June 22, 2010

4th of July Kids Craft

Children will have so much fun making this hanging firecracker for the Fourth of July. This decoration looks wonderful in any window or on your front porch. The wind catches this ornamental firecracker and sends it spinning in red, white, and blue delight!!

Up, up, in the air it soars with its tail of red, white, and blue.

Things You'll Need:

* Quakers Oats Cylinder
* Blue Poster Board
* Red and White Construction paper
* Curling Ribbon (red, white, and blue)
* Tape
* Glue
* Scissors
* Hole Puncher


1. Remove the cap and cut off the underneath of a Quaker Oats Container.

2. Cut a blue piece of poster board to fit the entirety of the Quaker Oats Container. Tape the poster board to the container.

3. Draw different sized stars on red and white construction paper. Cut out the stars and glue them on to the blue poster board.

4. Hole punch the bottom of the Quaker Oats Container (the end without the plastic rim). The bottom of the container is the top of your firecracker. Evenly space 6 holes around the bottom rim of the container.

5. Tie one end of curling ribbon inside one hole, tie the other end of ribbon to the opposite hole. Use all six holes and all three colors of ribbon.

6. Once ribbons have been strung, combine them at the top and tie a ribbon around them. This will form the loop that easily allows you to hang the firecracker.

7. With the remaining curling ribbon make your firecracker tails. Cut ribbon strips about 24 to 36 inches in length. Bundle the ribbon and tie a knot at the top (about 8 ribbon strands to a bundle). Tape each bundle to the underneath of your firecracker (above the plastic rim).

8. Hang on a porch or in a window.

Visit my Children's Craft Column with the Examiner for daily kid craft ideas.

Visit my post at Crafts Unleashed for making a 4th of July Wreath.


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