Memorial Day Crafts

Memorial Day Crafts

Memorial Day crafts offer a great way to kick off summer fun and decorating. Whether your craft of choice is quilting or jewelry making, there is something for everyone to create in honor of this patriotic holiday.

Crochet Crafts for Memorial Day

Afghans and cup cozies offer two unique ways to decorate your home for Memorial Day.

American Star Afghan

This charted star afghan pattern uses a J hook and simple stitches to create a beautiful throw featuring a red, white and blue star in the center. This is a project for a crocheter with some experience and a lot of tenacity, but the finished project is fabulous.

You will need to get the following amounts of yarn for a 38 inch by 47 inch throw:

  • Light blue – 7 ounces
  • Navy blue – 9 ounces
  • Red – 12 ounces
  • White – 4 ounces
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Cup Cozy

Keep your iced tea cold at this year’s Memorial Day BBQ with this patriotic crocheted cup cozy that is easy enough for beginners. Make a set of them; the design matches the afghan above. This also uses a J crochet hook, and you can use scrap yarn to make the cozies. Once the cover is made you apply purchased appliqués in patriotic patterns to finish the look. This is really a quick, super-simple project and would be great for bazaars and fund raisers.

 

Patriotic Apparel

Creating crafts with T-shirts, shoes, flip flops, and other apparel is a lot of fun for teens and adults alike. Wearing something that you have made is a great way to show the world your creative side as well as expressing your unique style.

 

Tennis Shoes

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What do you get when you combine some fabric paint, a few stencils, and a pair of white tennis shoes? You come up with these adorable patriotic sneakers. You will need the following materials, available at most craft stores:

  • Stars and Bars stencil
  • ¼ inch stencil brush
  • Folk Art Acrylic in 641 Brilliant Blue
  • Folk Art Acrylic in 437 Lipstick Red
  • Folk Art Textile Medium

 

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Stars and Stripes T-Shirt

Here is another stenciling project. This T-shirt has plenty of patriotism. You could even make the shoes above to match it.

You will need to purchase a plain, white T-shirt in the size you need. Other supplies that you will need are listed on the website.

 

Outdoor Décor for Memorial Day

If you are planning a picnic or get together at your home, you will want to make sure your landscape is full of Memorial Day charm. Here are a few quick and easy crafts that you can make for your yard or garden.

Signs

whimsical Memorial day garden sign

Whimsical signs to stick in your garden are fun additions to your party. Use wooden letters, acrylic paints and dowels to spell out your Memorial Day message. Consider these ideas:

  • Liberty
  • Memory
  • Memorial Day
  • Honor

Flag Banner

You can make this flag banner to hang either inside or outside in a protected area like on a patio or porch. It’s a quick and easy paper craft that you can put together in under 30 minutes.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than the first picnic of the summer. It is a day that people are asked to stop and remember those who have given their lives in war over the past decades. Creating patriotic crafts is one way of honoring the fallen while enjoying a craft or two.

Memorial Day Party Ideas

Memorial Day Party Ideas

I’m always on the lookout for new party ideas, and as Memorial Day weekend festivities approach, I’ve been scouring the internet for fun, unique ideas to share with you… I’m excited to tell you that I think you will . I love some of the ideas I found in Her Royal Heinous, Queen Bee by Alm Chandler and Emily by Magnolia Creative. So cute and patriotic! !

 

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Colorful tin buckets double and triple as place settings, card holders and party favors. It’s easy to make something so simple look so festive just by adding some colorful ribbons, labels, and an American flag.

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Wrap the old-fashioned Coca-Cola in patriotic wrapping paper! Nothing says America more than Coca-Cola.

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I love that they keep traditional food…hot dogs, chips, cookies, cupcakes and cherry pie! Salute…so American! ! ! Wrapped in colorful ribbons and tied with twine, these hot dogs are so cute and festive…every detail has been thought out.

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To make this cute and highly creative apple wreath, they bought apples (not real apples) at a local hobby store, threading yarn through them, and adding ribbon decoration at the end. I like this idea.

Thanks for the great Memorial Day inspiration! ! ! If you don’t have a Memorial Day party, consider hosting it on July 4th or another patriotic event.

 

Flag day activity for kids

Flag day activity for kids

Today is Flag Day, and instead of sitting in and making stars and stripes, we’re scouring our gardens for them. This Flag Day activity for kids is simple yet perfect for this special day. After playing, we discussed the flag, its development, and what the flag is used for. I’m also planning to repeat multiple times before July 4th.

