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Crafty and Fun Fourth of July Activities

Discover fun and easy Fourth of July activities for the whole family! Get inspired with crafts, decorations, and party ideas.

Crafty and Fun Activities for a Memorable 4th of July

Planning activities for the Fourth of July can bring your family closer and create lasting memories. Here are some fantastic projects to get you started!

1. Customize Your T-Shirts

“Personalizing clothing is a great way to express creativity and unity,” says craft expert Terri Ouellette. Grab a plain T-shirt and some acrylic fabric paint. Let your kids paint stars and stripes, let it dry, and then heat set it in the dryer.

Two DIY Fourth of July T-shirts with patriotic designs

2. Decorative Terra Cotta Pots

Have the kids paint a terra cotta pot in patriotic colors. Roll your plastic ware in decorative napkins, secure them with raffia, and place them in the pot. This simple project not only looks great but also adds a festive touch to your table. We love painting terra cotta pots with chalkboard paint for continued fun after the holiday.

Three decorated terra cotta pots with patriotic designs for Fourth of July

3. Crafty Wood Stick Flags

Using large wood craft sticks, stars, a dowel, and some paint, create outdoor décor for the yard. Crafty Wood Stick Flags are easy to make and can be saved for next year.

4. Chalkboard Message Boards

Paint a message board with chalkboard paint. Take it to the parade and write messages to the participants. This interactive activity is a great way to show support and engage with the community.

5. Care Packages for Soldiers

Create a care package for a soldier. Decorate a cigar box and fill it with goodies. This thoughtful gesture can make a significant impact. According to Operation Gratitude, care packages boost the morale of deployed troops and show appreciation for their service.

To send a care package, you can use the following address:

Operation Gratitude
Attn: Care Package Program
9409 Owensmouth Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Party Day Projects:

6. Edible Arrangements

Kids love to make melon balls. Create a colorful fruit arrangement using watermelon for red, blueberries for blue, and marshmallows for white. This tasty project is a hit with children and adults alike. “Healthy snacks like fruit arrangements are a great way to energize kids during celebrations,” says nutritionist Jane Roberts.

diy fruit bouquet with pineapple vase

7. Instant Scrapbook

Make a scrapbook out of paper bags. Print your photos and place them in your embellished book that night. This quick and easy project helps preserve memories of the day. A report by the Scrapbook Association indicates that scrapbooking is linked to increased happiness and a sense of accomplishment.

Handmade scrapbook with Fourth of July family photos

8. Red, White, and Blue Windsocks

Make red, white, and blue windsocks with craft foam and a glue gun. This fun activity adds a festive touch to any celebration. “Colorful decorations like windsocks can enhance the festive atmosphere and create a visually engaging environment,” says event planner Sarah Collins.

9. Face Painting

Pick up some washable tempera paint and do some face painting before the parade. Kids love showing off their patriotic designs. “Face painting is a fun way for kids to express their patriotism and creativity,” says art teacher Ms. Kelly Thompson.

10. Visit a Veteran

Show your appreciation by visiting a lonely veteran. Spending time with them and expressing gratitude for their service can make a world of difference.

Final Thoughts

Get started on these fun projects today and make your Fourth of July celebration unforgettable! 


About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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