Two Fantastic and Simple Crafts for the Fourth of July

by Holly on June 29, 2011

in Girl Talk, Lifestyle, Real Life

Independence Day is right around the corner and the store shelves are lined with all things red, white, and blue encouraging you to show your patriotism. Sure, you could spend $8 for a tinsel flag, a giant plastic star or a handful of noisemakers of the mass produced variety.

But for just a few dollars you can make these super fabulous—and easy—crafts for your Independence Day celebration. One will pretty up your table and the other will make the kids squeal with delight. Both will get you compliment after compliment on how talented you are. All for less than $10 and very little of your time.

IMG_1902Patriotic Votive Holders

Clear Glass Containers
Sheets of Glassine Paper (in colors like red, white, and blue)
Double Sided Tape
Optional: paper punches, star stickers, decorative edge scissors

Measure the height and circumference of the glass containers adding a half an inch to the circumference.
Cut the glassine to the size of the container. For example, my containers were 2.5 inches high by 6.5 inches in circumference so I cut the glassine to 2.5 inches high by 7 inches wide.
If desired use the paper punch or decorative edge scissors to fancy up your strip of glassine paper.
Wrap the glassine around the glass container and secure with a piece of double sided tape.
Add any other decorations like star stickers or smaller bands of glassine. Since I couldn’t find red glassine at my local hobby shop I used a red sharpie to create a random pattern on on one of the white strips.

That’s it. Beautiful votive holders for your table. When your celebration is over you can take the glassine off and change it up with ease for the next holiday.

IMG_1890Rocket Cracker Favors

Heavy Stock Paper with a fun pattern in red, white, and blue (for rocket body)
Heavy Stock Paper in solid colors (for rocket cone)
Template for rocket body and cone
Tissue Paper
White Twine or String
Double Sided Tape
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks (White Glue may work if you do not have a glue gun available)
Candy & Trinkets to fill the rockets

stepsUsing the template provided, cut out one rectangle (using patterned paper) and one fan shape (using solid paper) for each rocket cracker desired.
Fold an 5.5 in by 8 inch piece of tissue paper in half so it measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches.
Put a strip of double sided tape along the backside of the long edge of a rocket body. Attach the fold edge of the tissue paper to the tape.
Roll the rocket body/tissue paper piece into a tube and attach edges with double sided tape.
Cinch the tissue paper at base of the rocket and tie it with a piece of twine.
Roll fan shape paper into a cone and secure with tape or glue.
Fill rocket with candy and trinkets.
Attach cone to the top of the rocket with glue gun.

Ta-da! These will look great as decorations and kids will love pulling open their crackers to get to the candy and trinkets inside.

Daisy June 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

So neat…but I’m such a mess with crafts. I’d glue my hands together or something ridiculous like that :-)

Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I swear these are really easy! Especially the votive holders. You don’t even need glue for that one.

tena June 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

very cute. My kids and I have done something similar in the past and decorated toilet paper rolls for the rocket body.

Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} June 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Tena! I thought about TP rolls but figured not everybody would have empties laying around. Plus you would have to still cover them with paper or paint them if you didn’t want the brown to show.

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