Independence Day Craft

July 4th is right around the corner and we’ve decided to join our towns Children’s parade. We plan to put some decorations on our stroller and make a shaker for fun. I wanted to share our fun crafts so you can make them with your child/children.

American Flag

White cardstock. I put strips of blue painters tape and removed every other strip. Then we finger painted the paper red.
Cut out a 4×5 piece of cardstock and paint it blue.
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Remove the tape once the paint is dry. Glue the blue paper onto your flag and add star stickers.


Paper plate shaker

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2 paper plates, blue and red crayon, tape, glue, blue and red streamers, rice (you can also use beans, beads, anything that will make a sound when you shake it)
Color the back of the paper plates red and blue
Cut out the streamers, 2 red and 2 blue, about a foot long.
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Glue the streamers on the inside of one plate.
Add your rice to the plate.
Glue your other paper plate to your “rice” paper plate. Pinch the sides till they all stick, add glue to places if needed. Let it dry for 24 hours to allow your child lots of shaking time.

Swimming Jellyfish Craft

I’m a stickler for paper plate crafts. We always have them and there’s so many things you can do with a paper plate. I saw this craft on Facebook and knew it would be a fun activity to do with Liam while Bennett took his morning nap.


  • paper plate
  • small piece of cardboard (I used an old teddy graham box. I often recycle my snack boxes, they are a great substitute for cardboard)
  • blue paint/blue marker
  • pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish)
  • paintbrush
  • colorful yarn (we only had navy blue, but you can use a rainbow of colors)
  • googly eyes or google eye stickers
  • jumbo craft stick (large popcycle stick)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • scissors (I used adult and child size, I had Liam help cut the yarn)


Colored our paper plate with blue marker



Painting our jellyfish pink. He learned that mixing white paint and red paint make pink.


Glueing our jellyfish tentacles. They were really sticky


Our final product!!

I like to let my son make it his own, perfection is not in the product. Of course this does drive me nuts seeing as I’m a perfectionist. He gets so excited knowing it’s unique and he did everything by himself.

Refer to the I Heart Crafty Things page for step by step instructions. Have fun crafting 🙂