Sunday, June 27, 2010

4th of July Craft Collection

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I've been busy as a bee making some 4th of July Crafts, wanna see?? 



 Here's a simple Betsy Ross-ish flag ( I made 12 stars instead of the traditional 13). For this craft all you need is:

Small rectangular piece of wood
red, white, umber, and blue paint

I just found a good picture of a Betsy Ross flag and went to town. I sketched it briefly with a pencil and then painted the stripes area all white and the stars area all blue, letting the areas dry before adding any more. Then, I added red stripes and white stars. I did this on all sides of the wood block for some consistency.  When everything was dry, I did mixed some raw umber and water and did a light wash over the whole piece to give it some aging. I let is dry and Voila!! All done.


Just today I made a little 3d star garland. Simple and easy. HERE is the link for the 5 point star pattern. It's really basic and if you have the time I am sure you can do something A LOT better than what I did. Still, it's fun!!

Last but not least is a fun one for kiddo's. I currently host a craft time at my local library and this was our most recent project (that we'll finish this week).  What you need to make it is:
Card Stock
Black Paint
Color a piece of card stock with as much crayon color as you can like this:

You want every bit of paper showing through covered with crayon. Once finished, paint it entirely with black paint and let it dry. Once it is completely dry, use something pointy to scratch your design on the surface. I went for fireworks to go with the 4th of July theme.  The trick to this craft is that the paint cannot adhere to the wax from the crayons, so it is easily etched away. Fun, eh??

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  1. I've been looking for some July 4th things to do with my kids. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!

  2. all great ideas! i especially love the flag painting... i'm going to have to try it!

  3. great ideas for parents and children. Thank you and happy 4th of July

  4. So very creative! I just stumbled over here in a random jaunt around blogland. I came by because of your name (I'm a Melissa who has been a Missy) and then stayed when I saw your favorite books on your profile page. Nice to meet you!

  5. I would really enjoy doing that project myself. It's a keeper. Thanks for sharing another great bragable!

  6. Hey There-thanks for the heads up on my comments. Love, love, love your blog! I just created an outlink to your blog from mine @ The post will be up July 16th. Thanks for the fabulous idea : )

  7. Love your rag wreath!! I've been wanting to make one myself, "one of these days"!!.. Love the painted crayon project too! Happy 4th of July Weekend! ~tina

  8. Great projects! Love your wreath!

    Thanks for linking up with me!

  9. What a great way to do scratch art plus it is so much more creative and personal than ordering it from Oriental Trader...


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