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Help celebrate the 4th of July with an adorable (and functional!) Uncle Sam’s hat! Recycle a cereal box and a coffee can and turn them into this festive hat perfect for holding silverware or other small items at your family BBQ. This project promotes recycling and is a great way to get kids involved with the party festivities.

Things you will need:

  • An empty coffee (or similar) can
  • A cereal box
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler
  • A pencil


Step 1: Wrap a piece of white construction paper around the can and glue in place. If the paper is longer than the can, trim off excess paper.


Step 2: Use your pencil and a ruler to measure and cut a strip of blue construction paper to fit around the base of the can. Additionally, you’ll want to cut out several stars from your extra white construction paper.


Step 3: Glue the stars onto the strip of blue construction paper. Make sure to space the stars an even width apart.


Step 4: Glue the blue strip around the bottom of the can.


Step 5: Use your pencil and ruler to draw several stripes on the red construction paper, trying to make them all the same size. Cut the stripes out.


Step 6: Glue the red stripes around the top of the can, lining up the edges with the top the blue stripe and the top of the can. Trim any excess red if you’ve cut the stripes longer than you need.


Step 7: Glue a piece of blue construction paper to a piece of cereal box. Once the glue dries, draw or trace a circle onto the paper. Make sure the circle is larger than the bottom of the can because this is the brim of the hat. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can with the blue side facing up.


Congratulations! You have made Uncle Sam’s hat! Use it as a centerpiece and fill with fresh flowers or stick it on the food table and fill with silverware. Any way you use it, this hat is fun and functional and will make a statement at your 4th of July bash! Did you make this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting and happy 4th of July!

Snow days, sick days, and school holidays often mean antsy kids stuck inside.  Certainly kids can go outside in the snow but one can only have so many snowball fights before fingers and toes start getting cold.  Beat the boredom with this fun snow day (or any day!) puzzle project.  This is a great project for all ages and skill levels and even makes a great gift!

Things you will need:

  • A piece of white paper
  • A piece of cardboard such as  a cereal box
  • A glue stick
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Mod Podge or a mixture of equal parts glue and water (optional)
  • A paintbrush (optional)

Step 1: Use your  pencil to draw a picture on the white piece of paper.  Since this is a snow day puzzle I have drawn a snow day scene.  You can draw a picture of anything you like.  Get creative!

Step 2: Use your markers or crayons to color the picture you just drew.

Step 3: Using the glue stick start gluing your picture to the cardboard a small portion at a time, making sure to flatten out any air bubbles.

Step 4: Flip your picture over so the cardboard is facing up.  Using a pencil or marker draw out the lines for the puzzle pieces.  You can make the puzzle harder or easier depending on the number of pieces you decide to draw and cut out.  Once you have drawn the lines cut the pieces out.

Step 5 (optional): Once your puzzle pieces have been cut out you can seal them with Mod Podge or a mixture of equal parts glue and water.  Simply “paint” over the entire puzzle piece including its sides and let dry.  Repeat for additional puzzle pieces.  This step is optional but will prevent the edges of the paper from peeling up off the cardboard.

Congratulations!  You have made a snow day (or any day) puzzle!  This is a great way to keep kids of all ages busy on those unexpected days off.  And even better all of the supplies are things that can already be found around your home.  No need to brave the storm to go to the craft store!  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to share comments and pictures in the comments section!  Happy crafting!

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