Hands-On 4th of July Crafts for Kids

Independence Day is a great time to talk about American history with the kids. It’s a great time for family celebrations – cookouts, fireworks, parades. It’s also a great time to celebrate with some fun crafts and activities for the kids. Here’s a round up of crafty ideas to help you celebrate the 4th of July. And I’ve included instructions and pictures of some “fork art” fireworks that our family enjoyed creating.

Here is a sampling of 18 fun 4th of July crafts.

  1. These paper lanterns from Crafting Chicks are made with 4th of July flair.1 Paper Lanterns
  2. Even the littlest kids can enjoy making these fireworks in a bottle from No Twiddle Twaddle.2 Fireworks Bottle
  3. For some paper crafting, this star wreath from Activity Village is simple and cute.3 Ring Craft
  4. If you aren’t so sure about little ones holding sparklers, let them make these fun and easy sparklers from Kids’ Craft Room.
  5. I love tie dye shirts, but I’ve never been particularly successful with them. This t-shirt craft from Cherry Blossom gives an easy alternative, using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to make cute fireworks, tie dye shirts.
  6. My younger girls love creating with watercolors, so these watercolor flags from Make and Takes are a great idea for them.
  7. Another fun craft that even little ones can enjoy is these fireworks rings from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
  8. I love handprint crafts, so this handprint flag from Muffin Tin Mom is one of my favorites.
  9. This bubble wrap firecracker craft from Make and Takes is a great use for recycled bubble wrap and toilet paper tubes.
  10. These cupcake liner fireworks from No Time for Flash Cards are another fun way to let little ones get in on the fireworks action.
  11. For a little more time intensive- but very cute- patriotic craft, try this clothespin wreath from All You.
  12. With this pom pom flag craft from Crafty Morning, you can make a cute and simple American flag.4 Pom-Pom Flag
  13. I love craft foam! Use it to make these cute patriotic pencil toppers from Easy Peasy and Fun.5 Pencil Toppers
  14. Headed to a 4th of July parade? Take a patriotic parade stick like this one from Crafts by Amanda.
  15. Another cute craft even little ones can enjoy are these 4th of July tissue paper stars from Preschool Crafts for Kids.
  16. I love bead crafts like this one with pony beads and straws- the patriotic necklace craft from Buggy and Buddy.6 necklace
  17. If you can’t have fireworks on the 4th of July, try these confetti launchers from Pi’ikea Street.

And now a look at our “fork art” fireworks:

Beginning with the idea of using forks to paint fireworks (found here on Crafty Morning), we created these fireworks scenes.


Materials Needed:


  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Black construction paper
  • White crayons
  • Plastic forks
  • Paper plate


One the black construction paper, use the white crayons to sketch a scene of the people who are going to be watching the fireworks.


On the paper plate, squeeze out the colors of paint you want to use for your fireworks. Then, press the plastic fork into the paint. Dab it so that there aren’t clumps of paint on the fork. Finally, press the fork onto the black construction paper.


Use multiple colors and press the fork around so that you have a fireworks look. And, voila! Super simple, cute and festive. 

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HiRes_4711443580053D (2)Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.