Fourth of July Crafts: Make a Patriotic Rag Wreath!
Celebrate this Independence Day with fun Fourth of July crafts—like a patriotic rag wreath!
- L'I'l Patriot:Your kid.
- Big Patriot:You.
- Red, white and blue fabric scraps:Anything from long piece of ribbon to outgrown t-shirts to old sheets will work.
- Wire cutters
- A wire hanger
- Duct tape
- Send your kid on a hunt around the house for red, white and blue fabric scraps. (Make sure you OK what she collects or you may find your favorite periwinkle blouse in shreds!) If you don't have anything you're willing to sacrifice to make a rag wreath, check out the fabric scrap bin at your craft store.
- Help your kid cut the fabric into strips about 2 inches by 7 inches. Don't worry if her strips aren't perfect; this Fourth of July craft is even more interesting with irregularly shaped strips!
- Next, help her make a frame for the wreath by cutting the hook off of a wire hanger with a pair of wire cutters and bending the hanger into a circular(ish) shape. If you don't want to mess with a hanger, you can pick up a wire wreath frame at the craft store. (They think of everything, don't they?)
- Help your kid duct tape the ends of the hanger together to keep the wreath from falling apart.
- Then have your kid start to tie the fabric strips onto the hanger, one after another until all of the metal is covered. Show her how to double-knot the fabric strips to make sure they stay on the frame.
- The more fabric your kid uses the fuller and prettier the rag wreath will be. She may want to alternate fabric colors strip-by-strip or do a thick section of blue, followed by a thick section of white or red. Let her decide how she wants the wreath to look, but you may want to help her tie the fabric on, because it can take a while!
- When she's finished, have your kid hang the wreath on the front door to show everyone she's "Proud to be an American"! (Lee Greenwood, eat your heart out.)
- If you're feeling really ambitious, try bending your hanger into a star for a really patriotic wreath!
- Check out ParentsConnect Local for summer holiday activities in your city or to find a great park to host a summer BBQ.