Happy 4th of July! Hopefully you’re going to get out and enjoy some time with family, friends and maybe take in some fireworks after grilling up some great food.
The kids have been out of school for a few weeks now and if they’re like most kids they’re probably getting a little bored. We have some fun and easy 4th of July crafts for kids that are perfect to occupy the kids right before the holiday weekend.
Both crafts are easy and you probably have everything you need on hand. If not, a quick trip to Michael’s or any craft store and you’ll be in business.
Both of these crafts use Mod Podge and paint, so be sure to use newspapers or butcher’s paper to line your workspace for easy cleanup.
These are fun because they are so easy to make and can be used so many different ways. You can float candles in them (with adult supervision, of course) use flameless candles or use the jars to hold plastic cutlery, napkins or just use decoratively around the house or picnic table.
You will need:
Mason Jars of any size, but the quart jars work nicely
Wrap the ribbon around the jar and cut just a bit more than you need. Determine where the seam will be (I like to put it on the back or the side depending on the design) and make note of where the ribbon is from top and bottom. You can mark each jar at the same level so the ribbons will be level and line up. I used three different patterns and all ribbons were the same size, which worked out nicely. I eyeballed it, placing the ribbon just about the 2oz mark on the jar, but you can use a Sharpie as a guide.
Once you’ve cut your ribbon you can start gluing it to the glass. Use a paint brush and just paint the Mod Podge on the top of the ribbon, it will soak through and give it a glossy finish at the same time.
Repeat with each jar in different patterns or use the same patterns. Let dry overnight and apply another coat of Mod Podge to ensure the ribbon is secure.
Fill with napkins, plastic knives, spoons and forks, or even little American flags for the kids to wave around.
You will need:
This is another fun project for the kids that’s easy to do and easy to clean. You can purchase river rocks at any craft store or you can go to a lake or river to find some. You can probably find some in the backyard too. If you’re using rocks that you’ve found be sure to wash them so there is no debris on them.
Paint the rocks in any pattern or design you choose. You can find all kinds of inspiration on Pinterest. Don’t use a Sharpie to outline your pattern, the ink will bleed through the paint. When you’ve completed your masterpiece coat the rock in Mod Podge to preserve the design.
That’s it! How easy is that?
Two super fun and easy projects for the kids to do for the 4th of July!
From all of us at At Ease Family Solutions, here’s hoping you have a safe and happy Independence Day!