Published on July 1st, 2016 | by Julie Finn0
20 Eco-Friendly 4th of July Crafts
Bring out all of your red, white, and blue craft supplies–it’s time to make some 4th of July crafts!
And don’t despair about the materials that you’re using this holiday. Unlike some sites that happily tell you to craft with paper plates and red Solo cups and paint chips, here at Crafting a Green World we focus on eco-friendly craft supplies and eco-friendly methods for our 4th of July crafts.
You can be as festive as you want and STILL save the planet!
1. 4th of July Waldorf window star. One of my favorite methods of holiday crafting is to take a craft that I already like to do, and just theme it appropriately. If you’ve never made a Waldorf-style window star before, I highly recommend it, especially using these festive, summery colors.
2. cupcake toppers. Give your potluck dish a little extra flash with these eco-friendly, handmade cupcake toppers.
3. egg carton flag. This is a great art activity to set up at a 4th of July crafts table at your block party. Older kids will enjoy making the flag as pictured, and younger kids will just enjoy painting on egg cartons!
4. film canister rockets. You know you’ve still got a couple of little plastic film canisters kicking around somewhere. Did you know that film canisters are a BIG DEAL for craft projects and children’s science demonstrations? I promise! Grab one and use it to make these rockets with the kids, and you’ll know what I mean.
5. firework fruit kabobs. Everyone will love this delicious, healthy treat.
6. map of the USA string art. String art is surprisingly easy to do, and the finished result looks amazing.
7. patriotic pallet sign. You don’t need the whole pallet for this sign–just a couple of the boards are all that it takes!
8. patriotic windsock. Here’s another festive outdoor decoration that you can make for the 4th.
9. popsicle stick flag. To save you from going down the same “Okay, Google, how are popsicle sticks manufactured?” rabbit hole where I just spent my morning, I’ll just tell you that popsicle sticks are made of birch, they’re generally made in China because there are a lot of birch trees there, birch trees are considered fairly sustainable because they take less time to reach maturity than, say, oak, and, of course, they’re not plastic so you can toss them in the chipper or on your fire pit when you’re done with them. But before you’re done with them–make this cute flag!
10. rag ribbon garland. THIS is how you’re going to use up all of your scrap red, white, and blue fabric.
11. recycled firecracker decoration. Here’s a fun and easy way to decorate the picnic table for your big backyard party.
12. red, white, and blue Mason jars. If your Mason jars are busy, you can substitute any glass jar for this craft.
13. rocket craft. Got a kid who’s obsessed with all things rocket? They’ll love this craft project.
14. stick flag. Here’s an even more natural way to make a flag–with real sticks instead of popsicle sticks!
15. tin can luminaries. Paint them to make them festive for the 4th, or leave them plain to use them all year long.
16. toilet paper tube firework prints. Little kids will love the sensory exploration that comes from printing with an upcycled toilet paper tube, and it’s extra-festive in that the results just happen to look just like fireworks.
17. toilet paper tube Statue of Liberty. Yep, 4th of July crafts can be patriotic without being red, white, and blue.
18. toy sparklers. These sparklers won’t burn you!
19. vegan 4th of July recipes. Bake without animal products and still have the best-tasting barbecue on the block.
20. water with festive flavor. Frozen raspberries and blueberries fancy up water in a festive way.