* After the season of "spring cleaning" has come and gone many items are ready to be tossed. Consider converting old tank tops into patriotic beach worthy tote bags with just a few snips and stitches. To make this craft simply turn the shirt inside out, cut 2 inch strips along the bottom and then tie them off to create a seam. Then flip the shirt right side out and voila…simple, but useful, a new summer tote. :) Use red, white, and blue fabric pens to create unique designs and decals for more patriotic craft.
Use the scraps from the project to create decorative hair ties by tying the material around a hair band. Even the smallest hands enjoy making these cheap and easy, and cute hair ties to help celebrate the 4th of July and reduce the "throw away" pile. :)
* Take a walk and gather smooth rocks and sticks. Use acrylic red, white, and blue paint to cover the sticks and rock, let them dry, and then arrange them on a piece of study cardboard. Use tacky glue (and plenty of it), to glue the rocks in place. The colors and texture of the art create an interesting project that is simple for kids of all ages. This might be our favorite new sibling craft. :)
* Use mud to create a patriotic poster….what kid doesn't enjoy playing in the dirt?? :) Use a piece of poster board, cardboard, or something that can be found around the house (like the inside of a cereal box), a large paintbrush, several scoops of dirt and some water to create your "dirt art." If you desire to keep this project it is possible to let it dry completely, cover it with serran wrap, and place in a home made frame.
* Melted crayon sun-catcher. Gather broken and nearly unusable red, white, and blue crayons. Use a pencil sharpener to shave them into little pieces. Then place them on a piece of wax paper in some sort of design, like an American flag?, or whatever you choose. Then cover the design with another piece of fax paper and place a dry cloth on top of it. Using a heated iron, slowly smooth over the surface unit the crayon has melted and blended into a creative and unique design. Once it has cooled, trim the excess wax paper, use a hole punch and a ribbon to hang these fun and patriotic sun-catcher crafts.