1. Gather your materials. You will need a container and some flags. We got everything at the dollar spot at Target and as far as I know it’s all still there! We have 8 flags and a tin bucket.flag day game

2. Hide the flags around your yard. I just pushed mine right into the ground.

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3. Gather your search party.

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I explained it was not a race that they are working together against the clock. This turns my super competitive 6 year old into a supportive team player and gives my daughter a chance to participate at a more equal level.

 

4. Go! I used my phone to time although really they didn’t care about the time they just liked the hunt.

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5. I spaced the flags out a lot.

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I wanted them to run as much as possible .

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6. As they returned the flags to the bucket I had them count and my son figure out how many more we needed to find. See what I did there? Throwing in a little bit of math.

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7. All in all it took three minutes and 43 seconds to find all 8 flags. Clearly I need to hide them better …. or give fewer hints.

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If an inside activity is really what you are after check out these  Patriotic Crafts.

Handprint Fireworks

Handprint Fireworks

We are here looking forward to July 4th! Parades, fireworks, barbecues, beach or pool tours, all wrapped up in a lovely long weekend. I fondly remember celebrating July 4th as a child—especially decorating my bike for local parades and watching fireworks on my streets. I’m so glad my daughters are looking forward to July 4th too.

I knew I wanted to do some red, white and blue crafts with the girls this year and had a vision for a handprint fireworks display. I love a good hand or footprint project. One of the most important parts of successful handprint and footprint art is planning ahead. Gather all your supplies, including cleaning materials, before involving your child. Are you ready to make handprint fireworks? Let’s get to work!

Supplies

White cardstock

Red and blue cardstock

Acrylic paint in red and blue

Silver glitter glue

A container to hold the paint – I like to use recycled baby food containers for easy clean up!

Paint brushes – I used a small foam brush for the actual prints and a finer bristle brush to add the details

Cutting Board – I used a heavy weight plastic board

Masking tape or painters tape

Baby wipes and paper towel

Paper cutter or scissors

Glue stick

Black pen or fine tipped marker

Step One – Paper

Carefully tape a piece of white cardstock to your cutting board – this will give you a nice hard surface for your child to press their hand onto when making the prints.

Step Two – Planning

Think about how to best place the handprints on the page.  You will be cutting your handprints out later so spacing isn’t that important other than to get as many prints on a page as you can to save on cardstock.  I like to make multiple prints at a time (like 6-8) – this way I can pick the best ones once they dry or send the extras to friends and family as holiday greetings.

Step Three – Making the Prints

Make sure you have your supplies within arms reach before you start painting.  This includes extra paper, paint and your wipes and paper towel for clean up.  The key is work quickly and efficiently once you begin. I started with my youngest child who I contained in her highchair for the painting.  Using the foam brush I carefully painted one hand with red paint making sure it was thoroughly covered but not too thick. Be sure to get those little fingers good!  We made it fun – making sound effects and pretending to tickle her palm worked well.  Once the paint is applied, quickly and firmly place the hand onto the paper, pressing down gently on each finger to get good contact with the paper. Young babies have a tendency to curl their toes and fingers under.  In my infant massage training, I learned that by gently running a finger across the top of the toes, you can trigger a reflex that causes a baby to fan out their toes briefly. This also works to open clenched up little fingers. I reapply paint lightly between each print.  After the last print is done, I wipe off the hand with baby wipes and then follow up with a paper towel to remove the remainder of the paint.  I repeated the process with my preschooler by having her sit on a kitchen chair and press her hand down onto the paper on the hard surface of a table.

Using the same red and blue paint, I even out inconsistencies with the handprints to make them look more finished.  You can use your pinky finger or a cotton swab to round out finger prints that didn’t make full contact with the paper if necessary. Let the prints dry thoroughly before adding the final details.

Step Four – Adding the Detail

On a separate sheet of white card stock, I painted the fireworks.  I started by making an “X” in blue paint and then adding another “X” through that.  Next I switched to red paint adding another two “X”s to the firework.  I then add a few more “sparks” using both blue and red.  The final touch is to add some silver glitter glue to give some shimmery sparks coming out of all sides of the firework.  Glitter glue is pretty forgiving – in fact, I spilled a big glob of it on one of my handprint pictures when the squeeze tip popped off of the bottle accidentally.  I used a plastic spoon to pick up the glob and gently rubbed the rest off with paper towel.  Crisis averted!  Allow your firework to dry slightly.  Cut out your handprint fairly closely to the paint using a pair of scissors.  Stick it to the middle of the firework.  Use a glue stick to attach it if needed, but I found that the slightly wet paint and glitter glue held it on just fine.  I gently bent the fingers of the print up a bit so the looked like part of the firework as well.

