be anywhere from 1/2″ to 1″ wide and 4 1/2″ to 6″ long.

So what are we making, anyways?! We’re making a patriotic paper chain! 🙂 Take a red strip of paper and glue the 2 ends together to make a circle.

Next, take a white strip of paper and feed it through the red circle and then glue the ends of the white strip together into a circle too.

Now your paper chain has 2 links.

Take a blue strip of paper and feed it through the white circle…then glue the ends of the blue strip together into a circle too. Now we have 3 links!

Continue feeding a new strip of paper through the last link in the chain that you made and gluing the ends of that strip together into a circle. Keep your chain laying in the same direction so you can remember which link is the last one you did. You can make the color pattern in any way you like. For my chain, I made the whole chain in the red, white, and then blue pattern.

And there you are! That’s all there is to it! You can make your paper chain as long or as short as you like. A short one could be a bracelet or a crown, a little longer one could be a necklace to wear for the 4th of Jul or a really long one could be hung up as a garland to make your house look patriotic for the holiday. It’s up to you! Have fun making your patriotic paper chain!! 🙂

Crafting 4th of July Stars

Today is the first day of July! (Wow, the year is half over already!!) Just 3 days till we celebrate the 4th of July in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate our great country and our freedom. I wanted to share a simple craft for the kids so they can help celebrate the 4th by making some decorations for the house. 😉 You’ll need 1 piece each of red, white and blue paper, scissors and glue. Let’s get started!

First you need to get lots of strips of paper. A nice size for this project is 1/2 to 3/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ long. (I’ll be sharing another craft idea tomorrow that will also use the same size strips so you might want to cut a bunch while you’re cutting!)

Each star needs 4 strips of paper. Start with 4 strips of the same color. Lay one strip down and put a small dot of glue in the center.

Place a second piece of paper across the first one so it make a plus sign (+). Hold it in place with your finger for a few seconds.

Put another dot of glue in the center again and lay the third piece of paper on top at an angle. Look at the picture for reference.

Add another dot of glue to the center again and lay the 4th strip of paper across at the opposite angle to the last strip. And that’s all there is to it! You’ve made your first star! 🙂

We made a red one and now you can make a white one.

And you can make a blue one.

Or you can make some that are red, white and blue! Or just have 2 colors…it’s up to you.

You can even make a star using 6 strips of paper.

If you want to make the stars even more special, you could use some glitter glue on the strips or some dots or lines of glue and sprinkle on some glitter. Alas, I seem to be out of glitter so I couldn’t do this. Make as many as you like and hang them around your house by taping a piece of string to the back of each one. Have fun getting your house ready for the 4th of July! 🙂