For this segment on King 5s New Day Northwest, I was asked for some creative ideas for the 4th of July. That weirdly became a hard request. How do you improve upon one of the best holidays of the year? (IMO)
I tapped into what I know, which is family. This is a holiday we celebrate with our kids. The adults are easy to please: beer and some yard games and we’re set. The kids are equally easy in theory, but if you were going to improve on anything, let it be something the kids can get involved in.
Here are some simple, low fuss but high fun, ideas that will help you let freedom ring this Fourth of July.
Paul Revere Lantern
THE BRITISH ARE COMING! Tie in some Revolutionary War history into your 4th of July decor by engaging the kids in a craft that not only ties into this legendary tale, but provides ambiance as well.
Step 1 – Draw your flame on the glass pane
Step 2 – Trace the line with your shirt paint, allow lines to dry
Step 3 – Paint the flames with your stain glass paint, allow to dry
Step 4 – Put panes back in, and light to enjoy!
Finger Paint Runner
The How To
This one is a no brainer. Strip the paper as long as you want your table runners, then allow the kids to create patterns for tabletop decor.
Inkjet Printer Tattoos
This was a new revolution for me, but did you know you can create temporary tattoos from your inkjet? Why did it take me 35 years to discover this? Let’s now dwell on that now and instead focus on what we’ll print and temporarily stick to body parts!
- Tattoo printer paper (instructions for printing are included and are very easy to follow)
- Inkjet Printer
- A clipart graphic or custom design
Bendable LED Glow Clothes
This started weird, but got cool. When I typed in “wearable glow sticks” I stumbled upon rave gear. I don’t rave… unless it’s about Doritos and T Swift… so this didn’t resonate until I realized I could use this bendable glowing wire on clothes!
The How To
There are a few ways to go about this. I did the quick and dirty: glue gunned the wire in a pattern that was fun on Daphne’s dress. Take it up a level and sew your wires on for longevity, but keep in mind this is not a washable product, so I wouldn’t break your back over this craft.
To hid the glue gun joints, I added pom-poms for flare.
- Bendable LED Wire
- An article of clothing you want to LIGHT UP!
- Hot glue gun
- optional: sewing kit to reinforce your glue “joints.”
Glow In The Dark Paint DIY
You know about glow sticks, but did you know about glow in the dark paint? Why am I a noob about this? Well, it exists and you can paint it on anything. Like a flower crown and an a Statue of Liberty Crown and, frankly, anything.
What to Consider for this craft
The glow in the dark paint has a green hue to it and dries as such, so paint it on objects that are white and already have a tinge of green to it. The paint is very obvious when applied to darker colors.
- Glow in the dark paint
- What you want to paint! Here are pre made flower crowns if you want to avoid the hot glue gun.
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