Category: Summer Crafts

How to Make a Fourth of July Firecracker Hair Barrette

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With summer patriotic holidays on their way soon, dress up your little one with this adorable firecracker barrette. You can embellish it with different buttons or use a variety of patriotic ribbons for added appeal!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″ wide satin or grosgrain ribbon
1/4 or 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Barrettes
Wood burning tool
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of glass from a photo frame
Buttons **optional

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Things to do:
1. Warm up the wood burning tool. Cut the red ribbon to 2 1/2″ long. You can use scissors or the tool, which will cut and seal the ends at the same time.
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2. Cut two pieces of the yellow ribbon to 2″ long.
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3. Carefully use the wood burning tool to cut each yellow piece in half width-wise. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Roll the red ribbon the long way and glue in place, forming a tube.
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5. Hot glue one of the yellow ribbons inside the tube as shown.
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6. Repeat with the other pieces of yellow ribbon.
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7. Hot glue another piece of yellow ribbon, cut to the length of the barrette, to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the firecracker to the barrette.
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9. If desired, hot glue a button to the center of the firecracker.
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DIY Patriotic Wind Sock

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“Fly” this festive patriotic wind sock inside or outside. Try using many different red, white and blue ribbons for various textures. This is an easy project that your kids can help with, and it’s a great way to decorate the yard for Flag Day or Fourth of July.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Gold ring
Red ribbon
Blue ribbon
White ribbon
White twine
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut all of your ribbons out to 10-15 inches long.
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2. Wrap the first ribbon around the gold metal craft ring and glue the wrapped part to the back of the ribbon.
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3. Repeat with other ribbons.
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4. Continue adding ribbons as desired. You can add as many or as few as you’d like.
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5. Tie four pieces of twine on four sides of the circle. The twine should be about 12-12 inches long.
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6. Gather the ends and tie these all together for hanging your patriotic ribbon wind sock.
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Red White and Blue Americana Blocks Tutorial

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Liven up your patio or deck with this red, white and blue patriotic block decor! You can add as many stars as you’d like, and the addition of the flag makes this perfect for the summer holidays!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Blue acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
American flag
Paint brush
3 – large wood cubes
Wood star cutouts
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint your blocks red, white and blue. Allow to dry.
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2. Paint as many stars as you’d like, and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Use hot glue to adhere the cutouts to the blocks.
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4. Glue the blocks together with hot glue as shown.
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5. Glue the flag to the back.
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DIY Stars and Stripes Patriotic Wreath

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This sweet and simple DIY is the perfect patriotic project to dress up your front door on the 4th of July!

Difficult level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Tin stars
Foam brush
Red acrylic paint
Striped red ribbon
Wire
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use a foam brush to paint the entire surface of your wreath form red. Use thick layers of paint to make sure the paint soaks into the surface and covers all of the white.
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2. Next, start attaching your tin stars. Apply a generous layer of hot glue on the back of your star and press it firmly onto the center of the wreath. Hold it in place for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.
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3. Cut a length of ribbon and tie a bow.
4. String a 5-inch piece of wire through the center of the bow and press the ends through the top of your wreath form.
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5. Twist the ends of the wire together, securing your bow and creating a loop to hang your wreath from.
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DIY Beachy Crushed Seashell Mason Jar Luminary

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The beachy-looking mason jar is coated with crushed shells and would fabulous at your beach or lake home – or anywhere you’d like to bring a little bit of summer indoors!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 3-4 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Crushed sea shells
Mod Podge
Mason jar
Hemp twine
Paint brush
Paper plate

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Things to do:
1. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to one quarter of your mason jar. You’ll want a thick coat to hold the shells in place.
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2. Sprinkle the crushed shells onto the paper plate.
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3. Pour some shells onto the jar, pressing them into the heavy coat of Mod Podge. You’ll need to individually place some shell fragments onto the jar, and be sure to apply an even coat. If the shells are stacked on top of each other, they’ll fall off.
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4. Allow this side of the jar to dry for an hour or so, then repeat with another quarter of the jar. The first side should be dry first before rotating the jar to add crushed shells to another section.
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5. Wrap a piece of twine around the top a few times and tie in place.
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Upcycle Scraps of Cardboard into a Fun Optical Spinner

