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5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing ideas to help your family beat summer boredom.


When I think summer, I think about red, white and blue! It’s a season of patriotism, full of celebrating long days, warm sunshine, cool pools and time off to relax. Here are a few fun summer crafts for the kids that use art supplies that you probably already have on hand. I also included two fun “mom-projects” to make a patriotic outfit for the kids.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Painting Fireworks

Using large pieces of fingerpaint paper, we created this patriotic firework art! We’re going to make several of these and use them on our table setting this Independence Day.

  • Empty cardboard roll from toilet paper or paper towel
  • Acrylic or poster paints in red and blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette, old dish or paper plate
  • White paper

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Snip the end of a cardboard roll and bend the edges back to flare them out into a “starburst” shape. We used to different tones of blue in our project. Squeeze a bit of blue paint onto a paper plate and then paint the flared end of the roll with the paint (we tried dipping the roll into paint, but it doesn’t offer as much coverage). Press onto paper. Repeat with red paint, pressing on top of the blue firework design.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Patriotic Ribbon Wands

Hurray for the red, white and blue! Hand the kids these to wave during a parade or fireworks spectacular. You could also place a few of them into your lawn to decorate the yard or place one in a vase alongside a bouquet of flowers.

  • Flags on a stick (these were from the dollar section)
  • Varying lengths of ribbon in red, white and blue

Easy-peasy, just have kids tie the ribbons into individual knots, just under the flag.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Patriotic Napkin Rings

  • Empty cardboard roll from toilet paper or paper towel
  • Felt in red, white or blue, cut into strips 2″ wide
  • Extra felt to use for stars, circles, etc.
  • Hot glue (white glue will only soak into the felt and not stick)

Cut the cardboard into pieces about 2″ wide. Apply glue onto one of the felt strips and apply to the cardboard roll. Cut stars and shapes from the felt and glue on top of the roll. Roll up a cloth or paper napkin and slide into your napkin ring.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Stacked Stars Tee & Decoupage Pants

These are two for the moms to make and for the kids to wear! I love scrap-buster projects and this patriotic duo is easy to whip up on your sewing machine. I used a mix of patriotic prints, along with solid red, white and a lightweight denim fabric.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

For the tee

Simply cut three stars out of fabric. Center the largest star in the middle of the tee and use a tight machine straight stitch to secure to the shirt. Stack the middle sized star on top, centering over the large star and sewn down. Repeat with the last star. Hand sew a white button to the center of the smallest star. The raw edge of the fabric will fray slightly when washed for a unique look.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

For the jeans or pants

Using a seam ripper, carefully cut open the inside seam of a pair of pants. Cut out pieces of fusible bond (I use Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive) and iron onto various fabrics. Lay out the pant leg onto your ironing board and arrange the pieces onto the pants in a pattern that you like. Peel off the fusible bond backing and iron securely in place. Using a narrow zig-zag stitch, secure each piece to the pants. I used a lightweight denim fabric to sew stars on top of the patchwork design with a zig-zag satin stitch. Sew the seam closed on the pant leg when complete. I used a piece of bias tape at the hemline of the pants to enclose the bottom seam.

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DIY #DisneySide Stamp Craft Projects and Giveaway

Audra of Dragonfly Curls on Etsy so sweetly sent me three hand carved rubber stamps for me to use in my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration party planning.

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I received the classic Mickey Mouse Ears silhouette, Mickey Mouse Balloon and the Fairy Tale Princess Castle stamps. Each stamp is custom cut by hand which makes them unique. Stamps are mounted on foam and wood for easier use. Every stamp is hand made to order, brand new, and is tested before it is sent out. You can tell that Audra puts a lot of love into her craft!

   

Check out some of these other fantastic Disney-inspired designs. I’m kind of thinking that the Jack Skellington is going to be a must for Halloween crafts!

   


This is what I did with the stamps that I received

Handstamped Tee

I prepped a white shirt for my daughter by pre-washing without fabric softener. I lined the inside with cardboard so I’d have a flat surface for stamping (an old cereal box is good for this). You also don’t want the paint bleeding from the front to other parts of the shirt.

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I used red, black and yellow fabric paints. Starting with the first color, brush on a small amount of paint directly onto the Mickey head stamp.

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Set the stamp down on the shirt (I started at the top and worked my way down), press gently but firmly on the stamp, rolling slightly side to side. Lift and voila! An adorable stamped Mickey!

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Continue down the shirt using the same color in a spaced out pattern. Clean the stamp by stamping off the extra paint onto a rag or paper towel. I wiped mine off with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol before starting with the next color.

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If part of the stamp doesn’t come out clearly simply dab a little paint on the tip of a brush to fill in the missing space.

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When you’re all done, let the shirt dry flat for at least 24 hours. Toss in the dryer to heat set the paint and you’ll be ready to wear your creation!


Stamped Favor Bags

Using plain kraft bags from The Bakers Confections on Etsy, I made a simple stamp in the center of each favor bag. I picked up these stamp pads at the craft store and gently pressed the stamp onto the ink until they were well coated. Firmly press straight down onto the paper, then rock gently up and down and side to side.

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Lift it up and reveal a lovely stamped image!

After filling with favors we sealed the kraft bags with a bit of polka dotted washi tape for that extra special “Minnie” touch!

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CONTEST IS CLOSED – Congratulations to the winner, Heidi E.

Would you like to win your own stamp from Dragonfly Curls?

Audra is offering my readers the chance to win their choice of one stamp from her Etsy shop!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE!

Open to USA only; prize will be shipped directly from Dragonfly Curls.


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