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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!

Nothing says Memorial Day (or the 4th of July) like the colors red, white and blue. To show your holiday spirit you can make these easy and fun patriotic paper sparklers to use as centerpieces at your family BBQ! This is a good beginner project that anyone can do!

Things You will Need:

  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Toilet paper rolls (one per sparkler)
  • Silver paint
  • A paint brush
  • A star-shaped stamp
  • Crayons (optional)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Roll a piece of blue construction paper around the toilet paper roll, mark it with a pencil and cut it out. At this point you’ll want to add any decoration using your crayons.

Step 2: Wrap the piece of construction paper around the toilet paper roll and secure it with glue. Set it aside to dry.

Step 3: While the toilet paper roll is drying stamp out some stars with the silver paint on white paper. Set it aside to dry.

Step 4: While the paint is drying cut several strips of red and white paper. Make the strips all different sizes from wide to skinny.

Step 5: Wrap some of the strips around your pencil to make them curly. There is no need to curl the entire strip as some of it will be hidden!

Step 6: Glue several strips to the toilet paper roll. You’ll want to glue them on the inside with the curly ends sticking out the top. Mix it up and make some curly and some straight.

Step 7: Once the stars have dried you want to cut them out. You will then glue them to the ends of some of the strips of curled paper. I’ve also added a few as decoration to the base of the sparkler.

Congratulations! You have made a patriotic paper sparkler to add some spark to your holiday parties! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to post comments and photos in the comments section! Happy crafting!

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