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This cardboard optical spinner is the ideal way to work on a project with your little one! He or she can draw the spirals and you can help with the more difficult tasks of cutting out the cardboard and punching the holes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+ (adult will need to help with punching holes and cutting cardboard)

Things you’ll need:
Craft twine
Glue stick
Scissors
Cardboard
Paper
A circular item to trace
A way to punch holes through cardboard

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Things to do:
1. Trace and cut out one cardboard circle and two paper circles.
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2. Make two holes in the center of both paper circles as shown.
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3. Color festive circles on one side of both paper circles.
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4. Cover both sides of the cardboard with the glue.
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5. Glue the paper circles to the cardboard and punch holes through the cardboard after. I used a hammer and a small spike to create the holes.
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6. Cut the twine to 28. -30. and feed through the holes as shown.
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7. Tie the twine at both ends.
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8. To use, twist both sides of the twine and then pull!
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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick and Paper Fan Tutorial


As the weather heats up, it’s nice to cool off a little with a cute paper fan. This fan is static and the base is glued in place, but if you don’t mind operating a drill, you can drill a hole in each stick and attach with a brad rather than using hot glue.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Colorful popsicle sticks
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scrapbook paper

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue the four sticks together as shown.

2. Lay the sticks on scrapbook paper, placed face down. Draw a fan shape as shown, making sure you’ll be able to glue all four sticks onto this shape.

3. Cut out the shape and trace it again.

4. Glue one side to the popsicle sticks, then glue the other side. Glue around the edges of the paper to enclose the sticks completely.

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DIY Summer Time Cocktail Umbrella Wreath


This whimsical wreath will put a smile on anyone’s face! Assemble this umbrella wreath and hang over a bar area, or delight a child who would love to use it as room decor. However you display this, it will be a great conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Umbrella drink picks
Styrofoam wreath
Twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Open your umbrellas by removing the band.

2. Slide the smaller ring up as you raise the umbrella.

3. Place the umbrellas into the wreath at angles.

4. This is what the umbrellas look like when placed properly in the styrofoam.

5. Continue poking the umbrellas into the styrofoam in a pleasing color arrangement.

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Kid Friendly Sea Shell Crab Tutorial


If you’ve just come home from the beach and don’t know what to with the shells your kids have collected, then is is the project for you! Shell crabs can be painted in any color, and you can change their expressions” with the size and placement of their google eyes. If you don’t have spare shells around, you can purchase a package to experiment with.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Seashells
6 – pipe cleaners
Google eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Paint the exterior of the shell.

2. Pull out 6 pipe cleaners and cut 5 of them in half.

3. Wrap the 5 around each other to make legs. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Once your shell is dry, glue the legs under the shell.

5. Cut your sixth pipe cleaner in half and set one half aside for another shell crab. Cut one of the halves in half again.

6. Attach these to the two front legs, forming claws.

7. Glue the google eyes to the wide, front part of the shell.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Flag Tutorial


Celebrate all of our patriotic holidays with this craft stick flag, perfect for you and your children or grandchildren to work on together. Magnets on the back allow you to hang this to a metal front door, refrigerator, or even a locker. Show your support for the U.S.!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo wooden popsicles
Red acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Blue acrylic paint
Piece of cardstock
Pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Lay out 6 craft sticks next to each other and cut your card stock slightly smaller than this dimension.

2. Paint 3 of the sticks red, and three white.

3. Allow the craft sticks to dry and paint with a second coat, if desired.

4. Start glueing the sticks to the card stock.

5. Your flag should like this so far!

6. Paint a navy rectangle in the upper left side of your flag. Allow to dry.

7. After drying, paint 50 dots for stars.”

8. Your stars should look similar to this.

9. Glue magnets to the back.

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