20+ Fourth of July Craft Ideas

By Polly Conner
June 26, 2017

Great collection of 4th of July craft ideas. Ideas for kids and adults to do! Such a fun way to celebrate the fourth of July.

True story…

Growing up, it was pretty much a tradition that a hodgepodge of friends and family would spend an entire weekend shooting off fireworks from my lake home that I grew up on. I have so many fond memories of 4th of July weekends on the lake, but the one that stands out the most was the year of the catfish.

On this particular weekend, a massive, 3 foot catfish fish carcass floated up on the shore just as we were kicking off our firework shenanigans. Well, a pack of elementary aged kids would not let this opportunity go to waste. Much to my parent’s disgust, the bloated catfish became the primary target of our firework creativity.

The creature was smoke bombed in various colors, bottled rocketed from (and in) every direction, and a launch pad for all sorts of flying explosives.

The climax of our fishy-fun happened when some mischievous boys were able to embed a M-80 (a small bomb) into the side of the fish. Without any warning, they lit the M-80 and sent small fish parts flying in all directions. A few landed on my friend Sara. Out of disgust, she ran screaming, flailing, and fully clothed, into the lake.

25 years down the road, I am a little shocked that my parents allowed this whole debacle. BUT, my parents were pretty great about letting us be ornery kids and only intervening when absolutely necessary. Apparently blowing up a fish wasn’t high on their list of concerns.

All that to say, I have some pretty fabulous memories of the 4th of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays and I love to celebrate it in any way I can. Since my kids are too young to be blowing up a catfish with fireworks, I wanted to find other ways to create some excitement for the holiday. Here is a great little round up of easy 4th of July crafts.

Hope you can find one or two to help you celebrate this fun time of the year.

20+ 4th of July Crafts


Fourth of July Wreath – Thriving Home

Fourth of July Wreath

Star Spangled Slime – I Can Teach My Child

Star-Spangled Slime

Star Sun Catchers – The Suburban Mom

4th of July Sun Catchers Kids Craft

Burlap Button Flag – Things to Share & Remember

Framed Burlap and Button Flag Craft

Painted Flower Pot – A Little Craft in Your Day


Craft Stick American Flag – The Resourceful Mama

Get ready for the summer holidays with this patriotic American flag craft. It's a great red, white, and blue kid craft for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

Dish Brush Fireworks – Crafty Morning


Patriotic Paper Chain – Love the Day

Fourth Of July Craft:: Patriotic Paper Chain, a Free Download by Love The Day

Fourth of July Bracelets – Playdough to Plato

fourth of july bracelets a fine motor activity - Playdough to Plato

Fourth of July Onesie – Thriving Home

make a 4th of july onesie

Firework Salt Painting – Busy Momma Media

firework salt painting

Fork Fireworks – A Thrifty Mom

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCrafts:


Popsicle Stick Star Streamers – Happiness is Homemade

Coffee Filter Flowers – Crafts by Amanda

When I originally made these for the July 4th craft section on my old site, FamilyCorner, a couple of years ago, my initial intention was to make coffee filter fireworks and attach them to paper or poster board. But as I was making them, the thought came to me that these would be even betterRead More »:

Paper Plate Crown – The Suburban Mom

4th of July Crown Craft

Parade Wands – About a Mom

Parade Wand 4th of July Craft for Kids

Upcycled Flag Craft – The Suburban Mom

4th of July Upcycled Flag Craft

Hand Print Fourth of July Shirt – Thriving Home

fourth of july shirt

Patriotic Lantern – Kids Activities Blog

make a patriotic lantern

Fourth of July Noisemaker – Mess for Less

4th of July Crafts - Use some plates and paint to make a simple noisemaker for kids!

Patriotic Paper Plate Wind Spinner – Handmade Kids Art

Faux Paper Sparklers – It Happens in a Blink

Faux 4th of July paper Sparklers from It Happens in a Blink

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