The 4th of July is typically a day to get outside! We make plans to grill-out, picnic, watch parades and fireworks - all kinds of fun stuff! But, the weather doesn't always cooperate with those plans. So, today we have some ideas for indoor fun on a rainy 4th of July.
4th of July T-shirts
The first project will have you and your little ones looking patriotic! You can make your own 4th of July t-shirts. We found this idea on www.spoonfull.com :
What you'll need:
- Plain T-shirt, washed and dried
- Pair of plain canvas sneakers (optional)
- Pencil and paper
- Vinyl tape and sticker stars
- Red and blue fabric paints
How to make it:
Before you begin, cover your work area (a picnic table is ideal) with newspaper and place a few flattened newspaper sheets inside the shirt as well (this will keep paint from bleeding through to the back). Encourage your child to sketch out some designs on paper. Once he's chosen a favorite, he can re-create it on the shirt or shoes by applying long strips of tape where the white stripes will go and stickers where the stars will be. He may also wish to apply a border of tape around the design to create distinct straight lines at the ends of the stripes and around the stars. Dampen the sponge and cut it in two (one piece for each color). Show your child how to sponge paint from the plate onto the design, red between the tape stripes and blue around the stars. When he's finished, allow the paint to dry completely. Now comes the fun part: peeling off the tape and stickers to reveal the finished design! Finally, heat-set the paint according to the manufacturer's directions, and you're in style.
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4th of July Jewelry
You can coordinate that new t-shirt with some fancy red, white and blue jewelry. Ziggityzoom.com has an easy and fun one to make:
- Red and Blue drinking straws
- White beads or white drinking straws
- Elastic string
How to make it:
Cut drinking straws into small pieces about 1/2 inches long. Cut a piece of elastic about 3 inches longer the the circumference of the child's wrist. String straw beads (and other beads if using) in a red, white and blue pattern. Tie off end securely, leaving a short tail so end doesn't unravel. To secure knot you can add a dab of glue.
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4th of July Hat Snack Holders
Food is a big part of the 4th of July! Here's an idea for a fun snack holder you can make with your kids! We found it at www.kaboose.com :
What you'll need:
- Styrofoam cup
- Red and blue felt
- Red paint
- Silver chenille stem
- White craft glue
- Black marker
How to make it:
Place cup, open end down, on top of the red felt and trace with a marker. Cut around the traced circle leaving a ¾" border around it. Fold the circle and cut a slit in the center of the circle to allow your scissors to get in. Cut out the inside circle, leaving about a ¼" border around the inside of the trace line. Set felt circle aside. Paint red stripes all the way around the outside of the cup, stripes should run up and down. Let dry completely. Cut a strip of blue felt about 1.5" wide. It should be long enough to wrap around the brim of the cup. Glue felt strip around the outside of the top of the cup. Lay red felt circle on to work surface, black trace line should be facing up. Line the lip of the cup with white glue and press down onto black trace line. Let dry. Turn cup over and place on work surface. Use silver chenille to bend into star shapes, trim where needed. Glue onto the blue hat band. When everything is dry, fill with treats.
To make our treat cups sturdier, especially if using outside, glue a heavy washer to the bottom of the cup. You can add handles to your cup by twisting to chenille stems together and poking through the sides of the cup and running over the top. This step should be done before adding the blue brim. You may also use white paper or plastic cups for this project.
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4th of July Flags
And, how about a fun flag for the 4th of July? You and your kids can each make one to wave or decorate for the holiday. We found it on the blog Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri . The directions (and pictures) make for an easy and fun do it yourself project!
4th of July Coloring Sheets
And, if you are looking for something fun and super easy, check out these personalized coloring sheets from frecklebox.com . You can do one of these every year -- a fun keepsake for the holiday!
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