Independence Day is this weekend! If you need some last-minute decorations or activities, we’ve got 16 easy 4th of July crafts for you and the kids.
I don’t know about you, but the 4th of July isn’t one of those holidays that I do a lot of crafting or decorating for. I know that the day of, I’m mostly going to be spending my time getting drunk in my backyard and blowing stuff up, so why bother?
We’re going to a party this year, however, because I have friends who don’t mind how weird I am, and because I’m from the South, I am willing to do a lot more to pitch in for a friend’s party than I would do on my own. And yet…
Beer drinking. Fireworks shooting. Keep the rest of it quick and simple, I say, so that there’s more time for the important stuff.
And that’s how I ended up nailing down this list of quick, easy, kid-friendly, eco-friendly Independence Day crafts, decorations, and recipes. You don’t have to devote an entire day to decorations or party prep or cooking with these simple tutes. Just throw up a starfruit-stamped bunting, Bro. Let the kids make toilet paper tube rockets. Buy some blueberries.
And there’s your 4th of July, all decorated and celebrated!
16 Easy 4th of July Crafts
1. aluminum can windsock. Upcycle an aluminum can and add some stash ribbon and stickers to make these festive windsocks.
2. DIY black snake. You know those little charcoal snakes that kids LOVE to ignite? You can make those with ingredients already in your kitchen!
3. driveway stars. Sidewalk chalk paint and a giant cardboard stencil are all you need to let everyone know that the party is at YOUR house this year.
4. firecrackers. Get the kids revved up for the real deal with this cute firecracker craft.
5. fireworks in a jar. Here’s a fun little activity that takes seconds to set up and clean up. Small kids will simply enjoy the sensory experience, but you can ask older kids to try to figure out how it works.
6. flag fruit pizza. Use strawberries, bananas, and blueberries to decorate fruit pizza.
7. popsicle stick flags. Let the kids make these festive 4th of July flags as a fun and easy craft project, then use them to decorate the buffet table.
8. rockets. Don’t want to let your kids get their hands on real rockets? Totes understandable. Let them make these upcycled rockets, instead.
9. rock painting. This is another good offering for a craft table for the kids, or as a quiet activity between the afternoon’s barbecue and the evening’s fireworks.
10. sparklers. Play with sparklers without the sparks!
11. starfruit and burlap bunting. This bunting is super quick and easy to make, thanks to our sweet friend, the starfruit.
12. tie-dyed T-shirt. This activity is a little more involved than the others on this list, but if you’ve got tweens and teens at your Independence Day party, this is a great way to get them involved and interacting with the world outside their smartphones. And since it’s the 4th of July, you can make it a little easier by only providing red and blue dye, and encouraging the guests to contrast them with the white of the shirts.
13. toilet paper tube fireworks stamps. Even the youngest kiddos will love this process-based art experience that utilizes upcycled toilet paper tubes.
14. twig star ornaments. This is a craft that will keep older children occupied. Hint: re-use these on the Christmas tree!
15. vegan recipes. Provide some non-meat dishes at the potluck.
16. window stars. If you have tissue paper or kite paper on hand, you can use traditional window star techniques to fold these beautiful red, white, and blue Waldorf window stars.
If you’ve got some other ideas for quick and easy 4th of July crafts, especially children’s party crafts and activities or good potluck food, tell me about them in the Comments below. I’ve got a party to get ready for!