Do you celebrate the 4th of July by attending a patriotic event such as a parade or fireworks display? My family celebrates with a day long barbecue that ends with a fireworks display on the pond. The kids love getting into the spirit of the 4th by making crafts and seasonal decorations. This year we decided to make a Patriotic Star Wand.
*Guest Post by Shannon of Crafty Mama in ME
Patriotic Star Wand
- 5 craft sticks
- Red, white and blue paint
- A handle (I used patriotic straws from Dollar Tree, or you can also find similar ones on Amazon.)
- Blue construction paper
- Glitter glue – assorted colors
- Red, white and blue star garland
- Paint brushes (3 – 1 for each color paint)
- Hot glue gun
With any arts and crafts project I try to have my whole work station set up with all the materials I will need before getting the kids involved. This helps to make sure when we are working they have what they need.
- Gather all materials.
- Prepare a paint plate with red, white and blue paint and three paint brushes.
- Have your child paint 5 craft sticks – 2 red, 2 blue, and 1 white.
- Leave the craft sticks to dry for a few hours.
- Have your child pick how they want to arrange the sticks to make a star.
- Hot glue the sticks together (if you have an older child and a low temperature glue stick they could do this step themselves).
- Allow to cool briefly.
- Trace the shape of the star on blue construction paper to create a backing (optional).
- Hot glue the backing on the craft stick star – trim as needed so it doesn’t overhang the edges (optional).
- Hot glue the handle on to the backing. Allow to cool completely.
- Cut three lengths of the star garland (or ribbon) roughly 1 foot long.
- Adhere the star garland (or ribbon) with hot glue – hold down until the glue sets.
- When all pieces are together have your child use glitter glue to decorate the front of the craft stick star.
- Allow the glitter glue to sit until completely dry.
- Have fun!
Other ways to create a Patriotic Star Wand:
- Use markers to color the craft sticks instead of paint (this would eliminate the need for drying time)
- Use regular school glue or tacky glue – you would just have to wait longer for the glue to dry in between steps to continue.
- Make a wand without a backing.
- Use craft foam for the backing.
- Use red, white, and blue ribbon instead of the star garland.
- Use regular glue and glitter instead of glitter glue.
My daughter was very happy to help make these wands! She has already said we will need to make more so all of her cousins will have one to wave on the 4th.
Shannon is a stay at home mom to two children, a dog and a bunny. She shares her love of seasonal activities, crafting, baking, Disney and family travel at Crafty Mama in ME.
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