Step Five – Framing

Using my paper cutter, I trimmed up my firework to my desired size and cut a square of coordinating red or blue paper just slightly bigger than the print to act as a frame.  I attached the print to the frame using just a few dabs of glue stick. Don’t forget to finish the project by adding your child’s name and their age or the year somewhere on the print.

As I have mentioned before, I just love hand and footprint art.  My girls have come home from daycare with some adorable projects.  I asked their teachers if they had any tricks for getting such great prints from even the littlest kids.  They told me they teach the toddlers to give them high fives and practice it regularly in the classroom.  Then when it comes to making a handprint they simply tell the child to give a “high five” and the child knows just what to do. How clever! My kids have gotten so used to doing these kinds of projects that they know just what to do without much fuss or mess.

I hope you enjoy making these handprint fireworks as much as we did. Wishing you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July!  Please take a moment to reflect on how lucky we are to have our freedoms and to live in this great country. Cheers!

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Patriotic Wreath Craft For Kids

Patriotic Wreath Craft For Kids

We’re taking apart our red, white, and blue decor and craft supplies as the summer holidays approach. We love our paper plate Easter wreath and decided to make a patriotic star wreath for summer. This star wreath is perfect for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

First, we pulled out one of our favorite craft supplies, paper plates. We pick these from the dollar tree and use them in many of our crafts.

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Paper plate
  • Red paper
  • Blue paper
  • Red, White, & Blue Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Star Craft Papr Punch 3-Inch

Note: You could also use a star cookie cutter as a template for the stars. 

Paper plate star wreath craft for kids. Patriotic | Red-White-Blue | Memorial Day | Independence Day | Summer Craft

 

Directions:

1. Cut center from paper plate. Most paper plate have  line you can cut along.

2. Using paper punch cut out stars from red and blue paper.

Paper plate star wreath craft for kids. Patriotic | Red-White-Blue | Memorial Day | Independence Day | Summer Craft

 

3. Glue stars to the paper plate alternating red and blue. If you are doing a craft with a preschooler, you could talk about creating a pattern by alternating the two colors. (By understanding patterns, children are able to make predictions about what should come next.)

4. After the kids finish gluing their stars, attach a piece of ribbon to the back of the paper to hang the patriotic wreath.

5. Make a bow from the ribbon and attach to the top of the wreath. (Our bow is made using 3 different ribbons.)

 

Uncle Sam Paper Plate Craft

Uncle Sam Paper Plate Craft

With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July approaching, we looked at crafts from patriotic children, especially ideas from the Fourth of July tradition. This paper plate craft from Uncle Sam is perfect for you! You probably have everything you need at home – paper plates, gooey eyes, construction paper and felt. Beards and whiskers can easily be replaced with white construction paper or cotton if you don’t feel it.

The reason I like to make with paper plates is that we always have some disposable plates on hand. Even if we don’t have the white one, we can flip the colored one to use the white side. easy to die. Make this Uncle Sam craft and hang it on your door for a patriotic look on July 4th!

Let’s start creating… here’s what you’ll need.

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Materials for the Uncle Sam Paper Plate Craft

Small paper plate
Skin colored and white craft paint
White fleece or felt
Navy and red cardstock
Googly eyes
Glue
Foam star stamp
Black permanent marker
Scissors
Paint brushes

Instructions for the Uncle Sam Paper Plate Craft

1.  Paint the front of your paper plate with your skin colored craft paint and let dry.

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2. Cut a rectangle from your blue card stock that measures across the top of your paper plate for the brim of the hat.
3. Then cut a large square out of your red card stock for the top of the hat.

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4. Glue the blue rectangle to the bottom of your red square and use your white paint to draw stripes on to the red square and stamp stars onto the blue rectangle then glue onto the top of The skin colored plate.

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5. Glue your Google he eyes right below the brim of the hat and draw a nose underneath with your black marker.
6. Cut out a mustache and beard from your white fleece and a glue the beard around the bottom edge of the plate and the mustache under the nose.

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7. Now draw a small mouth under the mustache and your uncle Sam craft is complete.

Uncle Sam Paper Plate Craft for the 4th of July

 

I love this craft! So cute.