The 4th of July is right around the corner and I hope you have plans for sparklers, watermelon, and a long holiday weekend with your loved ones! If you are staying local like us this weekend, spend an afternoon creating these 4th of July mini star banners with your little titan for something sweet to send in the mail to grandma and grandpa! Or use it as an excuse to get out the paint and glitter and make a big mess with your little ones.
For this craft project you’ll need the following:
Red & blue craft paint
Various sizes of star stamps or (DIY out of a sponge like we did)
White craft paper
Scissors and a medium star template or a medium star punch
Red or blue decorative trim or ribbon
Glitter of your choosing
And party poppers for some extra fun- You can get at any fireworks stand or a pack of 6 at the dollar tree.
Set up an art station for your toddler outside with sunscreen and bug spray in tote, and have a blast making a glittery red, white and blue mess! Watch out for paint to mouth action, and make sure you both wear something you don’t mind getting paint all over! We keep his little white t-shirt handy for craft projects! Spend some time teaching colors and shapes and enjoy this sweet moment together!
Once you are both finished painting, the fun part begins! Clean up! Ha-ha just kidding, but yes you will have a lot of clean up before you start the process of putting together the mini-banner.
Directions for mini star banner:
1. For the quick and easy route you can cut out your stars with a star punch from hobby lobby or Michael’s! Or if you are like me and don’t have much art supplies, simply trace your stars from either a cookie cutter or toddler block onto the paper and cut out with scissors.
2. Once you have all of your stars cut out determine how many stars you want on your banner. We chose 5 star’s to fit Atlas’s name, but you could do anything you want like ‘U.S.A.’ ‘July 4th’, ‘2015’, etc. Or you could even leave the banner blank, your choice!
3. Use washi tape to attach your decorative trim or string to the back of the star.
4. Cut your trim to the size length you prefer and you are finished!
5. Next tie a tag to the end of the trim with a note telling your recipient how they can use their banner! We suggest they be used as window decor, hanging on the fridge, or as a sweet 4th of July cake banner!
6. Package your banner in an simple envelop and stuff with party popper confetti for a little something extra!
Happy 4th of July and have fun creating a messy adventure with your little! Tell us about your favorite July 4th craft projects in our comments section below, we would love to hear from you.