Born in the U.S.A.!
We invite you to celebrate Independence Day by making and decorating these patriotic crafts.
FIREWORKS DIAPER BAG
blank canvas diaper bag
WRITE "red, white 'n' blue" (or any other phrase you like) faintly on the bag in chalk. Then draw the fireworks, also faintly in chalk, onto the bag.
GLUE the rhinestones on top of the chalk design you created by applying fabric glue to the back of each and then pressing them firmly onto the bag. Allow to dry thoroughly.
STARS AND STRIPES WATERING CAN
galvanized tin watering can
latex metal primer and paint
acrylic sealer spray
SAND the surface of the can and wipe clean (this makes the paint stick better).
APPLY primer to entire can and let dry.
SECTION off a bottom stripe using the tape. Paint blue and allow to dry. Remove tape and repeat steps to create red and white stripes.
PAINT stars or other designs on the stripes and allow to dry.
APPLY sealer and allow to dry.
SAND ART CENTERPIECE CELEBRATION
clear glass or plastic containers
POUR sand in layers into the clear containers using the measuring cups. Shake the container gently after you add each layer to level it.
PLACE your centerpiece on the table and use it to hold candles, flags, pinwheels, and more.
PATRIOTIC POM-POM SANDALS
cardboard rectangle, 2" x 4"
tape and scissors
HOLD the cardboard rectangle horizontally and tape the ends of the ribbon to one side of the rectangle.
WRAP the ribbon around the cardboard about 25 times. Then slide the looped ribbon off of the cardboard, pinch the loop at the top, and knot an 8" piece of raffia around the pinched part. (Use the ends to tie the pom-pom on later.)
HOLD the knotted end and cut the other end of the loop so you have two frayed sides on either end of the knot.
BRING string ends together, tie a rubber band around them (like you're making a pony tail), and trim evenly. Leave the band on for a few hours, remove, and fluff to form pom-pom. Tie onto flip-flop.
Gina Provenzano contributes to Parent & Child's activities section.